Microneedling is a brilliant anti-aging treatment that can help to improve your skin’s health in a natural way. Here at The Botox Bar in Dallas, TX, we want to share our expert knowledge so that you can see for yourself what an innovative and effective treatment it is. Let’s take a look at who makes for a good candidate and how often they should schedule their treatments.
How Often Should You Have Microneedling?
One of the most common questions we are asked about microneedling, often referred to as collagen induction therapy, is how frequently it should be performed. The rate at which you undergo sessions depends on the type of skin concern you want to improve, the severity of that concern, and the general condition of the skin. The treatment induces the body’s collagen production processes by jumpstarting the skin’s natural ability to heal and repair.
A dermal roller covered with lots of tiny needles penetrates the skin to create micro-injuries which the body soon gets to work healing by producing new collagen. In order to give the skin enough time to completely repair these micro-injuries, we advise your microneedling appointments are scheduled every four to six weeks. During your initial consultation at our clinic, we’ll evaluate your skin, talk over the cosmetic concerns you’d like to improve, and formulate a treatment plan outlining how many sessions you need and how frequently they should be spaced in order to achieve the results you’re looking for.
Comparing At-Home Dermal Rollers with Professional Microneedling
Many people are tempted to try at-home dermal roller treatments themselves to improve their skin concerns. However, over-the-counter devices designed for home use do not have needles that penetrate as deeply as the SkinPen we use here at The Botox Bar. The SkinPen is an FDA-approved device which has been carefully designed to penetrate the skin at the optimum depth to give effective results safely.
How Many Microneedling Sessions Are Needed for Optimum Results?
When you’re dealing with very superficial skin issues affecting the uppermost layers of skin, just one or two treatment sessions might be enough to get ideal results. However, in order to get the best possible results you may need more sessions. We’ll examine the severity of the concern you want to treat in order to determine the right number of sessions for the very best outcome.
What Does Collagen Induction Therapy Do?
Collagen induction therapy is a natural treatment for the skin in which micro-injuries – so small they are invisible to the naked eye – are created in the skin. The tiny injuries trigger the body’s natural recovery processes to create new growth of collagen. The treatment also boosts production of elastin. Elastin and collagen together are vital for maintaining youthful, healthy and gorgeous skin.
Three Steps in Microneedling
There are three key steps involved in collagen induction therapy. First is inflammation, then is proliferation, and finally remodeling. Each step builds on the previous one to improve the skin’s appearance, boost its health, and contribute to a more youthful complexion. Step one – inflammation – occurs while the treatment takes place. Proliferation and remodeling both take place when the treatment session has finished.
Step One: Inflammation
The inflammation step takes place during the microneedling session. The dermal roller is held at a 45-degree angle as it is passed over the skin. This allows dozens of tiny needles to pierce the epidermis or dermis in order to trigger the body’s immune system response. The release of growth factors and cytokines from the body’s platelets is what causes the immune system to respond. The immune response occurs locally in the areas which are treated as the microneedles pass over the them. The dead skin cells at the epidermis – the surface of the skin – are then replaced by healthy new skin cells from the dermis – deeper layers of the skin.
Step Two: Proliferation
Proliferation is the next stage of skin healing. The skin’s production of collagen and elastin increases to a rate much higher than before the treatment. Damaged skin cells are able to repair themselves thanks to the production of this additional collagen.
Step Three: Remodeling
The final step in collagen induction therapy is remodelling. It takes place around four to six weeks after the initial treatment. You’ll notice a healthy-looking glow to the skin which occurs because dead skin cells have been replaced with new ones, and cellular levels of damage have been repaired. Skin should appear tighter, firmer and stronger thanks to the growth of new skin tissue and collagen. You can also expect for your skin texture and tone to be improved. The results of collagen induction therapy usually last around six months or longer depending on the skin concerns being treated and their severity.
Collagen Induction Therapy FAQs
What Can I Expect During My Microneedling Appointment?
