Microneedling In Seattle, Bellevue, & Kirkland
Among the newest anti-aging procedures, microneedling is one of the newest regenerative skin care trends. When performed by a master esthetician, microneedling can stimulate your body’s healing response which leads to smooth, restored skin. This is known to treat acne scarring, rough patches, and many other skin conditions and concerns. The master estheticians at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery offer microneedling treatments along with many other non-surgical procedures to patients in the Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland areas.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling–also known as collagen induction therapy–uses a FDA approved electronic medical device to prick microscopic holes in the skin. In a regular microneedling treatment in Bellevue, your master esthetician spreads a hyaluronic serum on your face and uses the device to push the serum deep into the skin.
After setting the microneedling device to the correct setting and installing a fresh set of sterile needles–they will massage the device into your face where it makes tiny channels in the face. Your master esthetician will continue this until the entire treatment area is covered. Immediately after your procedure, your body will begin to send healing defenses to the sites to heal the microscopic wounds. These defenses include white blood cells and other proteins that result in collagen and elastin production.
How It Works
Microneedling works by creating tiny injuries in the skin. You normally can’t see these punctures, but your body treats them like an injury that needs healing. Your body then begins it’s healing responses which helps generate new collagen and elastin. These two proteins help give skin a youthful and smooth look. Inducing the production of these proteins. Bellevue microneedling stimulates your skin from underneath, leading to a more youthful and smooth appearance.
Commonly, microneedling is used to treat depressed acne scar, a rough skin texture, surgical scars, stretch marks, and fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling in Bellevue uses your body’s defenses to renew your skin.
Can I Combine It With Other Procedures?
Esthetic procedures often work best together. During your consultation with a master esthetician, they can customize your treatment plan with the procedures that will best benefit your skin and cosmetic goals. Every person’s skin, goals, and needs differ. Therefore, every skin treatment plan at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery will vary based on the specific patient.
Commonly, microneedling is performed with chemical peels. Microneedling can help chemical peels reach deeper into the skin and improve overall results. Working together, chemical peels and microneedling can offer visible benefits to the skin.
Other esthetic procedures performed with microneedling include:
Benefits of Microneedling In Kirkland
The benefits an individual patient experiences from microneedling will vary depending on the reason for the procedure and the way their body reacts to treatment. In general, microneedling can improve skin texture and lead to smoother looking skin. For those who seek microneedling in Kirkland for stretch marks or surgical scarring can see a meaningful reduction over the course of their treatment schedule.
Among the many benefits that microneedling can offer Seattle area patients includes:
- Improvement of skin texture
- Reduce appearance of acne scarring, stretch marks, and surgical scarring
- Prevents and treats fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces the signs of aging
- Discourages skin sag
- Minimize pore size
Patients seek microneedling for a variety of reasons. Some want to fight aging, others want general skin rejuvenation, while others want to lessen surgical scars. Whatever the reasons, our master estheticians understand the microneedling regimen that best suits your needs.
What Happens During A Typical Microneedling Session in Kirkland?
When you come in for a microneedling treatment, your master esthetician will start by cleaning your face and spreading on numbing cream, if you choose. While you numb, your master esthetician will install a fresh set of needles and set the device to the proper settings for your treatment area and concerns.
As soon as you are numb, your master esthetician will begin massage the device against your skin. You should not feel any pain and depending upon your treatment areas the procedure typically lasts around 30 minutes (excluding numbing). In total, a microneedling session lasts on average about an hour.
Finally, once you leave our office, we will offer you skin care products to help with the redness and some mild pain you may experience after microneedling. Most of the time, you will need multiple microneedling treatments to see long-lasting results. In some cases, our master estheticians recommend yearly treatments to maintain results and improve skin condition.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
On average, patients need three to six treatments depending upon the skin issues they hope to treat. Since microneedling depends on your body’s immune system and healing defenses, it may take some people longer than others to see results. Based on your medical history, your master esthetician may be able to give you a rough idea of how many total sessions you will need.
