If you want to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin, then aesthetic treatments that can address both textural and pigmented skin concerns at the same time are ideal. One of the best treatments for your overall skin appearance is microneedling, which can be used by virtually everyone to address a variety of aesthetic concerns. Learn more about the benefits of this treatment before you schedule your first appointment at Aire MedSpa in Sarasota, FL.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling is a treatment that works by increasing the amount of collagen in your skin. Also known as collagen induction therapy, this treatment can be used to address concerns from anti-aging to scarring. Microneedling can also be highly beneficial for pigmented concerns, including blemishes and dark spots. Other benefits of this treatment include:
Improve Lines and Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are caused by a decrease in collagen formation that typically begins around age 30. When your skin does not contain enough collagen protein, it becomes lax and prone to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen induction therapy can increase collagen production in targeted areas of the face, which improves skin texture and virtually erases the physical signs of aging.
Scarring, especially post-acne scarring, occurs when there is a deficit in collagen formation in response to wound healing. In particular, acne scars can create depressions and divots in the skin that can be difficult to hide or repair with at-home products. To effectively reduce acne scarring, you must increase the amount of collagen in the skin.
Microneedling can be used effectively on both raised and depressed acne scars by reforming collagen in the upper and lower dermal layers. This treatment is primarily used to correct the appearance of mild to moderate acne scars
Fade Sun Damage
Sun damage caused by several years of unprotected exposure to UV rays can create dark spots on the skin, along with redness, melasma, and other blemishes. Furthermore, sun damage can contribute to skin laxity as you get older because UV rays can damage collagen production. Fortunately, you can reduce the appearance of pigmented sun damage with microneedling treatments.
This is because blemishes rest on the upper layers of the dermis, so when this treatment turns over new skin cells, it can improve the superficial appearance of the skin. Many people who use this treatment will be able to enjoy a more even tone and complexion.
Shrink Enlarged Pores
Although the size of your pores is generally influenced by your genetics, it’s possible to moderately shrink the size of enlarged pores. This is particularly true for pores that have been enlarged by previous acne, including blackheads and whiteheads. You can shrink enlarged pores with this collagen induction treatment by increasing collagen in the skin, which will tighten the skin and close loose pore walls.
Erase Stretch Marks
Stretch marks occur when the skin stretches too rapidly without sufficient collagen production. This generally happens during puberty, excessive weight gain, and pregnancy. Dealing with stretch marks can be challenging since you will need to increase a large amount of collagen on larger areas of the body. However, collagen induction therapy can be used to fade the appearance of stretch marks by increasing collagen and also turning over new skin cells.
Aid Acne Treatments
This treatment can be used to make your acne treatments more effective. Whether you are using chemical peels or skin care products designed to target acne, collagen induction therapy can open micro-channels that allow acne-fighting ingredients to kill acne-causing bacteria deeper in the skin. Furthermore, the cellular renewal associated with this treatment will prevent dead skin cells from blocking pores, which can also control acne breakouts.
Increase Product Absorption
This treatment can generally increase the absorption of your skin care products. Skin care products tend to work best when they can penetrate more layers of the skin to influence the behavior of skin cells. This treatment will create micro-channels and micro-injuries on the surface of the skin that will allow skin care products to be more effective. Many people find that anti-aging skin care products work much better after regular collagen induction treatments.
Fight Rosacea Symptoms
This treatment can also fight rosacea symptoms, especially in those who have mild to moderate rosacea. Some of the symptoms of rosacea can include redness, inflammation, and thickening skin, especially on the cheeks. This treatment can restructure the collagen in the skin to create a more even skin texture, while also stimulating natural regenerative proteins in the skin that will reduce redness and inflammation.
Where Can You Use This Treatment?
This treatment can be used everywhere on the face and body. Some of the most common areas of treatment can include the forehead, chin, cheeks, neck, stomach, and back.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
The number of treatments required to address your aesthetic concerns will depend on the severity of your skin condition, the location of treatment, and how well your body produces new collagen within the skin. It’s common to require at least three to six consecutive treatments to achieve optimal results.
In the future, you will likely need touch-up appointments to keep collagen production high and maintain your desired results. Your treatment frequency after you have obtained your optimal results will usually be once every six to 12 months.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
Before your treatment, you’ll need to stop using any medication or supplement that causes the blood to thin, which can include fish oil, Ginkgo, aspirin, and much more. It’s generally encouraged to stop using anti-inflammatory medications, such as Advil or ibuprofen, for the same reason. Even Vitamin C can cause blood-thinning and easy bruising when taken in excess.
Furthermore, you may need to alter your skin care routine before your appointment to avoid skin sensitivity. Skin care products that can cause skin irritation, especially retinol, should be discontinued one week before your treatment. You should wax or have laser treatments at least two weeks before your collagen induction therapy.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your appointment, you will need to avoid direct contact with the sun for at least two weeks to avoid hyperpigmentation, skin dryness, and skin irritation. You should use gentle skin care products to cleanse and moisturize your skin.
It’s generally recommended to avoid the use of any active skincare ingredients for at least one week, which can include retinoids and certain acids. Immediately after your treatment, you will not be able to wear makeup or sunscreen for at least 12 hours. You should also avoid heat, steam, excessive sweat, and hot water on the skin for the first 24 hours.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of this treatment will usually last for at least six to 12 months, depending on how long your skin can retain healthy collagen production. Many younger people will find that their results last much longer since their bodies can produce sturdier collagen protein in response to wound healing.
Should You Consider Adding PRP to Your Treatment?
Adding PRP to your treatment can be an effective way to enhance your results, particularly if you have advanced concerns such as deeper wrinkles or more severe sun damage. PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, can enhance the healing factors in your skin so your body will produce more elastin, fibrin, and collagen in response to the treatment.
Adding PRP to your treatment plan will involve drawing a small vial of blood, which is then spun through a centrifuge to separate plasma from other blood cells. During your treatment, this plasma is applied directly to your skin and allowed to soak in for several minutes.
Is This Treatment Right for You?
Because this treatment can be customized, it is a good match for everyone, regardless of skin type, skin tone, or age. The Skin Pen system is especially effective because the needle penetration can be altered to suit the thickness or sensitivity of your skin. People who use this treatment are generally focused on correcting both pigmented and textual skin concerns.
Get Glowing, Youthful-Looking Skin
The key to glowing, youthful-looking skin is having high collagen production and a healthy rate of cellular turnover. If you want to naturally improve the appearance of your skin, microneedling can be a good option. Collagen induction therapy can address a wide variety of synthetic concerns. Contact Aire MedSpa in Sarasota, FL to schedule your first appointment today.