Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your skin tone, clarity, or texture? Have you tried to fade acne scars or reduce fine lines and wrinkles with expensive products but see no noticeable results? If so, microneedling may be the perfect treatment for you. There are many microneedling benefits, including the skin rejuvenation achieved through your body’s natural healing process. This treatment is proudly offered by Grand Spa in Dallas, TX.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling benefits your skin by creating tiny, imperceptible micro-wounds in the epidermis, or outermost layer of your skin. These wounds stimulate your body to begin its natural healing process, which includes the production of elastin and collagen. These essential proteins help provide your skin with its structure, keeping it plump and minimizing any surface flaws.
Over time, this treatment can drastically improve the appearance and health of your skin as the microchannels created in the skin allow additional skincare products and treatments to permeate the skin at a deeper level. Over the course of a personalized treatment plan, you’ll see the way microneedling can transform your skin.
Wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed as the skin becomes tighter. Acne scars, which are notoriously difficult to address, can fade over time as extra collagen results in a lifting of the scar to more evenly match the level of the rest of your skin. A dull skin tone can take on a new glow, and uneven texture can be replaced with a healthier appearance. Once each treatment is complete, your skin will become refreshed as new structural proteins are produced and your skin heals over the next couple days.
Can I Get the Same Results at Home?
While there are at-home treatments such as dermarollers and amateur microneedling tools available, leaving this treatment to a professional is the best way to ensure that you’ll see the best possible results. Professional microneedling devices typically have slightly longer needles which can create deeper microchannels in your skin to promote optimal collagen production. In addition, the needles are closer together for a more concentrated treatment over every inch of your skin.
While you can safely use microneedling tools at home, it’s easy to make mistakes that could affect the health of your skin, such as treating your skin too frequently. This can leave your skin irritated and can even lead to breakouts and inflammation. In general, a doctor is the best person to perform this treatment.
You’ll gain peace of mind by knowing that your doctor has thoroughly evaluated your skin, can treat your skin with the utmost care and best tools, and can provide you with all the information you need to have a smooth recovery process.
In comparison to other rejuvenating facial treatments, microneedling is an excellent option for those who wish to keep their skin looking fresh and vibrant without invasive procedures or long recovery times. It is extremely safe and harnesses your body’s natural healing powers to create new tissue growth, produce structural proteins, and smooth your skin.
It’s also one of the best treatments available for fading acne scars over time and can even help address current acne breakouts. Finally, it’s a great way to boost your self-esteem as you watch your skin transform after each treatment.
How Does It Work?
While microneedling is minimally invasive, it’s best to seek care from a trained doctor who can oversee your entire treatment process and answer your questions. In addition, it’s important to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions during every stage of this process to make sure that your skin remains healthy and achieves the glow you desire.
Before your first treatment, you’ll sit down for a brief consultation with your doctor. This allows you to point out your areas of concern in person. The doctor will examine your skin and review your medical history to ensure that this treatment is best for you. They’ll also explain the treatment in detail and answer any questions you may have.
You should prepare to disclose any skincare products you use regularly, especially those with retinols. Your doctor may ask you to stop using some products prior to your appointment to make sure the treatment is effective. Once your doctor approves you for treatment, you’ll be able to start preparing for your first appointment.
About a week before your appointment, you’ll want to avoid skincare products with retinol and alpha-hydroxy acids, along with any other products in your normal skincare routine which your doctor advises you to stop using. You should also avoid harsh exfoliants, which can over-irritate your skin when combined with microneedling. This includes facial treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
Keep your skin calm by waiting to introduce any new or untested products which could cause a negative reaction and apply moisturizer and drink plenty of water to boost hydration. Do your skin a favor by wearing sunscreen every day. It’s estimated that over 90% of common skin concerns, including wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer, can be caused by harmful sun exposure.
If you spend an extended period of time outside, apply a new layer of sunscreen every four hours. If you get a sunburn before your appointment, you may want to reschedule to allow your skin plenty of time to heal and avoid a more uncomfortable recovery process. Similarly, let your doctor know if you have any wounds or sores on your face which may need to heal before a microneedling treatment.
