Microneedling stimulates collagen and elastin cell growth that can help restore the skin to its previous youthful appearance. This minimally invasive procedure may address several skin imperfections, but many wonder about how much microneedling can cost.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling has become an increasingly popular skincare procedure. Also called Collagen Induction Therapy, microneedling inserts small, fine needles into the skin at a precise depth. The insertion of these needles creates tiny areas of micro-damage to the skin, stimulating the response of the collagen and elastin cells to heal these areas.
What Does Microneedling Do?
The healing response of the collagen and elastin found in the skin results in firmer, soft skin that looks younger. After a microneedling treatment, new collagen and elastin replace the old. Microneedling helps to activate that response to repair skin imperfections such as uneven skin texture, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and fine lines and wrinkles.
How Much is Microneedling?
How much microneedling can cost is based on a few factors, including your geographical location and who is performing the microneedling session. Going to a trained professional is more expensive compared to doing an at-home microneedling treatment yourself, but also provides higher-quality results. Another factor is how many sessions you may need to achieve your desired results. The amount of facial coverage can factor into the cost of microneedling as well.
Per session, microneedling can cost between $200 to $700. While one single session can change the appearance of your skin overall, many people opt for at least three sessions for best results, making the cost $600 to $2,100 for a full series of treatments. One of the Essential Med Clinic & Aesthetics providers can determine the number of sessions you need and the cost of those sessions can be determined during your consultation.
The results of microneedling are not permanent, so we recommend considering having maintenance treatment sessions for the optimal outcome. Touch-up treatments generally cost the same as the first treatment session.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
While some patients will experience discomfort during microneedling, it generally does not hurt. The medical professional will help minimize discomfort by spreading a topical numbing cream on the skin before beginning the microneedling session. Some patients describe microneedling as ‘sandpaper-like’ and can feel more discomfort on the ‘bonier’ areas of the face such as the forehead.
Can I Get Microneedling If I Have Sensitive Skin?
Microneedling does not remove the outer layer of the skin, so patients with sensitive skin can have microneedling treatments. This treatment works for almost every skin type and tone. During your consultation. Dr. Cobbinah will determine if microneedling is right for your skin and help you realize your skin goals.
Patients with broken skin may not be able to receive microneedling safely.
What Should I Do Before Microneedling?
Before microneedling, you should discuss all allergies and medications you are taking with Dr. Cobbinah. There are a few other instructions one of our expert professionals may tell you to follow before your microneedling session, including:
- Antiviral medication may be prescribed a couple of days before treatment if you have had cold sores in the past
- Make sure you have been off Accutane for at least six months before the session
- Avoid direct sun exposure for at least three days before your treatment
- If you are currently pregnant or nursing, you may not be a candidate for microneedling treatment
- Avoid using Retin-A, retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, hydroquinone, and benzyl peroxide for at least three days prior to microneedling – these can change the skin’s chemistry and affect how the treatment is received.
What Results Will I See After Microneedling?
While one microneedling treatment can have noticeable results, many patients need more than a few sessions for the best results. The results from the treatment become apparent over time due to the building of new collagen and elastin cells. This process can take a few weeks to show a visible result, and results will continue to improve with time, especially if a series of sessions is performed.
Is There Any Downtime With Microneedling?
After the microneedling session, mild redness and swelling can occur for a day or two. Avoid sun exposure and apply sunscreen to protect the treated skin and promote healing. We advise you not to use harsh chemicals and exfoliators on the skin for at least a week after your microneedling procedure.
You may resume normal activities after microneedling. The popularity of microneedling partially stems from the short time span of sessions. Microneedling sessions take at most a couple of hours and it is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment.
Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling can help your skin better absorb skincare products, increasing the benefits of your daily skincare routine. You can also achieve benefits like:
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
- The tightening of the skin for a smoother, younger appearance
- Smoothing of uneven skin tone and texture
- Diminishment of acne scarring and other types of scarring
- Reduction of large pores
- Minimizes the appearance of sun damage
Am I a Good Candidate For Microneedling?
Microneedling works for all skin tones and types, and those who want to improve their skin laxity and fines lines are ideal for microneedling treatment.
You may not be a good candidate if you have active acne, eczema, or psoriasis. Those who are on certain medications, have problems with blood clotting or are pregnant are also not recommended to have microneedling. If you are seeking to improve the appearance of your acne or traumatic scars, they should be six months or older.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about Microneedling, please call us at (210) 568-7555 or complete our online contact form, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Essential Med Aesthetics is located in San Antonio, Stone Oak.