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Micro-needling is one of the hottest new spa treatments on the market for good reason. At Koch Facial Plastic Surgery and Spa in Des Moines, we are very excited about this collagen-inducing treatment, which treats acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, and burn scars with very little discomfort or downtime. This procedure may look daunting, but after learning about the process step by step, micro-needling will not seem as intimidating as it sounds.

Step One: Consultation

Your first step is a complimentary consultation with one of our licensed aestheticians, who will create a customized plan for your unique skin concerns. We will be sure to incorporate your goals and specific concerns and answer all of your questions.

Step Two: Treatment

Next, the aesthetician uses a SkinPen micro-needling device—about the size of a felt tip marker—on the predetermined treatment areas. During the procedure, the device is moved over the skin and the rapidly rotating needles create thousands of micro-punctures. Each of these tiny wounds triggers the body’s healing process, which causes the production of new collagen that fills in fine lines and indentations and improves skin’s elasticity.

The treatment only takes around 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. The speed and puncture depth of the SkinPen are adjustable according to your specific needs, and most patients get the best results from 4 to 6 treatments.

Step Three: Recovery

Micro-needling is less invasive compared to most collagen-inducing therapies. Because of this, there is a shorter recovery period. Most redness and swelling dissipate after only 2 days, while laser skin tightening treatments can have more significant swelling that can last up to four days. Some topical treatments can cause scarring post-needling, so patients must make sure to follow strict instructions for the first 48 hours after treatment.

Micro-needling is becoming increasingly popular, and it could be your ticket to plumper, smoother skin.  Contact us today for a complimentary micro-needling consultation!

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