Would you like to refresh and rejuvenate your skin without resorting to surgery? Skin Microneedling, an innovative treatment offered by YourSkinRN, in Kitchener, Ontario, can smooth over scars, fine lines, and signs of aging through in-office treatments that involve very little downtime. Best of all, you won’t have to wait too long for results. Most patients see some improvement almost immediately. And when combined with our radiofrequency treatments, the results are even more powerful.
How Long Does It Take to See Results From Skin MicroNeedling?
One of the many advantages associated with this treatment is that patients usually see some signs of improvement within a week, with more dramatic results developing over the next three or four weeks. This treatment makes tiny pricks in the skin, which prompt the body to begin healing itself by producing new collagen and elastin.
That extra collagen helps smooth, firm, and otherwise improve the skin, but because it can take several weeks for collagen production to kick into high gear, it will take some time for your full results to develop. The speed at which you’ll see results will also depend on the specific cosmetic issue you’re seeking help with.
If you’re seeking treatment to ease the appearance of acne or burn scars, for example, you may need four to six treatments, each of which is spaced four to six weeks apart, and it may take six months to a year for your full results to develop. To treat early signs of aging in the face, just one or treatments may suffice, and your desired results could develop in as little as a month or two. After meeting with you and evaluating your skin, we’ll be able to give you an idea of when your results will develop.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Your results will last anywhere from three to five months, and many patients schedule follow-up treatments twice a year to maintain their results. Taking good care of your skin through a conscientious at-home beauty routine can help preserve your results. So can avoiding excessive sun exposure, either with sunscreen or by wearing protective clothing.
Where Will I See Results?
This treatment, which is also referred to as collagen induction therapy, is frequently performed on the face. But it has also been used in other areas of the body, including the hands, buttocks, thighs, back, and stomach.
The rejuvenating qualities of this treatment have been used to ease the appearance of scars and stretch marks, firm up sagging skin, and minimize the appearance of age spots, fine lines, and cellulite. It can also improve the overall look of the skin by improving its texture and tightening pores. This treatment is a great option for patients who want to tackle multiple skin concerns at once.
How Does Skin Microneedling Work?
We know the idea of creating tiny pricks in the skin can be intimidating, but this is a simple and surprisingly easy treatment. We’ll ask that you avoid using certain aggressive skincare products, including retinoids, during the days leading up to your treatment. At the start of your appointment, we’ll cleanse the skin in the treatment area and may apply a topical numbing cream.
We’ll then use an FDA-approved rolling tool with tiny needles on it to make tiny pricks in your skin. The pricks will be small, but they’ll be enough to jumpstart the production of collagen and elastin. After your session, we’ll apply a generous layer of hyaluronic acid and a Vitamin C complex to hydrate and further rejuvenate the skin.
What Does It Feel Like?
This is not an uncomfortable treatment. You may feel pressure and even a little friction as the rolling tool moves across your skin. This pressure will be especially noticeable in areas where the thin is skin, such as the forehead. But the numbing cream we apply at the start of each appointment does a great job of keeping patients comfortable. Patients are often surprised at just how easy the treatment is.
Can This Treatment Be Combined With Other Services?
Many of our patients have gotten great results by combining collagen induction therapy with radiofrequency treatments. Radiofrequency treatments gently heat the sub-dermal tissues of the skin in a way that spurs collagen and elastin production. These energy-based treatments can help with skin laxity, dark spots, and other minor skin concerns.
By combining collagen induction therapy and radiofrequency treatments, you’re treating both the surface of the skin and the tissue below the surface, which gives long-lasting results.
Dermal fillers, botulinum toxin injections, and platelet-rich plasma injections also make great companion treatments for collagen induction therapy. During your initial consultation, we’ll talk with you about your cosmetic concerns and design a comprehensive treatment plan to address your needs.
How Much Time Should I Allot for Treatment?
The time involves depends a lot on the area being treated. Addressing a small area, such as the hands, won’t take very long and could be completed in less than 30 minutes. But a larger area like the buttocks or back may require several passes of the rolling tool and will likely take longer. We also like to allow plenty of time for the numbing cream to take effect before your treatment. During your initial consultation, we’ll be able to give you an idea of how much time to allow for treatment.
What Type of Recovery Is Involved?
