Microneedling is an advanced skin rejuvenation method known for its unique approach, which you may have also heard be referred to as SkinPen, Rejuvapen, microneedle roller, micro needling, collagen induction, derma roller, or 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 SkinPen 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 microneedles 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 the patient’s appearance.
"Very good experience after being referred by my regular dermatologist. Was able to get an appointment right away to deal with my problem."- S.H. / Facebook / Feb 08, 2019
"Dr. Mountcastle and his staff are very friendly and they all made me feel comfortable. I had a small procedure and he walked me through everything he was doing which makes the process much less stressful."- A.W. / Facebook / Feb 08, 2019
"Awesome visit, clean, professional and a great surgery from a very good Dr. thank you"- L.W. / Google / Feb 06, 2019
"I went in for a lipoma removal Dr. Mountcastle made it so fast and easy! Painless and made me feel comfortable! Wasn't scary at all! The staff is very helpful and kind!"- R.M. / Yelp / Feb 04, 2019
"I've not only visited the MedSpa for Botox for the last few years (Amy rocks - I wouldn't trust my face to anyone else!), but I recently had Dr. M remove some moles. One was on my face, so you can imagine my trepidation, but I had seen his amazing mole removal results on a friend and decided to go for it! While you have to wear a piece of medical tape for 2 weeks, which left me hiding at home for that long, everything else was perfect! Great results so far - still slightly pink, but nothing a little concealer can't fix. I can't wait to see what it looks like in a few months!! Already planning to return to have another removed. Highly recommend!"- C.T. / Yelp / Feb 03, 2019
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 microneedles 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.
What to Expect
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 as the skin begins to glow. In addition, there should be a drastic reduction of lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is also effective in diminishing acne and traumatic scars as well as 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. The doctor will work closely with each patient to develop the right course of treatment based on his or her individual needs.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $500 - $1,500
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 microneedling 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 derma pens, there are hundreds of product choices where you have to worry about needle size, length, sturdiness, and propensity to rust. SkinPen is designed for many different uses, at varying levels that are all dependent on the client and their skin type. Our aestheticians are trained using the SkinPen to accommodate all different client cases, and take away the risk of unsanitary conditions or over-doing an at-home treatment.
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 is minor pinpoint bleeding. Since microneedling allows improved absorption of creams, gels, and serums, the 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.
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 analysis today. We will provide a custom treatment plan that meets your desired goals and aesthetic needs.