If over-the-counter skin treatments are no longer proving effective but you don't want surgical procedures, try minimally invasive and nonsurgical procedures for skin rejuvenation such as microneedling. Plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Lee is happy to perform microneedling (collagen induction therapy) at his office in Houston, TX. Microneedling uses multiple fine needles to effectively and safely make micro-injuries in the skin. The micro-injuries prompt the natural production of elastin and collagen, two nutrients that contribute to the overall health and appearance of the complexion. Make an appointment for a consultation at Nuveau Plastic Surgery to discover more about the results of microneedling and how to personalize your procedure for your skin concerns and goals.
Microneedling Ideal Candidates
You may be a candidate for microneedling treatments if you experience light or moderate complexion problems, like a decrease in firmness or an uneven texture. Collagen induction therapy procedures may also improve the look of pores, stretch marks, and scars. You need to be willing to wait before seeing benefits from your microneedling procedure because the elastin and collagen require a month or longer to have an impact on the complexion; however, you will see results that look natural and gain healthier, stronger skin.
Plan Your Procedure
Microneedling Procedure Technique
Microneedling utilizes precisely spaced micro-needles in a small cartridge to create invisible, vertical, micro-perforations into the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. As a result, the skin shifts its natural repair mechanism into high gear and starts producing collagen and elastin to repair these micro-perforations. The self-repairing property of the skin is a 100% natural form of skin renewal from the inside out.
Microneedling is done in one of our office procedure rooms in around 30 – 60 minutes with local anesthesia or numbing cream if desired; however, patients typically experience little or no pain and discomfort. The areas of skin being addressed will be cleaned before the microneedling machine is evenly passed over. Once the microneedling is done, a treatment such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or a serum with a vitamin infusion may be applied so the nutrients can penetrate deeper into the skin. A moisturizer selected for your skin type will be massaged in along with sun protection because the treated skin will be more sensitive following the procedure.
What to Expect with Microneedling
You can develop light redness and swelling for around one day after microneedling; however, this should resolve on its own. It can take around 1 – 2 months as the elastin and collagen supply increases until you notice significant changes in the appearance and health of your treated skin. You should schedule around 4 – 6 follow-up sessions performed every 4 – 6 weeks for the best outcomes and long-term skin benefits.
Natural Health and Radiance
Enhance the appearance and health of your complexion with microneedling therapy at Nuveau Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. Make an appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Lee to hear more information about this procedure and complementary complexion revitalizing options.