Human skin has miraculous healing properties, so the idea of creating superficial wounds to trigger a healing response in the body makes sense as a great way to improve our skin.
Sounds just about like Microneedling.
Microneedling in Salt Lake City & Park City creates hundreds of microscopic punctures through the epidermis across the treatment area. These wounds trigger the body to react and “heal” the wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. This improves the texture and firmness of the skin, and it reduces large pores, stretch marks, and acne scarring. We offer Microneedling at Saltz Plastic Surgery & Spa Vitoria.
What is Microneedling ?
The concept behind Microneedling is not new. It was originally introduced in the 1950s with a “dermaroller,” kind of an aerator (think of your lawn) for your face. Not surprising, rolling this back and forth across a person’s face didn’t catch on. Then in the 1990s, tattoo guns were used without ink to improve post-surgical scarring.
Technological improvements in the delivery method allowed for today’s Microneedling in Salt Lake City. At Saltz Plastic Surgery, we use the Dermapen a small handheld device that resembles a pen. It contains 12 microneedles that move up and down as the Dermapen is moved across the treatment area. We set the penetration depth (up to 2mm), creating hundreds of tiny microscopic punctures/wounds across the treatment areas. This initiates the healing mechanism in the skin, which improves texture and quality, and improves issues such as acne scarring.
How does Microneedling work?
When we move the Dermapen across the treatment areas, the microneedles move up and down creating hundreds of punctures. The punctures penetrate the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, and enter the dermis, the skin’s second layer. Because each individual puncture is so small, it is surrounded by completely healthy skin that instantly gets busy helping to heal the small punctures surrounding it. They fully heal within just a few hours.
The body, however, believes it has been wounded with all of these tiny incursions into the dermis layer. It initiates a healing response in the skin. First, the skin actively remodels the existing collagen, instantly tightening the skin. Then it signals to increase production of collagen, the protein in the skin responsible for the skin’s underlying support structure. It also increases elastin production, which helps the skin with elasticity and suppleness. The end result is that the skin firms, creates new cells, helps to break down existing scars and large pores, and then sends supplies of new collagen and elastin to the area.
Another cool thing about Microneedling in Park City & Salt Lake City is that the hundreds of microscopic punctures can be thought of as channels down through epidermis directly into the dermis. That enables us to apply topical gels, serums, and creams that can directly get into the dermis layer, where they are much more effective. These topical applications further enhance the skin.
What skin issues does Microneedling improve?
At Saltz Plastic Surgery & Spa Vitoria, we use Microneedling all over the body, but the typical targets are the face, neck, and décolletage. Microneedling doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation, so it can also be used on all skin tones.
Here are skin conditions we treat with Microneedling:
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Fine lines
- Uneven texture
- Stretch marks
Would Microneedling in Salt Lake City or Park City, UT be right for me?
There really are not any limitations on who could benefit from Microneedling. It doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation, as some other resurfacing procedures do. The punctures are only superficial and they heal within just a few hours.
Does Microneedling hurt?
Obviously, it would seem like puncturing your skin hundreds of times would hurt quite a bit. Actually, it doesn’t. We apply a topical anesthetic prior to your procedure, so you don’t feel any pain. Plus, the needles are very thin. Patients tell us the procedure feels something like light sandpaper being moved across their skin.
How long does a Microneedling session take?
Treatments can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes, depending on the area/areas you are having treated. A face treatment typically takes from 20-30 minutes.
When will I see results and how long will they last?
As your skin reacts to the punctures, you will have an immediate glow, but Microneedling results build with time. This is because your body increases the production of collagen and elastin for weeks. Visible changes with the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Your results can continue to improve for up to six months.
How long your results will last is dependent on your unique body. The new collagen and elastin aren’t going anywhere, but your body otherwise continues to produce less collagen as we age. That’s why continuing treatments with the Saltz Spa Vitoria team are recommended to keep up with these decreases.
How often can I have Microneedling done?
To allow the skin to fully heal and complete its collagen production increase, Microneedling can be done once every 4-6 weeks. At Saltz Plastic Surgery & Spa Vitoria, we recommend at least three treatments for collagen building and 3-6 treatments to lessen scarring. From there maintenance is a good idea.
What will I look like after my Microneedling session?
Your skin will appear red and flushed after your Microneedling session; it will appear as if you have a mild sunburn. The degree of redness will correlate to the number of passes over the treatment areas and the depth of the setting for the needle penetration. This redness usually passes by the next day. There may also be some slight swelling and your skin will feel tight for a day or so. It’s optimal to schedule your session as an after-work procedure because by the next morning most of the redness will have passed. You don’t have to restrict your activities at all after Microneedling.
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