Microneedling, sometimes referred to as collagen induction therapy, is a quick, comfortable treatment proudly offered at Doctors Med Spa in Little Rock, AR. In as little as one treatment, you will start to see an improvement in the appearance of your skin, and your skin will even feel tighter and smoother. Today, we’re taking a closer look at just some of the benefits of this treatment to help you determine whether it is right for you.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
The most compelling benefit of microneedling is that you can generally expect it to improve whatever cosmetic concerns you’re having. For example, it can be used to:
- Treat acne scars
- Shrink enlarged pores
- Unclog pores
- Reduce acne outbreaks
- Erase lines and wrinkles
- Eliminate surgical scars
- Erase trauma scars
- Improve skin tone
- Eliminate sun spots
- Treat stretch marks
The secret to collagen induction therapy’s success is in the way it works. It induces extra collagen production in the treatment area because the needles penetrate the fibroblasts within your skin. Your fibroblasts respond to the “injuries” by asking your skin for help to heal. Your skin ramps up its production of collagen, a special type of protein that heals the minuscule wounds in your fibroblasts and the concerns mentioned above.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Since collagen induction therapy is minimally invasive, most people are considered good candidates for treatment. However, some exceptions apply. For example, you should not consider this treatment while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. You also should hold off on treatment if you are trying to become pregnant. It may take several sessions for you to see your ideal results, especially if your goal is stretch mark or scar elimination.
If you become pregnant before your course of treatment is complete, you may notice faded scars or stretch marks, but you may not be satisfied with your results. Also, this treatment is not appropriate for individuals with skin irritation, such as sunburn. If your skin is irritated when you come in for your treatment session, it will be rescheduled for a later date.
Other FAQs Answered
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
The length of your collagen induction therapy session depends on several factors, including the number of areas being treated, the size of the areas being treated, and the severity of your concerns. Also, your treatment will take longer if you are treating a number of large areas. Your session should be complete in an hour, though.
Is This Treatment Painful?
No, this treatment is not painful. Attached to the dermal roller are tiny needles that won’t hurt as they penetrate your skin. However, if you feel a little uncomfortable about the thought of treatment, let us know during your initial consultation. We will gladly numb your skin prior to treatment, and you won’t feel anything at all. Just know that this may add around 15 minutes to your treatment time.
Can I Take Ibuprofen Before My Treatment?
You may not take ibuprofen or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug prior to your treatment session. Taking such drugs may prevent your blood from clotting. You also should not take any NSAID or other blood thinner in the 24 hours following your treatment session. We will advise you on safe analgesics for you to take before and after your treatment during your initial evaluation.
What Else Do I Need to Do to Prepare?
Another important preparation step to take before your collagen induction therapy session is to eat a nutritious meal or snack. Remember, this treatment provides the benefits it does because it induces extra collagen production. However, your skin needs a number of ingredients to make this special healing, supportive protein. To ensure your treatment is as effective as possible, you need to make sure you get plenty of vitamin C and protein in your diet.
It is also important that you are well-hydrated when you come in for your appointment. It is highly advisable to drink a cup or two of hydrating fluids, like tea or water before you come in for your appointment. Eating water-dense fruits or vegetables is another good idea. Some fruits are high in vitamin C, and some vegetables are high in vitamin C and water.
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
The longevity of your results depends on the severity of your concerns and the type of concerns being treated. For instance, scar removal is permanent.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Now
Microneedling works by encouraging your skin to produce extra self-healing proteins. Therefore, you can expect whatever skin problems you’re having to improve if they’re caused by an insufficient amount of collagen. For instance, you may notice a reduction in wrinkles, sun spots, or acne scars. Schedule an initial evaluation with us now at Doctors Med Spa in Little Rock, AR if you think it’s time to up your skincare game and boost the health of your skin.