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In Northern Virginia


Collagen Induction Therapy

AVERAGE COST: $500 – $1,500

Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses small needles to puncture the skin, producing collagen and elastin to help repair it.


Microneedling is an advanced skin rejuvenation method known for its unique approach, which you may have also heard be referred to as SkinPen, Rejuvapen, microneedle roller, microneedling, collagen induction, derma roller, or derma pen.

Whatever you prefer to call it, the Ashburn, VA practice of Dr. Timothy Mountcastle proudly offers microneedling using the quick and minimally invasive SkinPen tool. This revolutionary skin rejuvenation treatment produces younger, fresher, newer-looking skin in patients who are looking to improve their appearance. Dr. Mountcastle and his certified aestheticians perform this procedure for patients seeking to improve skin tone and texture without having to undergo surgery. Microneedling softens the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, age spots, and scarring. During the procedure, a handheld device with tiny microneedles attached to the end are gently rolled along the skin to create small holes in the skin, which disrupts the skin. There is no tissue destruction as the holes heal and close quickly. Through the healing process, collagen and elastin are produced to repair these holes which improve the patient’s appearance.

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Microneedling Results

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Prior to the procedure, the treated area is cleansed and a thin layer of a topical gel is applied to numb the skin. The doctor will apply a sterile cartridge-tip with 12 microneedles to a handheld device. The device will be pressed gently across the skin, gliding in one direction until the entire area has been treated. The feeling is comparable to sandpaper moving over the skin. The procedure will result in tiny holes, known as microchannels, on the skin which will close almost immediately, triggering a healing response. This results in renewed skin, including a thickened dermis, which will soften the appearance of lines, wrinkles and scars. The procedure takes around 15-30 minutes.


Right after the procedure, patients can expect the skin to be red and swollen. Over the course of a few weeks, a patient can expect to see a marked improvement in skin’s color, tone, and texture as the skin begins to glow. In addition, there should be a drastic reduction of lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is also effective in diminishing acne and traumatic scars as well as stretch marks. A patient’s appearance can continue to improve up to 6 months following initial treatment. While some patients benefit from a single treatment, 2-3 treatments are advised to get the best possible results. The doctor will work closely with each patient to develop the right course of treatment based on his or her individual needs.