When home skin treatments aren't effective, but you aren't ready for surgery, try nonsurgical procedures for skin rejuvenation, like microneedling. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marcos Ikeda is pleased to offer microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) at his office in Houston, TX. Microneedling uses multiple fine-gauge needles to safely and effectively create micro-injuries in the needed areas of the skin. The micro-injuries trigger the body's natural production of collagen and elastin, two nutrients that improve the overall health and appearance of your skin. Easily combined with other skin treatments, like serums or PRP (platelet-rich plasma), microneedling can help reduce pores, scars, and stretch marks. Schedule a consultation at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa to discover more about the benefits of microneedling and ways to customize the treatment for your skin concerns and goals.
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Microneedling Ideal Candidates
You may benefit from microneedling if you have slight to moderate skin issues, like a decrease in firmness or 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.
Microneedling Procedure Technique
Collagen induction therapy with microneedling is done in one of our office procedure rooms in about 30 – 60 minutes with numbing cream or a local anesthesia if desired, but patients typically experience mild or no discomfort. The skin being treated will be cleansed before the microneedling handpiece is passed evenly over. 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 with Microneedling
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.
If you wish to improve the overall health of your skin or correct rough skin texture, then microneedling may be a great treatment option for you. Call Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa in Houston, TX to schedule a private consultation today. Our Medspa team will be happy to discuss all your options and how this treatment can dramatically help improve your complexion.