Microneedling is a relatively new cosmetic procedure that Springfield, MO locals can use to reverse the visible signs of aging and improve the overall texture, tone, and health of the dermis at every level. This short, in-office procedure is capable of minimizing a very broad range of aesthetic issues including sun spots, enlarged pores, acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, among many other problems. Best of all, beyond clearing up existing skin troubles, microneedling additionally fosters noticeable improvements in patients’ current collagen stores while also promoting marked increases in ongoing collagen production. As such, it is commonly referred to as both collagen induction therapy and collagen remodeling therapy. It offers a safe and natural way to turn back the proverbial hands of time on your skin and dramatically improve your skin’s appearance, resilience, and all-around vitality.
What to Expect During a Microneedling Procedure
Before performing your treatment at our office in Springfield, MO, the professional will assess your cosmetic concerns and determine your skincare needs. The best topical agent for addressing existing skin damage may also be selected. During the actual treatment, a small, hand-held appliance that’s affixed with tiny micro-needles will be passed over the treatment area. As it moves over the skin, this appliance will create tiny micro-channels that allow any topical agents to seep in. The goal of creating the micro-openings is to incite the skin’s natural repair processes so that new and healthy skin cells are produced at a significantly more rapid rate. As a result, even just a single microneedling procedure can have a remarkable brightening effect on the treatment area. Many patients also notice a significant reduction in superficial blemishes.
Once the targeted areas have been addressed, a nutrient-dense and water-based moisturizer can be applied. Although microneedling is non-surgical, it is still important to protect the treatment area from sun exposure as it heals. Due to this fact, you may be advised to wear a suitably strong sunblock, or to don sun protection garments when going out. The skin will become increasingly less vulnerable to the ravages of sun exposure over the days and weeks that follow the treatment.
What is Collagen Remodeling?
Beyond expediting the production of new skin cells, microneedling also remodels patients’ existing collagen stores. The collagen that defines and supports your skin exists as a smooth, unblemished layer just beneath the dermis. In the instance of dynamic wrinkling, excess and prolonged tension can cause this layer to crack. It is actually these cracks that manifest at the skin’s surface as crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, and frown lines. With multiple microneedling treatments, advanced collagen remodeling can actually smooth these cracked areas out. This way, patients can maintain youthful and line-free looks, no matter how frequently they use their facial muscles for expression. Collagen remodeling can also assist patients with moderate amounts of volume loss. As the existing layer of collagen is replenished and rebuilt, more significant signs of facial aging will gradually begin to abate. Over time, the effects of collagen remodeling will leave the skin more supple, more resilient, and far healthier overall.
Why Does Collagen Remodeling Occur?
Many non-surgical skin-renewing procedures are designed to stimulate natural repairs in the skin by causing minor, controlled damage at its surface layers. The skin exists to keep the interior of the body protected from both invading organisms and outside elements. Without the benefit of a healthy and fully intact covering, the body would likely succumb to a number of germs, ailments, and other problems. Due to this fact, whenever controlled damage is caused, the body ramps up its skin renewal and repair abilities by quickly producing replacement cells, and by producing more skin-supporting substances such as collagen and elastin. Given that microneedling affects the skin at a sufficient depth for entering the collagen layer, patients’ existing collagen stores are also quickly remodeled to repair both new and existing damages. The overarching goal of the body in these efforts is to protect and heal itself; however, patients can enjoy the aesthetic benefits that manifest due to enhanced repair processes.
Not only is this manner of skin repair great for addressing superficial skin issues caused by the aging process, but it is also effective for reducing the appearance of signs of sun damage. Microneedling can be safely performed across a number of areas and with impressive results. As such, it is commonly a part of multi-pronged cosmetic treatment plans for revitalizing severely damaged skin areas.
How Can Collagen Induction Therapy Improve Your Appearance?
