Fairfax Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon & Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Fairfax, VA

Microneedling is a great way to achieve multiple improvements in your skin with just one treatment. At Fairfax Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sandra Fearrington, MD, offers micro-needling as one of the many services available to men and women in the Fairfax, Virginia, area. To explore this and other aesthetic treatments in greater detail, schedule a consultation today. You can use the easy online booking tool to set up your visit or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Microneedling Q & A

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is an aesthetic treatment that harnesses your body’s innate healing ability to create beautiful results. It’s among the most popular nonsurgical aesthetic treatments because of the ability to improve multiple skin issues at once.

Some of the skin complaints micro-needling can improve include:

Enlarged pores
Fine lines and wrinkles
Acne scarring
Irregularities in skin texture and tone
Loss of elasticity
Age spots or sun damage

Microneedling is usually performed on the face, but it can also be used to treat stretch marks, scarring, or hyperpigmentation on the body.

What happens during micro-needling sessions?

Microneedling is performed using a handheld device capped with a series of thin, short, and sterile treatment needles. Your practitioner guides the device over the surface of your skin as the treatment needles create a series of tiny punctures.

This triggers your body’s healing response. New collagen and elastin are produced, which smooths your skin. The process can also break apart areas of excess pigmentation, allowing your body to process and eliminate dark spots.

You can also choose to add platelet-rich plasma to your treatment. Applying PRP to your skin during or immediately after micro-needling allows the concentrated solution to penetrate deep within your skin, where it can boost healing and enhance your results.

The micro-needling procedure usually takes around 30 minutes. There’s no need for downtime, but you can expect a degree of redness and swelling as the healing process moves forward.

What about those at-home micro-needling rollers?

A number of products are available that claim to perform the same role as professional microneedling. None of these products, however, can come anywhere close to the results available from medical-grade micro-needling sessions.

To begin, at-home micro-needling rollers do contain needles, but they are not the same quality as the thin steel needles that cover a professional treatment head. More importantly, at-home rollers are not sterile and can actually push bacteria and other debris deeper into your skin.

There’s also the matter of achieving proper treatment pressure. The devices used by professionals automate the dermal stamping process, ensuring safe and consistent results. Simply pushing a roller covered in needles across your face with your hands can be ineffective or potentially dangerous.

If you’re curious about micro-needling and want to learn more, schedule an appointment today, online or by phone.