What Does Microneedling Do?

Over a series of treatments, microneedling helps the skin become firmer and regain elasticity. It also visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, refines the pores, stimulates circulation, firms and tightens most body areas, and overall improves the condition of the skin. This procedure is an excellent option for acne scarring, surgical scarring, burns, stretch marks.

Key Benefits of Microneedling

  • Addresses a wide variety of skin concerns
  • Fights the signs of aging nearly anywhere on the body
  • Quick and convenient treatments
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • FDA-approved for safety and efficacy
  • Works well for all skin types
  • Very little downtime
  • Skin that is healthier, more radiant, and more youthful

How Microneedling Works

With microneedling, a device that contains tiny needles passes over the skin, creating microscopic punctures into the skin as it goes. The skin shifts its natural repair mechanism into high gear and starts producing collagen and elastin to repair these micro-punctures.

The self-repairing property of the skin is a 100% natural form of skin renewal from the inside out. The advantage of microneedling compared to other treatments is that it not only activates cell regeneration; it also enhances the absorption of active ingredients of RP complex into the dermis during the treatment before the skin closes.

Microneeding and the Body’s Wound Repair Process

The effectiveness of microneedling comes from your own body’s wound repair process, which includes the following:


As soon as the microneedles create holes in the skin, your body’s wound repair process instantly begins disinfecting the holes. Debris is cleaned out, blood flow is boosted, and new tissue is created.


New cells, collagen, and elastin fill in the tiny holes. In addition, a new network of blood vessels is produced.


Old collagen is replaced by new, stronger collagen. 

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What to Expect During a Microneedling Procedure

Before your microneedling procedure, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied to your skin. It takes about 30 minutes for your skin to become numb, but this will help with any discomfort during the treatment. Once you’re ready, your specialist will use a handheld microneedling device directly on your skin. 

The device will move over your skin, administering the microneedles as it goes. As they penetrate your dermis and make tiny holes, the skin regeneration process is triggered. Microneedling feels like a small, sharp vibration which can be uncomfortable for some. 

Others find it completely tolerable. Either way, we encourage you to let us know if you’re in discomfort. We can always adjust the needle depth. With a series of microneedling sessions, you’ll see your skin becoming firmer, healthier, and improved. 

Downtime and Results

Microneedling doesn’t require any physical downtime, but depending on how sensitive your skin is, you may need a day or two of social downtime due to the redness. We recommend the following:

  • For 2-3 days, only use lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser on the treated area. 
  • Avoid direct sunlight for 2-3 days. Apply a strong sunscreen if you do go out.
  • Don’t use harsh skincare products while healing.
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Who is a Candidate for Microneedling?

Microneedling is an excellent option for almost anyone who wants to fight signs of aging and improve unwanted skin conditions. However, this procedure is not recommended for those who: 

  • Have an acne breakout, open sores, an infection, or skin cancer in the treatment area
  • Have a bleeding disorder or wound healing issues
  • Are pregnant or nursing 
  • Are allergic to stainless steel
  • Are taking medication with isotretinoin in it
  • Have used Accutane® or isotretinoin for at least six months before microneedling

Why Choose Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge?

When you have healthy, clear, radiant skin, that extra boost of confidence is much more within your reach. Imagine what your skin will look like when you jumpstart your skin journey! If you’re interested in learning more about microneedling, we welcome you to contact our office today to schedule a consultation. At Stephens Plastic Surgery + Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge, we believe we can improve your quality of life by providing you with honest advice and a personalized treatment plan so you reach your individual aesthetic goals. Founded by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. J. Anthony Stephens, we are a private, professional, patient-friendly plastic surgery and medical spa practice that always has your best interest at heart. We want everyone to glow with confidence and live life beautifully.

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