Due to genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle, and environmental irritants, many individuals struggle with uneven skin texture and tone. These complications could lead to acne breakouts or scarring. Though several non-invasive cosmetic treatments could improve skin tone and texture, there are notable advantages associated with a procedure known as microneedling. Unlike many cosmetic procedures, microneedling is safe for all types of skin textures and complexions.
Dr. Eric Desman is highly skilled at microneedling in Northern Virginia and Alexandria and can deliver the results you need to restore your confidence. Call the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule a microneedling consultation and learn more about how the treatment could be right for you.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling creates smoother, firmer skin by creating micro-injuries with thin needles that penetrate deeper dermal layers. While subtly damaging the skin may seem counterproductive, the body responds to these micro-abrasions by producing new, healthy cells to replace dead or damaged skin. The skin also increases elastin and collagen, as part of the healing process. These proteins are essential for skin structure and support. The micro-abrasions created by the microneedling pen also increase cell turnover. This results in the breakdown of excess pigmentation and a more even skin tone.
Microneedling can address a wide array of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Sunspots and age spots
- Symptoms of Rosacea
- Stretch marks
- Scarring, including surgical and depressed acne scars
- Enlarged pores
While the right treatment plan depends on one’s cosmetic goals, most Northern Virginia and Alexandria patients undergo three to six microneedling treatments before seeing their desired results. The skin needs enough time to heal properly between treatments, so microneedling sessions are typically scheduled every four to six weeks. Between microneedling sessions, your progress will be monitored to make sure you are happy with the outcome.
Who Could Benefit from Microneedling Treatments?
Most individuals who notice skin damage due to loss of collagen and elastin are suitable candidates for microneedling treatments. However, the procedure is most effective at treating minor signs of aging. This means that Alexandria and Northern Virginia residents who are just starting to notice the development of wrinkles and skin laxity are ideal candidates for microneedling.
Unlike other skin resurfacing treatments, microneedling procedures do not pose a risk of hyperpigmentation for individuals with darker skin tones. The treatment’s needles do not create significant damage or visible scarring for people with darker skin. Additionally, the adjustable needle used during the procedure makes microneedling a more versatile option than chemical peels or other similar treatments.
Individuals with active skin conditions like acne breakout are not ideal microneedling patients, as the treatment could spread bacteria across the skin and worsen symptoms. However, microneedling sessions could help manage acne or symptoms of rosacea during periods where blemishes are more under control. All these considerations might seem overwhelming, but Dr. Desman and our expert team can help determine whether someone would benefit from a microneedling procedure.
Call Our Office about Microneedling in Northern Virginia
One of the most popular choices for non-invasive skin treatments that improve skin texture and tone is microneedling in Northern Virginia and Alexandria. The procedure relies on your body’s natural cell regeneration and collagen growth to produce firmer, younger-looking skin with less hyperpigmentation. As a result of consistent microneedling treatments, the skin produces more collagen and elastin. This usually leads to less noticeable signs of aging.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of microneedling, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Desman. He can meet with you, discuss your goals, explain what to expect from a procedure, and follow up after treatment to make sure that you are happy with your results. Contact us today to get started.