Microneedling is a great choice if you want to improve the tone, texture and health of your skin. This non-invasive treatment can improve all of these without downtime or an invasive procedure. Today, our experts at Allure Enhancement Center in Lafayette, LA are talking about how often you can get this treatment to maintain your ideal results.
How Often Can You Get Microneedling?
How frequently you should receive this treatment depends on several factors, including your age, cosmetic concerns and rate of skin healing. That said, most people benefit from receiving microneedling sessions every four to six weeks.
Usually, maintenance sessions are required to enjoy continuous results. Once we have a better understanding of your health and cosmetic concerns, we can give you a better idea of how frequently you should schedule treatment sessions.
What Benefits You Can Expect From This Treatment
There are a number of fabulous benefits this treatment can provide your skin.
Skin Tone and Texture Improvement
One great thing about this non-invasive treatment is it can improve the tone of your skin. For example, it is often used to treat rosacea, other causes of redness and hyperpigmentation. Furthermore, it will smooth bumps from your skin significantly after a single treatment session.
People often seek this treatment to erase wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, forehead and mouth. In mild cases, only one session is required to reverse these signs of aging from the face. However, multiple sessions are required for ideal results in moderate-to-severe cases.
Microneedling is a great solution to dull skin because it induces the production of collagen. In fact, this treatment is often called collagen induction therapy. With just one treatment session, your skin will be noticeably brighter without any pain or downtime.
Sun Damage and Acne Scarring Reversal
Serums and creams that claim to reverse sun damage are rarely effective because they don’t penetrate the skin very well. That said, collagen induction therapy can be used to reverse sun damage, such as sun spots. Additionally, it is a very effective way to erase acne scarring.
Collagen Production Promotion
As noted above, collagen induction therapy encourages your skin to produce collagen at a greater rate. Collagen is a critical protein that improves elasticity, helping you look as young as you feel. Furthermore, you will notice your skin is plumper and firmer a few weeks after your collagen induction therapy session.
To reiterate, this treatment can reverse several signs of skin aging. Even if you don’t have fine lines or wrinkles, your skin will be firmer and plumper. Additionally, the improvement in skin tone will have you looking healthier, happier and younger.
There are several potential causes of enlarged pores. That said, collagen induction therapy can shrink enlarged pores regardless of the cause. This will improve your appearance and make creams, like anti-acne medication, more effective.
How Collagen Induction Therapy Works
Collagen induction therapy works by penetrating the dermis with minuscule, very sharp needles. This penetration encourages the skin to heal itself, increasing the production of collagen. Furthermore, new, healthy skin cells are encouraged to arise and form the visible surface of your skin. Furthermore, this therapy improves circulation in the treatment area, making the skin look and feel healthier.
After your session, your skin will look plumper, firmer, smoother, more youthful and more radiant because it is encouraged to heal itself. The tiny needles attached to the dermal roller used during treatment penetrate the deep layers of your skin. This effective penetration is why collagen induction therapy is so much more effective than serums and creams. The surface of the skin looks better because the root cause of the problems (minimal collagen production) is addressed.
Frequently Asked Questions About This Treatment Answered
Will This Treatment Hurt?
No, this non-invasive treatment isn’t painful at all. Rest assured our aesthetic experts will ensure your complete comfort throughout the therapy session.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes, this treatment is completely safe for most individuals. In fact, its safety has been proven in numerous independent clinical trials. Notably, the FDA has approved microneedling for the safe elimination of abdominal scars (like surgical scars and stretch marks) and facial concerns for people who are at least 22 years of age. During your initial consultation, we will review your medical history and current health to ensure this treatment will be safe for you.
Will This Treatment Cause Long-Term Skin Damage?
No, this treatment will not damage your skin. One of our certified collagen induction technicians will move the dermal roller across the treatment area at a 45-degree angle, ensuring both efficacy and safety. A couple of weeks after your session, your skin will have produced enough extra collagen to heal itself and minimize or eliminate your cosmetic concerns.
How Quickly Will I See My Results?
You will start to see your results in the days following your therapy session. In some cases, such as pore size reduction, you will see your results immediately. However, it will be a week or two before you see the final results of your treatment.
Although your skin starts to produce extra collagen immediately, the effects of that production boost take a while to become apparent. The rate at which your results develop depends on a number of factors, including your age and the severity of your cosmetic concerns.
