What Does Microneedling Do for Your Face?
Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment designed to refresh collagen production, improve tone and texture, and create an overall glow in the skin. In order to achieve this, we use the handheld SkinPen, a collagen induction therapy tool with tiny sterile needles collected in the circular tip. These needles are activated during treatment and move up and down at a rapid pace to create micro-wounds in the skin and stimulate the body’s healing process.
A normal appointment lasts between 15-45 minutes, depending on the areas of the face and specific concerns you wish to treat. For most patients, results appear within 1 week of treatment and continue to improve with time. Regular appointments can promote general skin health while successfully treating a wide range of skin concerns, giving you newfound confidence in the appearance of your skin.
How Does the SkinPen Work?
With the SkinPen, we strategically treat certain regions of your face based on your goals for treatment. During this process, the tiny needles in the SkinPen puncture the outer layers of your skin, creating micro-channels that provide an entry point to the lower layers of the skin for serums and other skin treatments. This makes any post-treatment product application significantly more impactful for several weeks after your first session.
In addition, the micro-wounds in the skin created by the treatment process trigger the body’s healing response, which includes collagen and elastin production to repair the skin. These structural proteins help lift, firm, and smooth the skin in one simple step, giving your skin a fresh start and providing the equivalent of a mini-facelift for many patients.
Over time, consistent microneedling appointments can help you reclaim youthful skin by replacing lost collagen and making your favorite skincare products more effective. In addition, this treatment can be adjusted as needed for each patient to ensure that they can experience healthy, attractive skin at every stage of their life.
Which Concerns Can Be Treated?
Our team of professionals is prepared to help you treat a variety of skin concerns and imperfections. Here are some of the most commonly treated issues at our office.
Signs of Aging
Whether you experience fine lines, wrinkles, or skin laxity, many signs of aging can be directly connected to a lack of collagen in the skin. Collagen breakdown is a normal part of the aging process, but you don’t need to watch your skin age before your eyes. A microneedling appointment can help restore collagen production and create a noticeable lift to smooth away mild to moderate lines and wrinkles and tighten mild skin laxity.
While signs of aging can appear anywhere on the face, we commonly treat the forehead, skin around the mouth and chin, skin around the eyes, and the jawline and neck. These areas are especially prone to develop static wrinkles, which are caused by a deteriorating collagen framework.
Many adult patients find themselves battling acne breakouts well into their 20s and 30s. While changes to diet, skincare routines, and lifestyle may help control acne, it can still wreak havoc on your complexion. An intensive treatment like collagen induction therapy can help heal acne breakouts and reduce your risk of seeing regular breakouts in the future.
In addition, the micro-channels in the skin offer a deep, cleansing pathway for anti-acne medications to reach the source of your breakouts. Finally, added collagen and elastin can help improve the texture and appearance of your skin, erasing signs of acne and helping you feel more confident in every situation.
Discoloration in the skin can be caused by a variety of concerns, including rosacea, aging, sun damage, and genetics. Correcting your skin tone and eliminating discoloration can be a long and challenging process with external products alone. With microneedling, you can target discolored skin and use your body’s healing power to restore an even tone.
Scars can appear in the skin due to injury, surgery, or conditions like acne. In most cases, these imperfections will fade slowly over the years. However, scarring on your face is more noticeable and may make you feel self-conscious about your skin. This treatment can accelerate the healing process to fade scars and create an even tone and texture within months for most patients.
Can I Enhance My Final Results?
You have the option to combine this treatment with one of our other top-quality services in order to enhance your results. The most common treatment combination includes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or one of our vitamin-infused serums, which are applied directly after treatment in order to allow these nourishing products to soak into your skin.
In addition, we can add other services to your personalized treatment plan to create your ideal image. Some patients choose to add a dermal filler, which can correct areas that may exhibit severe signs of aging or skin laxity. Other patients add a neurotoxin injection, which can correct dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movement. Our doctor will work with you to decide which treatments can be combined with microneedling to achieve your goals.
How Long Do Results Last?
