The amazing benefits of microneedling include increased collagen production, improved skin vitality, diminished acne scarring, reduced sun damage, increased hydration, and an all-around rosier, brighter complexion. So, where do you sign up? At Esthetics Center, of course! We are proud to offer this service using the SkinPen—the first FDA-approved device for treating acne scars in addition to fine lines, melasma, stretch marks, and surgical scars.BOOK NOWBOOK CONSULTATION
Microneedling is a non-invasive medical treatment that can enhance and stimulate collagen growth in facial skin. Using a safe, FDA-approved handheld device with tiny, hairlike needles called the SkinPen, we penetrate the top layer of the skin to create micro-injuries. This activates the body’s natural healing response, which leads to increased collagen production and skin restoration. Some patients see benefits such as skin tightening within a week following the first session. Microneedling will ultimately reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and surgical scars, stretch marks, and blemishes.
Microneedling is used primarily on the face to improve skin texture (rough, crepey skin), fine lines, acne scars, and stretch marks.
Microneedling is an outpatient procedure that does not require general anesthesia or surgery, so you don’t have to worry about a long recovery. The treatment begins with cleansing the skin and applying a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort. After the topical anesthetic has taken effect, we will use the SkinPen to trace the surface of your face (or specific treatment area), producing several tiny injuries to the top layer of the skin. This triggers a healing and restorative response from your skin. In turn, your skin begins to produce new collagen for the affected area, leading to a fresh, healthy glow.
Microneedling is a restorative procedure for the skin. If you have a history of healthy facial skin and tissues, you are likely a good candidate for microneedling. To ensure that you are qualified, be clear with our staff about all conditions or prior procedures you have received.
Most people are not bothered by it at all. Once the numbing cream has done its job, you shouldn't feel much at all. The treatment is not painful, and we make every effort to ensure you're comfortable—ice, numbing, and Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) are all available to make you feel less anxious.
After the treatment, your skin will look sunburned, but much of the redness and tenderness should subside within 24 hours. You can return to your normal activities immediately but avoid heavy makeup and sweating for the first day or two. It’s crucial to apply sunscreen that contains physical blockers, like zinc oxide or titanium oxide, following your treatment.
As previously mentioned, the procedure is not highly invasive and will not require an intense recovery period or time away from your daily life. The side effects are usually very minor, primarily skin redness and sensitivity, much like that of a sunburn. We will provide you with all of the necessary ointments to maximize your comfort and aid in the healing process. We also recommend you stay well hydrated during your recovery and always wear sun protection. Between treatments, we also ask that you refrain from using any at-home microneedling devices; it’s very easy to misuse them and end up damaging your skin’s texture.
Your skin will recover and heal relatively quickly, but the treatment's effects and benefits will become increasingly more noticeable over time. Collagen production is a gradual process, so follow-up procedures can be helpful and necessary depending on your condition. Usually, patients need three treatments spaced four weeks apart. Some notice immediate benefits, such as skin tightening, within a week. Generally, results will be noticeable about six weeks after the first treatment but will peak around six weeks following the last treatment.
Adding Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to your microneedling treatment boosts your results to another level. PRP stimulates the body’s healing process to regenerate and restore lackluster and damaged skin and boost the reparative process for wounds and injuries. If we use PRP during your microneedling session, we will draw your blood once we are ready to begin the treatment and let it spin while we prepare the treatment site. Once the PRP is extracted and ready, we will begin the microneedling. This part of the treatment takes only a few minutes, and shortly after we finish, you will be free to go with just a few simple instructions for aftercare.
Dr. Rice received his medical degree from Loma Linda University in Southern California where he also completed an internship in general surgery and specialty surgical training in Otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. Dr. Rice went on to complete advanced training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Institute of Facial Plastic Surgery. He is double board-certified…LEARN MORE