Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment offered at Doctors MedSpa in Little Rock, AR that can drastically improve the appearance of your skin. It involves passing an FDA-approved dermal roller over the targeted areas multiple times. This dermal roller has dozens of tiny needles affixed to it, and the needles penetrate the fibroblasts in your skin, inducing extra collagen production. Read on if you’d like to learn more about this treatment, including how long it lasts.
How Long Does Microneedling Last?
In some cases, the results of microneedling are permanent. For example, if you get this treatment to erase acne scars or stretch marks, you don’t have to worry about those scars returning. However, you may need touch-up sessions every one to three months if you are treating such cosmetic concerns as enlarged pores, clogged pores, or hyperpigmentation. If you are treating aging signs like wrinkles or sagging skin, your results may last for six to 12 months.
What Can I Do To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
There are several things you can do to extend the longevity of your microneedling results. For instance, you can protect your skin from the sun. Depending on the time of year, you should strongly consider minimizing sun exposure between the hours of 10 and 4 or 9 and 3 when the sun’s rays are particularly strong. Additionally, you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an adequate SPF whenever you go outside.
You can also help to extend the longevity of your results by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Getting moderate exercise for at least 2.5 hours weekly, for example, supports your cardiovascular system. This is significant because your cardiovascular system is responsible for delivering everything your skin needs to be healthy. Additionally, you can benefit significantly from maintaining a healthy diet. Your skin needs plenty of water and nutrients for optimal health.
What Should I Avoid To Maintain the Longevity of My Results?
We’ve already touched on avoiding sun damage to extend the longevity of your results. However, avoiding unprotected UV exposure is not all you can do to maintain the health and beauty of your skin. You should also avoid the consumption of nicotine and excessive amounts of alcohol.
How Soon Can I Expect To See My Desired Results?
In the case of enlarged pores and other mild concerns, you can expect to see your desired results as soon as your treatment session is over. In more severe cases, like scarring, you may not see your desired results for several months.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You can generally expect to be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you are a relatively healthy adult with concerns about the health or appearance of your skin. We will discuss your expectations to determine if this treatment will be effective for you. However, it is extremely versatile because it encourages your skin to produce extra collagen, a protein that helps your skin heal itself. Some concerns that can be addressed include:
- Enlarged pores
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Surgical scars
- Fine lines
- Moderate wrinkles
- Sagging skin
Who Doesn’t Qualify for This Treatment?
While this minimally-invasive treatment is safe for almost every adult, it is not appropriate for everyone. For example, it is not appropriate for individuals with skin cancer or a history of skin cancer. Additionally, you should not consider this treatment if you have a history of keloid scarring. Moreover, thrombocytopenia, hemophilia, and other bleeding disorders will disqualify you from this treatment.
You also should not consider getting this treatment if you are pregnant or nursing. You will also be disqualified from treatment if you have an active skin infection or acne outbreak at the time of your scheduled appointment. Furthermore, this treatment may not be ideal for you if you are using isotretinoin to treat severe acne. We will go over all of the contraindications for this treatment with you during your initial consultation.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment Session?
There are several very important preparation steps you need to take prior to your treatment session. For example, it is very important that you avoid getting a sunburn, because your session will have to be postponed if your skin is irritated at the time of your appointment. It is also extremely important that you avoid other causes of skin irritation. For instance, you should not use any chemical exfoliants containing acids that may irritate your skin.
Furthermore, it is extremely important that you are hydrated when you arrive for your appointment. Additionally, you should avoid consuming alcohol or tobacco products for 24 hours prior to your treatment.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Depending on several factors, including the type of concern you are correcting, microneedling results may last anywhere from a month to a lifetime. To ensure you enjoy your ideal results for as long as possible, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect your skin from the leading cause of premature aging, UV damage. If you think this treatment could benefit you, contact us now at Doctors MedSpa in Little Rock, AR to schedule your initial consultation.