If you feel that the texture or appearance of the skin on your face leaves something to be desired, you may not necessarily want to rely on layers of heavy cosmetics to try and cover any imperfections. Fortunately, there is a range of cosmetic procedures that can rejuvenate your facial skin, helping it to look smoother, younger and more attractive than before. Micro-needling is one of the newest and most innovative cosmetic techniques available that can be used to target a number of different skin-based issues. We are delighted to be able to offer this specialist solution here at our cosmetic surgery offices in Metairie, LA.
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive variety of cosmetic treatment that uses a handheld device to create hundreds of tiny holes in your skin. The design of the instrument used to perform micro-needling can vary from a roller to a wand, but they perform the same function. As it passes over the skin it creates controlled puncture wounds at a variety of different depths, usually ranging between 0.5mm and 3.0mm. The process is carried out in a very methodical manner to ensure complete coverage.
The concept behind micro-needling is to encourage the regeneration of healthy skin tissue by causing minor and controlled damage. By creating these tiny puncture wounds, your body will be prompted to increase the amounts of collagen and elastin that it is producing in order to heal itself. These substances are two crucial components for healthy, smooth and tight skin. As the puncture wounds heal, the boosted levels of collagen and elastin will smooth out lines, wrinkles, and scarring, improving the overall texture of the skin. It will also appear fuller, firmer and more youthful.
In addition to prompting healing, micro-needling can also make it much easier for the skin to absorb topical treatments such as anti-aging serums. This is because the channels created by the needles create a direct point of access to the deeper layers of the skin, enabling topical treatments to be absorbed and get to work much more quickly.
Micro-needling is most often performed on the face, but it can also be used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin on the neck, décolletage, and arms.
Does Micro-needling hurt?
One of the biggest concerns of many patients is whether or not micro-needling is painful. The process does involve the use of very small needles, although these do not appear like conventional needles people tend to think of as being used in injections. However, some discomfort is normal and for this reason, a local anesthetic is usually given to patients ahead of their procedure. You can choose from the topical or injectable anesthetic, and this will keep you comfortable throughout the duration of your appointment, which should take less than an hour.
Downtime After Micro-Needling
There is a little downtime to be expected after a micro-needling procedure. The area targeted will look red and will likely feel sore and swollen. Many patients liken the feeling to mild sunburn. However, this is completely normal and will begin to fade over the coming days.
It is important to note that you will not be able to follow your usual skincare routine or wear cosmetics immediately after treatment. Instead, you will need to follow the guidance given to you by our cosmetic team who will explain to you the best way of looking after your treated skin.
How Many Micro-Needling Sessions Are Needed?
Every patient is different, and this means that precisely how many sessions of micro-needling are needed will depend on your individual circumstances and how significant a change you are hoping to achieve. Most patients are recommended to have between three and five sessions, and these are carried out at six-weekly intervals. You may be able to maintain the effects for as long as nine months before further treatment is required.
If you would like to discover more information about micro-needling, or you are interested in this innovative and effective cosmetic technique and would like to see if you are a suitable candidate, please get in touch with our discreet and experienced team at Aesthetic Surgical Associates in our Metairie cosmetic surgery offices today by calling 504-226-8200.