Also referred to as skin needling and collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. It applies the power of controlled injury to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, more toned skin. Microneedling can also be used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, or topical medications, to increase their effectiveness. This procedure is chemical-free and minimally invasive; bringing patients beautiful results.

It uses the body’s own healing process to correct many of the most common signs of aging. Microneedling is best suited to treat:

  • Wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Photo-aged skin
  • Skin texture irregularities 
  • Stretch marks 
  • Skin laxity 
  • Hair loss

Microneedling: Controlled Micro-trauma for collagen renewal

RG Plastic Surgery is proud to offer Microneedling to the Nashville, TN area. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia will evaluate if you are a prime candidate for this boutique procedure during your non-surgical consultation. He is committed to helping you achieve your best aesthetic. For this reason he is excited to offer this treatment option for it has the ability to help you rejuvenate the quality of your skin. Rest assured, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia’s lead aesthetician Natalie Moros is a highly trained and experienced Certified Aesthetican. She supplemented her training by graduating from the National Laser Institute; earning the title of Certified Laser Technician (CLT). She is certified to carry-out procedures with the Sciton, Lutronic Genius RF Microneedling, and Hydrafacial devices. Your complete satisfaction and safety is our objective in bringing you this amazing skin care spa treatment.

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Microneedling Pen vs. RF Microneedling

Microneedling Pen

The Microneedling Pen is very effective for general collagen formation. The motorized device causes micro controlled punctures through passes of fine needle motions. The microneedling pen utilizes a single use, adjustable needle tip.

As the procedure is performed, the needle depth is customized based on the area of treatment and desired aesthetic goal. Once the treatment is complete, a client can expect to have increased redness in the treated areas for three to seven days. The Microneedling pen is a fantastic option for generating collagen formation, and minimal down time.

RF Microneedling

RF Microneedling is entirely different from traditional Microneedling. Although RF Microneedling is a microneedling device, the potency behind the treatment comes from the addition of radio frequency (RF) waves. The fine needles in this device work as a delivery system for the radio frequency waves. Research has shown that the presence of radio frequency waves in the skin is an effective measure in the production of new collagen and elastin in a treated area. New collagen resurfaces lines and wrinkles, giving the client more youthful looking skin. The production for new elastin is responsible for an eye-catching skin tightening effect. In addition, RF Microneedling has the power to even-out skin tone. The radio frequency component represses the activity of melanin. The decline in melanin has an overall effect of evening-out skin tone. RG Plastic Surgery utilizes the Genius™ RF Microneedling device. Click this LINK to learn more about RG – RF Microneedling.

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What is the microneedling?

Is microneedling a safe option for me?

Am I a prime candidate for microneedling?

What happens during the treatment?

Does microneedling hurt?

How soon can I return to normal activities?

What does recovery look like?

How long will my results last?

What are the benefits of microneedling?

What are the risks of microneedling?

What more can I learn about microneedling?

What is the microneedling?

Also referred to as skin needling and collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. The process involves rolling a wand or pen affixed with mini-needles to create tiny wounds. These wounds are miniscule and only skin-deep, but your body responds with alarm, sending in healing factors that boost skin strength, radiance, and health. Microneedling can also be used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures or topical medications to increase their effectiveness.

When it comes to aesthetic concerns, microneedling is best suited to treat:

  • Wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Photo-aged skin
  • Skin texture irregularities
  • Stretch marks
  • Skin laxity

This procedure is chemical-free, minimally invasive, and brings patients beautiful results.

Is microneedling a safe option for me?

Microneedling is minimally invasive, requiring no downtime. It’s considered safe for most people who are in overall good health.

Am I a prime candidate for microneedling?

Microneedling is safe for almost anyone. The only contraindications are for those who currently have acne, infections, or wound healing issues. In those cases, you will need to wait until you are medically cleared.

What happens during the treatment?

Microneedling helps rejuvenate, refresh, and restore the skin by triggering the body’s own natural process of healing. During treatment, fine needles are passed over the affected area. These needles create micro-injuries that are large enough to stimulate healing, but small enough that there is minimal downtime. In fact, this treatment is so gentle that it is suitable for even the most sensitive areas on the face and body.

Once these needles have pierced the skin, the regeneration process begins. Blood circulates to the area, enriching it with healing growth factors. Collagen and elastin, two structural proteins responsible for how tight and full the skin is, are repaired and restored. Over time, the treatment area begins to become tighter, healthier, and more youthful-looking.

Because of the healing response that it stimulates, microneedling can be used in conjunction with topical growth factors and anti-aging serums to increase their effectiveness.

Does microneedling hurt?

Although microneedling is a relatively painless procedure, you may still experience some discomfort. There are a few things you can do before and after the procedure to minimize the pain you might experience.

