Wrinkles, dull skin, enlarged pores, scarring — microneedling treats it all. This cosmetic procedure has gained popularity for producing impressive results and giving patients a glowing, more youthful complexion.
Schedule your appointment for microneedling in North Chicago at ALC Medspa today.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that delivers multiple benefits to your skin.
The treatment involves tiny needles that make micro-punctures in the top layer of the skin. Slightly damaging the skin in such a manner triggers your body’s natural healing process, which includes producing collagen and elastin. These two proteins contribute significantly to your skin’s smoothness and firmness.
Patients most often use microneedling in North Chicago to treat the face, but it can work on other parts of the body as well, including the neck, legs, and back.
What Does Microneedling Treat?
Microneedling treats many different types of skin concerns, including the following:
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Many patients enjoy getting microneedling for its ability to treat lines, wrinkles, and creases in their skin. With the increased production of collagen and elastin comes firmer, stronger skin. This, in turn, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Scarring — in particular, acne scarring — is common. Similar to its effect on lines and wrinkles, an increase in collagen and elastin production can help significantly with scars.
It’s not possible to make pores smaller. However, when you get microneedling, it encourages collagen production around the pores. With more collagen, the treatment area looks plumper, and large pores look smaller.
Hyperpigmentation refers to dark patches on the skin caused by excess melanin production. Microneedling works to break up the pigment beneath the skin’s surface, resulting in a more even skin tone.
Uneven Skin Texture
When microneedling initiates more collagen production, it works to tighten and smooth skin over time. Therefore, microneedling treatments can substantially improve skin texture.
Cellulite is a condition that causes lumpy or dimpled skin when fat pushes against the tissue beneath the skin. Cellulite occurs most often on the thighs, buttocks, and stomach.
Microneedling can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, smoothing the treatment area and making the skin look even and supple.
Microneedling benefits are bountiful. Below are some of the most substantial advantages of getting microneedling in North Chicago.
Improves Collagen Production
One of the top microneedling benefits is the promotion of collagen production.
Collagen is naturally produced in the body and is found in bones, hair, and muscle. It is also a big part of skin health, as it helps maintain the skin’s plump, youthful appearance while preventing sagging.
While the body produces collagen, as you age, this production slows. Treatments like microneedling jump-start additional collagen production.
Helps with Anti-Aging
“Anti-Aging” is an umbrella term encompassing many products and treatments. You see this term on popular skin care products promising radiant, youthful skin. However, products alone cannot keep your skin looking young.
That’s where microneedling comes in. It goes beyond what a simple product can do. It benefits virtually anyone’s skin, especially mature skin.
There’s Little Downtime After a Treatment
Many skin care procedures require some downtime, but you can return to your regular activities almost immediately after a microneedling treatment.
It’s a Quick, Effective Treatment
Microneedling treatments are not long. Many patients come in during lunch breaks to get their treatments before returning to work.
It’s Suitable for Patients of All Ages
Because microneedling can treat such a range of skin concerns, it’s a suitable treatment for patients of almost any age.
It’s particularly common for younger patients to use microneedling to treat acne scarring, while mature patients prefer the treatment for its anti-aging benefits.
What to Expect from a Microneedling Treatment
For microneedling treatments, we start by asking whether you’d like topical numbing applied to the treatment area. We’ll cleanse the area and apply the numbing cream, giving it 10 to 20 minutes to work.
During your treatment, we will move the microneedling device carefully and precisely over the target area.
Treatments usually take 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. Once we’ve completed your treatment, we’ll provide aftercare instructions so you get proper healing and optimal results.
Microneedling — Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding microneedling treatments.
How Many Microneedling Treatments Do I Need?
For best results, we may recommend multiple microneedling treatments. A majority of patients experience their best results with three to six treatments.
Treatments should be spaced out to give the skin adequate time to heal. Usually, treatments happen every four to eight weeks, depending on your skin type and concern.
When you get microneedling in North Chicago at our office, we’ll review your skin concerns and determine the best treatment plan.
When Can I Expect to See Results?
You may begin to see results soon after your first treatment. The skin progressively improves, with more substantial results showing in about two to four weeks. Final results often take three to six months to show.
Can I Get Other Treatments Along with Microneedling?
Yes — that’s one benefit of microneedling. Many patients pair microneedling with additional treatments like Botox injectables or other facials in one appointment to save time.
Schedule Your Microneedling Appointment Today
When you’re ready to learn more about microneedling in North Chicago and experience all of the microneedling benefits, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at ALC Medspa. Our office in North Chicago, IL, serves patients all over Chicago and the surrounding areas.