What are Microneedling and Collagen Induction Treatments and Benefits?

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man getting a microneedling treatment

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Enam Haque administers collagen induction treatments at Queen City Plastic Surgery for clients in Charlotte, N.C., looking for a more youthful appearance. Dr. Haque produces excellent results and can recommend a suite of treatments, including injectables, non-invasive options, and surgical solutions, for a personalized approach to skin rejuvenation with or without surgery. Microneedling is a safe, effective option that can produce beautiful results, especially in skilled hands.

What is Microneedling or Collagen Induction?

Microneedling or collagen induction treatment in Charlotte involves a special micro-pen. This device contains 12 micro-needles in a precise, small cartridge. These tiny needles measure between 0.5 and 2 millimeters in diameter. Dr. Haque uses the micro-pen to create tiny perforations in the top layers of the skin, the epidermis and the upper part of the dermis. These perforations are vertical and invisible to the eye, and they do not damage the skin. Your skin will be stimulated by the device to produce greater quantities of collagen and elastin, the natural components that help to heal, repair and rejuvenate your skin. Collagen is a protein that provides greater elasticity and strength to the skin as well as renewing the skin from dead cells.

As people age, collagen production slows down; microneedling stimulates collagen production to rise once again in response to the treatment. This is a safe, effective procedure that does not damage the skin or its outer layer, and it is suitable for any type of skin, even sensitive or thinner skin. Dr. Haque’s skilled use of the micro-pen triggers your skin’s capacity for renewal for natural, beautiful results.

Microneedling can also be used for targeted procedures, such as reducing the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks. By inducing collagen production in specific areas of the skin, it can help to address a range of skin concerns.

What are the Benefits of Microneedling?

Microneedling is called collagen induction treatment because the specialized device used triggers your skin’s natural production of collagen, pushing it into overdrive. This can provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Minimizing the size and appearance of pores
  • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines
  • Firming, lifting and rejuvenating the skin
  • Minimizing the visibility of acne scars and other types of scarring
  • Reducing the appearance of stretch marks

Studies have shown that microneedling treatments are linked to ongoing increases in collagen and elastin production, even after treatment is completed. For people using skincare products, microneedling may enhance the skin’s ability to absorb creams and serums and derive benefits from their ingredients.

What is the Microneedling Procedure Like?

In order to prepare for your microneedling procedure, take care to protect your skin by avoiding retinoids and sun exposure for the 24 hours before the treatment. Dr. Haque will give you precise instructions about how to prepare for collagen induction therapy. In most cases, this treatment is incompatible with the use of Accutane or isotretinoin within six months of the procedure. When you visit Queen City Plastic Surgery, come with clean skin and without makeup.

During the procedure, Dr. Haque will use the specialized pen for the microneedling treatment. The procedure will take around 20 to 30 minutes, and you may feel mild or moderate discomfort during the procedure. After, you may experience some redness that should dissipate within a couple of days; you may also see improvement in the look and feel of your skin within 48 to 72 hours. In many cases, Dr. Haque may recommend a series of four to six treatments. After that initial series, you can expect your results to persist for some time, although a maintenance treatment when recommended may once again induce greater collagen production.

What is the Recovery Period Like?

You will not need to take any significant downtime after collagen induction therapy. However, you should avoid the gym and direct sunlight for 24 hours after the procedure and make sure to use a gentle cleanser and other gentle products for the first day after your treatment. Dr. Haque will give you detailed directions to produce the best possible results for your skin.

Schedule a Microneedling Appointment in Charlotte, NC

If you would like to rejuvenate your skin naturally and effectively, contact Queen City Plastic Surgery at 704-859-2413 or use our online form to request an appointment with Dr. Haque. Dr. Haque can work with you to discuss microneedling and other options for skin rejuvenation in Charlotte and develop a detailed schedule of procedures to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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