You may have had a bad case of acne growing up. You may also have stretch marks or you may be aging faster than you ought to age. Microneedling or collagen induction treatment is a procedure used to induce collagen production to treat skin problems. Microneedling may also help you to promote hair growth. As a minimally invasive procedure, micro-needling would be useful for you to help correct your cosmetic needs. Microneedling would be ideal for you if you have good health and have specific cosmetic concerns that fail to respond to home remedies. Microneedling can also be ideal for your skin before you consider cosmetic surgery as a treatment option for aging and peels.
How Microneedling Works
Collagen is an elastic tissue found under the skin. Collagen gives your skin the turgor and elastic recoil, It is, therefore, responsible for giving your skin a healthy sheen. Microneedling encourages the production of collagen by causing slight injury to the dermal layer of the skin and therefore stimulating a healing process that leads to the production of collagen abundant tissue. During the aging process, the skin losses elastases and collagen that are responsible for skin turgor. Collagen induction will therefore help reverse the aging process by promoting the production of firm healthy skin and correct acne scars and other types of scars, areas of discoloration, or wrinkled skin.
What your Doctor Does?
After the consultation and identifying the areas of your skin that may need extra attention, your doctor applies some topical local anesthetic to ensure there is no pain during the procedure. The local anesthetic may be in the form of a cream that is applied approximately thirty minutes before the procedure begins. Microneedling is done using a pen-like device that makes tiny punctures under the skin in the dermis that is extremely small and thus invisible to the eye. A trained practitioner moves the device evenly across the area of focus to ensure that the rejuvenation of the skin is even and smooth. The process lasts about half an hour and can be done as an outpatient procedure with you heading home afterward. After the treatment, a calming treatment or serum is used to soothe the skin since the whole process is irritating to the skin.
The Cost of Microneedling
Whereas there is no standard fixed price for the procedure, an average of $300 per session with a range of $100 to $700 should be your target price per session. Being a cosmetic procedure, you may have to foot your bill out of pocket. However, your doctor may give you a structured payment plan or offer financing options depending on availability. To avoid running into any headwinds once the treatment is started, you are better off considering the whole treatment cost and its affordability before committing to the procedure. Having a sense of the total costs beforehand helps you avoid any surprise costs or hidden charges. During the treatment, you may also consider ways to recover lost work time hours if needed. However, being a minimally invasive procedure, you ought to resume your daily activities almost immediately after the treatment is complete.
On-toward Effects Of the Procedure
All cosmetic procedures have some degree of risk associated with them and microneedling is no different. Minor skin irritation following the therapy is common. You may also have some flushing of the skin for a few days due to the healing process and collagen stimulation after the procedure. Side effects that could worry you include:
- Extreme pain or fever that may be indicative of an infection
To avoid any unwanted effects due to the therapy, you could consider other cosmetic options for your skin if you:
- Have had a dose of radiation treatment recently
- Have a propensity to develop skin scars (keloids) after an injury
- Have skin conditions including eczema or psoriasis
- Have an open wound
Unlike plastic surgery, microneedling only requires minimal recovery time. A little irritation, sensitivity, redness, or flushing is a normal response to small pricks made into your dermis. Camouflaging Makeup can help cover up the redness as it dissipates during healing. Due to the irritation, your skin will be sensitive to the sun. Therefore, sunscreen with a high SPF is mandatory. You can notice the results following microneedling in a few weeks since your body needs time to rejuvenate and create new healthy skin. During the consultation, your doctor ought to explain to you all about the procedure and create the most suitable plan of action for you based on your desired outcomes. In conclusion, microneedling costs an average of $300 per session. Microneedling is ideal for long-term healthy skin and is a minimally invasive procedure with remarkable outcomes. For more information on micro-neeling, contact 205-352-9141.