As people get older, they want to refresh and rejuvenate the appearance of their skin by reducing or eliminating the look of fine lines, discoloration, wrinkles and rough or irregular areas of the skin. One of the most popular treatments to achieve these goals is the use of microneedling to turn back the clock on the appearance of the face or other areas of the body. A new version of the treatment is laser microneedling which is very similar to traditional microneedling except the patient enjoys less post-treatment redness as well as a faster recovery time.
In order to give our viewers a first-hand account of the benefits of laser microneedling, the host of Cosmetic Town TV, Tara visited the office of Dr. Alex Eshaghian of AE Skin in Encino, California, to undergo the treatment and share her results with everyone.
Traditional microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses tiny needles to create thousands of small holes in the skin of the patient. The treatment rejuvenates the skin and gets rid of any discoloration, enlarged pores or other signs of aging. It is an ideal skin rejuvenation treatment for anyone that wants to prevent signs of aging on the face. Once the pinpoint holes are created on the skin, the natural healing process of the body begins to stimulate the formation of collagen which is a protein in the skin that keeps it looking youthful and tight.
During laser microneedling, numbing cream is placed on the skin of the patient. Once the numbing cream is removed, the skin is cleaned using various solutions that work to sterilize the targeted area as well as remove any oils on the skin. Safety glasses or safety shields are placed over the eyes to protect them from the laser. The procedure only lasts a few minutes before it is completed.
The use of laser for the microneedling process allows patients to enjoy multiple benefits on the treated area of the skin. The benefits of laser microneedling to achieve the desired results include:
While the most common area of the body treated by microneedling is the face, the procedure can also treat other areas of the body such as the chest, back of the hands and the neck.
When it comes to laser microneedling, almost any skin type is ideal to receive the benefits of the treatment. The only exception is patients that have some sort of medical condition that will not react well to the laser treatment. In addition, anyone with open wounds or sores on the area they want treated should have those skin conditions treated before they undergo a laser microneedling treatment.
The total cost of laser microneedling depends on the number of treatments performed, the area of the country where the procedure is performed and if the doctor offers any kind of special or discount for scheduling multiple treatments. In general, the cost is anywhere from $300-$700 per treatment.
Once the laser microneedling treatment is completed, patients can expect to see some swollen and red skin for a few hours up to a few days. Many patients are able to return to work within 24 hours of having a laser microneedling treatment.
The results depend on the condition of the skin before having the treatment and the number of treatments performed by the doctor. The final results can be seen around four to six weeks after the final treatment. In general, the results are considered to be long lasting. In order to maintain the results, many patients have maintenance treatments on a regular basis.
The results can also be maintained by following any instructions provided by the doctor including avoiding any direct sun exposure, until the healing process is complete. Patients should not drink any alcohol or exercise for the first 24 hours after the treatment. If the redness of the skin is bothering the patient, water can be sprayed onto the skin every few hours until the redness goes away. Moisturizer that is approved by the doctor can also be placed on the treated area of the skin.
The first step in undergoing laser microneedling is scheduling a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor that is experienced in performing the procedure. The doctor will examine the skin of the patient to determine its overall condition which also helps the doctor decide if the person is an ideal candidate for laser microneedling.