One hallmark of beautiful skin is a plush, even texture with no visible divots, fine lines, or wrinkles – but getting skin like that isn’t something that happens by magic, especially if your skin is challenged by aging and acne. While the texture of your skin might see some progress from the use of over-the-counter medications, there are aesthetic treatments that may be more effective. At RNA Medical Aesthetics in Johnson City, TN, we’re confident that one of the quickest and easiest ways to perfect the surface of your skin is with microneedling treatments.
How Often Should You Get Microneedling?
Most patients initially need this treatment about once every 4 to 6 weeks to obtain desired results. Some patients may require treatments less often than others. For example, patients with particularly sensitive skin may only require this treatment once every 6 to 8 weeks. But generally speaking, your initial treatments are best when spaced out by at least 1 month.
However, to maintain the results of the treatment, many patients find that the frequency of their treatment changes. After you have obtained your desired results, you may only require treatment appointments once every 6 months to continue stimulating collagen production.
Why This Frequency?
The key to determining the frequency of your treatment will depend on a few factors, such as your treatment goals and the condition of your skin. Generally speaking, the increased production of collagen stimulated by this treatment will last for several weeks at a time, sometimes even months at a time. But because this treatment is commonly used to resurface the skin, which means this treatment helps turn over new skin cells for a radiant, glowing complexion.
Your skin cell turnover cycle is between 28 and 40 days long and is based on your age. In order to treat your skin effectively, we space these treatments by your skin cell turnover cycle so that your renewed appearance can be as flawless as possible. Your turnover cycle and the rate at which your body increases collagen production are both guiding factors that determine the best frequency for your initial and maintenance appointments.
What Does Collagen Do for Your Skin?
In beauty and aesthetics, collagen is often regarded as the single most important property in your skin. Collagen is a protein found in the sub-dermal layers of your skin that acts as structural support and is responsible for giving your skin a supple, plush, and even texture. As we age, the rate of our natural collagen production begins to drop off, which is what causes the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and increased skin laxity.
Applied to the outside of your skin with over-the-counter products, collagen can help restore some of your skin’s structural vitality, which is why collagen is an active ingredient in many anti-aging moisturizers. However, studies show that increasing collagen production through stimulation is more effective than topical treatments. Collagen induction treatments such as microneedling are more successful than at-home solutions.
What Can Microneedling Treat?
This is a treatment that can address a myriad of appearance-related concerns and skin conditions. The versatility of this treatment is largely credited to the fact that the treatment works on both the epidermis and the dermis; because both the top layer and sub-dermal layers of the skin are treated, this treatment can simultaneously address most superficial skin concerns. Some of the skin conditions that can be treated with collagen induction include:
- Skin laxity
- Fine lines
- Acne scarring
- Enlarged pores and blackheads
- Dark spots and melasma
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone and texture
This treatment can also be used on other parts of the body for the treatment of stretch marks and other types of scarring. If you are interested in using this treatment on areas other than your face, please be sure to mention your additional treatment areas during your consultation so we can help you create a treatment plan that meets all of your aesthetic goals.
How Does This Treatment Work for These Conditions?
Some patients are surprised to learn about the versatility of this treatment. After all, how can a simple treatment like this one address so many skin conditions at the same time? The secret is in how this treatment works.
The main principle behind collagen induction treatments is to stimulate the body’s natural regenerative response. This is done by creating carefully controlled micro-injuries on the skin surface, which prompts the skin to create fibroblasts for healing and increase the production of both collagen and elastin. The skin’s natural healing abilities treats both large injuries and small, invisible-to-the-eye injuries the same way, which is why this treatment is so effective.
Skin Laxity, Fine Lines, and Wrinkles
Because the primary purpose of this treatment is to increase the production of collagen, anti-aging concerns are one of the most common reasons to seek this treatment. When the level of collagen in the sub-dermal layers of your skin increases to levels comparable to those in your youth, your skin will naturally reflect this increase by filling in the fine lines and wrinkles visible on the skin surface. Skin laxity will also improve as increased collagen production also lifts and tightens skin.
Acne Scarring and Enlarged Pores
Interestingly, both acne scarring and enlarged pores are linked to collagen, as well. Acne scarring can sometimes appear as divots and rolling bumps on the skin surface; the raised edges of these scars are caused by collagen that was formed too soon around the inflammation of acne. In other words, acne scarring is caused by misfired collagen production.
