Bothered by skin imperfections? Take a close look at microneedling. This minimally invasive, downtime-free skin resurfacing treatment uses your body's own healing power to restore a healthier, glowing complexion.
- Final Results: 2 months
Life can be hard on your skin. When the effects of sun damage, aging, and other problems start to show, microneedling can help. This innovative skin resurfacing procedure is exploding in popularity, and for good reason. By using tiny needles to create tiny microscopic punctures in the outer layers of skin, microneedling minimizes imperfections, helping you restore a smoother, clearer complexion without heat, chemicals, or abrasion.
How microneedling can improve your skin
All skin resurfacing treatments work by encouraging, new healthy skin cells to emerge. However, instead of removing outer layers of skin to reveal younger-looking skin, microneedling prompts your body to do the work naturally. By making a series of “micro-injuries” in the skin, microneedling triggers the natural healing response, helping your skin regenerate healthy, unblemished cells and produce collagen at a higher rate.
Because no heat, chemicals, or abrasion is used, microneedling is safe for any skin type and can be used nearly anywhere on the body. We’ve seen great results helping patients address a variety of skin problems. For example, we can use microneedling to:
- Smooth fine lines around the eyes, nose or mouth
- Minimize acne scars or surgical scars
- Reduce stretch marks
- Treat sun damage and balance the complexion
- Tighten skin & reduce crepiness
- Rejuvenate the hands or décolletage
What to expect from your Richmond microneedling treatment
Our experienced aesthetician performs microneedling during a 30 to 60 minute visit at our office in Richmond. When you arrive, she will cleanse the skin to be treated, and then apply a topical anesthetic to keep you comfortable during treatment. Microneedling involves a small, pen-like device with a tip containing a dozen or so very fine, short needles. This device is applied to your skin several times to cover the blemished area thoroughly. Most patients say the feel a mild vibrating sensation, but little discomfort during treatment.
Following your microneedling session, you can return to your normal activities with one special consideration: wear broad-spectrum sunscreen. Treated skin is extra sensitive to the sun, and unnecessary exposure can harm your results. The most common side effect from microneedling is temporary redness, similar to a sunburn, in the treatment area.
When will I see results after microneedling?
While many patients notice improvement within a day or two after treatment (i.e., they say their skin has a nice glow), the lasting effects begin to emerge after 1 to 2 weeks, as your body produces new collagen. Results continue to improve for several months.
How many treatments will I need?
Microneedling is a very gentle treatment, and subtle improvements can be achieved with just 1 treatments. However, most patients choose to have 3 to 6 treatments, spaced a month or so apart, to experience the most satisfying results. Less severe imperfections, such as mild sun damage or fine lines, can often be treated satisfactorily in just a few treatments, while more pronounced scars and blemishes typically require more treatments.