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What is Micro-Needling?

Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their skin due to various conditions like acne scars, discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Although they may be unsatisfied with their skin condition and would like treatment, many people still do not relish the idea of going under the knife. Fortunately, a minimally-invasive skin treatment exists that can dramatically enhance the appearance of the skin without the need for surgery.

How Does Micro-Needling Work?

Micro-needling is a treatment for skin problems that does not involve surgery. The treatment involves the use of a device containing many tiny, sterile needles that is gently passed over the skin. The small needles create tiny micro-channels in the skin, which triggers the body into healing the area by delivering fresh collagen and elastin, two components of healthy, youthful skin.

In effect, this treatment tricks the body into producing skin that has fewer blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles and scars. The results are often dramatic. However, the treatment may take several weeks or months to show the full results, and multiple treatments may be needed.

Micro-needling works by stimulating the body’s production of fresh collagen and elastin. Collagen provides a matrix or framework for the skin cells and the blood vessels that provides them with nourishment. Elastin is what gives the skin its elasticity. Aging skin contains less elastin, and the result is sagging skin that develops wrinkles.

Can Micro-Needling Be Used with Other Treatments?

Yes. One of the advantages of this treatment is that it makes the absorption of topical agents much more effective. You see, the skin normally has a natural outer barrier that prevents many topical products from reaching below the outer layers of skin. Micro-needling creates many micro-channels in the skin, bypassing this barrier and allowing topical agents to be more effective.

What About Side Effects?

Micro-needling treatments do not involve any significant side effects. Some minor redness and swelling are not uncommon; however, these effects fade rapidly on their own over the course of several hours or two days at the most.

No downtime should be expected after micro-needling treatment. The micro-channels in the skin created by the treatment are too tiny to be noticed with the naked eye. In fact, some patients choose to have the procedure performed over their lunch break.

Results

Some micro-needling results may be noticeable right away, but the results normally take several weeks to months to be evident. The skin will take some time to turn over old skin cells to new ones.

Schedule a Consultation Today

To find out more about if micro-needling is right for you, schedule a consultation at ProMD Health, with locations in Annapolis, Arlington, and Baltimore. With this minimally-invasive, in-office skin rejuvenation treatment, your skin will look and feel healthier with little or no downtime. Contact us today to book your appointment to learn more.

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Kelly Cochran a licensed esthetician with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Kelly has dedicated her career to quality outcomes and providing a luxury service to every patient she sees. As a ZO Skin Health Expert, Kelly works with her patients using in office services and at home treatments to award them the best results available. Come see Kelly for her personally designed custom Hydrafacials! In her spare time, Kelly enjoys ballroom and professional dancing and spending time with her friends and family.