On the day of your appointment, wash your face and skip the makeup. Your doctor will ensure that your skin is clean before applying a numbing cream, which ensures your comfort during treatment. Once your face is numb, your doctor will use a handheld microneedling device to go over your skin, creating tiny punctures in the surface and starting the regeneration process.
You should feel no pain during this process. Depending on the area being treated, a typical appointment can last between 20-35 minutes. Once your doctor is finished treating your skin, they’ll apply a moisturizer to soothe your skin and reduce redness.
Next, they’ll give you instructions to follow during recovery. After this, you’re free to return to your normal daily activities with no downtime. You should notice that your skin has a new glow in the first few hours after treatment.
Your skin will probably feel mildly sensitive for two to three days after treatment, and you may experience some redness. These are normal side effects that occur as your skin begins to heal. You should keep your skin from becoming irritated by routinely applying an ultra-hydrating moisturizer whenever your skin begins to feel dry.
This will help reduce redness and can accelerate the healing process. Ideally, you should avoid wearing makeup for a day, and you should continue to avoid retinols and other active ingredient products which could irritate your skin. Wait to hit the gym or sauna for 24 hours as sweating can increase inflammation.
You should also stay out of the sun as much as possible for about two weeks to keep protecting your skin. During the first few days after your appointment, your skin will act like a sponge, ready to soak up any product you apply. Keep applying moisturizer, which will enhance your skin’s new glow, and if your doctor approves, combine microneedling with a deep-cleansing or rejuvenating face treatment, which can add benefits to this treatment. After about one week, your skin should be healed and looking better than ever.
For most patients, your results are visible after your first appointment. Your skin will appear plumper, healthier, and more vibrant. As you apply moisturizing products during recovery, your skin will absorb that nourishment and gain an even more noticeable glow.
Your final results are best seen approximately four weeks after treatment, when your skin is completely refreshed and healed. These results typically last up to six weeks before natural aging processes begin to break down the collagen and elastin in the skin. At this point, most patients opt to return to continuing treatment to maintain their ideal results.
While microneedling benefits your skin by giving it a huge boost in structural proteins, its effects aren’t permanent. This causes many patients to create a personalized treatment plan with their doctor to keep their skin looking fresh and young. A typical treatment plan involves one treatment every three months, which allows time for the skin to heal between treatments.
For those with acne scarring or current acne breakouts, your doctor may recommend a more focused treatment plan of one appointment per month for several months, after which point you should see a noticeable reduction in your areas of concern.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment is safe and effective on all skin types and colors. It’s an excellent option for men and women looking to address a host of cosmetic concerns, including wrinkles, acne, and dull or uneven tone and texture. It’s also one of the best ways to rejuvenate your skin with natural collagen and elastin, which allows results to last for several weeks. You should let your doctor know if you’ve taken Accutane within the past year as this medication may interact negatively with microneedling.
In addition, this treatment may not be right for you if you have severe cystic acne, which could be aggravated by the microneedling process. If you have hyper-sensitive skin, this treatment may not be the best choice as it does involve a small amount of irritation.
It may not be able to address advanced signs of aging or severe scarring as effectively as a more extensive treatment. Finally, if you’ve had past facial surgeries or treatments, you should consult your doctor to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for microneedling.
Don’t let your skin dictate the way you live life. If you’re embarrassed by wrinkles and fine lines, this treatment can smooth and tighten skin to give you a younger appearance in days. If you have acne scarring and struggle to conceal the indented scars in your skin, this treatment is able to fade scarring over time by boosting the skin with collagen. This treatment can even help you combat active acne by refreshing your skin and creating micro-channels that make the products you put on your skin even more powerful.
Say goodbye to your insecurities and hello to beautiful, healthy skin that will help you feel your best. If you’re ready to learn more about microneedling benefits and how this treatment could address your specific concerns, contact the professionals at Grand Spa in Dallas, TX to schedule an initial consultation today! We can’t wait to help you meet your skin goals and look forward to serving you soon.