Before the procedure

To minimize pain before your procedure:

  • Avoid using any products on your skin that increase sensitivity, such as retinoids or exfoliants.
  • Avoid laser procedures or overexposure to the sun before treatment. This can damage the skin and increase sensitivity.
  • Don’t shave, wax, or use depilatories before the procedure. This can lead to an increase in skin sensitivity.
  • Preparing your skin with vitamin A and vitamin C formulations may help promote the production of collagen.

After the procedure

To minimize pain after your procedure:

  • Make sure to follow all postoperative instructions provided by your doctor.
  • Apply any prescribed or recommended topical creams and lotions to keep your skin moisturized and to reduce inflammation.
  • Avoid washing your face with anything other than lukewarm water and gentle cleanser for 48 to 72 hours after the procedure.
  • Avoid using makeup for at least 48 to 72 hours after the procedure. When you do apply makeup, only use clean makeup brushes.
  • Avoid direct sunlight for 48 to 72 hours after the procedure. If you plan to go outside, don’t forget to apply sunscreen.
  • Avoid using harsh cleansers and exfoliants after your procedure. They can cause more irritation and inflammation while your skin is healing.

How soon can I return to normal activities?

Microneedling Recovery Time. Healing from microneedling usually takes a mere 24 hours. However, it may take up to two to three days depending on the extent of the treatment. You can are free to return to work or school immediately after treatment and wear makeup 24 hours after your treatment.

What does recovery look like?

Before treatment begins, a topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area to improve patient comfort. The amount of time that each microneedling procedure takes depends on the size of the treatment area and each patient’s aesthetic goals.

Once treatment is complete, full recovery usually takes between 3-4 days. While some patients only undergo a single treatment, many attend several treatment sessions in order to get the best results. A 4-6 week healing period is typically required between microneedling procedures.

How long will my results last?

The effects of a micro needling pen are not permanent, so clinicians recommend a maintenance program which could include quarterly procedures to keep skin looking it’s best. This along with an effective home skin care product routine will prolong the results and increase effectiveness.

What are the benefits of microneedling?

1. Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles

No one wants to look older than they are. But premature aging that presents as fine lines and wrinkles does just that. The tiny injuries from a microneedling session boost collagen and elastin production to fight lines and wrinkles.

Collagen and elastin are compounds in your skin that add structure and strength, lending a youthful quality. The wound-healing mechanisms also stimulate your body to produce new skin cells, making fine lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles less apparent.

2. Scar treatment

Because microneedling stimulates collagen and elastin production, it’s also super effective in addressing acne and other scars on your skin. The only type of scar not possible to treat is keloid, or raised, scars.

3. Sun damage

Microneedling is effective in reducing the appearance of sun damage, particularly hyperpigmentation and age spots. If you have a blotchy, brownish complexion, which is probably a result of too many days of sunning, microneedling and its ability to stimulate new collagen and skin cells can reinvigorate your look and even out your tone.

4. Anti-aging

Aging doesn’t just show up as wrinkles and discoloration. As you get older, your skin loses its elasticity, so it appears lax. Aging skin may also look dull and lack a lustrous glow. Microneedling can change this.

The buildup of collagen that occurs in response to the tiny wounds can improve skin structure to fight sagging. Plus, just 24 hours following a session, you experience a radiant, fresh glow.

5. Shrink pores

Despite the fact that microneedling involves punching holes in your skin, it doesn’t increase the size of your pores. In fact, it helps your pores appear much smaller. When the collagen around your pores is stimulated, the area around each pore plumps, making the pore itself almost disappear.

6. Improves the effectiveness of topical products

Post-microneedling is the prime time to apply anti-aging treatments, moisturizers, and other topical treatments that boost skin health and appearance. The micro-holes receive creams, serums, and gels more readily and deliver them deeper into your dermis than when applied regularly.

7. Fights stretch marks

Microneedling works just about anywhere on your body. It can be effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks that show up after periods of rapid growth, such as during pregnancy.

8. Rosacea reduction

The ruddiness and skin thickening of rosacea can be addressed with microneedling. If you suffer from this skin condition, you experience a hastened breakdown of collagen. Microneedling stimulates the growth of collagen to offset and replace this breakdown, so your skin looks less inflamed and irritated.

9. Acne improvements

Because of the improved delivery of topical applications, you can use microneedling to help improve the effectiveness of topical acne treatments. Regular microneedling applications at Signature Skin Care can help your skin clear up.

10. Fewer side effects than laser or intensive peels

Microneedling’s effects are comparable to laser and chemical peel treatments but without the long downtime. You can enjoy a glowing complexion 24-72 hours after microneedling, but with laser resurfacing, your recovery may take three to 10 days. Your complexion needs 14-21 days to bounce back after a medium or intensive peel.

What are the risks of microneedling?

While microneedling is a safe, effective procedure, there are some potential risks and side effects. These include:

  • Skin redness, also called erythema
  • Skin irritation
  • Skin inflammation
  • Dry skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Acne flareups
  • Herpes flareups
  • Infections

What more can I learn about microneedling?

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