Monthly Archives: November 2015

What about Micro-needling?

Micro- needling is becoming one of the most sought-after methods for skin rejuvenation on the market today.

What is Micro-needling?

It is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are use to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. New collagen and elastin production can reverse years of sun damage, improve acne scars and enhance the overall appearance of aging skin.

What are the other advantages of Micro-needling?

Micro-needling also helps the skin absorb treatment serums (such as hyaluronic acid or vitamin C) 80% more effectively deeper into the skin. Think of it like aerating your lawn when fertilizing.

Who is a good candidate for Micro-needling?

Micro-needling is being used for acne scars, fine lines, skin tightening, shrinking pore size, melasma and stretch marks. For deep acne scarring the treatment of choice would be laser resurfacing or scar revision by a plastic surgeon.
What should I expect after treatment?
Depending how aggressive the treatment is, you may have slight swelling and a pink, sunburned look to your face that could last up to three days.

When will I see results?

Most people notice healthier looking skin immediately and the repair process continues over the next few weeks. Rebuilding your collagen will take up to 6 months so your skin will continue to improve over the next 6-12 months.

How many treatments will I need?

Your skincare professional will determine your treatment plan based on the condition of your skin and your desired outcome. On an average for skin rejuvenation and mild acne scarring we recommend 3 to 4 treatments. Deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of 5 treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended.

Is Micro-needling painful?

Prior to the treatment, numbing cream can be applied to minimize pain that is felt during the procedure. Because the points that are made in the skin are so small, most patients experience little to no discomfort.

What is the difference between the medical Microneedling pens and the dermal roller you can buy online?

Micro-needling treatments can be performed at grades that range from superficial to deep depending on the needle depth. Most home devices only penetrate .25mm which only affects the epidermis. Medical devices will penetrate as deep as 3.0 into the skin to the dermis for better results.

The neck’s big thing

In November 2015 two cosmetic innovations are coming to the US market, both aimed at treating unwanted neck fat. Medically known as submental fullness or lipodystropy, excess fat in the anterior neck under the chin is a common cosmetic complaint. Up until now, the only effective way to remove the fat was liposuction. While effective and economical, some people are opposed to invasive procedures, even minimally invasive techniques like liposuction.

KYBELLA® is an injectable treatment from Allergan. KYBELLA® is the first and only FDA approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. KYBELLA® is a formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Typically 2-4 treatment sessions are required to achieve desired results. Each treatment is spaced at least one month apart. After the aesthetic goals are achieved, re-treatment with KYBELLA® is not expected. Each treatment session ranges in price between $800-$1600. Adverse effects include possible numbness, swelling, and bruising.

Are you afraid of needles? COOLMINI™ from CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is also being introduced this month. Zeltiq boasts “no needles, no surgery, no downtime”. COOLMINI™ is FDA cleared for the treatment of submental fat. It was designed for small areas of fat including submental fat, axillary fat (the fat in front of your arm pit), knees and other smaller bulges of stubborn fat. On average patients can expect 20% reduction in fat after each treatment. Typically 2-3 treatments are required for optimal results. Each treatment session is approximately $1000. Adverse effects can include post-treatment discomfort. No bruising or swelling is expected.

For more information on these treatments which we now offer, contact Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Guy Cappuccino in Mount Airy at 301-829-4110.