If over-the-counter skin care products are no longer proving effective, but you don't want surgery, consider minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments such as microneedling. Board-certified physician Dr. Ian Levenson is happy to perform microneedling (collagen induction therapy) at his office in Greenwood Village, CO. Microneedling uses many fine needles to effectively and safely make micro-injuries in the skin. The micro-injuries prompt the natural production of elastin and collagen, two nutrients that boost the health and appearance of your complexion. Often performed with other skin treatments, such as vitamin serums or platelet-rich plasma (PRP), microneedling may help minimize pores, stretch marks, and scars. Make an appointment for a consultation at The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity to learn more about the results of microneedling and how to personalize your procedure for your skin needs and goals.
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It's possible you could be a candidate for microneedling treatments if you experience mild to moderate complexion problems, like rough skin texture or low elasticity. Collagen induction therapy procedures may also reduce the look of scars, stretch marks, and pores. You should be willing to wait before seeing the results of your microneedling procedure because the elastin and collagen require time to have an impact on the complexion; however, you will have results that look natural and gain better overall skin health.
Microneedling is performed in a treatment room in around 30 – 60 minutes with local anesthesia or numbing cream if requested; however, most patients feel little or no pain and discomfort. The areas of skin being addressed will be cleaned before the handpiece is evenly passed over the treatment area. Once the microneedling is performed, a treatment, such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or a serum with a vitamin infusion may be applied so the nutrients can penetrate deeper into the skin. A moisturizer selected for your skin type will be massaged in along with sunscreen because the treated skin will be more sensitive following the procedure.
What to Expect
You may have some redness and swelling for around one day; however, this should subside quickly on its own. It can take around 1 – 2 months as the elastin and collagen supply increases until you notice significant changes in the appearance and health of your skin. You should schedule around 4 – 6 follow-up sessions performed every 4 – 6 weeks for optimal outcomes and lasting skin benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling cost?
The cost for microneedling will depend on what's included in your treatment plan. In your initial consultation, Dr. Levenson will perform a skin analysis and then create your unique treatment plan. From there, he will be able to talk about your treatment costs and what to expect during the procedure. The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity frequently has discounts on skin treatment packages so be sure to ask about our current deals in your appointment.
What exactly is microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure to tighten and rejuvenate your skin. A natural fibrous protein, collagen helps your skin stay smooth, supple, and firm. Over time, your natural supply of collagen is reduced, and your skin gets thin and loses elasticity. Microneedling creates tiny skin wounds. These micro-injuries prompt your skin to generate new skin cell growth and increase collagen production. After a short recovery period, your complexion appears brighter, firmer, and healthier.
Can I combine other treatments with microneedling?
In the process of microneedling, channels are made that help other treatments reach the lower layers. That's why microneedling is often done before other skin treatment, such as special serums or PRP (platelet-rich plasma). Microneedling plus PRP has become known as the Vampire Facial. In your initial consultation, Dr. Levenson will discuss which treatments would enhance your microneedling and which would most benefit your skin.
How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
Most patients get 3 – 6 microneedling treatments to achieve optimal results. Although, how many sessions you require will vary based on the condition of your skin and your goals. Microneedling may be safely done every 4 – 6 weeks. In your initial consultation, Dr. Levenson will be able to estimate the number of sessions you might want after assessing your skin and listening to your goals. When your skin goals are reached, Dr. Levenson suggests scheduling touch-up sessions every six months.
Is microneedling safe for everyone?
For the most part, microneedling is appropriate for all skin tones and types. Skin injuries created by microneedling are so minor that there are very few side effects afterward. Microneedling can be performed on most skin areas, including the face, neck, arms, thighs, chest, and lower legs. Microneedling isn't recommended if you've used Accutane within the last 2 – 3 months, plus if you have an active skin infection, herpes simplex, or open wound. Additionally, you might not be able to get microneedling if you're nursing, pregnant, or getting radiation therapy.
Natural Health and Radiance
Enhance the appearance and health of your complexion with microneedling sessions at The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity in Greenwood Village. A nonsurgical procedure that may give you dramatic improvements, microneedling boosts your natural collagen production for firmer, smoother skin. Make an appointment with board-certified physician Dr. Ian Levenson to learn more information about this procedure and other skin rejuvenation procedures.