How Long Will My Treatment Results Last?
In some cases, the results of treatment are permanent. For example, you will not need to come in for maintenance treatments if you are eliminating scars. However, if you are erasing wrinkles or lines, you may need to come in once per year for a maintenance session for continuous results.
Regarding loose skin, you should not need another treatment for at least half a year. However, the new collagen produced will eventually age. Moreover, your body produces less collagen naturally the older you get. Therefore, if you are older, you may need more frequent treatment sessions.
Can’t I Just Perform This Treatment Myself?
Although it is possible to purchase an at-home dermal roller from an online retailer, it is not advisable to try to perform this treatment at home. There is a good chance you will hurt yourself and damage your skin. Each of our certified collagen induction technicians has mastered the ability to perform this treatment without the risk of pain or skin damage.
Even if you numbed your skin before treatment and didn’t damage it, you wouldn’t get all the benefits microneedling has to offer. At-home dermal rollers are not FDA-approved for safety or efficacy and the results you can expect from such a treatment are minimal because the thicker, shorter needles don’t penetrate your skin very effectively.
Can Men Benefit From This Treatment?
There is a common misconception that professional skincare treatments are for women. However, men can benefit greatly from collagen induction therapy and other skincare treatments. Notably, this treatment can safely benefit you regardless of your skin tone.
How Should I Prepare for Treatment?
In many cases, there is no preparation required for this treatment. However, we will advise you on whether you need to make changes to your routine to prepare for this treatment during your initial evaluation.
For example, it is very important that you wear adequate UV protection before your treatment to mitigate the risk of a sunburn. That said, it is advisable to wear sunscreen whenever you go outside because unprotected UV exposure ages the skin prematurely and increases the risk of certain medical conditions, like melanoma.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
If you’re at least 22 years old, there is a very good chance you will be considered a good candidate for this treatment. However, it isn’t right for everyone. While collagen induction therapy is safe and effective for people with any skin tone, there are medical conditions that may preclude you from treatment. For example, you should not consider this treatment if you have a bleeding disorder, such as sickle cell anemia or hemophilia.
How Should I Care for My Skin After My Session?
After your session, it is advisable to avoid vigorous exercise and other activities that cause sweating excessively for 48 hours. For example, you should take a lukewarm bath instead of an extremely hot shower and avoid dry saunas and steam rooms. Besides that, we recommend sleeping on your back for the first couple of days following your treatment and wearing adequate sun protection.
Is Downtime Required After This Treatment?
No, there is no downtime required following your therapy session. Since this treatment is non-invasive and doesn’t require sedation or general anesthesia, you may drive yourself back to work after your appointment is complete. Additionally, you may meet other obligations as long as they don’t cause excessive sweating.
How Long Will My Appointment Take?
Treatment sessions rarely take longer than half of an hour. Collagen induction therapy is much more comfortable and convenient than other skincare solutions that provide similar results.
Will My Skin Be Dry After My Treatment?
No, this treatment will not dry your skin out. In fact, as your skin heals itself through extra collagen production, you will notice your skin retaining moisture more effectively. As long as you drink enough hydrating fluids once your session is over, your skin will retain enough moisture to look plump, hydrated, healthy and young.
Is This Treatment Really Effective?
Yes, independent clinical trials have proven this treatment really is effective. If it didn’t really work, it would not have been granted FDA approval. If you’re unsure whether it will be effective for your specific concern, feel free to ask us about before and after pictures during your initial consultation.
Can This Be Performed With Other Aesthetic Services?
Absolutely! Collagen induction therapy provides many anti-aging benefits along with other cosmetic benefits. However, increased collagen production alone is not enough to address all cosmetic concerns.
For instance, sometimes wrinkles are caused by muscle hyperactivity rather than volume loss. If you have dynamic wrinkles, a neuromodulator treatment will be necessary to enhance your aesthetic. During your initial consultation, we will advise you on whether Jeuveau, Xeomin, Dysport or BOTOX will benefit you the most.
Improve Your Appearance Without Downtime or Pain
Microneedling is a great way to improve the tone and texture of your skin while inducing collagen production and reversing the signs of aging. Since this treatment isn’t invasive, you may return to your usual routine once your appointment is complete. Come see us today at Allure Enhancement Center in Lafayette, LA if you’re ready to improve your skin health and appearance without downtime or pain.