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Microneedling

At Miami Skin and Vein in Coral Gables, FL our patients want to look and feel their best. In Miami, with its endless summers, limitless energy, and sunshine, patients are looking for the latest innovative treatments to help them keep their skin looking young and refreshed. However, it’s important to remember that not all great treatments have to be new. In fact, one of Dr. Patel’s most effective skin treatments, microneedling, has been used for years with great success. Microneedling, also known as transcutaneous collagen induction therapy, is a gentle rejuvenating skin treatment that uses a medical device consisting of very fine needles to stimulate the body to produce its own collagen. The increased collagen helps to improve the skin’s texture. In recent years, the treatment method and microneedling device itself have been advanced making it safer, gentler, and more effective while continuing to deliver the excellent results patients have come to expect. Dr. Patel uses the Micropen Elite from Eclipse Aesthetics.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling involves the use of a handheld device that is loaded with very fine medical grade needles, The device is gently passed over the skin, with the needles creating microchannels in the skin, anywhere from 0.5-2 mm in depth. This triggers the body’s normal healing mechanism with an associated increase in collagen. The collagen deposition improves skin texture and elasticity, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and improves acne and other scars. The microneedling treatment can be combined with hyaluronic acid based serums, growth factors, and PRP to further improve results.

The microneedling procedure is a minimal downtime procedure. Patients can expect some redness for a day or so. Patients notice an immediate improvent in the feel and radiance of their skin after the procedure. Over the following weeks, collagen is deposited resulting in longer-term improvements in texture, fine lines, and scars. In most cases, a series of treatments is required for best results; usually 3-5 treatments, spaced 1 month apart.

What is microneedling used for?

Microneedling can be used for a number of skin conditions and for patients of nearly any age or ethnicity who want to improve the tone and texture of their skin. It is commonly used to address:
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Early signs of aging
  • Acne and surgical scars
  • Stretch marks

Benefits of microneedling

Unlike lasers microneedling does not heat the skin. This lack of heat reduces the risk of post treatment hyperpigmentation. For this reason, microneedling can be used safely in all skin types, including Hispanic, Asian and African American skin which tend to have higher melanin (pigment) content.

Microneedling is one of a select group of treatments that is able to offer excellent results without the associated downtime. This explains its recently popularity as patient move away from surgical procedures in favor of minimally invasive, minimal downtime treatments offering subtle, natural results.

For more information about microneedling, call Miami Skin and Vein to schedule your consultation with Dr. Patel today.

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