Microneedling, originally known as collagen induction therapy or percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is now a well-documented treatment option in atrophic acne scars and for skin rejuvenation. Microneedling, as the term indicates, means the use of needles or ‘microneedles’ to achieve a therapeutic effect.
The clinical evaluation involves the assessment of the area of concern and potential options for treatment. Dr. Reilly will work with you to create a plan that aligns your goals with potential surgical treatments based on your specific desires.
Generally, this procedure renders substantial improvements in the appearance of aged skin and/or an unsightly scar.
A 12 or 36-pin microneedling device is used to create micro-perforations in the epidermis and dermis in order to stimulate the growth of new collagen to tighten and smooth the skin.
Most patients take 2-3 days off work after this type of procedure, as the treatment area will be covered with a scab for 48 hours. After that, it is recommended to wash the area gently and to allow it to heal naturally with the use of twice daily moisturizer.
Sun exposure, acne scarring, and lifestyle may all affect your skin, causing it to age prematurely. Microneedling is a procedure that uses small needles to prick the skin. The treatment will encourage the growth of new collagen, which will cause your skin to become more toned, firmer, and smoother. Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure, and there is a very short recovery period. Typically, this procedure is used on areas of the face, chest, and to areas with large pores, acne scars, or wrinkles. Dr. Reilly typically recommends three sessions for best results.
In the vast majority of patients, the desired aesthetic result is readily achieved. However, the possible complications of microneedling include but are not limited to the following:
Infection, bleeding, swelling, scarring, pain, numbness, skin discoloration,, displeasure with the cosmetic outcome, and allergic or other negative reactions to one or more of the medications or substances used in the procedure.
A 12 or 36-pin microneedling device is calibrated and then set to a depth between 0.8 mm and 2 mm. The device is then used to create micro-perforations in the epidermis and dermis in order to stimulate the growth of new collagen. Clinically, the depth of the device is advanced until pin prick bleeding is identified, ensuring adequate penetration into the deeper layer of the skin.
Most patients take 2-3 days off work after this type of procedure, as the treatment area will be covered with a scab for 48 hours. After that, it is recommended to wash the area gently and to allow it to heal naturally with the use of twice daily moisturizer. Dr. Reilly will offer you the option to purchase a post-procedure skin care regimen to maximize the effects of the treatment.
Dr. Michael Reilly is double board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery and The American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He specializes in facial plastic surgery.
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