Baton Rouge Microneedling: Everything You Need to Know

Baton Rouge Microneedling

If you’ve spent any time paying attention to health and beauty websites, magazines, or blogs in recent months, you’ve likely already heard of microneedling.  You may even be considering the procedure for yourself after reading some rave reviews or seeing before and after photos.  On the other hand, you may be wondering what in the world microneedling even means and what it’s supposed to do.  No matter into which category you fall, we’ve got you covered.  Here are the microneedling details that all prospective patients need to know.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is performed using a tool or pen with 11 tiny needles at the tip.  These can be adjusted to various depths based on your skin and particular needs.  Used across the face or area of concern, the needles create tiny micro-punctures in the skin.  In turn, the body treats these wounds as it would any other, increasing cell turnover and producing more collagen and elastin.  The result is an overall thickening of the skin and a reduction in common signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

What are the Benefits of Microneedling?

Microneedling has caught on quickly for several reasons.  Patients love it for the impressive, natural-looking results it’s able to deliver in a few sessions, with minimal downtime and for less cost than many alternatives.  Dermatologists are on board because it is safe, utilizes the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, and is a good choice across a wide range of patients.  Whereas many cosmetic skin treatments are limited by skin tone due to their tendency to result in hyperpigmentation for those with darker skin, microneedling causes no such issues, making it ideal for all skin types and tones with the following concerns:

·        Fine lines and wrinkles

·        Acne scarring

·        Minimizing pores

·        Lifting and tightening the skin

·        Hyperpigmentation

Who Should not use Microneedling?

As great as microneedling is for many, it is not ideal for all. There are a few particular conditions or medications which should not be combined with the procedure.  Any of the following considerations can prevent a patient from receiving treatment:

·        Have used Accutane within the last 3 months or has active acne

·        Has open cuts, abrasions or other wounds

·        Has skin cancer or has had radiation treatments to the skin within the past year

·        Has any form of skin infection in the proposed area of treatment

·        Has a history of forming keloid scars or poor wound healing

·        Has rosacea or eczema

·        Is pregnant or breastfeeding

Where Should You get Microneedling?

As is the case with any popular, non-surgical cosmetic procedure, there are many providers of microneedling and even at-home options that have hit the market.  However, the decision of where microneedling should be performed and by whom should always come back to experience.  While the treatment may be minimally invasive, it does result in injury to the skin and should only be performed by someone with extensive knowledge of the skin, its healing processes, and potential complications.  Furthermore, at-home “dermarollers” do not allow for deeper levels of needle penetration and are not capable of producing the most dramatic results.

If you are interested in receiving microneedling treatments in Baton Rouge or Lafayette, contact Dermasurgery Center and request an appointment with our skilled team of providers.  You’ll be amazed at the dramatic difference that this simple treatment can make in your skin in as little as 3-6 treatments.

Chad Prather, M.D.