Microneedling is an effective treatment for acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and lax skin. The procedure stimulates your body’s own wound-healing abilities to boost collagen production and create a radiant complexion. At the practice of Bailey Lee, MD, FAAD, in Maple Grove and Fridley, Minnesota, Dr. Lee offers microneedling as a way to get the most out of your facial treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online to benefit.
Microneedling uses a pen-like device equipped with microneedles to poke tiny holes in the surface of your skin. These micro-injuries trigger your body’s healing reaction to rush growth factors and cytokines to the treatment area in response to the wounds. These holes are invisible to the eye, but trick your body into thinking it’s injured. As the skin “repairs” itself, you develop stronger, smoother, more radiant skin.
Following microneedling, your skin is temporarily more receptive to serums and gels that further build collagen and boost your skin’s health. Using these nourishing serums adds further benefit to the microneedling process.
Dr. Lee or a technician glides the handheld microneedling device across your skin and sends gentle radiofrequency (RF) energy to the second layer of your skin. When this energy penetrates deeper, it heats up the collagen. As a result, you get a better cell turnover response than you do with microneedling alone, and the collagen development is more aggressive. The RF energy encourages your collagen to replicate, and the resulting tissue looks tighter and smoother.
Microneedling effectively improves the appearance of major skin complaints. These include:
Microneedling with radiofrequency can tighten lax skin to create a tauter look. The treatment also addresses crepey skin, especially around the neck.
Most people tolerate the microneedling process quite well. You do receive a topical numbing cream prior to treatment to ease the sensation. The depth of your treatment ranges from 0.5-2.5 millimeters, depending on your skin complaints and aesthetic goals.
Following a microneedling session, you may have some pinkness and minor scabbing, but it fades within a few days. You may want to lie low for this time, but you don’t have to schedule downtime unless you choose to. You can apply makeup 24 hours after treatment.
Microneedling with radiofrequency is appropriate for all skin types. It’s also useful for patients with darker skin who should usually avoid other types of radiofrequency treatment. Talk to Dr. Lee about whether the sessions are right for your skin and skin concerns.
To learn more about microneedling with radiofrequency and how it can help you get radiant, smooth skin, call the office or book online.