Microneedling shrinks pores, gets rid of fine lines and wrinkles, and treats uneven pigmentation caused by sun damage, pollution, hormonal changes, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or a combination of the four. This minimally-invasive procedure can also improve the appearance of scars (including those caused by acne).
The Procedure What is Microneedling?
Some also refer to micro needling as collagen induction therapy because it triggers natural collagen production. This treatment can effectively rejuvenate your skin in just three sessions. Please note, though, that this is the minimum number of sessions, but can go higher depending on the skin’s condition. Scar reduction, for example, requires up to six sessions.
If you are thinking of going to your dermatologist to have this procedure, it’s important to keep in mind that collagen production peaks at two weeks after the treatment. The frequency of this procedure depends on the intensity. Mild micro needling sessions, for example, can be repeated once a month or every two weeks while deeper treatments specific for scar visibility reduction can be repeated every month or every six weeks.
Read “What is Microneedling?“ for a more detailed explanation of the procedure.
Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Microneedling can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, which makes it a great solution for older men and women. In fact, this procedure is often associated specifically with the removal of fine lines although the treatment can do so much more. Microneedling is a simple yet very effective treatment that can benefit people of all ages.
Older individuals who want to get rid of their wrinkles can now have younger-looking skin faster. Many love this treatment because it is more natural since it encourages natural collagen production.
Effective Scar Treatment
Microneedling is an effective way to reduce the visibility of scars and is especially popular as an acne scar treatment. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery supports this claim. The researchers in this study invited participants who have acne scars to undergo micro-needling treatments. After the sessions, almost 100 percent of the participants reported a reduction of scar visibility.
A study published in the “Dermatologic Surgery Journal” in 2016 found that micro-needling is an effective procedure that gets rid of acne-related scarring. The study reports that the recovery time is markedly less and there are fewer side effects compared to other treatments for the same conditions.
Sun Damage and Pigmentation Reversal
Because of the treatment’s ability to encourage natural collagen production, it can reverse discoloration and damage caused by sun exposure. It is even effective in treating hyperpigmentation brought about by melasma. Several studies show that micro-needling has positive effects on blotchy pigmentations on the skin. According to the National Center for Biotechnology and Information (NCBI), the role of micro needling in melasma treatment is promising.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but microneedling actually reduces the size of your pores. Due to the amount of collagen produced by the skin after the treatment, the skin tightens and appears plumper than before. Because of this tightening effect, the pores become visibly smaller.
Aside from the benefits mentioned above, regular microneedling sessions can also help your skin absorb beauty creams and other products better. Under normal circumstances, only 4 to 8 percent of beauty products can penetrate your skin. The tiny punctures on the skin made by the microneedles function as tiny channels that allow your creams and products to penetrate your skin more effectively.
If you would like to find out if microneedling is right for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation.Lear More
Currently, there are a lot of effective skin care treatments that reduce signs of aging and improve the condition of the skin. These treatments range from using simple topical creams to actual procedures that can be done to improve the skin’s condition. Laser treatments, in particular, are very popular skin care options and the technology used in the treatments continue to evolve—becoming more sophisticated and effective.
The Value of Healthy Glowing Skin
When it comes to skincare, the aim is always to maintain blemish-free, glowing, and youthful-looking skin. This is especially true for the skin on our face as we age. After all, our face is the first thing others may notice about us, so the skin thereof plays an important part in how we feel about our social interactions with others.
Great-looking skin tends to give us more confidence, while the opposite is also true—blemished or aged skin can negatively affect our self-esteem. Everything from fine lines and wrinkles to acne scars and age spots can affect the quality of our skin and our social confidence. It is, therefore, important that we take the steps necessary to take good care of our skin and enjoy the many benefits of proper skin care.