While results will vary for each patient, you can expect your results to last between 4-6 weeks before your areas of concern begin to reappear. In some cases, you may see longer-lasting results, especially if you combined this treatment with another skin-rejuvenating service.
Some skin concerns, such as aging, will continue to progress over time. Other concerns, such as sun damage and scarring, may be permanently corrected in a few easy sessions. Our doctor can give you a general estimate of how long you can expect your individual results to last when they recommend a treatment plan that fits your needs and goals.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you’re an adult over 18 with skin-related concerns, this treatment could be right for you! Thanks to its broad range of applications, almost anyone can benefit from collagen induction therapy with the SkinPen. We can treat patients of all ages, skin types, and skin sensitivities. In addition, we can create a personalized treatment plan that can include a range of skincare services designed to address multiple concerns in our convenient office location.
This treatment may not be ideal for patients with known bleeding disorders or signs of irritation or infection in the target skin. It is not recommended for patients with severe cystic acne, which can be irritated by the treatment process. In addition, it may not be effective for patients with moderate to severe skin laxity, which often requires a more intensive treatment or procedure.
If you’re unsure whether you are an ideal candidate for this treatment, our doctor can help you evaluate your areas of concern and assess your treatment goals during your initial consultation.
What Can I Expect?
Here’s a general summary of what you can expect from a typical treatment process at Novo Med Spa.
To begin, you will meet one-on-one with our experienced doctor to determine your candidacy and outline your personalized treatment plan. During this appointment, we will look at your previous medical and skincare history, areas of concern, and ideal image goals. Based on these factors, we will create a treatment plan that fits your needs and give you all the information you need to prepare for your first treatment session.
During the week before your first appointment, you should make sure you keep your skin free from irritation or infection. In order to achieve this, we recommend that our patients avoid any exfoliants, peels, or resurfacing products and treatments that could cause inflammation in the skin. They should also apply sunscreen regularly to avoid sunburn, and we suggest that patients stop tanning or using self-tanner at least 1 week before treatment.
You should stop taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and aspirin, as well as some natural supplements and herbal remedies, before your appointment to decrease your risk of bleeding and bruising during and after treatment. Finally, we recommend that you stop drinking alcohol at least 24-48 hours before your appointment.
Before your appointment, you should wash your face and neck thoroughly and remove any makeup products. One of our skilled staff members will examine your skin and answer any questions you may have before beginning the treatment process. We will also apply a topical anesthetic agent to numb the target skin. Next, we will use the SkinPen on each of your target areas. Most patients report that this stage of treatment involves no discomfort.
A normal appointment lasts 15-45 minutes. Once your skin has been treated, we can apply your choice of PRP or serums to enhance your results and flush your skin with beneficial nutrients as it begins to heal. You’ll then be able to leave our office and go right back to your normal activities without any downtime.
While your skin is healing, you should continue to avoid harmful sun exposure and irritating products or treatments. For most patients, the recovery process lasts between 1-2 weeks. Your skin should improve in appearance during this time, and you may notice some of your concerns beginning to fade. Your results will develop for the next 2-5 weeks as your skincare routine and products promote healthy, glowing skin.
After 4-6 weeks, you may notice some of your concerns returning. This is when most patients schedule their first follow-up treatment, which is normally performed 6-8 weeks after the first session to allow your skin ample time to heal. For some skin concerns, permanent improvements can be achieved in just 4-8 collagen induction therapy sessions.
For ongoing skin maintenance, anti-acne treatment, and anti-aging sessions, you can schedule your sessions approximately 6 weeks apart to build on the success of each previous appointment and keep your skin looking beautiful. Thanks to its collagen-inducing properties and non-invasive nature, this treatment can be consistently performed for as long as desired to maintain your ideal image.
Contact Us To Learn More!
Don’t let your skin concerns keep you from loving the skin you see in the mirror! With microneedling, you can reveal the best skin of your life, treat long-standing imperfections, and achieve an even tone and texture. Even better, you can enjoy the full benefits of countless skincare products and treatments as your skin absorbs nutrients more easily and transforms from the inside-out. To learn more about this treatment, contact our team of experts at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX, to schedule your initial consultation today!