Chances are you’ve heard about microneedling, the skin rejuvenation treatment that can address a host of cosmetic concerns, from scars and sagging skin to age spots. Patients are often eager to give this treatment a try at Wellskin Med Spa in Dallas, TX. But you may be wondering what microneedling involves and how it works. Fortunately, the premise behind this treatment is simple.
How Does Microneedling Work?
This treatment involves pricking the surface of the skin to create a micro-injury. The injury doesn’t cause any lasting damage, but those pricks are just enough to jumpstart the body’s natural healing process, which results in the production of extra collagen and elastin. That additional collagen helps the skin to renew itself and become plumper and firmer. Fine lines are filled in, and loose skin becomes tighter.
This treatment is sometimes called collagen induction therapy because of the additional collagen it spurs.
How Quickly Does This Treatment Offer Results?
It usually takes four to six weeks for the body to produce enough extra collagen to visibly improve the skin. Patients often benefit from having three to six sessions, depending on the cosmetic concern they’re hoping to have addressed. Deep wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks typically require close to six treatments, while milder concerns might require fewer. Each appointment should be scheduled a few weeks apart.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Your results will last several months, and possibly much longer. Shielding your skin from the sun, and using high-quality skincare products, are two ways you can prolong your results. You can also schedule another microneedling session when your results begin to wear off.
What Parts of the Body Can Be Treated?
The face, neck, and chest are popular areas for this treatment. We also regularly perform this on the stomach, arms, hands, legs, and back.
What Happens During a Treatment?
These treatments, which take place in the comfort of our office, begin with a cleansing of the skin in the treatment area. After applying a numbing cream, we’ll use an instrument to make pricks on the surface of your skin. The entire process usually only takes about 30 minutes, and we’ll apply a calming serum after your treatment.
What Type of Recovery Is Involved?
This treatment involves little to no downtime. Your skin may appear pink or flushed as you leave the treatment, but this will go away quickly. Most patients resume their regular schedules the next day. You’ll want to take extra care with your skin during the day or two after treatment. This means avoiding sun exposure and using gentle skin cleansers.
Which Device Will Be Used?
Our practice uses the SkinPen device to perform this treatment. SkinPen allows us to adjust the depth of the pricks made depending on the particular cosmetic concern being addressed.
What Does This Treatment Feel Like?
The idea of having pricks made in your skin can sound intimidating, but this treatment is not uncomfortable. The numbing cream we apply first will keep you comfortable, and most patients say they only feel a warm prickling sensation.
Am I a Good Candidate?
You Want To Improve the Look of Your Skin
This treatment is a great option for individuals who want to resolve skin concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, loose skin, large pores, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks. The collagen this treatment spurs plumps and firms the skin, which helps with a variety of concerns.
You’re in Good Overall Health
Collagen induction therapy patients should be in good physical and mental health, and should not have had difficulties in the past with wounds healing. Patients should also not have taken Accutane, which is an acne medication.
Your Skin Is in Good Shape
Because this treatment is based on the body’s response to a micro-injury, your skin must be healthy and free of damage at the start of your treatment. Patients should not have inflamed or infected skin in the treatment area.
You’re Not Interested in Surgery
The non-invasive nature of this treatment makes it appealing to patients who aren’t interested in surgery, or who aren’t candidates for surgery. Collagen induction therapy doesn’t require anesthesia, and patients can resume their regular schedules almost immediately. If you’re looking for a convenient and non-surgical way to improve the look of your skin, this treatment may be for you.
What Benefits Does This Treatment Offer?
You’ll Get Natural-Looking Results
This treatment offers results that look natural because they are. Microneedling spurs your body to renew itself naturally through additional collagen production. That means your results will be completely natural. And because they’ll develop gradually over weeks. you’ll never look as though you suddenly went and had a treatment performed. You’ll simply look as though you’ve been taking care of yourself, and your skin.
Your At-Home Skincare Routine Will Get a Boost
The tiny pricks made in your skin during this treatment are intended to spur your body’s natural healing process. But there’s a side benefit to those skin pricks. Once they’ve been made, they’ll serve as tiny funnels for your at-home skincare products, ensuring that they penetrate deeply and are especially effective. Many patients use their highest-quality skincare products in the weeks after treatment.
You’ll Get Help With Scars
This treatment works particularly well on acne scars and other types of scars. If scars are something you’ve struggled with, this treatment may be able to minimize them.
You’ll Look Younger and Healthier
If fine lines, dullness, and loose skin are making you appear older than you are, this treatment can help you turn back the clock. Your skin will look and act younger, and you’ll appear healthier. This treatment can revitalize your appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does This Treatment Work on All Skin Types?
Yes, this treatment is effective on all skin types and tones. It also works well all over the body.
Is This a Safe Treatment?
This is a safe treatment that has been widely and effectively used. Although this treatment intentionally injures the skin, the micro-damage is not significant or long-lasting.
How Does This Compare to a Home Dermaroller?
Home dermarollers, a device that can be used to perform microneedling at home, don’t penetrate the skin as deeply as a professional treatment can. As a result, home dermarollers usually don’t offer the same level of skin rejuvenation. This treatment is always best when it’s performed by a professional using a medical-grade instrument. A professional is also capable of first evaluating your skin to determine if this treatment is right for you.
What’s the Perfect Age for This Treatment?
There is no perfect age for this treatment. Adults of all ages can benefit from it. Patients in their twenties and thirties often see the most powerful results because their bodies are capable of ramping up collagen production more aggressively. Some young adults find that by beginning these treatments early, they’re able to train their skin to begin consistently producing collagen.
Will My Health Insurance Cover This Treatment?
Because it is performed for cosmetic purposes, this treatment is not usually covered by health insurance plans.
Can This Treatment Be Combined With Others?
Yes, our collagen induction therapy patients regularly take advantage of other services offered by our practice. Botulinum toxin injections and dermal fillers pair particularly well with this treatment, although they can’t all be performed at the same time. It’s a good idea to schedule microneedling appointments at least two weeks after a filler or a Botox injection.
We can develop a treatment plan and make a recommendation about how best to schedule various services once we’ve had a chance to talk with you about your cosmetic goals.
Do Men Ever Seek This Treatment Out?
Yes. Male patients grow frustrated with dull, aging skin just like women do. This treatment works well for patients of both genders.
What Can I Do to Get Started With This Treatment?
If you’re interested in pursuing collagen induction therapy, you should schedule a consultation at our practice. During this appointment, we’ll review your area of concern and talk with you about what you’re hoping to achieve. We’ll determine if microneedling is the right treatment for you. After that, it’s just a matter of scheduling your first session.
Youthful, Refreshed Skin Is Just a Phone Call Away
The premise of this treatment is simple: convince the skin to produce more collagen. And the amazing results this treatment offers speak for themselves. Don’t wait any longer. Call Wellskin Med Spa in Dallas, TX, and schedule your microneedling consultation today!