By now, you’ve probably heard about the revolutionary treatment known as microneedling. This treatment is an ideal option for people of all ages, skin types, and skin tones. But what are the other qualifications you must meet to be a candidate for treatment at Invogue Rejuvenation & Body Sculpting Center in El Paso, TX?
Who Is a Good Candidate for Microneedling?
People who are interested in microneedling typically have mild, moderate, or severe aesthetic concerns. This treatment is highly customizable, so it can generally be used by people of all skin types, including those who have sensitive skin or skin conditions such as rosacea. However, to be an ideal candidate for this treatment, it’s best if your aesthetic concerns involve hyperpigmentation, wrinkle, or scarring.
You Have Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation can refer to a variety of skin pigmentation concerns. This can include sun damage, dark spots, blemishes, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or hyperpigmentation from skin injuries. Hyperpigmentation can be tough to deal with using only over-the-counter products, and sometimes even prescription strength skin lightening medications may not be effective.
However, because microneedling turns over new skin cells, it can be used to restore the even-toned complexion of your skin, even if you want to address hyperpigmentation that is several years old such as sun damage.
You Have Wrinkles
For those who have wrinkles or other visible signs of aging, this treatment can be an ideal choice. Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy because it can produce a significant amount of healthy collagen after just one treatment. With new collagen in the skin, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and skin laxity can all greatly improve.
You Have Scars
Finally, good candidates for this treatment may also be struggling with scarring, including acne scars, enlarged pores, and stretch marks. Scarring on the skin can be almost impossible to treat using only at-home skin care products. Furthermore, for people who have very sensitive skin, skin resurfacing treatments for scarring such as laser therapy may be too intense.
The customizable approach of collagen induction therapy can easily restore the even texture of your skin by increasing collagen in localized areas. Virtually all types of scars can be improved after several treatments, including very deep acne scars, rolling scars, surgical scars, and even keloid scars.
Who Is Not a Good Candidate?
Although most people make good candidates for this treatment based on individual skin concerns, there may be some people who cannot use this treatment. For example, this treatment cannot be used by women who are currently pregnant, those who have blood clotting disorders, and those who have skin that is affected by an active skin infection or a condition such as psoriasis or eczema.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment works by using a handheld tool to repeatedly pierce the skin with sterile needle tips that are usually between 1mm and 2mm in length. Your microneedle length will be determined by your skin sensitivity, the skin condition you are treating, and the area of skin being treated. For example, shorter needles are used to treat the skin on the upper face, while longer needles are used to treat the skin on the cheeks and chin.
This treatment is so effective because it can simultaneously increase the production of collagen deep within the skin and stimulates cellular turnover. Essentially, this treatment creates micro-injuries that prompt the body’s regenerative response, which immediately kick-starts the healing process to improve the tone and texture of your skin.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Most of the time, your treatment can be completed in 30 to 60 minutes. If you are only treating the face or one area of the body, your treatment will take half an hour; if you’re treating the face and the body, your treatment may take closer to an hour.
During your treatment, a topical numbing cream may be applied to keep your skin comfortable. Some people also like to take over-the-counter pain medication, such as Tylenol, at least one hour before their appointment.
How Should You Prepare for Treatment?
To prepare for this treatment, you will likely need to temporarily stop using anti-inflammatory medications and blood-thinning medications. You may also be asked to temporarily avoid the use of certain vitamins. This is because some medications and vitamins may prolong your recovery time.
It’s also important to stop using chemical exfoliants, such as retinol and other acids, for at least three to five days before your treatment. You should avoid self-tanning products, tanning beds, waxing, and laser treatments, as these can all irritate your skin and postpone your treatment.
What Is Your Recovery Like?
Your recovery from this treatment will usually only take a few days. During the first 12 to 24 hours, you will not be allowed to wear makeup, use retinol, or expose your skin to hot water, or steam. You will need to avoid direct contact with the sun and tanning beds for at least one to two weeks while your skin is healing.
If you want to get the best results, it’s a good idea to use skincare products that can promote collagen production, which can include ingredients that contain peptides, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, and pro-vitamins.
How Soon Will You See the Results?
Usually, you will notice your earliest results about two weeks after your first treatment. During this time, you will notice that your skin has a healthy glow and that the texture of your skin is moderately improved. If you have issues such as wrinkles, acne scarring, or enlarged pores, your early results will include a smoother skin texture.
Your results will continue to improve as you have additional treatments. Most people will require a series of three to six consecutive treatments spaced at least one month apart to achieve optimal results. Your final results will usually be visible one to two months after your last treatment.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of collagen induction therapy will usually last for at least six to 12 months, or sometimes longer depending on the skin condition you are treating. For example, if you are treating textual skin concerns, the collagen in your skin will eventually deplete, which means you’ll need to have regular touch-up appointments if you want to maintain long-lasting results. For pigmentation concerns, you can enjoy long-lasting results as long as you can prevent hyperpigmentation.
How Frequently Should You Have Treatments?
The frequency of your maintenance treatments is usually once every six to 12 months. Your frequency may be determined by your skin condition or your age. As a general rule, younger people can usually enjoy new collagen production for longer than people who have mature skin. We will recommend the best treatment frequency for you based on your skin type and your aesthetic goals.
Can You Pair This Treatment With Other Aesthetic Treatments?
Microneedling is a treatment that can very easily be paired with other aesthetic treatments, either while you’re having your initial round of treatments or between maintenance appointments.
For example, this treatment is often paired with PRP treatments to enhance collagen production, chemical peels to resurface the skin, or treatments such as dermaplaning to enhance skin appearance. After you achieve your desired results, you may also consider laser treatments or injectable treatments to address other skin concerns you may have.
How Else Can You Enhance Your Results?
Aside from aesthetic treatments, you can also enhance your results by following a skin care regimen at home that can improve your skin health and maintain your desired results. For example, if you are using microneedling to address fine lines and wrinkles, your at-home skincare should include products that are formulated for anti-aging purposes.
Protecting your skin from the sun can also enhance your results. Most people don’t realize that UV rays in the sun can actually contribute to skin aging and discoloration. By using sunscreen every day, you can protect your skin from damaging UV rays that will break down collagen in your skin more quickly or cause new hyperpigmentation.
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Microneedling is a highly effective treatment that can be used by most people. This treatment can be used to address concerns such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and scarring. If you think collagen induction therapy is a good option for your skin concerns, get in touch with Invogue Rejuvenation & Body Sculpting Center in El Paso, TX to schedule your consultation today.