Microneedling in San Francisco, CA

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About Microneedling

Microneedling is a rejuvenation technique that safely promotes collagen growth for healthier, more youthful-looking skin. At Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, our preferred microneedling device is the Eclipse MicroPen - a cordless, automated, and handheld device that resembles a typical pen. Its sterile, single-use tip contains 12 extraordinarily small “micro-needles.” The Eclipse MicroPen creates very small “micro-injuries” as the pen sweeps across your skin, stimulating your body’s natural healing response, which increases the production of collagen and elastin. Our experienced registered nurses and our physician’s assistant use MicroPen to treat:

  • Large or visible pores
  • Actinic keratoses, (potentially pre-cancerous rough patches on skin)
  • Loose or lax skin
  • Aging caused by unprotected sun exposure
  • Stretch marks
  • Uneven or blotchy skin tone
  • Acne, injury, and surgical scars
  • Fine lines and some deeper wrinkles

The result is improved skin tone, texture, and a better overall complexion. Eclipse MicroPen is a safe treatment for most skin types, including sensitive skin.

Best Candidates

Microneedling is most often used to address skin blemishes and signs of aging (wrinkles, lines, scarring, and more) without surgery. Microneedling can be performed on the face, neck, arms and décolleté. Since microneedling allows improved absorption of creams, gels, and serums, talk to your nurse or physician’s assistant about the best products to use after the microneedling treatment. These can include bleaching or lightening serums, vitamin C, or hyaluronic serums to accelerate results.

What to Expect

Prior to the procedure, the treated area is cleaned and a thin layer of a topical gel is applied to numb the skin. The registered nurse or physician’s assistant will then run the micropen across the treatment area. Most patients find the procedure quite tolerable but you may feel a prickling sensation. The micropen creates tiny holes, known as “microchannels,” 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 thirty minutes to an hour to complete. You can expect the treated area to appear bright red, 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.

Other Considerations

Right after the procedure, your skin may be red and swollen. Then, over the course of a few weeks, you will see a marked improvement in skin’s color, tone, and texture. In addition, there will be a 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 six months following initial treatment. While some patients benefit from a single treatment, two to three treatments are advised to get the best possible results. One of our registered nurses or our physician’s assistant will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.

Microneedling FAQs

Is microneedling safe?

Yes, microneedling is safe when performed by an experienced professional who is trained in the procedure. However, as with any medical treatment, there are some potential risks and side effects associated with microneedling. These can include bruising, swelling, redness, and pain at the injection site. Our staff can provide information about these risks during a consultation.

Does microneedling hurt?

Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology uses a numbing agent to minimize any pain during microneedling treatment. Most patients report feeling only a slight prickling sensation and some pressure. If side effects like redness or swelling do occur, we can make recommendations for managing discomfort at home. Our goal is always to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.

How can I preserve microneedling results?

We suggest avoiding excess sun exposure and using sunscreen to protect your skin from further damage or signs of aging after microneedling. Patients can also use at-home skin care products to help promote hydration. Our staff can provide specific recommendations during a skin assessment.

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

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