What’s your main skin issue? Whether you have pigmentation concerns or textural concerns, aesthetic treatments can go a long way to improving the overall appearance of your skin. A treatment such as microneedling at Westover Hills Dermatology in San Antonio, TX can be the key to unlocking gorgeous, healthy, young-looking skin.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling is an incredibly effective treatment that has a variety of benefits. For example, one benefit is that this treatment can produce results very quickly. Most people will notice early results within seven to 10 days of their first appointment. Results gradually improve as your skin’s natural regenerative abilities respond to the treatment. Other benefits of this treatment include:
This treatment is also known as collagen induction therapy because of the significant amount of collagen it can produce after just one treatment. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and it is responsible for keeping your skin voluminous and elastic. However, as you age, your natural production of collagen slows down and your skin starts to show signs of aging such as skin laxity, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Collagen induction therapy renews the collagen in your skin because it stimulates new collagen production as part of the healing process. For this reason, this treatment is especially effective for addressing aesthetic concerns such as enlarged pores, acne scarring, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles, and other textural skin concerns.
Cause Skin Cell Turnover
As a natural byproduct of the healing process after the treatment, your skin will turn over new skin cells and this will dramatically improve the superficial appearance of your skin. This treatment is often recommended to address concerns such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory erythema, melasma, blemishes, uneven tone, and much more.
Furthermore, turning over new skin cells in a healthy way can improve the overall health of your skin. For those who have acne-prone skin or who struggle with a damaged moisture barrier, turning over new skin cells through a professional treatment can restore the skin and improve skin tone with a natural, radiant glow.
Improve Product Efficacy
Finally, this treatment can make your skincare products work more effectively. For example, during your covering time, you may want to use products that contain active ingredients such as collagen or retinol to improve your superficial skin concerns. Products work more effectively after this treatment because of the microchannels that are opened up in the skin.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This is a non-invasive treatment that works by creating many micro-injuries in your skin. When your skin detects these micro-injuries, it will automatically produce collagen, elastin, and other natural healing agents within your skin to rapidly close wounds. Essentially, this treatment kickstarts your body’s natural anti-aging abilities.
For your treatment, a special handheld tool tipped with sterile microneedles will be used to pierce the top layers of your skin. Your appointments will usually take about 30 to 60 minutes, although if you’re treating multiple areas, you can expect your appointment to take longer.
Preparation and Aftercare Guidelines
To get the most out of your body’s natural healing abilities, you will need to follow several preparation guidelines to produce the best results. For example, you should not smoke for a week before your treatment, you should avoid blood thinning medications for at least three to five days, and you should not consume alcohol for at least 24 to 48 hours before your treatment.
After your Microneedling treatment, it’s best to prioritize soothing your skin and using active skincare products that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. You also need to use adequate sun protection during the day, even on cloudy days, to protect your skin and prevent hyperpigmentation.
How Many Treatments For Optimal Results?
Most people can achieve optimal results after a series of three to five treatments, which will usually be spaced four to six weeks apart. However, the number of treatments required for your optimal results will be based on the severity of your skin concerns, as well as how many areas of the face and body you want to treat.
After you achieve your optimal results, you will likely need to attend maintenance appointments at least every six to 12 months to keep your collagen production high. Younger people may be able to space their maintenance appointments out more than older people.
Is This Treatment Right for Everyone?
Collagen induction therapy is an ideal treatment for everyone. This treatment can be used by pregnant women, people who have sensitive skin, and people who have severe aesthetic concerns. The only people who may not be able to use this treatment right away are those who have skin conditions such as psoriasis, fever blisters, or eczema.
Improve Your Skin Tone and Texture
Microneedling is a uniquely versatile treatment that can be used to address both textural and pigmentation concerns. If you want to improve the tone and texture of your skin, reverse the visible signs of aging, or simply help your skincare products work more effectively, this treatment may be right for you. Contact Westover Hills Dermatology in San Antonio, TX to schedule your first appointment.