What’s your main skin concern? Fine lines or sun damage? Scarring from acne? If you have multiple skin concerns, you may be keen to find an aesthetic treatment that can address all of your skin concerns at one time. At Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, CA, we know that microneedling or collagen induction therapy can be a good treatment option for most people.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling is a treatment that works by increasing your skin’s natural collagen production and cellular turnover rate. As you might imagine, this treatment can tackle many of your most troubling skin concerns at one time. This is a core benefit since it can simplify your skincare routine and make it easier to select other aesthetic treatments to target other concerns.
With the ability to adjust the penetration depth of your treatment up to 2mm deep, your treatment can be customized to suit all of your skin concerns. Some main benefits of this treatment include:
Improve Skin Texture
Various aspects of your skin texture can improve when you use this treatment. For example, skin laxity, fine lines, wrinkles, low skin volume, and enlarged pores can all be addressed with microneedling. Because this treatment increases collagen production, it can help tighten your skin in all treatment areas.
Improving your skin texture can be crucial for anti-aging results, but a firmer skin texture can also improve your overall skin health. For example, those who have sensitive skin may also have thin skin with a weak moisture barrier. This treatment can thicken your skin, which improves skin health by maintaining a strong dermal layer.
Increase Collagen Production
If you want to erase the look of wrinkles and fine lines on the face, then your focus should be on increasing collagen production. As you age, your skin will produce less collagen, which has a direct impact on the overall texture of your skin. Although you may try to replace lost collagen with skincare products, collagen applied topically will not have a long-lasting effect.
Instead, to truly boost collagen production, you will need to stimulate collagen formation from the inside out. This collagen induction therapy prompts the skin to create new collagen as part of the wound healing process.
Reduce Scars and Hyperpigmentation
Your skin can show long-lasting signs of damage in the form of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory erythema, sun damage, and acne scarring. Although some pigmented scars can fade with natural cellular turnover, other types of scars can be permanent without aesthetic intervention. This treatment can correct the appearance of both pigmented scars and textural scars, including severe acne scars and sun damage.
Importantly, this treatment can also be used to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Stretch marks can form on every area of the body, particularly areas where rapid weight or size changes cause the skin to stretch before adequate collagen was formed. This treatment can fade the appearance of stretch marks by increasing collagen on the scars, which will improve the texture of the scars and allow them to fade.
Enhance Skin Tone
This treatment can also be used to enhance the tone of your skin. One of the hallmarks of youthful beauty is having radiant, glowing skin. However, as part of the aging process, your skin may appear dull and tired looking. This treatment turns over new skin cells, which can promote a more radiant appearance. Furthermore, your skin tone will improve because new skin cells will erase dark spots and other blemishes.
Boost Skincare Results
This treatment is often used to boost the efficacy of your everyday skincare products. For example, you can increase the absorption of your skin care products because microchannels allow the skin care products to penetrate your skin more deeply. Ultimately, this means that your skin care products can be more effective because they can reach deeper layers of your skin.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Overall, this treatment is very comfortable since it’s performed with a topical numbing cream. Your appointments will usually take between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the number of areas you are treating. It’s common to require multiple treatments to achieve optimal results.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
About one week before your treatment, you should stop the use of any anti-inflammatory medications or blood-thinning supplements, which can include over-the-counter products such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, ginkgo, and more. Discontinuing these medications and supplements will improve your results and reduce your recovery time.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, there are several things you will need to do to ensure your results develop as desired. For example, you should avoid hot water, harsh cleansers, chemical exfoliants such as retinol, and direct sunlight. It’s also generally recommended to avoid excessive sweating and heat for at least 48 hours. Avoiding all of these things can reduce skin irritation and improve your results.
After your treatment, your skin may benefit from using gentle serums or facial oils to keep your skin moist. For example, both niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are recommended to enhance skin moisture and healing after your treatment. You should also aim to wear SPF30 for at least two weeks after treatment to minimize the risk of sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
How Soon Will You See Results?
Usually, you will see some improvement in the texture and tone of your skin about 24 hours after your treatment. Your initial results are largely attributed to your body’s immediate wound healing response, which means your skin will appear more radiant and firmer as part of your recovery process.
However, true results will usually not be visible for two to four weeks after since this is how long it takes for new collagen to form and mature in the skin. You may see results more quickly if you are younger since less collagen will need to be produced to address your aesthetic concerns.
How Long Will Results Last?
Usually, the results of this treatment can last for four to eight weeks, or sometimes longer depending on the skin issues you are treating. The longevity of your results may depend on how well you can maintain your results, such as by following your aftercare instructions.
The results of this treatment will generally not be permanent because the skin is an organ that is constantly changing. Because the newly-formed collagen in your skin will not last indefinitely, your results will need to be maintained every six to 12 months to keep collagen production high.
What Treatments Pair Well With Microneedling?
Several treatments pair well with collagen induction therapy. For example, facials and chemical peels can do a lot to enhance the superficial appearance of your skin, particularly if you have advanced sun damage, acne, or acne scarring. You may also be able to use neurotoxins and dermal fillers to address specific aesthetic concerns.
If you’re interested in combining multiple treatments, please let us know during your consultation so we can create your treatment plan accordingly. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to combine multiple aesthetic treatments to address all of your concerns. Because collagen induction therapy will have the most benefit on the texture of your skin, using other treatments can correct other issues.
Is This Treatment Right for You?
Since this treatment engages your body’s natural regenerative abilities, most people make good candidates for this treatment. Because this treatment does not use any chemicals, it is considered natural and hypoallergenic, which is why the treatment may be a good match for people who have sensitive skin.
Furthermore, since the depth of the microneedle penetration can be customized to your skin type, this treatment is generally a good option for people of all skin types and tones. You are also likely a good candidate for this treatment regardless of your age or other medical restrictions. Unlike many other aesthetic treatments, you may even be able to use this treatment while you are pregnant.
Enjoy the Benefits of Microneedling Today
Most people can enjoy the benefits of microneedling since this aesthetic treatment can improve multiple skin concerns at one time. Whether you are mainly concerned about visible aging or sun damage, this treatment can be the key to improving the tone, texture, and even health of your skin. If you’re ready to include this aesthetic treatment as part of your skincare routine, contact Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, CA to schedule your initial appointment today.