What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is one of the latest nonsurgical skin rejuvenation breakthroughs we are thrilled to offer Austin area residents. Also known as collagen induction therapy, this treatment improves the texture, tone, and overall appearance of the skin, while reducing fine lines and other irregularities. Sometimes combined with dermabrasion, microneedling uses small needles to gently create holes in the skin, which disrupts the skin to produce collagen and elastin. Even though needles are used, the holes are very tiny and reside close together, thus there is no tissue destruction, instead the holes heal effectively leaving the skin smooth and glowing. At Snyder Dermatology in Austin, TX, we are proud to offer patients the DermaPen, our preferred way to perform microneedling.
What is DermaPen?
DermaPen treatments are painless for most patients. Needle size can be adjusted and thus treatments over 0.5 mm deep may require a topical anesthetic cream to be applied for 15 – 40 minutes before the procedure. This helps eliminate any discomfort.
"Generally you go see a dermatologist when you are having some sort of skin issue or thing you want to address. After seeing 6 different dermatologists over a few years and never getting results I came across Dr. Renee Snyder. Not only does this doctor take the time to listen to all of your challenges and concerns, but she is direct and aggressive in her approach yielding the best results. Her team is extremely knowledgeable and super sweet. She is straight to the point with her approach to targeting all your skin needs. She has the most cutting edge treatments in the Austin area. Her experience and expertise creates an environment that trumps any other in this field. I have found the best dermatologist and if you are needing to figure out who to go to she is your golden opportunity to skin health. The best thing is, if you are on the fence about a protocol, she is a straight shooter and if she doesn't think it is right for you she won't try and sell you on any service or treatment. After your appointment, make sure you go see Rachel for Microneedling and Ultherapy. It makes you look even more amazing!! Then check out their non-toxic skin care and make-up products for sale. Best in the industry!"- G.W. / Yelp / Oct 31, 2017
During the Treatment
Prior to the procedure, the treated area is cleaned and a thin layer of a topical gel is applied to numb the skin. The needling device will be pressed gently across the skin, gliding in one direction until the entire area has been treated. The feeling is comparable to sand paper moving over the skin. The procedure will result in tiny holes, known as micro channels, on the skin which will close almost immediately, triggering a healing response. This results in renewed skin, including a thickened dermis, which will soften the appearance of lines, wrinkles and scars. The procedure takes around 15 – 30 minutes.
What to Expect
A patient can expect the treated area to appear bright red, similar to a sunburn, immediately after microneedling. The redness can last anywhere from a day to up to a week. The intensity and duration of the redness are dependent upon the number of passes performed on the treatment area, as well as the particular area treated since microneedling can be performed on the face, neck, arms and décolleté. In some cases, there’s pinpoint bleeding. Since microneedling allows improved absorption of creams, gels and serums, a doctor will determine the best products for the patient post-procedure. These can include bleaching or lightening serums, vitamin C or hyaluronic serums to accelerate results.
Right after the procedure, patients can expect the skin to glow. Over the course of a few weeks, a patient can expect to see a marked improvement in skin’s color, tone and texture. In addition, there should be a drastic reduction of lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is also effective in diminishing acne and traumatic scars and stretch marks. A patient’s appearance can continue to improve up to 6 months following initial treatment. While some patients benefit from a single treatment, 2 – 3 treatments are advised to get the best possible results. A licensed aesthetician will work closely with a patient to develop the right course of treatment based on his or her individual needs.
Our dermatology office recommends the following treatment schedule for optimal results:
- Rejuvenation: 4 – 6 treatments, 4 weeks apart
- Acne scarring: 6 treatments, 6 weeks apart
- Stretch marks: 4 – 8 treatments, 4 – 6 weeks apart
Typically, you will see results after the first treatment. Lasting and more significant results will occur after 4 to 6 treatments (spaced 4 – 6 weeks apart). Your skin will continue to improve over the next 6 – 12 months after a course of treatments and when combined with the recommended post-treatment care.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $250 - $625
- 60 minutes
Schedule a Consult Today!
Microneedling is an effective, safe procedure that continues to be a popular skin rejuvenation treatment among our dermatology patients. If you are seeking a nonsurgical, advanced way to brighten your skin and create a glowing appearance, we invite you call our office for a skin exam today. We will provide a custom treatment plan that meets your desired goals and aesthetic needs.