However, this treatment can undo the build-up of collagen on the surface of the skin by breaking up the scar tissue and stimulating collagen production in an even layer. When collagen is produced on all areas of the skin, the divots associated with acne scarring and enlarged pores will disappear and shrink.
Dark Spots and Sun Damage
Other anti-aging concerns like dark spots, melasma, and sun damage are generally regarded as superficial skin concerns or issues that only occur on the superficial skin layers. Because this treatment resurfaces skin and encourages a quicker turnover of damaged skin cells, these aging concerns will be eliminated through natural skin healing.
Uneven Skin Tone and Texture
Both uneven skin tone and texture are issues commonly experienced by people of all ages – and both of these issues can be addressed with this treatment. Uneven skin tone or problems with the pigmentation of your skin, such as from rosacea or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, can be reduced due to the resurfacing effects of this treatment. Likewise, uneven skin texture like rough, dry, or bumpy skin will be diminished by the dual-action impact of skin resurfacing and collagen induction.
Stretch Marks and Other Scars
Stretch marks happen when the skin stretches too fast and collagen production cannot keep up, which is what causes the pinkish or silvery verticle lines on the body. Other scars, such as scars from old injuries or surgeries, behave the same way as acne scars due to premature collagen formation. Both stretch marks and other scars can be reduced by this treatment by stimulating the production of collagen and breaking up scar tissue.
When Will You See Results?
The initial results of your treatment will be evident within days of your treatment and will generally be most noticeable for skin-surface concerns, such as uneven tone and texture. These results will give you a more radiant, youthful complexion. As your skin continues to heal after your treatment and the rate of your collagen production increases, you will notice fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring also diminishing. Most patients need at least 4 weeks to see results after their first treatment.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of this treatment are not permanent, except in the case of stretch marks. This is because this treatment only temporarily alleviates the underlying cause of your appearance-related concern, which is a decreased level of collagen in the skin. However, the results of this treatment can last a long time.
Your initial results will last for about 4 weeks, but the more treatments you have, the longer your collagen production will last. Once you obtain your desired results after 3 to 6 treatments, you can expect your results to last anywhere from 6 to 12 months at a time. For patients with more minor concerns, who are younger, or who respond more favorably to the treatment, your results may last up to 18 months.
Can You Enhance Results?
Absolutely. The best way to enhance the results of this treatment is to take care of your skin health, which means establishing a good skincare routine, using the right skincare products, and getting enough hydration and sleep. These are all components that will maintain the health of your skin and prolong your results from the treatment.
You may also consider enhancing your results with other aesthetic treatments. Depending on your aesthetic goals, you might consider dermal fillers and neuromodulators like Botox to achieve your ideal appearance, along with hair removal, laser resurfacing peels, and other treatments available at RNA Medical Aesthetics.
Should You Consider Combining This Treatment With Others?
Yes. If you have multiple skin concerns or your concerns are more pronounced, you might want to consider combining this treatment with additional methods. Our office is proud to offer three combination treatments with collagen induction therapy, including:
When combined with microneedling, radiofrequency can resolve moderate and severe appearance-related concerns, especially for skin tightening, a reversal of skin damage and dark spots, and reduction of scarring. Radiofrequency is a thermal treatment that uses gentle heat to stimulate the production of collagen deep within the sub-dermal layers of skin; additionally, the thermal energy generated by this treatment encourages faster skin cell turnover to reduce superficial skin concerns.
PRP and PRF
Both PRP and PRF are unique treatments that utilize the body’s natural regenerative properties and combining these methods with collagen induction can make this treatment more effective. PRP and PRF work by drawing the patient’s blood to separate either blood platelet-rich plasma or fibrin from the blood; the plasma or fibrin is then applied to the surface of the skin to increase skin healing.
You may also consider other serums with active ingredients that are ideal for your skin concerns. We offer a variety of serums that can enhance the effects of this treatment.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Ideal candidates for this treatment are not pregnant and do not have active cystic acne, rosacea, or psoriasis. Whether your skin concerns are primarily anti-aging or you are interested in scar reduction, you are likely a good candidate for this treatment because it is compatible with all skin types and skin tones.
Refresh the Appearance of Your Skin With Microneedling!
Supple skin with a plump, even texture is easier to achieve than you might think. With the right aesthetic treatment, you can easily meet all of your aesthetic goals. If you think the right way to refresh your skin is with microneedling treatments, contact RNA Medical Aesthetics in Johnson City, TN to schedule your initial consultation today.