You work hard to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, but sometimes feel that fine lines, large pores, acne scars, and stretch marks are holding you back. Perhaps it’s time to see whether microneedling is right for you. With more than two decades of experience, Wilton McLeod, DO, at Open Canvas Laser in San Luis Obispo, California, can talk to you about the benefits of microneedling to improve your appearance — and self-confidence. Call or schedule a consultation online today with Dr. McLeod and his caring, knowledgeable team.
A safe, simple treatment, microneedling involves rolling a device studded with sharp, sterile needles over the surface of your skin. The needles puncture your skin to form tiny microconduits, which are wounds that activate the skin’s healing process.
These tiny holes stimulate your skin, triggering the production of collagen and elastin that are essential to youthful skin. Microneedling has the added benefit of boosting the creation of new capillaries below the surface of your skin to promote the healing of scar tissue.
Because microneedling involves creating tiny punctures, you won’t be a good candidate for the treatment if you have active acne, a skin infection, or cold sores. However, microneedling works on a range of skin tones, without the typical risk of skin discoloration common with some aesthetic skin therapies.
Microneedling can treat a variety of skin conditions, providing significant, long-lasting results. The treatment can improve the appearance of such skin conditions as:
Microneedling is a simple office procedure. First, Dr. McLeod applies a topical anesthetic to your skin to numb the treatment area. Then, he rolls the microneedling device about 15-20 times, shifting the direction of the roller so it travels horizontally, vertically, and obliquely over your skin.
The length of time varies, but a typical procedure takes 20 minutes or less. Afterward, Dr. McLeod moisturizes your skin with saline pads.
Your treatments will be spaced out around every six weeks to allow time for new collagen to form. The total number of treatments you’ll need will vary, depending on the condition of your skin. For example, you may need 3-4 treatments for moderate acne scars.
Your skin will likely be a little red for a few days, and you’ll want to protect it from the sun and wear sunscreen. You’ll be able to return to work the day after your treatment.
If you’re interested in learning whether microneedling might help your acne scars or signs of aging, call or schedule a consultation online today with Dr. McLeod and take the first step for your overall well-being.