Microneedling treatments are typically spaced a few weeks apart to allow your skin to fully heal between sessions. This means that the healing process is constantly stimulated between treatments and this promotes the best results. Occasionally, your master esthetician may recommend alternating microneedling with another procedure, such as a chemical peel. Alternating these procedures can vary the treatment your skin receives, in turn providing better results.
A typical microneedling recovery does not interfere with a patient’s everyday life. It is normal for your skin to look and feel like a mild sunburn. This redness and tightness should go away on it’s own in a few days. Based on your medical history and your reasons for seeking the treatment, your master esthetician will provide you with a customized recovery plan.
In general, your master esthetician will advise you to wear SPF or keep the treatment areas covered because the microneedling does make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You should also avoid some exfoliants and products that can irritate the skin. Your master esthetician can advise you on which products to discontinue prior to, during, and after treatment.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Microneedling in Kirkland is safe and effective on all skin types and tones. Even for those with sensitive skin, the procedure can be performed. Since microneedling with is non-invasive, most people are good candidates for microneedling. The best reasons patients seek microneedling are to treat a variety of skin conditions and issues such as acne scarring, other scarring (like from surgery or injury), signs of aging, or as a general skin treatment.
Are There Any Reasons I Can’t Get Microneedling?
While microneedling is not a surgical procedure, it is not safe for some skin and medical conditions. Most healthy people are good candidates for microneedling, even those with sensitive skin can find benefit if performed by a specialized professionally like the master estheticians at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. Your master esthetican may not perform Bellevue microneedling if you:
- Have a bleeding or blood disorder, or another medical condition that majorly compromises your immune system
- Have an allergy to stainless steel or anesthetics
- Are currently taking harsh acne drugs (or have recently)
- Have open wounds, sores, or irritated skin in the treatment area
- Have skin cancer in the treatment area
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are prone to keloid or hypertrophic scar formation
At-Home Microneedling And Why It Does More Harm Than Good
There are many commercially available microneedling devices on the market. These devices are not effective and sometimes dangerous. Microneedling rollers are not sterile and impossible to store in a medical-grade environment. This can increase the risk for infection and irritate the skin. Our device requires a change of needles after each use, which ensures a clean, safe procedure.
Beyond the safety issues and ineffectiveness of at-home microneedling rollers, it is impossible to get the same results a professional procedure can give you. Nothing commercially available works as well as microneedling.
The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery proudly offers comprehensive microneedling sessions to patients in the Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland areas to alleviate concerns over the risks of at-home rollers. Professionally performed microneedling will provide safer and better results than do-it-yourself devices at home.
Custom Tailored Microneedling In Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland
The Master Estheticians and staff at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery dedicate themselves to helping you refresh your skin using professionally performed and specially catered treatments. Our Master Estheticians use an automated, digital microneedling device to tailor your results to your facial needs. Each device is calibrated specifically for every appointment to the correct size, shape, and depth. This maximizes the absorption of the hyaluronic acid to provide the best possible results. We want to help you to achieve all of your cosmetic and skin goals. Whether you want younger looking skin, to reduce the appearance of a surgical scar, or to fill in acne scarring, the master estheticians at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery can help you find the appropriate treatment for your needs.
Our treatment rooms are private and we will ensure your comfort at all times. Additionally, our estheticians are skilled and specially trained to use our microneedling device. We offer custom after skin care and advocate for patient education. We want you to feel confident and comfortable at every point before, during, and after your procedure.
Seattle Master Estheticians
Master estheticians are estheticians who have comprehensive and extensive medical training. This means that they have a deep understanding of the skin, the human body, medical terminology, and the interaction of their procedures and your health. This knowledge, experience, and expertise allows the master estheticians at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery to individually cater all microneedling procedures to their patient and their needs.
In your consultation with one of our master estheticians, they will examine your skin and the treatment area, take measurements, and determine if you are a good candidate for microneedling. Lastly, your master esthetician will also discuss your goals and desires for the procedure. This will allow them to create a custom treatment plan that fits you and your budget.
To schedule your free consultation with a master esthetician at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery in Seattle, call us at 425-775-3561. Or, contact us online using the form on this page.