Microneedling is a tried-and-true procedure offers a powerful option for rejuvenating your complexion without surgery. But how long is the recovery time?
What Is Microneedling?
Over time, skin loses collagen and elastin due to aging, sun exposure, or other factors, allowing wrinkles to form. Another name for microneedling is collagen induction therapy because the tiny wounds it creates stimulate your body’s natural collagen production. After microneedling, your skin’s healing process continues working for months, regenerating and restoring your youthful appearance from within.
Microneedling works by making a series of micro-injuries in your skin. At Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, we use the Virtue RF microneedling system, which applies targeted radiofrequency energy to the skin through the tips of the needles.
In many areas of the body, microneedling can help improve the appearance of:
- Fine lines
- Facial pore size
- Stretch marks
Microneedling Recovery Time
Since the Virtue RF is one of the most advanced RF microneedling systems on the market, it allows most of our patients to immediately return to work or other activities without social downtime and red, irritated skin.
Some people may experience temporary redness or tenderness after microneedling; however, our advanced protocols dramatically improve the recovery experience. Most patients do not need to interrupt their daily schedule for healing.
How Many Microneedling Sessions Do I Need?
Depending on the depth and severity of your scars or wrinkles, you may need a series of microneedling sessions spaced one month apart. Most patients need two or three appointments to achieve remarkable results for wrinkles, texture issues, or uneven skin tone. More extensive concerns, including stretch marks, keloid scars, burn scars, trauma scars, or surgical scars, may require six to eight treatments.
As your body continues to build collagen, your appearance will keep improving for six months to a year following your last treatment.
While it only takes a day to heal from a microneedling treatment, there are some things you can do to ensure your collagen growth continues for the best results.
- Wear sunblock and avoid tanning beds: Protect your skin by using a broad-spectrum sunblock with an SPF of 55 or higher after microneedling. Instead of tanning, use safer alternatives like a spray tan that give you a sun-kissed look without the negative effects of premature aging and an increased risk of skin cancer.
- Stay hydrated: Next to sunblock, hydration is your skin’s best friend. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Eat a healthy diet: Nourish your skin from within. Support collagen production with balanced nutrition, including plenty of lean proteins and fresh fruits and veggies.
Why Choose Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery for Microneedling?
Determining whether you are a candidate for microneedling starts by talking with one of the renowned board-certified plastic surgeons of Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery. They are here to guide you through all aspects of your aesthetic journey to ensure you look and feel your best.