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Do wrinkles, sun spots, and acne scars make you feel self-conscious?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin treatment that triggers the skin's natural healing processes to minimize these blemishes.

Dr. Tracy McCall in Waukesha, WI, offers a variety of skin treatments, including microneedling, to rejuvenate your skin.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling (often called collagen induction therapy) involves using tiny sterilized needles to prick the skin and make small injuries. These wounds then stimulate your body's natural healing response, resulting in the production of collagen and elastin and helping to reduce cosmetic flaws.

Many patients receive microneedling on their face to address blemishes such as scars resulting from acne, but it can be used to improve the skin on other parts of the body like the stomach and thighs.

Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling

Our plastic surgeon uses a device that delivers radiofrequency energy into the tissue via the tiny needles, warming the skin and resulting in a significant improvement in skin quality and texture. Unlike other microneedling techniques, the radiofrequency approach reaches deeper tissues of the skin for powerful rejuvenation.

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Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides the safest and most effective cosmetic treatments to the greater Milwaukee area. Microneedling is a minimally invasive option that can treat a variety of concerns on both your face and body without any downtime, making it a comfortable fit for your busy schedule.

Patient education is a cornerstone of our practice. If you're considering a microneedling treatment, our friendly staff members are happy to answer any questions about the procedure.

The very best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation. You can fill out our online contact form or call our Waukesha office to request your appointment:

(262) 523-1200

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What Does Radiofrequency Microneedling Treat?

Radiofrequency microneedling improves skin texture and provides a subtle tightening effect, resulting in a younger-looking appearance. Microneedling treats a wide range of dermal imperfections, including:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Large Pores
  • Scars
  • Acne Scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun Damage
  • Age Spots
  • Stretch Marks
  • Cellulite
  • Loose Skin

Who Is a Good Candidate for Microneedling?

Radiofrequency microneedling is considered a safe treatment, but it isn't appropriate for everyone. The best candidates are in good health and have realistic expectations.

Some conditions may prevent you from being a candidate for this cosmetic treatment, including:

  • Active breakouts, cold sores, or skin infections
  • Moderate to severe skin disease
  • The current or recent use of Accutane
  • Currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • History of keloids, hypertrophic scarring, or poor wound healing
  • Pregnancy
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How Does a Radiofrequency Microneedling Treatment Work?

To take the first step, schedule a consultation with Dr. McCall at our Waukesha office outside of Milwaukee. During this consultation, you can discuss your cosmetic goals and our plastic surgeon can determine if you're a good candidate for the procedure.

If Dr. McCall recommends microneedling, the procedure will involve:

Alcohol Solution

Your skin will first be cleaned with an alcohol solution to prevent infection.

Numbing Cream

A topical numbing cream will then be applied to the treatment site to minimize pain. This typically happens about one hour before the procedure takes place. In some cases, your doctor or aesthetician may use a local anesthetic instead.

Radiofrequency Microneedling

The radiofrequency microneedling device is then applied to your skin. Each tiny needle will create tiny perforations. At the same time, the radiofrequency technology delivers gentle heat to the deeper layers of the skin.

Cell Regeneration Solution

Your doctor or aesthetician will then apply a solution to support cell regeneration and a topical cream to minimize discomfort.

This cosmetic treatment can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on your needs and goals. Most patients typically require two to four microneedling treatments over the course of three to six months to allow for the results of the collagen and elastin production to become apparent. However, the time frame and number of treatments required will vary from patient to patient.

Once you've achieved the desired cosmetic result, touch-up microneedling sessions once a year can help maintain your appearance.

Microneedling Aftercare

Manage Discomfort

After your treatment, you may have some mild bleeding and bruising. You can use a cool compress to reduce any swelling and discomfort. Typically, the treated skin is red for about 24 hours, but most patients can resume their normal activities within a day.

Reduce Skincare Product Use

Following your microneedling procedure, use a gentle cleanser and antibiotic creams if prescribed by your doctor. Makeup and harsh skincare products can irritate the skin after this treatment, so avoid them for 24 hours.

Wear Sunscreen

In the weeks following your treatment, it's important to wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher because your skin will be especially sensitive to sunlight.

Give Your Skin Time

If you need another treatment, you'll have to give your skin about three to six weeks to heal before your next appointment.


You may be tempted to buy an over-the-counter dermaroller, but it's important to know these devices can be dangerous, and the results are vastly inferior to what a professional microneedling device can provide. Professional microneedling devices have longer needles that can penetrate deeper into your skin, giving you better results in a controlled environment curated by a plastic surgeon. Additionally, dermarollers can lead to further skin damage when not used correctly or sterilized properly. If you are considering microneedling, reach out to our Milwaukee-area practice first.

How Can I Afford This Cosmetic Treatment?

Since microneedling is a cosmetic treatment, your insurance won't contribute to the cost. Fortunately, our office accepts patient financing options through CareCredit® and United Medical Credit that allow patients to pay in affordable monthly installments.

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Dr. Tracy McCall

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Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

Fill out our online form to request a consultation or call us in Waukesha, WI, at (262) 523-1200.

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