Collagen and elastin are two elements that keep the skin looking youthful and firm. Starting at around age 30, collagen starts to decrease naturally, which is when you start to notice small changes and sagging in the skin. Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute offers microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, in order to promote the growth of newer and healthier skin. Dr. Aradhna Saxena and Dr. David Kasper design treatments around skin care concerns such as aging, acne scarring, and enlarged pores at our facilities in Fort Washington and Lansdale, PA.
When drugstore products are not effective and you aren’t quite ready for surgery, a nonsurgical treatment like microneedling is the perfect solution in your quest for a younger-looking appearance. Our staff uses the only FDA-cleared device, the SkinPen® to treat our patients. To learn more, schedule a cosmetic dermatology appointment at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute in the Greater Philadelphia area. We can teach you about the benefits of microneedling and how to enhance your skin at our clinic.
Microneedling for acne scars
Microneedling uses fine-gauge needles to safely create micro-injuries to the second layer of the skin, also called the dermis. This triggers the production of collagen and elastin to enhance the health and appearance of the face and skin. When combined with other skin treatments such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma), our professionals can help you reduce fine lines, facial scarring, and other common skin issues. Some problems, like acne scars, can be notoriously difficult to treat. Microneedling is one of the top procedures for addressing the familiar yet embarrassing pockmarks associated with acne.
Since collagen and elastin need time to have an effect on the skin, individuals need to be patient before seeing their end results. It may take 1 – 2 months before visible improvements appear on the face. Many of our patients at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute like to plan their microneedling procedure in advance for certain social activities. Within 24 hours your skin is back to normal appearance so you will be ready and glowing for those important events, such as a reunion or wedding. Anyone who is interested in microneedling and skin rejuvenation should begin with a consultation, where we will discuss your priorities to see if we can help you reach those goals.
What to expect during microneedling treatment
Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute performs microneedling treatment in a private room at our facility in about 30 – 60 minutes. Though patients typically only feel mild discomfort during the procedure, you can request local anesthesia or numbing cream to feel more comfortable. Our experts pass the microneedling handpiece gently over the treatment area to create micro-injuries, then apply a topical hyaluronic acid or vitamin-infused serum for more enhanced benefits. To complete the microneedling session, we will apply a moisturizer and sunscreen to protect the skin. There may be some temporary swelling that should only last for about a day.
Cosmetic dermatology at Spa 361 offers patients a chance to get total skin rejuvenation with frequent or semi-frequent visits to our office. When it comes to microneedling, we normally recommend 4 – 6 sessions, scheduled about 4 – 6 weeks apart. During your consultation with Dr. Saxena or Dr. Kasper, we will explain some of the benefits microneedling can offer, whether you need microneedling for acne scars or other skin concerns. This minimally invasive treatment offers dramatic results to boost collagen and elastin production for firmer, smoother skin. Contact our in-house medical spa in Greater Philadelphia, PA, to learn more about the skin benefits of microneedling.
What about at-home microneedling?
You may have read about at-home microneedling products that claim to have a profound effect on the health and appearance of your skin. For a safe and effective outcome, microneedling should be performed by a skilled professional. Home treatment cannot always guarantee the same results as Dr. Saxena and Dr. Kasper, who use medical-grade equipment and adhere to high safety standards. When microneedling is not done correctly, the product can create tears in the skin and spread harmful bacteria, leading to potentially serious consequences. In addition, certain skin care products should not be used in conjunction with microneedling. At Spa 361, we take the time to perform each procedure with your safety and comfort in mind.
Cosmetic dermatology at Spa 361
Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute in Greater Philadelphia, PA, understands that today’s patients are seeking skin rejuvenation procedures to take care of issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and sun damage. Microneedling for acne scars and more can provide effective, attractive results that can give you a fresher, smoother appearance. Patients can rest assured knowing that their skin is in the best hands possible. Schedule your consultation today at our Fort Washington or Lansdale, PA, facilities to receive a personalized treatment plan to produce beautiful results.