North County Dermatology Clinic
Dermatologists located in Lakeland, FL
Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that’s rapidly growing in popularity. Why? It’s a minimally invasive procedure that has the power to fade scars, minimize lines and wrinkles, and improve skin tone and texture. At North County Dermatology Clinic in Lakeland, Florida, Timothy Knight, MD, provides the latest in microneedling with radiofrequency (RF). To learn more about microneedling with RF and find out if it’s right for you, call or book an appointment today.
Microneedling with RF
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses numerous tiny needles to pierce the surface of your skin. The needles create controlled microwounds in your skin that stimulate your body’s natural collagen production.
Collagen is a protein that gives your skin volume. Over the years, collagen production decreases and wrinkles form.
Scars, such as those from acne or surgery, form when collagen develops irregularly. By generating new collagen, microneedling helps your body remove old, damaged collagen and refresh your face.
At North County Dermatology Clinic, Dr. Knight and the team use microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) to boost results and efficacy. The team uses 64 microneedles combined with RF technology to heat the layers of skin, stimulating increased collagen production for dramatic results.
What cosmetic concerns can microneedling with RF treat?
Dr. Knight and the North County Dermatology Clinic team regularly recommend microneedling to patients who are bothered by:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Crepey skin on the neck
- Uneven skin tone
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)
Microneedling increases collagen growth in your skin to improve the look of many common cosmetic concerns. Over time, more collagen works to firm and tighten skin in the face and neck, giving you improved skin tone and texture.
After your initial microneedling treatment, you can inquire about getting annual treatments to help maintain your rejuvenated look.
What should I expect from an RF microneedling treatment?
Dr. Knight and the team help you decide if microneedling with RF is a good option for you. They’ll schedule your first microneedling appointment and talk with you about receiving a series of treatments. The office offers discounted rates for multiple sessions, and patients often see increased results with a series of microneedling treatments scheduled at least one month apart.
Beginning one week before each microneedling treatment, you should avoid sun exposure and stop using any topical retinoids, like RetinA. This helps prepare your skin for treatment and minimizes downtime.
Microneedling sessions take about one hour at North County Dermatology Clinic. The team prepares your face and neck for treatment and will apply a topical numbing cream for an hour or you may opt for nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") to help you stay comfortable during treatment. We use the ProNox™ delivery system which is proven safe and effective for pain relief and relaxation. There is a nominal charge of $25 for this option.
The team directs the microneedling device over the surface of your skin. The microneedles pierce your skin to stimulate regeneration while RF heats the skin’s layers to promote collagen production deep below the surface.
What is recovery from microneedling like?
For 24-48 hours after microneedling use a gentle cleaner and avoid harsh toners or use of retinol or retin-A (tretinoin) products.
Alastin Skincare® Products:
To optimize healing and reduce downtime, we offer Alastin Skincare® Products. Regenerating Skin Nectar contains Tri-Hex Technology, a proprietary blend of peptides and botanicals in a formulation specifically designed to use before a procedure to precondition your skin as well as immediately following a procedure such as microneedling. The nectar also contains Arnica Montana to minimize redness. After healing is complete, you can transition to the Alastin Restorative Skin Complex to maintain healthy skin and support your skin’s ongoing natural ability to produce new healthy collagen and elastin which improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Alastin Skincare® products are parabenfree, cruelty free. They are available in our office or online at www.alastin.com. (You will find our prices are discounted from the online retail price).
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