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Integrated Dermatology of Brookline -  - Dermatologist

Integrated Dermatology of Brookline

Dermatologists located in Brookline, MA & Andover, MA

Using needles on your skin might not seem like the best way to counteract current sun- and age-related damages, but it’s an effective way to initiate the healing process. The team at Integrated Dermatology of Brookline can create microchannels in your skin with microneedling to stimulate collagen production. Microneedling also temporarily helps your skin better absorb the nutrients you apply to it. To book an appointment with Miaoyuan Wang or MD, Alan Rockoff, MD, call the nearest office in Brookline or Andover, Massachusetts, today, or book online at any time.

Microneedling Q & A

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a treatment that encourages cell turnover and results in smoother skin with fewer flaws and blemishes. Your skin accumulates damage on the surface and within deeper layers thanks to the natural aging process, frequent unshielded sun exposure, smoking, and other occurrences. 

Microneedling minimizes a wide variety of skin defects by working in conjunction with your skin’s natural healing capabilities. 

During the procedure, your provider uses a handheld device to create needlepoint microchannels in your skin. These microchannels are evenly spaced with margins of healthy, undamaged tissue between them. 

Your skin begins to grow new collagen to heal these small injuries and the natural skin defects around them. Collagen makes your skin healthier and firmer, which can reduce wrinkles and sagging. 

Which areas can I target with microneedling?

Microneedling isn’t limited in the areas that it can target. The face is the most popular region to treat with microneedling since it gets lots of sun exposure, and skin changes on your face affect your appearance more than they do elsewhere. 

What are the benefits of microneedling?

Microneedling is minimally invasive, making it a great choice if it’s your first time trying a cosmetic skin care treatment. The recovery time is minimal, and you can continue your daily tasks right away after your appointment.

As your skin heals following your microneedling procedure, you’ll notice fewer skin concerns as time goes by. Some of the features that microneedling treats are:

  • Acne scars
  • Other scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Large pores
  • Stretch marks
  • Wrinkles and lines

The procedure can also improve your skin’s texture over a few weeks. Your provider at Integrated Dermatology of Brookline might recommend a series of microneedling treatments to get the best results, and they’ll make sure you know how to care for your skin to maintain them. 

How should I care for my skin after microneedling?

The way you treat your skin after microneedling is crucial to maintaining beautiful, long-lasting results. Upon leaving Integrated Dermatology of Brookline post-treatment, you might feel like the treatment area has a sunburn. It can take 24-48 hours for the redness to dissipate entirely. 

As your skin heals, you should:

  • Use a mild cleanser
  • Avoid electronic cleansing brushes 
  • Only touch your face with clean hands
  • Moisturize with hyaluronic acid
  • Use antioxidant serums and peptides to nourish your skin
  • Avoid makeup for up to 72 hours
  • Avoid swimming for 72 hours
  • Avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreen 

Even after your skin heals, you should continue to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to avoid additional sun damage, which continues to age your skin. 

If you’d like to improve your skin’s structure, texture, and brightness with microneedling, call Integrated Dermatology of Brookline or schedule an appointment online today.