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Microneedling acne scar and anti-aging treatment in Dulles, VA

Smooth, even texture characterizes youthful, healthy skin. Yet, a turbulent teenage complexion or the passing of years can leave acne marks and wrinkles. The skin care professionals at Dulles Dermatology Associates suggest microneedling to help their patients in the Dulles, VA area recapture a radiant glow.

Understanding acne scars

You may not realize it, but the exterior of nearly your entire body (except for the lips, palms of hands, and soles of feet) is covered with hair. Each hair grows from a follicle, a tiny sac of connective tissue that supports and nourishes the hair as it grows. Sebaceous glands send oil to the follicle to keep hair lubricated. When follicles become blocked from excess oil and dead skin cells, bacteria overpopulate. These organisms excrete acids that irritate follicles, causing inflammation and infection –acne.

Healthy skin is rich in collagen, a fibrous protein that maintains thickness and firmness. However, collagen plays another vital role. When skin sustains an injury – whether a cut, burn, or pimple – the body sends extra resources of collagen to the site to knit the wound and reduce risk of infection while skin heals. This concentration of collagen forms scars. They may be tight and shiny, raised and red, or as is commonly the case with acne, deeply pitted. Without professional acne scar treatment, they are usually permanent.

About aging skin

As we age, body processes become less efficient. We produce lower amounts of collagen and elastin, so skin becomes thinner, drier, lined, and lax. Meanwhile, natural fat pads that give the face rounded contours begin to diminish, allowing skin to sag. In addition, cumulative sun exposure depletes existing stores of collagen in skin, and leaves pigmentation spots. The result adds years to your face.

Microneedling procedure

So, is there one minimally invasive aesthetic treatment that can improve acne scarring and signs of aging, restoring natural radiance to skin . . . without extensive downtime? Yes – microneedling.

This is an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour, depending on whether you are having a full-face treatment, or a specific area treated.
  • Skin is cleansed to remove makeup, oil, and environmental residue.
  • A soothing serum is smoothed over skin to reduce friction.
  • The clinician moves a handheld device tipped with hair-fine sterile needles over the treatment area at a carefully controlled penetration depth.
  • Skin is cleansed again, hydrated with a hyaluronic acid product, and protected with a moisturizing sunscreen.
There is essentially no downtime, although skin may be pink or have mild swelling for up to 48 hours. You may use high quality makeup after the procedure. Usually, a series of sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart, are recommended for optimal improvement. You may then want to schedule periodic re-treatment to keep skin looking refreshed.

Benefits of collagen induction therapy (CIT)

Microneedling is sometimes called collagen induction therapy or CIT, because it creates microscopic columns that break up acne scar tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Within about a week, skin becomes noticeably smoother and brighter. The even dispersion of controlled injury builds a smooth network of collagen that, over several months, thickens and tightens skin, smoothing lines, softening wrinkles, and improving the appearance of acne scarring.

This treatment is an alternative to some laser therapies, which can have the side effect of pigmentation changes for dark skin tones. Microneedling is safe for all skin types. Many patients experience overall improvement in skin texture, including reduced pore size. In addition, microneedling helps to resolve hyperpigmentation – freckles, brown sun spots, and dark marks left by acne.

The option of PRP

Microneedling can be combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment for maximum benefit. A small specimen of your blood is drawn. Using a special machine called a centrifuge, it is separated into base elements. Once of those components is platelets. These tiny cells contain concentrated growth factors. PRP has been used for some time in orthopedic medicine to speed healing and regeneration. Now you can enjoy the advantages of PRP combined with microneedling, for younger-looking, smoother skin.

At Dulles Dermatology Associates, skin care is never “one size fits all.” We provide tailored treatment plans, utilizing the latest advances in medical, surgical, and aesthetic dermatology techniques and products. Call our office in Dulles, VA at (844) 357-3376 to learn more about microneedling and other acne scar removal and rejuvenation treatments.

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