Regardless of age, both men and women are becoming increasingly curious about the many options available to help keep their skin looking healthy. Both microneedling and microdermabrasion have become very popular for those interested in achieving a natural, healthy glow without having to undergo an invasive procedure. Despite having similar names, each process is completely unique in how it enhances the skin’s appearance and texture.
Also known as “collagen induction therapy”, microneedling involves using small needles to gently puncture the skin. This induces more tissue and collagen production, which results in enhanced skin tone. It is most commonly used to treat wrinkles and acne scar on the face.
Microneedling is a relatively short procedure--usually completed in about 30 minutes. Patients can expect to experience redness and possibly some swelling immediately following the procedure, with the most noticeable results in 4 to 6 weeks.
Another collagen-inducing treatment, microdermabrasion works by polishing the skin with an exfoliating surface to remove the uneven outer layer of skin. Some machines even use a vacuum to remove the loose skin cells that are left behind.
Microdermasion also only takes about 30 minutes, and is another viable option to treat acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, and even discoloration. Mild redness and tenderness are normal following the procedure, which is usually repeated at intervals of 2-4 weeks for noticeable improvement, with an average of 6-12 treatments.
Call Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater at 757-461-1033 to schedule a consult with Lynne Hicks, Master Esthetician. Lynne will help you decide which of these options is right for you, and to create your personal treatment plan!