Skin problems like scars, wrinkles, and blemishes are extremely common and can leave your skin looking less than its best. If your skin has seen better days, you should know about a skin rejuvenation treatment called microneedling. This procedure has helped many Santa Barbara residents achieve noticeable and highly significant results without going under the knife. Contact Plateroti Dermatology today!
What is it?
Microneedling is an innovative skin refreshment treatment involving mechanical injury to the skin at a microscopic level. These controlled skin injuries trigger a healing process that results in cellular turnover in favor of new skin cells and tissue that display fewer imperfections like sun damage and other common signs of aging.
How is a treatment performed?
To begin your microneedling treatment, we apply a topical numbing gel to the surface of your skin to ensure your comfort throughout your procedure. Then we begin moving the microneedling device over your skin in a series of passes. Every pass of this device results in the formation of hundreds of tiny skin punctures. In the weeks and months to follow, your body will replace this damaged skin with newer skin to offer you a more youthful look.
What conditions does it treat?
Microneedling is safe and effective for the treatment of common skin problems like lines, wrinkles, scars, and blemishes. Many patients also have excellent results when using microneedling to treat problems like stretch marks and age spots.
What advantages does it have over other treatment options?
Microneedling does not involve surgery. No matter how minimal, any type of surgery involves some level of risk, and some patients may experience complications or significant side effects. Those undergoing surgical procedures also require additional time for the healing of their incisions. No incisions are required for a microneedling treatment, so you are able to resume your normal activities almost immediately.
In addition, microneedling offers impressive results that are very natural in appearance. They will not be a sudden change in your appearance after a microneedling treatment; your results will appear gradually over the course of the following weeks and months. There are no artificial products injected or implanted within your skin. Your body will do all of the work itself and remodel your skin to diminish the signs of aging and sun damage.
Can I have another type of treatment in addition to my procedure?
Yes. Many patients find that microneedling works very well when performed in conjunction with other types of treatments. For example, topical skin care products are absorbed much more completely when they take advantage of the channels created by the punctures in the skin. This allows them to become much more effective than they would normally.
Can I have multiple treatments?
Yes. You will more than likely benefit from additional treatments if you allow several weeks between each of them. This gives your skin time to heal and remodel itself from the previous treatment session.