Ducharme Dermatology, Inc

Erin Ducharme, MD, FAAD

Board-Certified Dermatologist located at the junction of Waukee & Clive, Iowa

Also known as collagen induction therapy, Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive and Greater Des Moines Area, Iowa, offers the minimally invasive cosmetic procedure known as microneedling to reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks, as well as for some anti-aging procedures, including eyelid surgery and sunspots. If you’re in good health and have skin conditions that haven’t responded to other types of dermatologic procedures, call or make an appointment online today.

Microneedling Q & A

What is the microneedling process?

When you see Dr. Ducharme for microneedling, the process begins with the application of a topical anesthetic. An hour later, Dr. Ducharme moves a pen-like tool evenly across your skin and makes tiny, almost unnoticeable pricks under your skin.

After your half-hour treatment is complete, Dr. Ducharme uses a serum or calming treatment on the treated area before cleaning your skin by gently dabbing it with gauze soaked in distilled water.

You go home with serums and ointments developed to help you heal.

How does microneedling work?

Age and injury cause your skin to lose collagen. Dr. Ducharme helps your skin make more collagen through the process of microneedling. The pinpricks slightly injure your skin, and in return, your skin responds by producing new collagen-rich tissue that improves its tone and texture.

Because heat isn’t involved, microneedling is safe and effective for most skin types. However, those with inflammation or infection, including active acne or cold sores should have Dr. Ducharme treat those so they clear up before undergoing microneedling.

What should you expect after your microneedling procedure?

After your microneedling procedure with Dr. Ducharme is complete, your skin works fairly quickly to renew itself. As it continues to heal and tighten, results become visible within a couple of weeks.

Since microneedling isn’t as invasive as plastic surgery, there’s little to no recovery time, and you can return to regular activities as soon as you’re comfortable. Camouflaging makeup helps cover the irritation and redness that’s common during the first few days after your procedure.

Can microneedling be done at home?

Not only are microneedling devices difficult to clean and maintain, but the needles also dull quickly. Also, if it does pierce your skin, instead of rejuvenation, it could lead to injury or infection. Moreover, at-home devices aren’t as effective or as long-lasting as those used by Dr. Ducharme in-office.

Microneedling performed by Dr. Ducharme is a great way to improve the appearance of your skin. Therefore, if you’re considering this procedure, don’t take matters into your own hands. Instead, call or make an appointment online today for microneedling with Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive, Iowa.