Do you want to improve the appearance of your skin naturally? Do you want to give your skin the tools it needs to reverse the hands of time so you can achieve natural-looking results? If so, look no further than microneedling at Blue Illusion Beauty in San Diego, CA. Today, we’re taking a closer look at everything you need to know about this treatment, including how often you should get it.
How Often Should You Do Microneedling?
We get a lot of questions about microneedling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is “how often should I schedule touch-up sessions.” As a general rule of thumb, you should schedule treatment sessions every four to six weeks until you have achieved your desired results. Then, you should schedule follow-up sessions whenever you notice your results start to fade.
How many initial treatment sessions you will need to achieve your desired results depends on several factors, including the type of concerns being treated and the severity of the concerns being treated. We can give you a better idea about how many sessions you will need initially during your initial consultation.
Are At-Home Dermal Rollers As Good as Professional Treatments?
People are often tempted to use an over-the-counter dermal roller to improve their skin health. However, these dermal rollers are not FDA-approved for safety or efficacy. The needles are thicker, so they may be painful or uncomfortable, and they aren’t effective because they don’t penetrate the deeper layers of the skin.
How Many Sessions Will I Need To Look and Feel My Best?
You will probably only need to schedule one to three treatment sessions if your cosmetic concerns are only mild in nature. If your concerns are moderate in nature, it may be necessary to schedule roughly four treatment sessions. Finally, you may need to schedule a course of six treatment sessions if you have severe cosmetic concerns.
What Is Collagen Induction Therapy?
Collagen induction therapy is an FDA-approved skin rejuvenation treatment that works by encouraging your skin to produce four times more collagen than normal. This is accomplished by creating dozens of microscopically small injuries.
In response to these injuries and the puncturing of the fibroblasts in the deepest layers of your skin, a massive amount of extra collagen production is induced. Also, this treatment improves the health and appearance of your skin by boosting the production rate of elastin, a crucial fiber that keeps your skin tight and smooth.
The Penetration Depth
One factor that makes microneedling so effective is its customizability. We use an FDA-approved dermal roller to create the micro-injuries that encourage your skin to produce extra collagen and elastin. However, we recognize that everyone’s cosmetic concerns and goals are unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach is not ideal. With our FDA-approved dermal roller, we can adjust the tiny needles to penetrate only a quarter of a millimeter of your skin for mild concerns.
We can also adjust the needles to penetrate 2.5 mm for serious skin concerns, like stretch marks or surgical scars. We can also tailor the needle length based on the area being treated. It is ideal to get shallower penetration in sensitive areas, like the outer eye area. On the other hand, you will achieve your ideal results in fewer treatment sessions if the needles penetrate more deeply in thicker areas, like the cheeks.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment Session?
Your treatment areas will be inspected for irritation and sterilized if they are not irritated. Then, we will apply a topical anesthetic to ensure that you feel no discomfort at all throughout the treatment process. Once we have finished preparing your skin for your dermal rolling session, we will pass the FDA-approved dermal roller over your areas of concern several times.
As the device is rolled over your skin at a 45-degree angle, the tiny needles will create dozens of micro-injuries that, in turn, will kickstart your skin’s collagen production process. Most of your treatment session will be focused on the regions with serious cosmetic concerns. Areas with mild or moderate concerns will receive fewer passes with the device.
What Results Can Be Derived From This Treatment?
Once your course of treatment sessions is complete, you can expect there to be four times the amount of collagen in your skin than you started with. Individual results vary because nobody starts with the same amount of collagen in the treatment areas. Among the benefits you can realistically expect following your treatment sessions are:
- Boosted collagen production
- Boosted elastin production
- Erased lines
- Erased wrinkles
- Thicker skin
- Firmer skin
- Tighter skin
- Smaller pores
- Reversed skin tone issues
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
Remember, you can expect your treatment results to last for at least half of a year. However, you should keep in mind that some of the treatment results, like scar removal, can be permanent. Also, you should bear in mind that you may need to come in for several treatment sessions spaced four to six weeks apart to achieve complete scar removal.
Will This Treatment Really Be Comfortable?
Yes, you really will feel comfortable throughout the treatment process. We will not start your treatment until the topical anesthetic has numbed your skin completely, and your skin will remain numb throughout the entire session.
What Are the Benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy?
Collagen induction therapy offers many benefits. This powerful treatment is incredibly versatile and can be used to improve just about any skin concern you can imagine. For instance, it is commonly sought for the treatment of such scars as trauma scars, acne scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks. Also, since it boosts localized collagen and elastin production, it can be used to erase lines and wrinkles and tighten loose, sagging skin.
Additionally, you can expect a drastic improvement in your skin tone after your treatment because collagen is responsible for cellular turnover. After your session is complete, the dead skin cells that make up the superficial layer of your skin are replaced with young, healthy, bright skin cells. Furthermore, you can expect fewer whitehead and blackhead outbreaks because this treatment simultaneously unclogs and shrinks your pores. It also returns sebum production to normal levels and makes preventative acne medication more effective.
Do I Qualify for Collagen Induction Therapy?
Microneedling is an outstanding investment in your skin health. Investing in this treatment gives your skin the tools it needs to heal itself from the inside out, leading to truly amazing results. You will feel your self-confidence soar after this treatment. Your skin will look healthier, and feel smoother and healthier. As a general rule of thumb, you will qualify for this amazing treatment if you would like to reverse such cosmetic concerns as:
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Other types of scars
- Enlarged pores
- Loose, sagging skin
Nevertheless, this treatment is not appropriate for everyone. For example, if you must take blood thinners every day for the sake of your heart health, this may not be the best skin rejuvenation treatment for you.
How Long Should I Expect My Session To Take?
Typically, treatment sessions only take around half of an hour to finish. However, your treatment session may take closer to 90 minutes if you’re treating a number of areas, like your upper face, midface, and chest.
Your treatment session will also take longer if you are treating severe concerns because the dermal roller has to be passed over the targeted area more times when the cosmetic concerns are severe.
How Should I Prepare for My Microneedling Session?
To prepare for your skin rejuvenation treatment, you need to ensure that your skin is not irritated when you come in for your appointment.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
You may only need a single microneedling session to achieve your aesthetic and skin health goals. However, you may need to come in every four to six weeks for touch-up sessions. To find out whether this incredible skin rejuvenation treatment is right for you, drop us a line at Blue Illusion Beauty in San Diego, CA to book your initial appointment. We will answer all of your questions about this treatment, including how many sessions you will need, how often you should come in, and whether or not collagen induction therapy alone will allow you to achieve all of your cosmetic goals.