About Microneedling

Microneedling harnesses your body’s natural ability to smooth fine lines and hide skin imperfections. At Southwest Michigan Dermatology, the board-certified dermatologists recommend microneedling as a minimally invasive way to enhance your complexion and receive glowing skin. Call the Laser and Skin Care Center in Portage, Michigan, or request an appointment online to discover how microneedling can take years off your look. 

Microneedling Q & A

What should I know about microneedling?

Microneedling is a nonsurgical therapy that stimulates your body’s production of collagen and healing compounds to rejuvenate your complexion. This is an aesthetic procedure that uses microneedles to create tiny holes in the superficial layer of your skin.

An increase in collagen creates thicker, smoother, softer, and more toned skin over time.

How can I benefit from microneedling?

Microneedling addresses a variety of aesthetic concerns, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • Scars (including acne, surgical, and burn scars)
  • Age or sun spots
  • Uneven skin tones

Microneedling tricks your skin into thinking it’s been wounded so it heals and produces a smoother texture over several weeks.

Is microneedling painful?

Before your microneedling session, your provider applies a numbing cream. It lasts 30-45 minutes, so you should feel only light pressure during your procedure. Most people tolerate microneedling quite well. 

It’s normal to have redness and swelling after your procedure, but these side effects usually disappear after a few hours. Minimal downtime is needed after the procedure, so you should be able to return to your normal day-to-day activities.

How many microneedling treatment sessions do you recommend?

The aesthetic specialists at Southwest Michigan Dermatology customize your microneedling treatment to your goals and your skin’s health. You may benefit from more than one microneedling session to achieve optimal results. Many patients opt for three treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, to optimize the look of their skin.

Who is a good candidate for microneedling?

Everyone has unique skin care and aesthetic needs, so talk with your provider to determine if microneedling is right for you. 

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks involved with microneedling. With that said, these risks are minimal. A few possible side effects are irritation, discomfort, and redness in the treated area.

You should opt against microneedling if you: 

  • Have eczema or psoriasis
  • Had radiation therapy recently
  • Are pregnant, or nursing
  • Have open wounds

Even if microneedling isn’t suitable for your skin, your provider can help you determine what other aesthetic procedures can help you achieve your goals and enhance your complexion.

Are you ready to take years off your appearance? Call Southwest Michigan Dermatology or  request an appointment online.