Everyone wants smooth, glowing skin that looks great. Unfortunately, natural imperfections like sun spots, acne, wrinkles, fine lines, and freckles can make almost-flawless skin very hard to achieve. However, it is possible to improve and rejuvenate the skin significantly with an unexpected, yet effective technique. Collagen induction therapy with a microneedling procedure helps people achieve and maintain flawless skin. The specialists at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA perform customized microneedling procedures that produce excellent, long-lasting results.
What is Microneedling?
The microneedling procedure is simply a minimally-invasive treatment that uses a specialized “pen” equipped with tiny needles to make controlled micro-injuries to the skin. This process prompts the body’s natural healing responses to kick in, improving collagen formation and resulting in smoother, healthier, more youthful-looking skin. Collagen is the foundation of our skin’s support and firmness, and as we age, our normal production of this important substance slows down. Microneedling can help encourage higher levels of collagen in the skin for gradual, long-lasting skin rejuvenation results.
A Microneedling Procedure at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery
A microneedling procedure at Premier Image is quick and easy. The face, legs, neck, décolleté, arms, back, and hands may be treated. Before the procedure begins, a Premier Image microneedling specialist applies a thin layer of topical anesthetic gel to the skin. The specialist adjusts the handheld microneedling pen used to perform the procedure to a setting perfect for the patient’s unique needs. The specialist gently presses the pen against the surface of the skin and glides it across the treatment area. The pen creates tiny microwounds that stimulate healing process, including increased collagen production. The total procedure time is dependent upon the location and size of the treated area. On average, procedures last about 30 minutes. The procedure is repeated 3-6 times over 4-6 week intervals to provide the patient with maximum results.
Immediately after the procedure, patients will notice slight redness on the treated area and faint lines made by the pen. This will quickly go away when treated with an ice compress and complimentary recovery and skin care products. Skin flaking may occur for a few days after the procedure, but it can be easily covered with makeup and does not affect patients’ daily routines. Some patients experience slight swelling that goes away within a week. Usually, patients can go back to work a day or two after their procedure. Total recovery time is 3-7 days, depending on the size of the needle used to perform the procedure.
Initial microneedling results will start to appear 3-7 days after the procedure. Results will improve for up to six months as new skin layers form and additional collagen is created. Final results include the following:
- An improvement in skin tone, texture, and appearance
- A natural glow to the skin
- A reduction in the appearance of visible signs of aging, sun damage, large pores and/or scar
These results combine to provide patients with a rejuvenated and refreshed look. Patients who follow the post-procedure recommendations of their specialist can typically look forward to maximum results. Touch-up procedures may be used to help patients maintain their results.
Men and women who would like to improve the health and appearance of skin on their face, legs, neck, décolleté, arms, back, and hands may be candidates for a microneedling procedure. The procedure is usually reserved for patients who have no serious medical conditions or illness that could potentially affect results. The procedure can be safely performed on all skin types and colors. Patients who have sensitive skin or skin allergies and are concerned about having the procedure are encouraged to discuss these concerns during their initial consultation.
An Initial Microneedling Consultation at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery
An initial microneedling consultation at Premier Image is patient-focused and detail-oriented. The following steps occur during the consultation:
- The licensed medical aesthetician obtains the patient’s complete medical history, including any previous cosmetic surgery procedures
- The specialist examines the areas of the patient would like to improve and takes pictures for comparison purposes
- The specialist and patient have an in-depth conversation regarding the patient’s desires and goals
The specialist will recommend a customized procedure plan that best suits the patient’s goals. Before concluding the consultation, the specialist invites the patient to bring up any concerns and ask any questions so they can be appropriately addressed and answered. The decision to undergo the microneedling procedure is left up to the patient. Should they choose to have the procedure, the specialist will schedule the procedure for a date and time that is most convenient for the patient.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I care for the treated area after my procedure?
Specialists give patients specific instructions the care of the treated areas. Some of the most important instructions include the following:
- Wash the area with tepid water and then dry it with a clean cloth for the first two days
- Refrain from using makeup, retinoid, glycoluc acids, Vitamin C products, and sunscreen for 24 hours
- Avoid direct sun exposure, swimming, and strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours
Patients will be given complimentary recovery and skin care products after their procedures. The specialist will give instructions regarding how to use both before the patient goes home.
The overwhelming majority of patients say the procedure causes slight discomfort rather than pain. The thin layer of anesthetic gel numbs the area and helps the pen glide smoothly over it, reducing discomfort to the lowest level possible. Many patients describe the sensation as nothing more than a paper napkin being passed over the skin.
There are risks associated with all cosmetic procedures, including microneedling. However, the procedure overall is very safe for good candidates. The licensed medical aestheticians at Premier Image take great measures to reduce risks as much as possible. Once they have consulted with a Premier Image skin care specialist, the overwhelming majority of patients find that the potential benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks.
The number of treatments a patient needs is determined by the location and size of the area treated and the patient’s treatment goals. Usually, at least three treatments are needed for patients to see maximum results.
Microneedling procedures are sometimes combined with other procedures. Patients who are interested in a combined procedure may discuss their aesthetic goals with a Premier Image aesthetician to determine what type of combined procedure will give them the best results.
Microneedling specialists have the training, skill, and experience required to safely perform procedures that deliver consistent results. Patients who do not have their procedure performed by a specialist run a greater risk of receiving poor results. All Premier Image medical aestheticians are licensed and have over ten years of experience in their field.
Can I have my procedure during my lunch break?
It is recommended that patients not return to work right away because of the redness that typically presents after the procedure. Patients who go home, relax and apply a cold compress to the treated area usually can go out the night of the treatment. Any redness can be easily covered with makeup.
How soon should I have the procedure before my wedding?
It is recommended that patients have their procedure 6-8 months before their wedding.
Will my results look fake?
Results occur due to the body’s natural healing processes. Results in no way, shape, or form look fake.
What should I bring to my initial consultation?
Patients are asked to bring a list of current medications and herbal supplements and a list of questions and concerns to their initial consultation.
How do I schedule my initial consultation?
To schedule your initial microneedling consultation with a licensed medical aesthetician at Premier Image, please contact Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA at (770) 457-6303.