By Dr. Jack Siebenaler, MD, Medical Director of Elite Beauty Toledo

Hello beauty seekers!  Today I want to talk to you about microneedling, one of the latest crazes in skin care therapy.  For those of you who are new to this type of therapy and treatment, microneedling involves using fine needles to puncture the skin, which creates a controlled skin injury that stimulates growth of collagen.  This growth of collagen results in rejuvenation of a treated person’s skin.  Microneedling is also called skin collagen induction therapy, skin needling and percutaneous collagen induction.  Overall, microneedling has been very effective in helping a person’s quest to remain youthful.

Here at Elite Beauty, we have obtained expert training and have equipment that helps us provide the best treatment using this modality.  Microneedling is used in our practice to treat and improve conditions like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, skin texture, pore size, brown spots, stretch marks and pigment issues. We also have been trained and are experts in using PRP and Stem Cells as part of the treatment regimen.  These treatment modalities have dramatically improved patients who have been treated in our clinic.

Most anyone can have the procedure performed, as long as they do not have any active infections, lesions or any known wound healing problems.  It is typically performed in a series of treatments depending upon the patient’s skin condition which is assessed at your initial consultation.  During the procedure, your skin is anesthetized with a topical anesthetic.  After your skin is numb, a microneedling device is used to insert tiny stainless steel needles into the skin to cause microinjuries or punctures.  The idea behind the trauma is that the trauma causes your body to send healing agents (collagen and elastin) to heal the cuts and repair them.  This intervention increases collagen synthesis that can make skin look and act younger.

After the procedure, a collagen enhancing product is used.  It’s important to realize that with any minimally invasive procedure the best results come to those who use microneedling as part of a larger skin care and anti-aging regimen.

What risks are involved?  Well, the risks are lower with microneedling versus other skin treatments such as chemical peels or light/laser therapies.  The procedure is more effective than more aggressive treatments for acne scarring.  It’s important to know that like any other procedure, microneedling can cause possible complications, although very rare, such as bleeding, bruising, and infection.

We hope to see you soon for a FREE evaluation to examine you and determine if microneedling is best for you.