When home skin care products aren't effective but you aren't ready for surgery, consider nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatments like microneedling. Medical director Dr. Melanie Carreon is pleased to offer microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) at her office in Seguin, near New Braunfels, San Marcos, San Antonio and Austin TX. Microneedling uses many fine-gauge needles (MicroPen) to safely and effectively create micro-injuries in the needed areas of the skin. The micro-injuries trigger the body's natural production of collagen and elastin, two nutrients that contribute to the health and appearance of your skin. Easily combined with other skin treatments, like serums or PRP (platelet-rich plasma), microneedling can help reduce fine wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and pores. Schedule a consultation at LCS Medical Spa to learn more about the benefits of microneedling and ways to customize the treatment for your skin needs and goals.
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"I had my lipo procedure with Dr. Melanie Carreon a couple of weeks ago and could not have asked for a better experience. From the consultation to the end, I felt like a priority. I was given more than enough information to help me through this process. The staff is very attentive and was ready to answer any questions I had. I was impressed that they checked on me the next day. I can't wait to see my final photos at my follow up appointment. I highly recommend Dr. Carreon!"- S.S. / Google / Sep 25, 2018
You may benefit from microneedling if you have slight to moderate skin issues, like rough skin texture or low elasticity. Microneedling treatments can also reduce the appearance of pores, stretch marks, and scars. You should be willing to wait a while before seeing the results of your microneedling treatment since the collagen and elastin will need time to have an effect on the skin, but you will have natural-looking results and gain better overall skin health.
Microneedling is performed in a treatment room in about 30 – 60 minutes with numbing cream if needed and requested, but most patients feel mild or no discomfort. The skin being treated will be cleansed before the microneedling handpiece (MicroPen) is passed evenly over the surface. After the microneedling is performed, a topical treatment like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or a vitamin-infused serum or medical skin care products can be applied for deeper penetration of the nutrients into the skin. A moisturizer will be massaged in along with sunscreen since your skin will be sensitive after the treatment.
What to Expect
You may have some swelling and redness for about a day, but this should subside quickly on its own. It may take about 1 – 2 months as the collagen and elastin levels increase before you see visible improvements in the health and appearance of your skin. You should plan to get about 4 – 6 maintenance treatments every 4 – 6 weeks for optimal results and lasting skin health.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling cost?
The cost for microneedling will vary depending on what is included in your treatment plan. During your initial consultation, Dr. Carreon will perform a skin analysis and then develop your unique treatment plan. From there, she will be able to explain your costs and what to expect during the procedure. LCS Medical Spa often offers specials on skin treatment packages, so be sure to ask about current deals during your consultation.
What exactly is microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a nonsurgical treatment to tighten and rejuvenate your skin. Collagen is a fibrous protein that helps keep your skin supple, smooth, and tight. Over time, your natural stores of collagen are depleted and your skin becomes thin and loses elasticity. Microneedling creates small wounds in your skin. These micro-injuries prompt your skin to increase its collagen production and generate new skin cell growth. Once healed, your skin appears brighter, firmer, and healthier.
Can I combine other treatments with microneedling?
During the microneedling process, channels are created in your skin that make it easier for treatments to penetrate the deeper layers. This is why microneedling is often combined with other treatments, like vitamin-rich serums, medical grade skin care products or platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Microneedling with PRP has become known as the vampire facial. During your consultation, Dr. Carreon can discuss what treatments may be performed along with microneedling and which would most benefit your skin.
How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
Most patients get 3 – 6 microneedling sessions to achieve their best results. However, the number of treatments you need will depend on the condition of your skin and your goals. Microneedling can be safely performed every 4 – 6 weeks as needed. During your consultation, Dr. Carreon will be able to estimate how many treatments you will need based on your skin and goals. Once you have reached your goal, Dr. Carreon recommends getting maintenance treatments every six months.
Is microneedling safe for everyone?
For the most part, microneedling is safe for all skin types and tones. Since the skin injuries created are so small, there are very few side effects after the treatment. Microneedling can be applied to most areas of skin, including the face, neck, arms, thighs, chest, and lower legs. Microneedling is not recommended if you have used Accutane within the last 2 – 3 months, as well as if you have an open wound, herpes simplex, or active skin infection. In addition, you may not be a candidate for microneedling if you are pregnant, nursing, or undergoing radiation treatments.
Natural Health and Radiance
Improve the health and appearance of your skin with microneedling therapy at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX. A non invasive treatment that may give you dramatic results, microneedling boosts your natural production of collagen for smoother, firmer skin. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Carreon to learn more about this procedure and other skin rejuvenation treatments.