Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your skin? From fine lines to discoloration to acne to scarring, our skin shows many signs of damage and aging. With microneedling, you could see these concerns and more improved, sometimes permanently. At Reno-Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV, we’re proud to offer this non-invasive treatment to patients who want to see their skin transformed.
What Should I Put on My Face After Microneedling?
Microneedling is a specialized skin-rejuvenating treatment designed to stimulate collagen growth and overall healing in the skin. Because this treatment creates micro-wounds in the skin, you may be wondering what kinds of products you should use on your skin after a microneedling session. Firstly, it’s important to know that you’ll have access to our team of experts, who can recommend the best products to use in the days after your appointment to enhance the results of your first appointment.
Secondly, our doctor can recommend in-office products that can be applied directly after treatment to address your specific needs. This may include serums to promote overall skin health, anti-acne medications, and alternative products to address sun damage, scarring, and signs of aging. These products will be applied at the end of your appointment and are instantly absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin for optimal rejuvenation.
Finally, one of the best things about this treatment is its ability to affect noticeable skin improvements in the days after treatment through at-home skincare product application. Thanks to the micro-channels created in the skin, your favorite skincare products will be significantly more effective. This could help develop the benefits of treatment long after your first appointment.
What Does This Treatment Do for My Skin?
At our office, we use the handheld CosmoPen to treat the skin with 12 tiny, clustered needles. These needles move up and down to create thousands of micro-wounds in the top layers of the skin. Depending on your skin type and concerns, the treatment depth can be adjusted within a range of 1/100 and 1/10 of an inch.
When we create micro-wounds in your skin, your body naturally responds with a number of natural healing measures. This includes jumpstarting production of collagen and elastin, which are structural proteins that often begin to break down in the skin in your mid-20s and early 30s. These proteins lift and tighten the skin to repair the tiny amounts of damage caused by the microneedles, creating a mini-facelift effect in the treated areas.
With repeated treatments, microneedling can help dramatically improve the appearance and health of your skin. Some concerns can be permanently treated, while others–such as signs of aging–may require regular appointments to maintain your ideal image.
Which Concerns Can Be Improved?
Here are some of the most common concerns we can address with this versatile treatment. With a personalized treatment plan, our patients can see a progressive improvement in a variety of diverse concerns, including signs of aging, acne, and even hair loss. In addition, skin concerns like sun damage, scarring, and stretch marks may be permanently improved with a targeted treatment plan. During the healing process, new collagen growth will help lift and rejuvenate the skin, giving you a mini-facelift result without the invasive procedure.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
These common signs of aging can develop on the face, neck, chest, and hands, as well as in other areas of the body. This treatment can efficiently treat mild to moderate static wrinkles, which are caused by the breakdown of collagen in the skin, by stimulating new collagen growth in order to smooth the skin.
For patients who also experience dynamic wrinkles, which are connected to muscle movement, this treatment can be combined with a neurotoxin treatment like Botox to effectively treat all of your aging concerns with non-invasive options. Our doctor can provide more details about treating lines and wrinkles with microneedling during your initial consultation.
Mild Skin Laxity
As collagen and elastin production levels decrease, the skin naturally begins to sag. This can make you look older or more tired than you actually are and may grow more noticeable over time. For patients who are concerned about mild skin laxity along their jawline, cheeks, mouth, or neck, this treatment can deliver visible results without an invasive procedure like the facelift.
Acne is often associated with your teenage years, but thousands of adult patients continue to experience this common skin concern well into their 20s or 30s. This treatment can improve the effects of anti-acne medications while promoting healing and restoration in multiple levels of the skin. Over time, you could see fewer acne breakouts and experience noticeable improvements in the appearance of scarring and dark spots from previous breakouts.
Scarring and Stretch Marks
In addition to acne scars, scars from injuries or surgeries can be faded with this treatment. Stretch marks can also be treated, resulting in a permanent improvement in appearance. Many patients use this treatment to smooth the skin on their torsos, thighs, and hips after pregnancy or changes in their weight. Scars in various locations on the body can be routinely treated and faded at an accelerated rate, giving you newfound confidence in your skin.
