In micro-needling, microscopic needles are used to trigger the production of collagen and elastin, two compounds that are primarily responsible for producing beautiful and youthful skin. Microneedling is safe for the face and body and can be used to treat all skin types. Patients who undergo this treatment achieve facial fullness and volume without the downtime of surgical procedures, anesthesia, or incisions.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers microneedling treatments to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence.

Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Christopher goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects.

Is Microneedling for Me?

Microneedling is a dermal roller technique that uses tiny needles to prick the skin in order to induce the production of new collagen. These fine needles puncture the topmost layers of the skin (epidermis) in order to create small, almost invisible ‘injuries’. This activates the skin’s natural healing process, generating collagen-rich tissue in order to heal the wounds. You may be a good candidate for microneedling plastic surgery if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have clogged pores on your facial skin 
  • You have visible scars, blemishes, and marks on your skin 
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure
  • You do not have infections, rash, or fever 
  • You are not currently pregnant or nursing
  • You wish to improve the elasticity and appearance of your skin without the use of invasive treatments

When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first micro needling consultation in Houston Texas, the surgeon will listen to you and examine your problem areas letting you know whether this nonsurgical procedure is for you. Microneedling procedure is a highly individualized treatment. For this reason, Dr. Christopher recommends that you have this treatment out of your own choice, not because someone else wants you to.

What Areas Does A Microneedling Treat?

Many individuals have microneedling in order to tighten or lift skin, enhance skin texture, and treat scars. Microneedling may also be used to stimulate hair follicles that have gone dormant, as well as address cellulite on different parts of the body. This technique is effective for individuals of all ages and different skin types. Among other issues, plastic surgeons use microneedling procedure to address the following problems:

  • Large pores
  • Indented facial scars
  • Acne scars
  • Wrinkles and fine lines 
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Stretch marks
  • Age spots
  • Signs of aging
  • Rosacea 
  • Loss laxity 
  • Spot baldness

Your Initial Microneedling Consultation

During your first Houston TX microneedling consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. The surgeon will also examine your problem areas and skin laxity before moving forward to the next step.

This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Balinger’s office – presents an opportunity to learn more about what this treatment entails, and what you can expect from the procedure.

Preparing for Your Microneedling Procedure

Dr. Balinger and his micro-needling technicians require patients to stop taking certain types of medications that can thin blood. This includes anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Lodine, naproxen, and Aleve. Herbal supplements that thin blood, anticoagulants such as Jantoven and Coumadin, as well as aspirin, ginger, ginkgo Biloba are also prohibited. This ensures that the risk of serious side effects is reduced.

Procedure Technique

During a microneedling treatment, topical local anesthetic may be used to induce superficial loss of sensation over the skin. The surgeon will then use a derma roller filled with tiny, stainless-steel needles to create micro-injuries just below the topmost layer of your skin. The body will respond to these injuries by creating collagen and elastin. Collagen provides structure while elastin enhances skin elasticity. Your technician will evenly move the tool across the skin, ensuring that new skin is rejuvenated.

These pricks are so small that you will have a hard time noticing them. Once the treatment is complete, a calming treatment will be applied to your skin. Microneedling procedures are typically performed about a month apart. Most need between four to six sessions in order to obtain the best result. During each subsequent session, the microneedles will be inserted a little deeper. This ensures that the skin heals and thickens even more and more.

What to Expect After Microneedling in Houston

There is no downtime required after a microneedling treatment. However, you will need to be very gentle on your skin. Skin irritation and redness are common but tend to dissipate with time. You will be able to return to work or school when you are comfortable to do so. Many people opt to conceal the redness (during the first few days of recovery) using makeup. You should however talk to your plastic surgeon before proceeding with this approach. Keep in mind that your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure (UV rays). You will thus need to wear sunscreen and a hat when going outside.

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The cost of microneedling plastic surgery in Houston TX can vary significantly from one patient to the other. Most people can however expect to pay $400 for a single session. During your visit to Dr. Balinger’s office, the surgeon will provide a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. Health insurers typically do not cover the cost of microneedling because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure. However, the surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of complications and severe side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform microneedling and a host of other minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for microneedling, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

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Collagen is one of the key building blocks of young skin. As you get older, your skin has less collagen, and this is why you develop wrinkles. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, stimulates collagen production to tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles. Dr. Balinger offers SkinPen® microneedling for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.

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What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a non-surgical medical spa treatment that creates microscopic injuries in your skin. Your body responds to the microinjuries by creating new collagen fibers that lift and tighten your skin. The treatment takes very little time and requires no downtime.

How much does SkinPen® Microneedling cost?

The average cost of SkinPen® microneedling is $400. If you decide to have microneedling with SkinPen® after you meet with Dr. Balinger for a consultation, we can discuss the cost before you leave our office. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of SkinPen®?

Microneedling can be performed with several FDA-approved devices, but SkinPen® has some distinct advantages.

  • Safe for all skin types and skin tones
  • See results in three treatments or less
  • Treatment time is approximately 30 minutes
  • Helps with acne scars, as well as dull complexion, wrinkles, and other cosmetic skin flaws

How is microneedling performed?

SkinPen® is designed with a series of tiny needles that are in a circular pattern. The device is gently pressed against the skin to create the microinjuries. Most patients relax during the treatment. Treatment times vary based on the size of the area.

What is recovery like after Microneedling SkinPen®?

FaceTite™ requires very little downtime. You may want to relax at home for the rest of the day. Minor swelling may develop and the area may feel sore for five to seven days. You can return to work and your normal activities after one week.

How long will SkinPen® results last?

Your body will continue to break down the collagen in your skin after your SkinPen® microneedling treatments, and the timeline varies by patient. To maintain the results, Dr. Balinger recommends that you repeat the treatment every one to two months.

Increasing collagen levels is a great way to keep your skin looking its best at any age. The treatment requires no downtime and can help with wrinkles, acne scars, and other concerns. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers SkinPen® microneedling for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free microneedling consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.

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