Walnut Creek, CA dermatologist suggests microneedling treatment for glowing skin
At The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute in Walnut Creek, CA, our dermatologist, Dr. M. Christine Lee, offers a wide selection of services for medical and cosmetic dermatology. For patients who are interested in enhancing their skin and enjoying a glowing appearance, microneedling treatment may be suggested.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic service available to patients who want to enhance their skin’s overall texture and tone. This treatment is a fast and effective way of helping men and women alike look years younger and achieve a flawless appearance with a refreshed and revitalized look.
The procedure uses a specialized device that has extremely small needles that puncture the skin to stimulate the skin’s natural healing response. By doing this, it also improves the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin, which gives the skin its youthful appearance. Microneedling is a treatment that may be used to improve:
- Skin laxity
- Large pores
- Acne scarring
- Stretch marks
- Skin texture
- Uneven skin tone
- Fine lines/wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Pigmentation problems
Understanding the microneedling procedure
Dr. M. Christine Lee consults with patients who are interested in microneedling and provides them with a walkthrough of the procedure and what they can expect. Once patients have discussed their dermatological needs with Dr. Lee and have decided to use microneedling to their advantage, they are made comfortable in the treatment chair. A topical cream is administered onto the face to act as an anesthetic to ensure the patient does not experience discomfort from the procedure. Using a small device with sterilized needle tips, the dermatologist chooses the right setting for the depth of the treatment that the patient desires. This is also determined based on the patient’s skin type and the type of damage on the skin that is being addressed. The dermatologist moves the needling device across the skin to puncture it with these very tiny needles, stimulating the body’s natural healing process.
Who is a candidate for microneedling?
Any patient who has a variety of skin concerns may benefit from this natural treatment option. Microneedling is most commonly done on the facial area, but can actually be done anywhere on the body. This may include the neck, chest, hands, arms, thighs, and abdomen. Patients will find that this treatment is a wonderful complement to an effective skin care regimen performed at home with the proper skin care products for their individual skin. Our dermatological team can help patients address their skin concerns with both in-office services and at-home treatment.
Is there downtime associated with microneedling?
For most patients, there is minimal downtime and recovery from this procedure, depending on the level of aggressiveness of the treatment that is chosen. Most patients will notice redness of their skin for less than 24 hours and can easily disguise this with cosmetics. Patients who have a deeper microneedling treatment performed may experience social downtime of up to three days. The results, however, become visible gradually over the course of several weeks.
How long do microneedling treatments take?
The size of the treatment area will greatly determine the time needed for the session. For patients having the facial area done, treatment is often approximately 30 minutes. Topical gels do require some time to work as a proper anesthetic before treatment begins, so this can affect the total time needed in the dermatologist’s treatment chair.
How many times do I have to undergo microneedling?
Your skincare professional will help you decide how many treatment sessions are required to achieve the results you desire. Patients often see results after just one treatment, but most patients will benefit from scheduling two to five treatments spaced anywhere from four to six weeks apart for optimum improvements in their skin. Afterwards, patients can have maintenance treatments done every few months.
Are you interested in beautiful, glowing skin?
Contact our dermatologist today to learn more about effective treatment options for enhancing the skin’s texture and tone, including microneedling services. Dr. M. Christine Lee is the lead dermatologist at The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute and helps patients achieve the beautiful look they’ve dreamed about! Her practice is located at 370 North Wiget Lane in Suite 125, and can be reached by phone at (925) 528-0117. Her practice is always accepting new patients seeking any type of medical or cosmetic dermatology treatments.