Overview: About the Fractional CO2 Laser Technology
Laser treatments, though more invasive than many topical skin care options are increasingly popular treatments. Laser technology can treat a number of skin conditions. One of the latest options—the fractional CO2 laser—uses the most advanced skin revitalization laser treatment technology and has been shown to produce astounding anti-aging results for skin care patients. In fact, studies prove that the fractional CO2 treatment not only reduces the effects of aging on the skin, but also reverses existing signs of aging, including:
– Acne and other trauma-related scars
– Age Spots
– Crow’s feet
– “Smoker’s Lines”
After just one treatment, skin appears significantly healthier, rejuvenated, and smoother than prior to the treatment.
How It Works
The fractional CO2 laser treatment works by using a pattern of carbon dioxide laser beams to treat the skin below the surface. A doctor sends carbon dioxide beams into the skin. The beams create strategically-placed microscopic holes in the skin that allow the body to start producing more collagen. Collagen is the body’s natural hormone that keeps the skin healthy and youthful.
The secret to the effectiveness of the fractional CO2 laser technology rests in the fragmented nature of its treatment patterns. This treatment does not allow its laser energy to affect all parts of the skin at once. Instead, it affects a portion of the skin and not the entire skin’s surface. This allows the recovery time to speed up, thereby enhancing results. Patients are usually fully healed within four to five days on average.
The QuadraLASE Fractional CO2 Laser treatment has many important features. For starters, the treatment sessions are not very long. Each session lasts an average of one hour. Additionally, while the treatment is not in any way painful, there are some sensations that patients can look out for. These sensations include a slight sunburned feeling accompanied by some peeling. Thankfully, these symptoms usually pass within the average healing and recovery time of about four to five days.
The results, however, are practically immediate, and patients will notice that their scars, wrinkles, age spots, and other skin conditions are far less noticeable as the skin continues to heal. As time goes on, the skin continues to clear as the newly-produced collagen helps the skin become tight, moisturized, and vibrant. Finally, the QuadraLASE Fractional CO2 laser treatment produces permanent results. Over time, it reduces the need for using over-the-counter topical treatments—making the treatment a real, lasting solution.
Additionally, it is possible to use the fractional CO2 laser treatment on the neck as well. Depending on the patient’s condition, a doctor may use the laser to spot treat specific problem areas. After all, all skin ages and oftentimes, most don’t think about the neck as a prime spot for anti-aging treatments.
As you consider the fractional CO2 laser treatment, remember that this will naturally cost more than everyday over-the-counter options you may already use. That said, it is a worthy investment as the treatment continues to pay for itself in value as time goes on. Having amazing, vibrant, and glowing skin is already worth its weight in gold. Of course, the confidence you get from having that glowing, healthy, youthful skin is the icing on the cake.
Am I a Candidate for Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments?
Science and research back the fractional CO2 laser technology. We offer this treatment because our certified and experienced dermatologists have carefully vetted the treatment and seen real results.
Now is the perfect time to undergo this treatment. Since you spend less time outside and more time bundled up, your skin will be more likely to be protected while it heals. Also, if you have this treatment now, your skin will be beautiful, and glowing when the warm weather hits.
We are not able to treat without first having a consultation with each patient. This helps us guarantee that the treatment will be safe and effective for the individual and his or her needs. We also do the consultations to manage expectations. There is a $50 consultation fee that goes towards the price of the treatment.
Universal Dermatology believes in being transparent with our prices and services. Therefore, we would like to let you know that the price ranges from $1000 to $3100 for eye or lip area only up to entire face, neck, and chest. Insurance does not cover this procedure.
To get started weighing your treatment options, contact our office today.Lear More
Amidst the popularity of Botox and facelifts, there’s a new treatment in the world of anti-aging—microneedling. In our quest to fight the battle against aging, micro needling comes with the promise of youthful skin in as little as 3 to 6 sessions.
