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Microneedling

Microneedling - Skin Pen - Collagen Induction Therapy - Northern Virginia*

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About Microneedling

Microneedling is an advanced skin rejuvenation method known for its unique approach, which you may have also heard be referred to as; Skin Pen, rejuvapen , microneedle roller, micro needling, collagen induction, derma roller, and derma pen. Whatever you prefer to call it, the Ashburn, VA practice of Dr. Timothy Mountcastle proudly offers Microneedling using the quick and minimally invasive Skin Pen tool. This revolutionary skin rejuvenation treatment produces younger, fresher, newer-looking skin in patients who are looking to improve their appearance. Dr. Mountcastle and his certified aestheticians perform this procedure for patients seeking to improve skin tone and texture without having to undergo surgery. Microneedling softens the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, age spots, and scarring. During the procedure, a hand held device with tiny micro needles attached to the end are gently rolled along the skin to create small holes in the skin, which disrupts the skin. There is no tissue destruction as the holes heal and close quickly. Through the healing process, collagen and elastin are produced to repair these holes which improves a patient’s appearance.

How it Works

Prior to the procedure, the treated area is cleaned and a thin layer of a topical gel is applied to numb the skin. The doctor will apply a sterile cartridge-tip with 12 micro-needles to a handheld device. The device will be pressed gently across the skin, gliding in one direction until the entire area has been treated. The feeling is comparable to sand paper moving over the skin. The procedure will result in tiny holes, known as micro channels, on the skin which will close almost immediately, triggering a healing response. This results in renewed skin, including a thickened dermis, which will soften the appearance of lines, wrinkles and scars. The procedure takes around 15-30 minutes.

Is this similar to an at-home derma roller?

This is not to be confused with a derma roller, which is in the same family but not nearly as safe or as effective as Micro Needling done by a licensed and trained aesthetician. Performing any type of treatment that deals with chemicals, needles, and bodily fluids should be done by a trained professional. With at-home dermal pens, there are hundreds of product choices ranging in needle size, length, sturdiness, and propensity to rust. Skin Pen is designed for many different uses, at varying levels, all dependent on the client and their skin type. Our aestheticians are trained using the Skin Pen to accommodate all different client cases, and take away the risk of unsanitary conditions or over-doing an at-home treatment. 

What to Expect

A patient can expect the treated area to appear tight and red, feeling and looking similar to a sunburn immediately after Microneedling. The redness can last anywhere from a day to up to a week. The intensity and duration of the redness are dependent upon the number of passes performed on the treatment area, as well as the particular area treated since Microneedling can be performed on the face, neck, arms and décolleté. In some cases, there’s pinpoint bleeding. Since Microneedling allows improved absorption of creams, gels and serums, a doctor will determine the best products for the patient post-procedure. These can include bleaching or lightening serums, vitamin C or hyaluronic serums to accelerate results.

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Expected Results

Right after the procedure, patients can expect the skin to be red and swollen. Over the course of a few weeks, a patient can expect to see a marked improvement in skin’s color, tone and texture and skin will glow. In addition, there should be a drastic reduction of lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is also effective in diminishing acne and traumatic scars and stretch marks. A patient’s appearance can continue to improve up to 6 months following initial treatment. While some patients benefit from a single treatment, 2-3 treatments are advised to get the best possible results. A doctor will work closely with a patient to develop the right course of treatment based on his or her individual needs.

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Microneedling is an effective, safe procedure that continues to be a popular skin rejuvenation treatment among our dermatology patients. If you are seeking a nonsurgical, advanced way to brighten your skin and create a glowing appearance, we invite you call our office for a skin analsysis today. We will provide a custom treatment plan that meets your desired goals and aesthetic needs.

* All information subject to change. All gallery images contain real patients and are the property of Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.