Collagen remodeling is only one of the very vast range of benefits that Springfield, MO locals can gain through a microneedling treatment. Collagen induction is a secondary advantage that actually fosters ongoing improvements in the overall look and health of the treated area. In the months that follow the treatment, new stores of collagen will be gradually added to the existing collagen layer to make it more resistant to both stress and normal aging and wear. This added collagen can help fill in static fine lines and superficial wrinkles at the surface of the skin while also minimizing various aspects of advanced facial aging such as hollows at the cheeks or loose and sagging skin along the jawline. Best of all, the treatment takes a fresh and natural approach to reversing volume loss that’s perfect for people who aren’t willing to use dermal fillers or who may be looking for ways to increase the efficacy of the dermal filler treatments that they are already receiving. When timed properly, microneedling can be easily and safely paired with injectable cosmetic treatments and many other skin-renewing and resurfacing treatments.
Choosing the Best Topical Agent for Your Skincare Needs
When choosing microneedling to revitalize and improve the look of their skin, Springfield, MO locals have the opportunity to get wholly individualized solutions and treatment outcomes. Although this procedure is always performed with a hand-held device, different topical agents can be applied ahead of or after the treatment to provide needs-specific healing benefits. For instance, some people have their procedures performed with nutrient-dense serums that contain powerful skin-supporting substances. Each micro-puncture that is made with the device will deliver the topical agent down to the very foundation layer of the dermis, where it will provide the greatest range of benefits. Certain topical solutions can both expedite the healing process and foster greater improvements in overall texture and tone than if microneedling were performed on its own.
Address Various Issues
The rejuvenating benefits of this treatment can extend to areas other than the face. If you have aged skin across your face along with blemishes and other superficial texture and tone-related issues, you likely have many of these same problems along other areas. With microneedling, you can achieve a seamlessly youthful and blemish-free look that may allow you to go make-up free if you want to and to confidently go about your daily activities. In fact, this procedure is a great way to get rid of any sun spots, age spots, or other signs of skin damage that are making you look far older than you really area. For many patients in the Springfield, MO area, this is far preferable to treatments that utterly rejuvenate the visage, but leave other areas looking dry, damaged, and old.
What’s the Recovery Process Like?
Many people experience slight redness across the treatment area following these procedures. The good news is that these developments are entirely normal, very mild, and incredibly short-lived. Within a matter of hours, discoloration should noticeably abate. Even when no aftereffects exist, however, it is always important to keep the skin properly moisturized and protected as it heals. Treated skin is always more prone to sunburn and other sun-related problems while it heals than untreated skin.
As with many other non-surgical procedures, the full benefits of microneedling will not manifest right away. Many of our patients can see a noticeable reduction in superficial skin issues within the first week following the treatment. As collagen remodeling occurs and new collagen is produced, more dramatic changes will start presenting. Over time and with a series of microneedling procedures, it is possible to effectively minimize or eliminate a broad range of common cosmetic concerns. These include enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, melasma, sun spots, age spots, and mild to moderate acne scars.
The number of microneedling treatments required for achieving individual cosmetic goals is generally determined by the location, type, and severity of skin issues that are being addressed, as well as the patient’s own healing abilities. During your consultation at our office, the professional will determine the best treatment schedule for resolving your skin issues. Many people find that microneedling is a very worthwhile, long-term addition to their normal skincare routines. It may be just what you have been looking for to achieve your goals for your appearance.
Is This the Best Cosmetic Solution for You?
Microneedling is an excellent standalone treatment for a very vast range of common skin problems. It is perfect for people who want a safe and natural way to renew their skin’s vitality and health. Moreover, this procedure can be safely performed in conjunction with many other non-surgical cosmetic treatments. For example, it can be safely paired with injectables, facials, and more.
Get in touch with our team at Bentley Skincare & Wellness so that you can set up a time to learn more about microneedling and its many benefits. Schedule your consultation visit at our office in Springfield, MO, and let us tell you more about what this treatment can do for your skin specifically. Contact us today to book your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!