During the procedure, fine needles perform a controlled skin injury to reveal younger-looking skin. While this treatment has only gained popularity in recent years, it is not brand new. Experts in the field of dermatology have been performing this skin treatment for over 20 years, so it has been tried, tested, and deemed safe and effective. Aside from being administered on the face, microneedle therapy can also be performed on the arms, legs, abdomen, neck, and other body parts in need of a little pick-me-up.Lear More
Fat cells underneath the skin can significantly affect the appearance of one’s skin and perception of attractiveness. The skin in and around the chin area of the face holds fat more obviously than other places on your body. At Universal Dermatology, we often hear our patients refer to this as double-chin. The dreaded double-chin is likely to appear from excess fat cells and sagging, aging skin. Many of our patients believe a double-chin ruins their profile.
Eating well, exercising often and having routine skin care regimens are all important to reducing chin fat. Before now, however, the best options for effectively treating a double-chin were all surgical. Thankfully, this has changed and there is now a revolutionary option for treating and reversing the appearance of a double chin. Meet Kybella.
Kybella is a non-invasive fat elimination treatment for the chin. It is the first and only FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment used to eliminate chin fat at the source of a double-chin. While it is FDA approved for the chin, it can also be used in other parts of the body. It is administered through injection. Kybella directly breaks down the dietary fat in the neck and chin areas using deoxycholic acid. Treatments are administered in one-month intervals, up to six sessions.
During clinical trials, just about everyone who used the Kybella injections noticed improvements in the appearance of their double-chin. Although designed for persons with moderate to severe cases, those who had the best results were those who had a moderate cases. Such individuals were able to get rid of their double-chin in as little as three treatments, while those with severe cases would need all six to see noticeable improvements.
Since Kybella is designed to work directly with the fat cells, injections have no effect on the nervous system or muscular system. This means the treatment is safe, as it simply melts the fat cells it is designed to breakdown. Of course, there is some minor bruising and redness that can be expected from using any injectable treatment.
Currently, Kybella is a fat elimination treatment designed to work with the neck. So far, there have been no studies on its effectiveness in other areas of the body. It is FDA-approved, but there is no insurance coverage for Kybella.Lear More
If you are tired of shaving or waxing to get rid of pesky, unwanted hair on your legs, arms and elsewhere, now is the perfect time to undergo laser hair removal. Let’s face it, most people think more about hair removal in summer when it’s beach and bikini season, yet scheduling laser hair removal in winter has a number of benefits.
Botox cosmetic is a drug that is used to improve facial appearance by removing moderate to severe crow’s feet lines in adults. In other words, botox is an effective facial treatment for anti-aging and facial wrinkles. There are some important tips that need to be kept in mind before taking botox treatment. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a botox treatment.
Select a Doctor:
Botox comes under the department of dermatology i.e., skin related treatments. Finding a board-certified doctor is essential for botox cosmetic treatment. A good botox largely depends on the skill and techniques of a dermatologist. It is, therefore, important to find a doctor who has specialization in facial anatomy. Besides, contact more than one dermatologists for the same.
Discuss With Your Doctor.
It is important to be transparent with your doctor. You must tell everything about your health and medical history. Even though you’re medically fit, you must tell your doctor about medication and allergies, if any. Inform your doctor if you have ever gone through any kind of surgery, botox or other treatments.
Steps Involved in Botox Cosmetic Treatment.
During the botox treatment session, your skin will be cleaned with an antiseptic. Patients are requested not to wear makeup before getting the treatment. The doctor injects the botox cosmetic into the muscles that are responsible for causing crow’s feet lines. Once the botox cosmetic is injected, the drug reduces the activity of those muscles. This results in the disappearance of those wrinkle lines.
Precautions to be Taken After Botox.
Doctors tell their patients about the precautions that need to be taken after getting botox. For instance, you are advised not to touch the skin where botox cosmetic was injected. Avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area so as to keep off the spreading of the drug to other unintended muscles. Do not consume alcohol, avoid doing any kind of strenuous physical activity, etc.
Take all the above botox cosmetic tips for better botox results. If you need any further information regarding botox cosmetic then visit the website. The website offers comprehensive information about Botox cosmetic and other related queries.Lear More