To start the session, we sterilize the areas of skin we’re about to treat. We then apply a topical anesthetic which stops you from feeling any discomfort during the microneedling process. After prepping the skin, we will pass the SkinPen over the targeted areas multiple times. The fine-gauge needles in the SkinPen pierce the the skin to create micro-channels in the epidermis and dermis. We prioritize the areas of the skin in which you have the most severe cosmetic concerns.
What Will The Results Look Like?
After completing a course of collagen induction therapy, the skin will have four times more collagen in the treated areas. Everybody is unique in the amount of collagen they begin with so results vary from person to person. You can expect to see a wide range of results from the treatment, such as:
- Increase in collagen and elastin levels
- Skin that looks thicker, firmer and tighter
- Reduction in wrinkles and fine lines
- Improvement in appearance of acne scars
- Reversal of hyperpigmentation
- Smaller pores
How Long Will The Results Last?
You can expect the results to last for six months at least. Some people find that results are permanent, particularly when treating concerns such as acne scars. However, it’s important to note that for full removal of scars that several sessions will be needed. Sessions should be scheduled every four to six weeks while working toward your desired result, after which point you can book follow-up sessions when you begin to see the results fade.
Does It Hurt?
This treatment is not painful. The topical anesthetic we apply before the treatment begins lasts for the full session.
What Are the Benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy?
There are lots of benefits of microneedling. The treatment is incredibly versatile and can help to improve the condition of many skin concerns. It’s an effective treatment for different types of scars, including trauma scars, acne scars, surgical scars, and even stretch marks. It can also improve localized collagen levels in order to reduce lines, wrinkles and loose skin.
Since dead skin cells are replaced by healthy ones on the superficial layer of skin, overall skin tone improves. Plus, since collagen induction therapy can help to unblock and shrink pores, you can expect to see fewer breakouts of acne and pimples. Tighter pores are more resistant to breakouts. Furthermore, sebum production is reduced after microneedling. Sebum is a natural oil produced by the skin to keep it hydrated, but it can contribute to some types of acne when the skin overproduces it. The best thing about microneedling is that it is safe for all skin tones and every skin type.
What Results Can At-Home Microneedling Provide?
Professional microneedling treatments can give you fantastic results. At-home treatments are far less effective, not least because the short needles of over-the-counter devices cannot pierce the dermis and create deep enough micro-channels to achieve good results. Plus, it’s unlikely that you will be able to hold the microneedling roller at a precise angle throughout the entire 30 to 90-minute treatment when performing the procedure yourself at home.
Am I Suited to Collagen Induction Therapy?
This is a brilliant investment for your skin’s health. Increasing collagen production helps your skin to repair and heal from deep within. You are likely to feel more confident in yourself after this treatment. Some people find that their skin condition has improved so much that they no longer feel the need to wear makeup. You’re a good candidate if you deal with any of the following skin concerns:
- Loose skin
- Wrinkles and lines
- Acne and acne scars
- Enlarged pores
However, there are some people who should not have this treatment. Microneedling is not suitable for those with a history of keloid scars, uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, or any heart condition for which daily blood thinners are required. The treatment should also not take place if you are experiencing skin irritation on the day of your appointment. Visit us for an initial consultation to find out if you’re the right candidate for this treatment.
How Long Do Sessions Take?
Most collagen induction therapy sessions last 30 minutes. Session length depends on the skin concern being treated, the severity of the concern, and the size of the areas being treated.
How Can I Prepare?
Do not perform hair removal on the area set to be treated for five to seven days before your appointment. This is to prevent skin irritation.
Book Your Consultation Today
After just one microneedling session you will begin to see healthier, more youthful, and more beautiful-looking skin. However, for the very best possible results, you might need several sessions. Get in touch with us at The Botox Bar in Dallas, TX, to schedule a consultation. We’ll come up with a collagen induction therapy treatment plan that will pave the way towards a more confident you.