Sometimes, it can be tough to handle texture and pigment-related skin concerns only using everyday skin care products. However, aesthetic treatments that can resurface the skin and increase collagen production can go a long way to improving your appearance. At Boulder Plastic Surgery in Boulder, CO, we know that SkinPen microneedling is an ideal treatment option for many people.
How Long Do SkinPen Microneedling Results Last?
In general, you can expect the results of SkinPen microneedling to last for four to six weeks. The longevity of these results can be attributed to the length of your natural cellular turnover cycle, as well as how long newly produced collagen can last in the skin.
For some people, such as younger individuals or those who have mild skin concerns, the results of this treatment can last for longer than six weeks. For mature people, these results may only last for four weeks at a time. Additionally, the severity of your skin concerns will also influence how long your results will last.
Are Results Permanent?
Some people believe that the results of microneedling can be permanent, but the truth is that the permanency of your results will depend on the specific skin condition you are treating. For example, some forms of scarring, such as keloid scars, may be permanently reduced with microneedling. But for the most part, the results of SkinPen microneedling will be temporary.
Because the results will only last for a short time, it’s necessary to have repeat or touch-up appointments to maintain your desired results. For most people, an ideal treatment frequency is once every other month to maintain high collagen production.
How Can You Enhance Microneedling Results?
In addition to touch-up appointments, there are other things you can do to enhance the results of your microneedling treatment. Enhancing your results can make your results last longer or look better, and can also customize your results to achieve other skin goals you may have. Some things you can do to enhance your microneedling results include:
When you combine microneedling with PRP, you can enjoy longer-lasting, more effective results. Platelet-rich plasma can work with the natural regenerative properties of your skin to enhance collagen and elastin production, which can help your skin produce even more collagen after your microneedling treatment. PRP also has advanced healing factors that can reduce inflammation on the surface of the skin.
Having good suncare habits can also enhance your results. Unprotected exposure to the sun can cause a myriad of superficial skin concerns, including faster skin aging, loss of skin volume, and dark spots. Additionally, collagen can deplete much more quickly when exposed to direct UV rays from the sunlight. By using SPF every day after your microneedling treatment, you can ensure your results will last for as long as possible.
Using the right skin care products can also go a long way to enhancing your results. Depending on your specific skin concerns, using high-quality skin care products can enhance cellular turnover, maintain collagen production, and keep the skin plump and youthful looking.
For age-related concerns, using skin care products that contain collagen and retinol can be a good option. For all skin types, ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide can also benefit your skin and enhance the results of your treatment.
Your lifestyle factors can also enhance see results. Specifically, collagen production thrives when your body has enough nutrient resources such as biotin and amino acids to produce this protein. This is why it’s important to eat a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Additionally, drinking enough water can also enhance the results. Youthful skin is abundant with moisture, so drinking enough water each day can help your skin look plump and youthful.
What Are the Benefits of SkinPen Microneedling?
In addition to producing results that can last for four to six weeks, there are many other benefits of SkinPen microneedling. Whether you have age-related concerns or you simply want to enhance the appearance of your skin, these benefits can improve most aspects of your skin concerns.
Improve Skin Tone and Texture
Microneedling is a unique treatment that can address both skin tone and skin texture problems. When you use microneedling treatments, your skin responds by turning over new skin cells and increasing the production of collagen, fibrin, and elastin deep within the dermal layers of your skin.
For this reason, regularly having microneedling treatments can greatly improve superficial concerns such as dark spots, fine lines, sun damage, inflammation, enlarged pores, and much more.
Certain types of scars are highly responsive to microneedling treatments. For example, acne scars such as rolling scars and boxcar scars can be moderately improved with repeated microneedling treatments. Keloid scars and other raised scars also improve after microneedling. The ability to reduce scarring and improve skin texture can have a great impact on your appearance.
Manage Acne-Prone Skin
Acne-prone skin often has multiple challenges, but microneedling can be one way to manage breakouts. When you use microneedling, the increased healing factors can reduce inflammation on your skin, unclog pores, and turn over new skin cells that make it easier to control acne.
Enhance Product Absorption
Regular microneedling appointments can also enhance the absorption of certain skin care products. In particular, during the first week after your microneedling treatment, your skin care products will absorb more easily into your skin and will have more beneficial effects. In addition to enhancing product absorption, certain skin care products such as retinol and hyaluronic acid can transform your skin.
Finally, this treatment can produce natural-looking results. Microneedling works by using the natural regenerative abilities of your skin to improve your appearance. For this reason, your results will look natural because microneedling stimulates the natural rejuvenation abilities that are already within your skin. Furthermore, natural-looking results are often preferable for many patients.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Usually, your treatments will take about 45 minutes and will be completely painless. Your skin will be prepared with a cleanser and a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort during your treatment. The overall process of this treatment is very similar to a facial, and it’s common to finish your treatment with a hydrating or skin-soothing serum.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
About a week before your treatment, you should stop using any medications or supplements that may have blood-thinning side effects. For example, Ginkgo, vitamin E, fish oil, aspirin, and anti-inflammatory medications can all cause blood thinning. By discontinuing these medications and supplements, you can improve your results after your treatment.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
For the first 24 hours after your treatment, you should avoid hot water, makeup, and harsh cleansers on your skin. During the first few days, you should avoid exfoliating chemicals or other irritating skin products. About a week after your treatment, you will be able to lightly exfoliate your skin to unveil fresh, natural-looking results. You may be given additional aftercare instructions to follow for best results.
Is There a Best Age for This Treatment?
You can use this treatment at any age to enhance the appearance of your skin. Microneedling can be customized to meet your specific skin concerns, which means that both young people and mature people can use this treatment to increase collagen production and accelerate cellular turnover.
Is There a Best Time for This Treatment?
Because it will take about two weeks for your skin to fully recover and your results to become noticeable, it’s generally a good idea to schedule this treatment at least two weeks before any important life events. Other than that, you can have this treatment throughout the year to manage the appearance of your skin.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Most people are good candidates for microneedling treatments. This minimally invasive treatment can correct both pigmented and textural skin concerns. Candidates for this treatment often include those who are not good matches for laser treatments. Please discuss using this treatment if you are currently pregnant.
Enhance Your Skin With Microneedling
Although at-home skin care products can be used to maintain your desired skin results, getting those initial results may be challenging when you’ve only used at-home methods. Fortunately, treatments such as microneedling are capable of revising and enhancing your skin to address all of your superficial concerns. Contact Boulder Plastic Surgery in Boulder, CO to schedule your initial appointment today.