Some patients find that their skin is flushed and feels tight immediately following treatment. If Skin Microneedling has been performed on the face, the effects can often be camouflaged with cosmetics. Patients who undergo this treatment are often able to resume their regular schedules and activities soon after treatment.
What Advantages Does Skin Microneedling Offer?
It Improves the Overall Look and Health of the Skin
This treatment works in several ways to refresh the skin and help it look healthier. Collagen induction therapy improves the texture and tone of the skin while tightening pores and minimizing dark spots. The appearance of scars will also be minimized.
It Fights Signs of Aging
If you’re starting to be bothered by signs of aging, including loose skin and fine lines and wrinkles, collagen induction therapy can help you turn back the clock. The extra collagen created by this treatment will plump the skin in a way that makes fine lines less noticeable. Your skin will take on a smoother, more toned, and more youthful appearance.
It Boosts Your At-Home Skincare Routine
This treatment also improves the efficacy of your everyday skincare routine. The tiny pricks in the skin serve as pathways that help the moisturizers and serums you apply to penetrate deeply. That means that in addition to rejuvenating your skin, this treatment will improve the results you get from your at-home beauty routine.
Is Skin Microneedling Something I Could Do at Home?
There are several important reasons why you shouldn’t try this treatment at home. One of the primary reasons you shouldn’t try this treatment on yourself is the risk of infection. If you order a rolling tool over the internet, there’s no way for you to tell if the needles were properly sterilized. There’s also no way for you to professionally sterilize the tool after each use.
That means there is a risk that the tool you’re using could cause more harm than good. Besides, a tool that you order may not be FDA-approved and may not penetrate the skin as effectively or offer the results you are hoping for.
Finally, there is no way for you to get a prescription numbing cream on your own that would ensure your comfort. Additionally, you should work with a health care professional to determine that you are a candidate for this treatment before pursuing it on your own. Individuals who have certain scarring conditions, for example, may not be ideal patients for this treatment.
Am I a Candidate for This Treatment?
If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a good candidate for collagen induction therapy, the first step is to schedule a consultation at our practice. Our practice is overseen by Denise Schaefer, a registered nurse and the owner of our clinic. Denise has dedicated most of her career to medical aesthetics and keeps up with all the new products and techniques.
During your consultation, we’ll review your medical history, evaluate your area of concern, and talk with you about your cosmetic goals. We’ll help determine if this treatment is the right one for you. There are several signs that you may be an ideal candidate:
Your Skin Is in Good Shape
This treatment is effective on all skin types and tones, but the skin needs to be healthy and free of infection or inflammation. The key to this treatment’s success is the tiny pricks, or injuries, that jumpstart collagen production. If the skin is already inflamed and fighting off an injury, Skin Microneedling may not stimulate collagen production as effectively as it would otherwise.
You’re Overall Health Is Stable
It also helps if you are in good overall health. Patients who have taken Accutane, a type of acne medication, within the last several months are generally not candidates. Neither are those who have recently undergone radiation therapy or who have a history of keloid scars.
You Want a Minimally Invasive Treatment
Some patients who are seeking the type of comprehensive rejuvenation collagen induction therapy offers turn to plastic surgery. But surgery is not suitable for every individual, and some patients are unable to commit to the recovery period a more invasive treatment requires. If you’re looking for a convenient way to improve the look of your skin, this treatment may be just what you’re looking for. It is performed in our office and involves minimal downtime.
You Prefer Natural Results
This treatment spurs your body to do the work of renewing itself, which means your results will be completely natural, and completely yours. And while you’ll notice some improvement right away, your results will continue to develop over the weeks to come. That gradual development of your results means you’ll never appear as though you suddenly went and had a cosmetic treatment performed. Instead, your skin will start to look younger and healthier over time.
You’ve Got Some Scars
This multi-purpose treatment can address several different skin concerns, but it is especially effective at minimizing scarring. Patients who have long struggled with scars tied to acne, burns, or past injuries are often amazed at the improvement in their skin’s appearance
Rejuvenated Skin Is Just a Phone Call Away
If you’re ready to take the first step toward a total rejuvenation of your skin, it may be time to give this innovative treatment a try. Patients love the results they get from these convenient, minimally invasive sessions. And you won’t have to wait long to see your first results. What are you waiting for? Call YourSkinRN, in Kitchener, Ontario, and schedule a Skin Microneedling consultation today.