When home skin treatments aren't effective but you aren't ready for surgery, try a nonsurgical procedure for skin rejuvenation like microneedling. Plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong is pleased to offer microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) at her offices. Microneedling uses multiple fine-gauge needles within the SkinStylus MicroSystem to effectively create micro-injuries in the facial skin. The micro-injuries trigger the body's natural production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. Schedule a consultation to find out more about the benefits of microneedling at one of our locations and discover ways to customize the treatment for your skin concerns and goals.
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You may benefit from microneedling if you have slight to moderate skin issues, like a decrease in firmness or an uneven texture. Microneedling treatments can also improve the appearance of scars, pores, and stretch marks. You need to be willing to wait a while before seeing benefits from your microneedling treatment since the collagen and elastin will need a month or longer to have an effect on the skin, but you will see natural-looking results and gain healthier, stronger skin.
Collagen induction therapy with microneedling is done in one of our office procedure rooms in about 30 – 60 minutes with numbing cream or a topical anesthesia if desired, but patients typically experience mild to no discomfort. The skin being treated will be cleansed before the microneedling handpiece is passed evenly over it. After the microneedling is done, a topical treatment like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or a vitamin-infused serum can be applied for deeper penetration of the nutrients into the skin. A moisturizer will be massaged in along with sun protection since your skin will be sensitive after the treatment.
What to Expect
Following the procedure, you might develop light swelling and redness for about a day, but this should resolve on its own. It may take about 1 – 2 months as the collagen and elastin levels increase before you see visible improvements in the health and appearance of your treated skin. You should plan to get about 4 – 6 maintenance treatments every 4 – 6 weeks for the best results and long-term skin health.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling cost?
Microneedling is a nonsurgical approach to skin tightening and rejuvenation. Therefore, it is a treatment that is relatively affordable for most patients. The pricing is based on the condition being treated as well as how many sessions are needed to create the right outcome. During your initial consultation, we will prepare a skin analysis and treatment plan, which covers costs and what to expect during the procedure.
Best way to explain microneedling?
Microneedling is known as collagen induction therapy. Simply stated, collagen is what keeps our skin supple, smooth, and tight. Microneedling is a newer, revolutionary nonsurgical treatment that uses a handheld device with approximately 12 very fine needles on the tip. When these needles are gently glided over the skin, it punctures it, creating small wounds that actually serve to break down old scar tissue and help generate new skin cell growth. Once healed, the new skin appears healthy, brighter, and firm. During this process, the production of new collagen and elastin occurs and leads to an overall improved blood flow to the skin, enhancing the health and glow of your appearance over time.
What are the most common conditions treated with microneedling?
This nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatment is best used for men and women who wish to improve the appearance of mild acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, moderate sagging skin, and stretch marks. It is an excellent procedure to help improve skin texture and tone, reduce pore size, and bring back a youthful glow.
How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
Most of our patients undergo 3 – 6 microneedling sessions to attain the desired results. However, it depends on what you are trying to improve, which will dictate the treatment plan. This procedure can be safely performed every 4 – 6 weeks as needed. For patients seeking scar reduction, it generally takes about six sessions. Collagen induction typically occurs at about the third treatment. Microneedling can be applied to most parts of the body, including the face, neck, arms, thighs, chest, and legs. It is common for results to begin to appear after the first treatment.
Is microneedling safe for everyone?
For the most part, microneedling is safe for most skin types and colors. Because it does not injure the epidermis, the chance for post-procedure inflammation or pigmentation damage occurring is minimal. Microneedling is not recommended for those who have used Accutane within the last 2 – 3 months, or for those who have skin infections or open wounds, herpes simplex, or are actively undergoing radiation. In addition, it is not recommended for pregnant women or women who are nursing, or for anyone who has a history of scarring or poor wound healing.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $600
- Recovery Time
- 5 – 7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
Natural Health and Radiance
Improve the health and appearance of your skin with microneedling treatments in Upland, CA. As a minimally invasive treatment that can produce significant results, microneedling prompts your natural production of collagen for renewed, firmer skin. Schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong to hear more about this procedure and complementary skin revitalizing options.