Microneedling in Fort Myers
Dr. Douglas Stevens offers the most advanced solutions to common skin problems including wrinkles, fine lines and acne scarring. He carefully vets every skin care treatment to ensure its safety and efficacy. Lately, Dr. Stevens has seen great results with microneedling, a non-surgical, non-ablative technique that improves textural problems for smoother, younger-looking skin.
Microneedling uses a special handpiece (either a dermapen or dermaroller) with tiny, short needles on one end. The dermapen or dermaroller is carefully passed or rolled over the skin to create miniscule pricks or channels in a controlled manner. These mini injuries trigger the body’s natural healing response and kickstart the production of new collagen and elastin. Creating tiny pinpricks in the skin also allows growth factors, serums and other topical skin care products to penetrate the skin deeper for better results.
What Can Microneedling Improve?
Microneedling can be used to reduce the appearance of the following common skin imperfections:
- Fine lines
- Texture problems (i.e., “crepey” looking skin)
- Acne scarring (including pock marks)
- Discoloration or hyperpigmentation
- Small capillary vessels
Treatment can be performed on the face, neck, décolletage, arms, hands, legs or abdomen.
Microneedling should not be performed on areas with active acne, eczema, rosacea or otherwise irritated or inflamed skin, as it may exacerbate the condition.
What Happens During a Microneedling Treatment?
First, a numbing solution is applied to the skin to prevent pain or discomfort. Next, Dr. Stevens or a technician passes or rolls the dermapen or dermaroller over the surface of the skin in several different directions. As the pen or roller passes over the skin, it creates the tiny pinpricks. After the entire targeted area has been treated, special serums or platelet-rich plasma may be infused into the skin.
Treatment usually takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Dr. Stevens or our technician can adjust the length of the needles, based on how deeply they need to penetrate the skin to address the specific problem(s).
After microneedling treatment, it is normal for the skin to look red or sunburned. Light burning, tightness and flaking are also common. Patients can wear makeup to cover up redness as soon as the day after treatment.
Many patients see noticeable results after a single treatment; however, for the maximum benefit, Dr. Stevens may recommend a series of treatments. During an in-person patient consultation, Dr. Stevens and our team can determine how many sessions are needed to achieve the desired results.
At-Home vs. Professional Microneedling
Microneedling should only be performed by a facial plastic surgeon, dermatologist or trained technician. DIY microneedling with at-home dermapens or dermarollers has several drawbacks. First, the at-home devices’ needles are very short, so they cannot penetrate the skin very deeply and therefore cannot provide significant improvement in the treated area. Also, if the needles aren’t properly cleaned or maintained, they can cause infection, skin damage and even scarring.
Learn More about Microneedling
If you are interested in minimizing visible wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars or other textural problems, microneedling may be a good option for you. Contact our practice to schedule an informational consultation today.