Article provided by Skin Cancer & Dermatology Institute
Developed almost 25 years ago, microneedling has reached new levels of popularity due to its effectiveness in treating various skin concerns, and in an era of show-and-tell skin treatments, its social media following.
Brandie Oros, Licensed Nurse Practitioner at Skin Cancer & Dermatology Institute, shares all the details you have ever wanted to know about this highly sought-after skin resurfacing procedure which is available right here in Elko.
Q: WHAT DOES MICRONEEDLING TREAT?
A: Microneedling is used to treat many skin-texture issues, such as scars, including those from acne and surgery, large pores, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation caused by the sun and hormone changes (like melasma). It is commonly used on the face and can also be used to treat sagging skin in areas such as the neck or other areas of the body for stretch marks.
Q: HOW DOES IT WORK?
A: The microneedling treatments that dermatology practices perform involve creating thousands of micro-injuries (channels) that stimulate collagen production. This is done with a device that pierces the skin and triggers the immune system to begin creating new tissue. These tiny, controlled injuries trigger the skin to build new cells and eventually be replaced by new dermal tissues and blood vessels. The treatment is highly sought-after due to its effectiveness, little downtime, natural and versatile approach (no chemicals, heat, or toxins to paralyze your muscles or remove layers of skin), and its clinical effectiveness on all skin types, Fitzpatrick 1-6.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COSMETIC AND MEDICAL MICRONEEDLING?
A: Medical microneedling must be performed by trained professionals and Medical Providers. Cosmetic microneedling can be done at home because the needles penetrate at a shallow level – the needles are less than .5mm long. As a result, cosmetic microneedling is much less effective. Whereas medical microneedling penetrates deep into the skin to reduce the appearance of scars and fine lines and to correct hyperpigmentation and melasma.
We use Crown Aesthetics’ SkinPen®, the first FDA-cleared microneedling in the market. I like working with SkinPen because it is best-in-class technology for microneedling and its sterile, disposable needle cartridges reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
Q: DOES IT HURT?
A: Microneedling isn’t painful for most people, and to avoid any discomfort, a topical numbing agent is used.
Q: IS THERE DOWNTIME?
A: Patients typically experience minimal downtime, making it popular with those with busy schedules. Most patients experience some redness, swelling, or dryness following the procedure.
Q: DOES IT REALLY WORK?
A: When microneedling is performed at a dermatology practice like the Skin Cancer and Dermatology Institute, it is highly effective. We have seen that as few as three minimally invasive treatments can yield great results.
Q: CAN ANYONE GET MICRONEEDLING?
A: It is an excellent and cost-effective resurfacing procedure for all skin types and colors. We counsel our patients with active acne, tender cysts, or other active inflammation to wait until it has cleared before considering a treatment. The results I have seen from microneedling treatments for both myself and hundreds of my patients have been amazing. I highly recommend this procedure to anyone looking to improve the condition and appearance of their skin.
To learn more about microneedling and Cosmetic Dermatology, schedule a consultation: online at SkinCancerDerm.com or call 775.324.0699.