Microneedling, also known as microchanneling, is a skin rejuvenation therapy that involves pricking the skin with a special device designed to promote collagen rejuvenation. Saratoga Family Medicine offers this safe and effective treatment for improving the skin’s texture and reducing the appearance acne, scars, and wrinkles. Located in Ballston Spa, New York, Saratoga Family Medicine serves men and women throughout Saratoga County. Call to speak with our team today or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Microneedling takes advantage of your body’s own ability to heal itself. It’s a minimally invasive procedure where a special device creates a series of tiny superficial wounds or channels in the dermis layer of your skin, which contains a rich supply of blood vessels and connective structures.
Pricking the dermis in this manner triggers a regenerative process through direct stimulation of fibroblasts -- a type of cell responsible for producing collagen and maintaining the skin’s appearance. As your body generates new collagen in response to the superficial wounds, the skin’s appearance improves.
Saratoga Family Medicine goes one step further by infusing your skin with stem cell-based serums that have the unique ability to replace and heal damaged skin.
The benefits of microneedling include:
The treatment may seem scary because of the word needle, but rest assured that it’s a simple and safe procedure. Before the treatment begins, your provider applies topical anesthesia to numb the area. Then a specialized device makes tiny pricks in the skin as you rest comfortably. You’ll feel the vibrating sensation of the device as it moves over your skin.
After the procedure, you may experience mild redness and swelling, but it should subside over the course of the first 24 hours. Your skin begins the healing process right away, and most patients notice an improvement in their skin’s appearance within the first week. It can take four weeks for the healing process to complete.
Depending on your skin’s condition, you may need multiple treatments for optimal results. Microneedling can be repeated safely every four to six weeks. A minimum of three treatments is typically recommended for best results.
Because the process causes only superficial wounds that close within an hour, the risk of infection is very low, when performed by a trained aesthetician.
Microneedling is inappropriate for patients with skin infections, active acne, and other conditions that cause skin irritation, such as eczema. Talk to your provider to determine whether you’re a good candidate for microneedling.