When home skin treatments aren't effective, but you aren't ready for surgery, try nonsurgical procedures for skin rejuvenation, like microneedling. Plastic surgeon Dr. Cynthia Mizgala is pleased to offer microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) at her office in Metairie, LA. Microneedling uses multiple fine-gauge needles to safely and effectively create micro-injuries in the needed areas of the skin. The micro-injuries trigger the body's natural production of collagen and elastin, two components of healthy, silky skin. Easily combined with other treatments, like serums and growth factors, microneedling can help reduce scars, stretch marks, fine lines, and enlarged pores. Schedule a consultation at A Woman Plastic Surgeon to discover more about the benefits of microneedling and ways to customize the treatment for your skin concerns and goals.
"Iam in my mid 40's and a mother of one child. I have a very demanding and active job in the medical field. I see woman of all ages complain of the way they look and how their bodies have changed with age, pregnancies and yo- yo dieting. Well I'm one of those women!! Although having one pregnancy it definitely was enough to change my body. I was left with excessive loose skin. Later adding three laparoscopic surgeries, and years of weight loss and weight gain. My tummy became a train wreck!! After years of contemplating surgery I decided it was now time to get my body back. I choose Dr. Mizgala because of her outstanding reputation as a surgeon. I have seen some of her work and talked with patients about their experience and knew she was the Dr. of choice for me. Iam now three months post surgery and feeling wonderful!! I love my new tummy and belly button. I put on a bikini for the first time in over twenty years. My confidence level is higher than it has been in years. For anyone contemplating surgery dont put it off. For me it was a life changing experience."- S. / Google / Aug 07, 2019
"Dr. Mizgala is Phenomenal! - I recently had a Tummy Tuck / Liposuction procedure done by Dr. Mizgala and I couldn't be more happy with the results. Dr. Mizgala and her staff a great. They made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions no matter how many I asked and believe me I asked a lot of them. I have never experienced a doctors visit as pleasant and professional as the ones I had with her. She will have my..."- L. / RealSelf / Nov 07, 2018
"very knowledgeable and friendly. She really cares about her patient."- L.P. / Google / Jun 21, 2019
"Dr. Mizgala and Her Staff Are the Best in the Business! Dr. Mizgala is the best! I had my initial consultation in August 2018, to discuss excess skin removal on my stomach, back and arms after losing around 140 pounds. I had maintained the weight loss for around 15 years, and my work and financial situation finally made skin removal surgery possible. I knew I was looking at major surgery/ surgeries, and I needed to feel confident and trusting of the person I chose to perform such extensive work on me. I have pre-existing high blood pressure, frequent skin infections and a history of severe nausea and vomiting with anesthesia. I needed a surgeon who appreciated the complexity involved with the amount of skin I needed removed, and who would be able to safely get the results I wanted. I consulted with two other surgeons, and both of those appointments were rushed and quite uninformative. Instead of answering my questions, I was referred to a pamphlet or the internet as I was being shown the door. My consultation with Dr. Mizgala was the exact opposite. I was encouraged and comfortable before I went to the office. Patty, the office manager, was so sweet and helpful when I spoke to her to make my appointment. At the consultation, Dr. Mizgala and I discussed several procedures to get the best results for my body type. She took the time to fully explain the pros and cons of each procedure, the downtime and recovery involved, and the results I could realistically expect. She answered my questions and addressed my concerns with respect and dignity. Together Dr. Mizgala and I came up with a plan of action that would provide the best outcome for me. I never felt rushed or like I was in a sales pitch; I was at ease and I just knew I was in good hands. From that very first day, I have felt safe, comfortable and supported by the entire staff. Every visit since then has just reinforced my feeling of gratitude for having found such a wonderful, caring surgeon and her awesome team. Dr. Mizgala and her staff truly care about their patients’ complete recovery. I had a fleur de lis tummy tuck and radiofrequency assisted liposuction on my neck in November, a bra line back lift in March, and an arm lift in April. I only had one minor wave of nausea between all 3 surgeries; I’ve experienced worse with a 15 minute epidural. I had several feet of incision on my torso and arms with the 3 surgeries. Given my long history of skin infections, it was not surprising that I experienced delayed healing in some areas. Dr. Mizgala saw me every single day, including weekends, and she came to my condo to check on me. She was also a strong advocate in helping me get the care I needed to heal with the best results. I felt her concern and I knew she sincerely cared about my recovery. I am absolutely thrilled with my results. Dr. Mizgala and her team have treated me like family throughout this entire process. I never expected this to be such a life-changing experience, inside and out. Dr. Mizgala and her staff’s encouragement helped me to find self-confidence I didn’t even realize I was missing! They all truly care about their patients’ holistic recovery every step of the