How Does Microneedling Work?

Your friends, sisters, and coworkers swear by it, and you have to admit, their results are impressive. But, before you move forward and schedule an appointment for yourself, you have a few questions about Microneedling, what you can expect, and how it works. At Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX, we offer this collagen induction treatment that has patients raving about their results, and we’re here to answer all your questions so you can schedule with confidence.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling is a simple yet effective treatment. At Nova Med Spa, we perform all of our microneedling treatments with a device called the SkinPen. This device is fitted with very thin needles that can be adjusted to different depths to target different areas of the face and neck. We can use shorter needles around more sensitive areas like the lips and eyes and change the needle depth during the treatment to accommodate your needs.

As the needles repetitively stamp the skin, they will reach into the deeper skin layers and create micro-channels which are essentially like pinpricks that reach beyond the skin’s surface. The body responds to these pricks as if it’s been injured and increases collagen production. As your body produces more collagen in the treatment area, your skin will improve and become tighter, firmer, and more youthful than it was before your treatment.

The Importance of Collagen

Collagen is key to youthful skin, but as you age, your body produces less collagen and elastin, which is why you experience volume loss and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Increased collagen production can help target the signs of aging, but it can also help treat acne scars and stretch marks.

The Three Phases of Microneedling

The Inflammation Phase

During the first phase, the SkinPen will pierce the skin, and the body will first respond by cleansing the wound and then increasing blood flow to the area. It will also begin to create new skin tissue and increase collagen production.

The Proliferation Phase

During the second phase of this treatment, the micro-injuries created by the device will begin to heal, and new skin cells and blood vessels will form.

The Remodeling Phase

In the final phase, the injury completely heals, and new tissue forms. Increased collagen and blood vessels now define the area which helps minimize skin imperfections and improves the complexion.

What Does It Treat?

Microneedling is a versatile treatment that can help improve the skin on multiple levels. It can help improve the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture, and help you achieve tighter and firmer skin. It can also restore youth to the complexion, help shrink large pores and make the skin look more voluminous and less hollow.

The SkinPen

The SkinPen is an FDA-approved microneedling treatment device that helps deliver some amazing results. This device is shaped like a pen and is packed with sterile, adjustable needles that pierce the skin during treatment. It uses single-use needle cartridges, which means the needles that penetrate your skin are not only sterile but intended for your skin alone.

What Are the Benefits of the SkinPen?

The SkinPen is such a popular device because it offers patients so many different benefits. Those who have a busy schedule and don’t have time to invest in lengthy skincare treatments but still want to improve their skin will love this treatment because not only is it quick, but it requires very little downtime.

Additionally, those who aren’t ready to commit to cosmetic injectables or more invasive skincare treatments can achieve some dramatic yet natural results thanks to this treatment device.
 

Who Can Experience a SkinPen Treatment?

This device is safe for use on all different skin types. Patients in the one to six range on the Fitzpatrick skin type scale can safely undergo this treatment. When you schedule a treatment, you can rest assured that it’s completely safe knowing that SkinPen is the very first FDA-approved microneedling device. You can walk into your appointment with confidence, knowing that not only is this treatment completely safe, but it will deliver some amazing results.

Is It Painful?

A treatment that consists of tiny needles piercing your skin may not sound like the most comfortable experience but we promise it is. Before we begin the treatment, we will apply a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort throughout the session. Once the numbing cream takes effect, we will begin the process, and while you may feel a warming sensation or some gentle pressure, you won’t feel any pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Will I See Results?

Most patients notice an initial improvement in their skin after one treatment, but the best results don’t appear until a few weeks later. We typically recommend that patients undergo a series of three treatments with a few weeks between each for the best results. Each treatment will build upon the results of the one before it to help you achieve beautiful skin, reduce the signs of aging, and target and treat some of your most stubborn skin conditions.

Do I Have To Plan Around Downtime?

If you have a busy schedule but want to improve your skin, this treatment is perfect because it requires minimal downtime. There are some directives you must follow after your treatment to care for your skin. Doing so will help it heal and ensure that you get the best results. You must apply sunscreen any time you are exposed to the sun, even if just for a few minutes. This will help keep your skin free of sun damage and help you experience the best results.

You should also avoid makeup application or touching your treatment site for several hours after your appointment. Your esthetician will provide you with a complete list of aftercare directives, so you know exactly what to do once you leave our office.

Ways To Enhance Your Results

Once you undergo this treatment, your skin will absorb your products like never before. The needles will make tiny channels in the skin that create a pathway from the upper dermis to the deeper layers of the skin. Anything you apply to your skin will penetrate beyond the surface into the deeper layers of the skin, and those layers will receive all of the nutrient-rich products you apply.

To enhance your results, you should use professional-grade skincare products formulated with ingredients that will help improve your skin on different levels. At your appointment, your esthetician can make product recommendations that will best suit your skin.

How Often Can I Schedule Treatments?

We typically recommend a series of three treatments, but that’s not the limit. You can safely schedule these treatments to help continue to improve your skin over time and maintain your results long-term. Our skincare experts can help you schedule treatments accordingly to help you fight the aging process and perfect your complexion.

Who Is a Candidate?

Both men and women who want to improve their skin by increasing collagen production will qualify for this treatment. If you want to improve the appearance of your skin, target concerns on your face or neck, address acne scars or stretch marks, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or shrink large pores, this treatment can help you do just that.

Who Doesn’t Qualify for Treatment?

Some individuals will not qualify, including pregnant and nursing women, those with skin cancer in the treatment site, and those who have a skin irritation, infection, or sores in their planned treatment area. Additionally, those who are allergic to stainless steel or are currently using Accutane or other topical prescription drugs with isotretinoin will not qualify.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today

If you’re ready to transform your skin with a natural treatment that will unlock your body’s natural healing abilities, our experts are here and ready to help. Contact us today at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX, and schedule your initial consultation to find out if microneedling is right for you.