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Microneedling is a relatively short and painless in-office procedure. Our treatment is performed with the SkinPen, a medical grade, state-of-the-art microneedling device designed to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture, and scars on the face and body. Before the treatment begins, a numbing cream is applied to the skin to ensure patient comfort. We utilize a custom-compounded topical numbing cream that includes benzocaine, lidocaine, and tetracaine for maximum effect. During your consultation, a treatment plan is created with your aesthetician that includes detailed post-care instructions. The treatment takes 15-30 minutes to complete, depending on the size of the area. A series of 3-6 treatments is usually recommended, scheduled every 4-6 weeks or until desired results are achieved. Microneedling is safe for all skin types and is an excellent option for those looking to achieve more of a youthful appearance with minimal downtime.
At Home vs in Office
The biggest difference between an in-office microneedling treatment and an at-home dermarolling treatment is the needle depth. Although at-home microneedling devices are readily available, the needles dull quickly and cannot penetrate the skin to the depth achieved with high-quality equipment in a medical office. The needle depth of a professional microneedling device is variable from 0.25 millimeters to 2.5 millimeters, and is controlled by the aesthetician to ensure the proper needle depth depending on the area being treated. For example, acne scars, stretch marks, and deep wrinkles require a needle depth greater than 1 mm to achieve optimum effectiveness. An at-home dermarolling needle depth is typically around 0.3 millimeters, and is usually not adjustable. At-home results will not compare to those provided by trained professionals utilizing the best devices on the market. Secondly, at-home devices that are improperly cleaned can lead to infections and/or permanent scars if used incorrectly, whereas in medical offices equipment is routinely sterilized to avoid infections or complications.
Yaicha Tinker, Master Esthetician at Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery, discusses why you should consider microneedling sooner rather than later.