Unfortunately, our bodies produce less HA as we age, which is one reason why fine lines and wrinkles begin appearing on our skin as we grow older. The good news is that HA supplementation can help prevent these fine lines and wrinkles from forming earlier in the aging process and even reverse some of them. There are a number of options for restoring HA levels, but microneedling has been found to be a superior delivery system. If you are interested in learning how microneedling with HA can help your skin, contact our office in Chattanooga. We proudly serve the neighboring communities of Chattanooga, including Cleveland.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance produced naturally by the body. HA is significant because it attracts many times its own weight in water and helps cushion our joints from impacts, enhance skin volume and texture and several other roles in the human body. Another way that HA benefits us is by lending a plumping effect to our skin. The HA present in the skin attracts moisture and adds volume and protection to the skin.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling involves the use of a device containing many very tiny needles that pierce the skin. The process causes very minor damage to the skin surface but stimulates the production of collagen and elastin — two substances that promote youthful, healthy skin. Microneedling also encourages the production of new capillaries that send nourishment and blood to the new skin.
How Does Microneedling with HA Work?
The device rolls gently over the skin surface, penetrating only the layers of skin nearest to the surface. This creates many tiny punctures in the skin that can be up to 2mm in depth. Your body responds by creating new collagen and elastin to heal the area. The process leaves your skin with increased volume and thickness that reduces the appearance of scars, and fine lines and wrinkles.
What Conditions Respond to Microneedling with HA?
- Surgical scars
- Mild to moderate acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Stretch marks
- Keloid scars
- Pore size and skin texture
What Can I Expect from Treatment?
First, your skin is cleaned, and a topical numbing agent is applied. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is also applied to the skin. A small microneedle device is then rolled over the skin, producing many tiny puncture wounds that allow the HA to penetrate deeper into the skin than it normally would. The HA heals and hydrates your skin, lending it a smoother, more youthful appearance over time.
How Will I Look After Treatment?
You can expect some minor redness and swelling, similar to a mild sunburn. The effect may last up to two days. Within a few weeks, you should notice that your skin is tighter, brighter and more radiant. Full effects of the treatment may only be evident several months later; when the healing process is complete.
How Much Downtime Can I Expect?
Some temporary redness and skin inflammation are to be expected. These normally fade within hours. Your skin should fade gradually from red to pink within a couple of days. The application of HA is advised after your treatment to minimize any redness. We also advise you to use a zinc-based sunblock during this time to protect your skin from sun exposure. After the procedure, women may use mineral makeup.
- Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, uneven pigmentation, scars, sun damage, stretch marks, and large pores.
- High topical serum absorption rates due to improved skin penetration.
- Thicker dermis without epidermis removal.
- Safe for all skin types and colors.
- Minimal post-treatment side effects.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments that you need depends on the condition of your skin and your personal goals. Microneedling can safely be performed every four to six weeks until your results are achieved. If you select collagen induction, we advise beginning with three treatments, with a minimum of four to six weeks between treatments. If you require scar reduction, three to six treatments are recommended.
Most skin areas of the body can be treated, including your breast, arms, legs, and neck. You should start seeing results following your first treatment.
Is Microneedling with HA Safe For All Skin Types and Colors?
Microneedling is safe and effective for all colors and skin types. The treatment does not result in hyperpigmentation.
How Much Does Microneedling with HA Cost?
Because each patient has different individual needs, you should discuss pricing with your doctor or staff. Our friendly and knowledgeable Cool Springs MD Chattanooga team can be consulted to discuss costs and answer any questions you may have regarding HA microneedling.
Enhancing microneedling with hyaluronic acid provides our patients with a cutting-edge anti-aging solution for their skin. If you live in Chattanooga or neighboring communities in Tennessee, like Cleveland, please contact our office today to set up an initial consultation so that you can learn more about how microneedling with HA can enhance the health and appearance of your skin.