There are many ways to effectively treat issues like hyperpigmentation, sun damage, scarring, fine lines, and other imperfections. While many people stick with chemical peels and other traditional treatments, more and more are turning to microneedling. This innovative procedure works by creating tiny, controlled micro-injuries to the skin. The skin’s natural healing process then prompts the increased production of collagen to smooth out uneven skin tone and texture.
Microneedling at Skin by Lovely
By increasing the production of collagen, microneedling thickens and plumps the skin. Also known as collagen induction therapy, micro-needling is an increasingly popular way to not only address various cosmetic imperfections but to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. This procedure can be used virtually anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly used on the face, neck, arms, and décolleté.
Since it’s so safe and gentle, collagen induction therapy can be performed on all skin types. While very fine needles are used to create microscopic channels in the skin, the procedure causes only mild discomfort. Side effects are minimal and very temporary.
Benefits of Microneedling
Many people elect to get a microneedling treatment because it:
- Improves the overall texture and tone of the skin
- Minimizes or eliminates hyperpigmentation and dark spots
- Helps to reverse the effects of sun damage
- Minimizes or eliminates fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimizes or eliminates scarring
- Promotes cell turnover and increased collagen production
- Is virtually pain-free
- Is gentle enough for all skin types
The Ideal Candidate for Microneedling
Almost anyone can safely undergo a microneedling procedure. However, the ideal candidate is someone who is unsatisfied with the appearance of their skin due to imperfections like hyperpigmentation, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and dark spots. You may be an ideal candidate for collagen induction therapy if you have skin issues that you would like to correct and are looking for a fast, safe, and affordable treatment option.
The Microneedling Consultation
Prior to starting any aesthetic treatment, Skin by Lovely conducts private consultations with all patients. During your consultation, your skin’s tone and texture will be carefully evaluated. You will be asked to provide a complete medical history, and your aesthetic goals will be noted. If it is determined that microneedling will achieve those goals, a customized treatment plan will be created.
The Microneedling Procedure
The microneedling procedure is fast, easy, and virtually pain-free. An automated, handheld device is used to administer the treatment. Depending on the type of device, your skin may be moistened with water just before treatment. No anesthetic is needed. Based on your unique treatment plan, the specialist will use the device, which features several tiny needles, to create microchannels, or punctures, in the skin. The repair process starts almost immediately.
Home Care and Recovery
Most patients report that microneedling feels more like being lightly scratched with sandpaper than poked by small needles. Immediately after the procedure, you may experience a small amount of pinpoint bleeding and redness at the treatment area. This is very temporary and should subside within a day or two. No special aftercare is needed, but patients are usually advised to avoid applying products that contain acid to the skin for a week or two.
Results From Microneedling
Many people notice results from microneedling immediately after undergoing the procedure. However, most people need three to six treatments to achieve their desired results. The larger or deeper the imperfection is, the more treatments are typically required. Because this process boosts the production of collagen as well as elastin, the appearance of the skin often continues to improve over an extended period of time.
Potential Complications From Microneedling
Microneedling is so minimally invasive that there are no real potential complications to speak of. No tissue is destroyed during the process, and the skin is usually able to heal quickly and effectively. Expected side-effects are mild and could include some light peeling and skin sensitivity.
Microneedling in Santa Monica, CA
As a leading provider of non-invasive aesthetic treatments, Skin by Lovely is the name to trust for microneedling in the Los Angeles area. Our team has extensive experience with micro-needling, and we rely on the latest and best tools and technology for optimal results. Micro-needling is available at our location in Santa Monica, CA, and you can stop by or contact us by phone when you are ready to proceed.
Microneedling in Portland, OR
If you live in the Portland area, Skin by Lovely has a location in the region that provides microneedling. As with our Santa Monica location, the team here is extensively experienced with micro-needling. If you would like more information, stop by or contact us at your convenience.
Chances are that you still have plenty of questions about microneedling. We’ve put together and answered the most commonly asked questions about this procedure for your convenience.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling works by creating tiny, microscopic channels, or holes, in the skin with a device that is covered in tiny needles. This prompts the skin to begin healing itself, which also promotes the increased production of collagen and elastin.
How Does Microneedling Work?
The channels created during the microneedling procedure kick-start the skin’s natural healing process. However, no tissue is destroyed, and the microscopic punctures close up quickly. At this time, collagen and elastin production is increased in the affected area. This results in a thicker dermis, or skin, as well as softened scars and wrinkles.
Why Consider Microneedling at Skin by Lovely?
Skin by Lovely is one of the leading providers of aesthetic treatments in the United States. From our locations in Santa Monica, CA, and Portland, OR, we complete hundreds of these procedures every year. We rely on the finest tools, equipment, and technology to ensure optimal results every time. Our team members are highly trained and have extensive experience in administering these procedures.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated With Microneedling?