For some patients, this treatment offers the opportunity to see new hair growth on the scalp. Treatment is especially effective for patients with alopecia, a condition that causes premature hair loss in both men and women. Our doctor can examine your areas of hair loss and determine whether this treatment is ideal for you.
The sun is estimated to cause over 90% of all common skin concerns, including accelerated aging, dark spots, discoloration, sunburn, and skin cancer. Some of these concerns can be treated or permanently reversed with this treatment. As the healing process transforms your skin, you could see the tone and clarity of your skin improve as signs of sun damage fade away.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Thanks to its extensive regenerative properties, this treatment offers patients excellent results that develop in just a few days. Results will continue to improve as the skin heals over 3-4 weeks. After this point, your final results and the new collagen framework in your skin could last up to 1 year. Touch-up treatments may extend your results, and additional skincare treatments and products could help your skin look even better over time.
Many patients choose to continue using this treatment as part of an ongoing personalized skin-rejuvenation plan. Regular treatments can maintain your ideal results and ensure healthy, vibrant skin for the foreseeable future. Our doctor can recommend a treatment plan that’s right for you during your initial consultation.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you’re an adult man or woman who wants to see your skin improve, you’re likely an ideal candidate for this treatment. In general, a good candidate is healthy and does not experience any skin conditions or medical concerns that may impede treatment. They also have educated, realistic expectations for the results they can achieve with this treatment.
This treatment is not able to correct severe signs of aging or dynamic wrinkles. If needed, our doctor can recommend an appropriate treatment for these concerns. If you’re unsure whether this treatment is the right choice for you, we invite you to learn more during an initial consultation at our office.
What Can I Expect?
Ready to see your skin shine? Here’s an overview of what you can expect from a typical treatment process with our team of skincare experts.
Your initial consultation is the most important step in determining whether this treatment is right for you. Our doctor will examine your skin, review your medical history, and ask you about your ideal goals for treatment. Based on this evaluation, we will recommend the best treatment for you. If you’re approved for microneedling, we will suggest a treatment plan and give you instructions to help prepare your skin for your first session.
Preparing for this treatment is easy for most patients. In general, you should avoid any product or treatment that can cause irritation in the target skin beginning 1 week before your first session. You should also avoid harmful sun exposure that could result in sunburn, and we recommend that you avoid all forms of tanning–including self-tanning products–prior to your appointment.
Beyond this, you should drink plenty of water to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. You may be instructed to stop taking blood-thinning medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and some supplements before your appointment, and you should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for 24 hours before your first treatment.
Before your first appointment, you should wash your face and remove makeup and skincare products to create a clean slate for our team. One of our staff members will sanitize the target skin and apply a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment process. We will then use the CosmoPen to treat the predetermined areas with even, strategic strokes across the skin. Most patients report that this process is completely painless.
A typical appointment is over in just 10-45 minutes, depending on the areas treated. We will apply any post-treatment serums or products you selected and give you instructions to follow during your recovery. After this, you can return to your normal activities with zero downtime required.
As your skin heals, you should continue to avoid any irritating or exfoliating treatments for approximately 2 weeks. You may apply gentle skincare products regularly, and we recommend that you wait to apply makeup for at least 24 hours. You may begin to see your results developing within 4-5 days of treatment. Many patients notice that their skin has a new glow as collagen production begins to reinforce the skin’s natural structure and promote healing.
After 4-6 weeks, your skin should be completely healed and the results of new collagen growth should be visible. This growth often continues for several months, and the resulting structure can last up to 1 year. Continued treatments during this time can prolong your final results and continue to address your areas of concern.
Once your results begin to fade, you can schedule your first follow-up appointment to maintain your desired results. This second appointment is typically scheduled at least 6 weeks after your first treatment to allow your skin plenty of time to heal. If you are addressing ongoing concerns that cannot be permanently reversed, we can adjust your personalized treatment plan as needed to ensure that your skin retains its vibrancy and vitality for years to come.
Contact Us for More Information!
Let microneedling reveal the best skin of your life in as little as 1 simple treatment! If you’re ready to learn more about this exciting treatment option, contact our team of professionals at Reno-Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV, to schedule your initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals!