Have you been thinking about changing your look? What about restoring an old one? With SkinPen microneedling treatments at Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA, you can restore the smooth, healthy complexion you enjoyed when you were younger. The benefits will begin to emerge after the first session.
How Often Can You Get Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is an incredibly popular cosmetic treatment. This therapy is the ideal treatment for many cosmetic concerns. The specific concerns you want to treat will affect the number of sessions you will need. They will also affect how frequently you should repeat the treatment sessions. It is very important to space your sessions between four and six weeks apart.
Most of the benefits derived from collagen induction therapy come from the skin healing itself from the punctures made during the session. Although a lot of at-home derma rollers are marketed for daily use, the needles are so short the effect is negligible. Your skin is fragile and needs to be treated by a professional with care. Trying to use a derma roller at home will probably exacerbate your dermal concerns. The SkinPen is a much gentler, more effective device.
How Many Sessions Should I Receive?
A lot of people only need a few sessions to achieve their desired results but the number of treatments you will need depends on the cosmetic concerns you are addressing, among other factors. If you are treating deep scars, you may need between six and eight sessions to achieve your desired aesthetic. This gives your skin the opportunity to go through multiple rounds of cellular rejuvenation.
At first, you may only see superficial results. However, if you adhere to your recommended schedule, you will get even better, longer-lasting results. It may take up to four months to complete three therapy sessions.
What Are the Benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy?
From promoting hair growth to tightening skin, there are many benefits you can expect from collagen induction therapy. This treatment can even clear up acne breakouts and erase certain types of scars. Collagen induction therapy also compounds the benefits of topical products because it unclogs your pores.
This allows topical products to be absorbed more efficiently. What’s really exciting about this treatment is it can be performed virtually anywhere. It is most commonly used to address facial concerns. However, it can be used to erase stretch marks on your chest or arms and improve the quality of your scalp.
What Can Microneedling Treat?
Did you know stretch marks are a kind of scar? When there’s not enough collagen to facilitate healing, pitted or flat scars occur. Put another way, there’s not enough foundational support for the skin to be held up properly. Microneedling results in “micro-injuries” to the fibroblasts in the foundational layer of your skin. In response to the injuries, the fibroblasts in the targeted area produce extra collagen.
This extra collagen gives the skin the support it needs while encouraging cellular turnover. Cellular turnover, in turn, results in an even skin tone, even in treated areas with scars. Collagen induction therapy can also minimize the appearance of other kinds of scars, such as acne scars.
Sagging Skin and Fine Lines
Sagging skin is an incredibly common result of the aging process, particularly on the face and neck. Loose skin occurs since our bodies slowly become less efficient in the production of collagen. This takes away the structure of the skin.
The inadequate skin structure is incredibly apparent when your skin sags. However, it is also the cause of uneven skin texture and wrinkles. By increasing the production of collagen in the foundational skin layer, the superficial layer of the skin smooths like it did when you were in your early 20s.
Collagen induction therapy doesn’t just facilitate extra collagen production. It encourages the growth of new cells. This, like collagen production, is a natural process that your body does; it just does it less frequently with age. When new cell growth and cellular rejuvenation slow, age spots and freckles often begin to develop. If you are experiencing hyperpigmentation, collagen induction therapy may be the perfect treatment method for you.
Acne is a particularly difficult condition to treat. It can be caused by excess sebum trapped in your pores, hormones, bacteria, or another factor. The tiny needles we use open up clogged pores, simultaneously minimizing the size of your pores and the sebum responsible for the breakout.
There is no risk of developing more acne caused by bacteria because we clean your targeted area carefully before treatment and use sterile instruments. Nonetheless, you should reschedule your session if you have an active breakout or open infection.
A strong support system is required for hair follicles to produce thick, healthy hairs. Collagen provides hair follicles the support they need until your scalp doesn’t produce enough collagen to maintain a healthy head of hair. When your scalp can no longer produce enough collagen to support your hair follicles, you may notice your hair thinning.
You may also notice balding. To combat this, you need collagen induction therapy to get blood flowing to your scalp and stimulate the growth of your new cells and collagen.
How Does Collagen Induction Therapy Work?
Collagen induction therapy is also sometimes called derma rolling. These two synonyms for the original treatment name give a better comprehension of how the treatment works. A dermal roller houses extremely fine needles. The roller is used to pass the needles across your skin at a 45-degree angle numerous times. As the needles traverse your skin, tiny punctures are made.
These holes aren’t large enough to actually injure your skin. However, they are large enough for your body to order the production of extra collagen. What’s great about using the SkinPen device instead of a traditional derma roller is the SkinPen doesn’t pull the skin as it rolls across the skin’s surface.
Why Is Extra Collagen Production Important?
The extra production of collagen is so important because it is one of the most important building blocks of your skin. It keeps your skin elastic, tight, smooth, and strong. Unfortunately, our bodies produce less of this supportive protein as we age, starting when we reach 30 years old.
Microneedles are such an effective anti-aging treatment because it restores the skin we had when we were younger. It encourages the production of extra collagen, increases the flow of blood to the treated area which transports restorative nutrients to the regions of concern. This extra blood flow also transports other things more efficiently, too, such as restorative serums and acne medication.
Can I Perform This Treatment Myself?
You should not attempt at-home derma rolling. Although there are devices available, they are not approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy. There is a significant risk of developing a bacterial infection and damaging the skin instead of repairing it. If you want to enjoy the benefits of collagen induction therapy, it needs to be performed by a licensed professional.
What Treatment Timeline Should I Expect?
Even though you can expect to see improvements in your appearance after your first session, you should expect to need several sessions before you achieve your ideal results depending on the cosmetic concerns you have. For example, you will only need one session to shrink your pores. On the other hand, many treatment sessions will be necessary to erase deep scars.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
The duration of the treatment session depends primarily on the size of the area you are targeting for treatment. If you are treating forehead wrinkles, your session will be over in 10 to 15 minutes. If you are targeting your entire face for treatment, your session may last between 20 and 30 minutes. Treating large areas, such as the abdomen or back can take around an hour.
If you are worried about time, your best option will be to receive a professional collagen induction therapy session with the FDA-approved SkinPen device. Unlike treatments with other derma rollers, you won’t need a topical numbing cream applied. If you opt for treatment with an alternative device, you will need to wait 30 minutes for the medication to take effect. This can be the difference between getting treated on your lunch break or scheduling time off from work.
Will I Need Regular Treatments?
You wouldn’t work out for two or three weeks, quit, and expect to see lifelong results. You shouldn’t expect the results of collagen induction therapy to last forever, either. Despite this, you can expect the results of your collagen induction therapy sessions to last several months. If you are seeking collagen induction therapy to eliminate scars, you will never need a follow-up treatment.
Most types of scars won’t return. However, you may need follow-up treatments if you are erasing stretch marks. If you lose or gain weight too quickly in the future, you may develop more stretch marks. As a general rule of thumb, you should expect to come in for a touch-up session one to three times annually if you are treating photodamage, wrinkles, folds, or sagging skin.
What Can I Expect Throughout My Collagen Induction Therapy Process?
This Treatment Is Painless
To reiterate, derma rollers require the application of a topical anesthetic before the treatment begins because the rollers pull at the skin. With the SkinPen device, your skin is not tugged and the needles are so fine you won’t feel any pain during your treatment at all.
This Treatment Involves Cleansing
We will cleanse your face thoroughly before your collagen induction therapy session begins. We also sterilize the SkinPen device before we use it. These two preparation steps mitigate the risk of a bacterial infection during your treatment.
The SkinPen Is Customizable
Before your treatment begins, we will customize the length of the very fine needles attached to the SkinPen device to achieve your goals most effectively. The length of the needles will depend on the areas being targeted for treatment and the specific concerns that need to be addressed.
This Treatment Requires No Downtime
The last thing you need to know about the collagen induction therapy process is there is no downtime required afterward. You are free to continue with your typical routine as soon as your session is over and we have reviewed the post-treatment care guidelines with you.
Learn More Today
You should get one microneedling session every four to six weeks until you have achieved your ideal results. To learn more, contact us today at Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA to schedule your initial consultation.