Technically, just about any part of the body can be treated with microneedling. However, most procedures are performed on a handful of areas. The majority of micro-needling treatments are performed on the face. However, it is also effective on the neck, décolleté, and arms.
Am I a Candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling is safe for all skin types, so you can undergo this procedure whether you have normal skin, oily skin, dry skin, or some other skin type. The ideal candidate for collagen induction therapy is someone who is looking for an effective, fast, affordable way to minimize or eliminate various imperfections, including hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and sun damage.
Where Is the Microneedling Procedure Performed?
Microneedling treatments are administered using handheld devices. The procedure is conducted on an outpatient basis because it is so gentle and easy. If you opt to have microneedling performed by Skin by Lovely, the procedure will be conducted right in our offices.
Is Microneedling Painful?
It is natural to be a bit wary about having needles applied to the skin. However, the needles that are used in this procedure are very small. On many devices, their depth can be adjusted to effectively treat different types of imperfections. For mild imperfections, most people describe the sensation as being akin to sandpaper or even a cat’s tongue. For deeper imperfections like scars, longer needles may be used, and a bit more discomfort may occur.
Will Anesthesia Be Used?
Since this is a minimally invasive procedure that causes negligible amounts of discomfort, anesthesia is not used. However, some patients find they are more comfortable after applying a topical lidocaine.
How Is Microneedling Performed?
Microneedling at home is typically performed using a roller with small needles that are rolled on the skin to create microscopic punctures in the skin. A collagen induction therapy treatment, however, utilizes a handheld pen device that is swept over the skin while the needles extend and retract. The extension and depth of the punctures are controlled by the settings on the pen and depend upon your specific needs. Topical products are often applied prior to treatment as well, so they can be better absorbed during the treatment.
How Long Does It Take?
The length of time that it takes to complete a microneedling treatment depends on various factors including the severity of the imperfection as well as the size of the area that is being treated. In most cases, however, this procedure can be completed in 30 minutes to an hour, so there is no need to set aside an entire day for treatment.
What Is the Recovery Period Like?
There is no real recovery period involved with microneedling. At the very most, you may experience some redness and pinprick bleeding in the area where the device was used. The bleeding should subside almost immediately, but it may take a few days for the redness to go away. Many people describe the aftermath as being akin to having a sunburn. No special aftercare is generally required as the redness will subside on its own before too long.
When Will I See Results From My Microneedling Session?
For some minor imperfections, you may notice results immediately after undergoing microneedling treatment. However, for more extensive imperfections like deep scars, multiple treatments are generally required. With each subsequent treatment, you should notice more and more improvement. As an added bonus, this procedure boosts the production of elastin and collagen, so the appearance of your skin will steadily improve as it heals from the treatment.
When Can I Go Back to Work After Microneedling?
You shouldn’t have to take any time off work at all to undergo a microneedling treatment. In fact, patients sometimes come in for collagen induction therapy and go immediately to work after the procedure. Regardless of the severity of the imperfections that are being treated, you should be able to resume all of your usual activities immediately.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results from microneedling tend to last for extended periods of time. Many people notice permanent improvements with issues like hyperpigmentation, scars, sun damage, and other imperfections. Most of the time, multiple sessions are needed. Over time, additional treatments may be required to maintain the appearance of your skin.
Are There Any Risks?
This procedure is very safe for all skin types. At the very most, you may experience mild, temporary redness at the treatment area. You will be thoroughly evaluated during your initial consultation, and your provider can inform you if there are any special considerations to make regarding potential risks.
Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Undergo Microneedling Treatment?
Microneedling is noninvasive and completely safe for all skin types. The only situation in which a person may be told not to undergo this procedure is if they have an imperfection that is unlikely to be resolved through this type of treatment. However, collagen induction therapy effectively treats most common skin imperfections.
Is Microneedling Affordable?
When stacked up against many other aesthetic treatments, microneedling is delightfully affordable. Results from these treatments tend to last for extended periods of time. Since collagen induction therapy boosts collagen and elastin production, which steadily improves the quality of the skin over time, you can almost consider it as the gift that keeps on giving. Multiple treatments are usually needed, but once the initial treatments are done, you shouldn’t have to undergo this treatment again for a long time.
What Are My Payment Options for Microneedling at Skin by Lovely?
For your convenience, Skin by Lovely is pleased to accept a variety of payment options. You can pay for your microneedling procedure with cash, a personal check, or a major credit card. We also accept payments via PayPal. If you need specific information regarding the cost of this procedure, please contact Skin by Lovely.
Whether your skin has been negatively affected by sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, or other imperfections, there is no need to accept the situation. Today, there are more safe, effective aesthetic treatments available than ever, and collagen induction therapy has quickly become among the most popular options. With locations in Santa Monica, CA, and Portland, OR, Skin by Lovely is a trusted, leading provider of microneedling treatments. If you are ready to see what collagen induction therapy can do for you, schedule an appointment online at our Santa Monica, CA, or Portland, OR, location today.