way. When my life circumstances allowed me the opportunity to have my excess skin removed, this was mostly about the practicality of getting rid of the physical complications caused by the skin while I was still relatively young. I wanted to be able to exercise without having infections and interference from the extra skin, and I wanted to get the extra weight off my back to help my sciatica and hip pain. I got the practical results I was looking for, but the care, support and encouragement of Dr. Mizgala and her staff have given me so much more. I thought this was going to be the last step in my weight loss journey, but it has turned out to be the start of my new life. I’m not afraid to stand up for myself, which is an incredible and priceless surprise. My friends and family see a huge difference in the way I look and carry myself, physically and mentally. I recently turned 45 years old, and I called it my Re-Birth Day. I knew I would have a significant change in my body, but I never dreamed I would have such an incredible mental and emotional transformation so quickly. I have been reborn as a confident, self-assured woman, and I am excited to think about what’s to come in my new life."- L. / RealSelf / May 09, 2019
"Excellent experience - It has been a few years but she was very patient and kind and really cared about me. Her staff was also great. I still recommend people to her even though it’s been overs 5 years. JoAnn Proctor"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 26, 2019
You may benefit from microneedling if you have slight to moderate skin issues, like a decrease in firmness or uneven texture. Microneedling treatments can also improve the appearance of pores, stretch marks, and scars. The collagen and elastin will need a month or longer to have an effect on the skin after the treatment, but you will see natural-looking results and gain healthier, stronger skin.
Collagen induction therapy with microneedling is done in the comfort of our Red Spa by licensed, experienced aesthetician, Robin Brock. The skin being treated will be cleansed before the microneedling handpiece is passed evenly over. After the microneedling is done, a topical treatment, like growth factors or a vitamin-infused serum, can be applied for deeper penetration of the nutrients into the skin. A moisturizer will be applied in along with sun protection since your skin will be sensitive after the treatment.
What to Expect
Following the procedure, you might develop light swelling and redness for about a day, but this should resolve on its own. It may take about 1 – 2 months as the collagen and elastin levels increase before you see visible improvements in the health and appearance of your treated skin. You should plan to get about 1 – 2 maintenance treatments every 6 – 12 months for the best results and long-term skin health.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling cost?
Costs for microneedling will vary, depending on what is in your plan. During your consultation, Robin Brock will evaluate your skin and then develop your personalized plan. Once this is done, she will explain your costs and the procedure process. A Woman Plastic Surgeon often offers specials on treatment packages so ask about current deals during your consultation.
What exactly is microneedling?
Collagen induction therapy or microneedling is a nonsurgical treatment to improve the health of your skin. Collagen is a fibrous protein that helps keep your skin supple, smooth, and tight. As you get older, your stores of collagen are depleted and your skin becomes thin and less elastic. Microneedling causes small micro-injuries, which initiates more collagen production and generates new skin cell growth. Once healed, your skin is healthier, firmer, and brighter.
Can I combine other treatments with microneedling?
During the microneedling process, channels are created in your skin that make it easier for treatments to penetrate the deeper layers. This is why microneedling is commonly combined with other treatments, like vitamin-rich serums. During your consultation, Robin Brock can talk about what treatments may be performed along with microneedling to improve your skin health and appearance.
How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
Usually, patients need 3 – 4 sessions to see their best results. However, the number of treatments recommended will depend on your goals and the condition of your skin. Microneedling can be performed every 4 – 6 weeks as needed. During your consultation, Robin Brock will estimate how many treatments you will need based on your skin and goals. Once you have reached your goal, Robin Brock recommends getting maintenance treatments twice a year.
Is microneedling safe for everyone?
Microneedling is safe for all skin types and tones. Since the skin micro-injuries are so small, there are usually no side effects after the treatment. Microneedling can be applied to most areas of skin, including the arms, face, neck, and chest. Microneedling is not recommended if you have been on Accutane in the last few months, as well as if you have an open wound, herpes simplex, or active skin infection.
- Average Cost
- $250 - $300
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 3 days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Natural Health and Radiance
Improve the health and appearance of your skin with microneedling therapy at A Woman Plastic Surgeon in Metairie, LA. A minimally invasive treatment that can produce significant results, microneedling prompts your natural production of collagen for smoother, firmer skin. Schedule a consultation with Robin Brock to hear more about this procedure and other options to revitalize your skin.