Microneedling in Atlanta, GA
Dull, lifeless skin is a common concern, and is often worsened with stress, aging, illness, and a suboptimal diet. Sun damage also make our skin look older and have uneven pigmentation; and with age, our body creates progressively less collagen, leaving the skin thinner and more prone to fine lines. Skin resurfacing procedures–such as lasers, Morpheus, and chemical peels–help improve the skin’s texture, and microneedling offers a great resurfacing option with little recovery and downtime.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a medical treatment to smooth the skin’s texture and improve its health and appearance. In essence, microneedling treatment uses tiny needles to penetrate the skin, creating small channels of injury within the skin’s dermis, or its collagen-rich undersurface. The body responds to the microneedling treatments by repairing the dermis with new, more youthful collagen. This, in turn, makes the skin looks smoother and more plump, and improves its overall health.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling improves the skin’s texture and overall appearance and health, and both Dr. Fishman and our staff recommend it frequently for skin rejuvenation. Our medical aesthetician, Alla, also enjoys doing microneedling for acne scars, surgical scars, and acne. “By stimulating new collagen formation and creating a controlled amount of injury in the skin, I’m asking the skin to heal itself–and get the bonus of a little extra collagen and plumpness along the way,” says Alla. Alla recommends microneedling treatments for their anti-aging properties; “much like exfoliation, microneedling should be a regular, maintenance treatment,” she says, relating her most common treatment areas are the face, neck, and chest. She commonly recommends a series of microneedling treatments for surgical scars, saying it is important to start treatments within a few weeks of removing sutures for best scar healing results. Likewise, acne scars get improvement from microneedling, says Alla, explaining that the smoothing effect of new collagen helps acne scars appears less deep and more blended into the surrounding skin.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
Microneedling is essentially painless. We normally apply a topical numbing cream to the skin for 20-30 minutes prior to treatment, and once this takes full effect, microneedling feels like a mild buzzing or light pressure.