Have you ever seen someone with flawless skin and wondered what skincare routine created those results? You might be surprised to learn that most people who have picture-perfect skin usually achieve that result with external cosmetic treatments. At Dermatology & Skin Care Associates in West Chester, OH, we know that microneedling is a popular treatment used to perfect the appearance of the skin – and most people, including you, can benefit from the treatment process.
How Long Do Microneedling Results Last?
In general, you can expect the results of microneedling treatments to last for about three to five months. The longevity of the results depends on two factors; how long new collagen lasts in your skin and the degree of your skin concerns. People who need to build a lot of collagen to correct severe skin concerns will likely have initial results that last for only a few months, while people who have mild concerns may have longer results.
The quality and durability of collagen produced with this treatment are related to several factors, including your age, your stress, and your skin maintenance. Younger people build new collagen more easily and can also hold onto collagen for longer periods than people with mature skin. A stressful lifestyle can break collagen down more quickly, along with tobacco use and unprotected exposure to sunlight.
When Will You See Improvements?
Many people will notice improvements to the tone and texture of their skin only a few days after a microneedling treatment. These results will improve as collagen is produced in the sub-dermal layers of your skin as part of your body’s natural healing response to the treatment technique. Your skin will continue to improve for the first four to six weeks after your treatment.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
The number of treatments you will need to achieve your desired results will depend on factors such as your age, skin concerns, and skin health. But in general, three consecutive treatments spaced about four weeks apart are a good starting place to help you achieve your desired aesthetic.
How Often Should You Have Treatments?
Of course, because the results of this treatment are temporary, you will need to have additional treatments along the way to help you maintain your desired results. Most patients like to have treatments twice a year to keep collagen production in the skin high. We will help you determine the ideal treatment frequency for you to get the best long-term results.
How Can You Extend Your Results?
For many people, learning how to extend the results of a successful treatment is the key to getting the best possible results. For a simple treatment like microneedling, there are basic steps you can take to help your results last longer.
You should follow the aftercare guidelines we give you since this will help ensure that your skin is in an ideal environment for collagen induction during the first several days after your treatment. Some tips may include avoiding products that can irritate or dry out the skin, avoiding excessive sweating, and avoiding heat and sunlight.
Why Your Skincare Products Matter
Maintaining good skin health is one of the keys to extending the results of your treatment – and that means using skincare products that meet the requirements for your skin to thrive. Your skincare products contain ingredients that are used daily to maintain the health of your skin. Ideally, your everyday products should match your skin goals.
For most people who use this treatment, the main goal is to achieve even skin tone and even skin texture. Serums containing vitamins and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid or collagen are good places to start. We can give you more personalized recommendations after your appointment.
What Concerns Can This Treatment Address?
This treatment is incredibly versatile. Because microneedle lengths can be adjusted to customize your treatment, many people are able to treat a variety of superficial skin concerns at one time. And because this treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive, it’s also easy to pair with other cosmetic treatments. The most common issues that can be addressed with this treatment include:
- Acne scarring
- Uneven complexion
- Stretch marks
- Lines and wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Rough or dry skin texture
Who Are Good Candidates?
While a skin assessment during a consultation is the only way to truly determine whether or not this treatment is a good match for your skin concerns, there are some basic guidelines that will determine your eligibility. This treatment is appropriate for people of all genders, ages, skin types, and skin tones.
Your skin should be healthy at the time of treatment, which means no active acne, no eczema or psoriasis breakouts, and no sunburns. You may not be a good candidate for this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Get Flawless Skin Today
Even though this treatment has only experienced a mainstream popularity boom in the last few years, this treatment has been around since the mid-90s and have helped countless people improve the appearance of their skin. If you think you might be a good match for this treatment, please contact Dermatology & Skin Care Associates in West Chester, OH to schedule your first appointment today.