Many men and women normally strive to take the best possible care of their skin. While our culture associates quality skin care with long-lasting good looks, in reality, the process is still a fight against the clock. Unfortunately, aging happens to all of us, whether we are ready or not. Time can show on our skin, and slowly rob us of that youthful glow. There are procedures that can help keep skin looking healthy and youthful, despite these inevitable changes. The Choe Center’s microneedling is an innovative treatment that can prevent fine lines from deepening, as well as fade scars and pockmarks that are left by acne or trauma. Microneedling brings patients excellent results by taking advantage of the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin, making the skin look firmer and rejuvenated in just a few weeks.
Microneedling can improve the:
⦁ Décolleté (chest)
Microneedling with Rejuvapen Therapy
Microneedling, also referred to as Rejuvapen therapy, is a non-laser treatment that stimulates the body’s collagen production, creating fresh, new tissue. The microneedling process involves a motorized wand (Rejuvapen) with nine, meticulously spaced tiny needles. Gently passed over the skin, these needles create invisible perforations, injuring the top layer of tissue. The very small grooves will stimulate the body’s healing process, kick-starting the production of collagen and elastin; both of which are vital to healthy, firm skin. This process of self-repair makes the results from microneedling 100% natural. Fine lines, large pores, and acne scarring are reduced after treatment. Firmer skin with stronger elasticity can be seen in just months. The overall condition of the skin will improve with Rejuvapen therapy, giving you a refreshed, rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.
The Microneedling Procedure
Microneedling at the Choe Center uses a process referred to as percutaneous induction skin therapy. This state-of-the-art therapy causes controlled injuries to the target area that are easy for the body to heal, allowing your skin to reap the benefits of the healing process. Each Rejuvapen treatment takes about an hour. Normal activities can be resumed one day after the procedure. Depending on the treatment area and the level of correction, the Rejuvapen has an adjustable needle, ranging from .2 it 2.5mm. This means each treatment can be customized to the individual patient’s needs.
To begin the microneedling treatment session, your skin will be cleaned and a topical numbing cream will be applied for maximum comfort. The Rejuvapen smoothly moves over your skin at varying speeds and needle depths. Each pass causes a controlled injury to the skin, which then activates the natural healing process – stimulating the formation of collagen and elastin in the process. Platelet-rich plasma is sometimes applied for patients who are seeking maximum benefits.
Immediately after a Rejuvapen treatment, it is normal for your skin to appear red or inflamed. In 12 to 24 hours, the redness will disappear. Most patients can resume normal daily activities around this time. Use of a protective sunscreen is recommended for the first twelve hours, as the tissue is delicate. The day after treatment, it is safe to apply your normal makeup.
A minimum of three to four treatments, each spaced at least four weeks apart, is recommended for best results. Benefits from the Rejuvapen treatment are not immediate, as it takes the body about four weeks to synthesize new collagen stores. However, most patients see some degree of improvement after the first microneedling appointment. The best results will take two to three months after the final treatment to appear. Acne scar repair usually requires five to six treatments, as opposed to the minimum three for other skin treatments.
Why choose microneedling from the Choe Center?
While there are many topical collagen and elastin treatments on the market, these products are not as effective as microneedling. As the molecules of collagen and elastin are too large to fit into the pores, topical treatments are unable to produce noticeable results. Rejuvapen therapy is different because it promotes the formation of collagen and elastin naturally, from the inside out. The benefits from the microneedling procedure are not the result of an injection or cream, they come from the body naturally producing healthier, more youthful skin. Microneedling treatments stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. As the body’s healing process creates stronger, more youthful tissue, wrinkles and fine lines disappear, erasing years from the appearance. The signs of sun-damage will diminish, along with acne scars, stretch marks, and areas of hyperpigmentation. The Rejuvapen will make the skin appear firmer, feel tighter, and become healthier overall.
The Ideal Candidate for microneedling
If you are unhappy with marks or scars on your skin, treatment with Rejuvapen might be the procedure for you. An ideal candidate would be in generally good health with a realistic understanding of the risks and benefits of Rejuvapen treatment. Potential patients should be in generally good health and understand the microneedling treatment/recovery process. However, the Rejuvapen is not for everyone. Patients with an open wound, skin infection, a history of poor healing, or recent Accutane use should avoid this treatment. During your personal consultation, the skin experts at the Choe Center will determine if microneedling can be a valuable part in your skin’s treatment plan.
Risks of Microneedling
Microneedling is safe for use on almost any area of the body. While complications from the Rejuvapen are rare, side effects of treatment include redness and tenderness. More serious risks associated with the treatment include skin irritation, scar formation, changes in skin pigmentation, and infections. During your consultation appointment at the Choe Center, risks and potential complications of microneedling will be discussed in detail.
Improve Your Skin with the Rejuvapen at the Choe Center
If you are looking in the mirror and find yourself unhappy with the firmness or overall appearance of your skin, microneedling could be the treatment you are looking for. By activating your body’s healing process, your skin can look rejuvenated and smoother, without surgery. Contact the Choe Center’s Virginia Beach office at 757.389.5850 for more information on the microneedling procedure, or to schedule your consultation appointment. Find out if the Rejuvapen treatment can help your skin look younger and healthier, today.
Am I a good candidate for the microneedling procedure?
If you are unhappy with the level of firmness in your skin, the microneedling treatment option may be right procedure for you. An ideal candidate will be in reasonably good health, as well as understand the risks and benefits of treatment.
How is microneedling performed at the Choe Center?
A small wand with nine tiny needles – called a Rejuvapen – is used during the microneedling procedure. It is run over the skin at varying speeds and depths.
How long does microneedling take at the Choe Center?
The microneedling procedure typically takes one hour.
Is the microneedling procedure painful?
No. A topical anesthetic is applied to the face before the microneedling procedure to prevent any pain.
When can I return to work after my microneedling procedure?
Most patients return to normal daily activities, such as work or school, twenty-four hours after receiving a microneedling treatment.
What can I expect after my microneedling treatment at the Choe Center?
Immediately following the microneedling procedure, there may be some redness or inflammation of the skin. This is common, and usually goes away in 12-24 hours. Some form of sun protection should be used during this time, as the skin heals. After12 hours, make-up may be applied, and after 24 hours, most patients are healed enough to resume all normal daily activities.
When will I see results from my microneedling procedure?
Patients see some change in skin quality 48 hours after treatment, and the skin will continue to improve for two to three months after the microneedling procedure. Patients may notice healthier looking skin right away. We suggest a series of four to six sessions depending on the extent of correction desired. Individuals will see the final, optimal results 3-6 months after their last session.
Are there any side effects or risks of microneedling?
Redness and inflammation at the procedure site are common side effects of microneedling, but these normally go away after the first twenty-four hours. Some risks, although less common, include skin irritation, scar formation, change in skin pigmentation, and infection.
What is the recommended microneedling aftercare treatment?
Cleanse face with tepid water for the first 48 hours following a microneedling treatment, drying the area gently without rubbing. Always use clean hands to avoid infection. Avoid applying makeup products for the first 12 hours of recovery. Your doctor will advise you on use of appropriate, gentle skincare following your microneedling treatment.