It might sound counterintuitive to deliberately create wounds in someone’s skin to improve its appearance, but that’s essentially the idea behind microneedling, a cosmetic treatment that removes fine lines and wrinkles, fills in scars, and helps give your skin increased strength and a more even tone.
At Pure Touch Skin Center, our master aestheticians understand that our patients in the Glendale and Sherman Oaks, California, areas may be uncomfortable with the visible signs of aging, which is why we offer microneedling treatments, including with the radiofrequency (RF) Morpheus8 system, so you don’t have to live with them anymore.
Microneedling produces results over the weeks following your treatment, and it may be able to address only part of your issues at one go, which means you’ll probably need more than one session to address them. How often should you schedule your sessions? Keep reading to learn the answer.
In your childhood and teen years, you had skin that was smooth and taut. That was thanks in large part to two fibrous proteins, collagen and elastin, which together make your skin strong, plump, and flexible.
The problem is, your body naturally decreases production of these proteins by the time you reach 25. And the stores of protein that are left may be further depleted because of damage caused by the sun’s UV light, smoking, and other environmental pollutants.
The end result is you lose volume in your face and hands, leading to hollows, fine lines, and wrinkles. These wrinkles are called “static” wrinkles because they’re present even when your face is at rest.
Over time, you also develop “dynamic” wrinkles, which result from repeated facial expressions. Whenever you move your face, the muscles that allow you to form expressions tug on the skin above them, eventually causing a furrow to form.
In the early stages of wrinkle development, dermal fillers can temporarily address static wrinkles, and Botox® and Dysport®, neurotoxins that prevent muscle contractions, can temporarily address dynamic ones. Sometimes, though, you need more.
Microneedling, also known as “collagen induction therapy,” involves using very small needles to puncture your skin’s surface, creating “micro-injuries.” Your body responds in two ways: it sends healing factors to the area to repair the wounds, and it jumpstarts collagen production to produce new tissue to fill in the furrows and replace damaged skin layers. The result is smooth, healthy-looking skin.
At Pure Touch Skin Center, we use the FDA-approved SkinPen® microneedling system. It’s a handheld device that creates thousands of micro-injuries, stimulating wound healing while preventing collateral cellular damage.
We can also take microneedling to a new level with the Morpheus8. According to its manufacturer, Morpheus8 is a “minimally invasive facial and body fractional remodeling system.” It uses tiny, insulated needles that penetrate deeper into the subdermal tissue layer than most other systems reach.
The needles also deliver high-frequency RF energy into the wounds to accelerate the skin restructuring process. It’s safe on all skin types and poses little risk of hyperpigmentation, a common side effect of other resurfacing methods that use heat.
In addition to producing new collagen and elastin supplies to fill in lines, wrinkles, and depressed scars, the Morpheus8 also increases vascularization, bringing additional, nutrient-filled blood to the area.
Treatment time depends on the size of the areas we address. In addition, you’ll probably need more than a single session, depending on the extent of your skin damage and your aesthetic goals. The average patient needs from three to five sessions, with initial results appearing after the second treatment.
You should space each session out by a few weeks to allow for wound healing and collagen and elastin supplies to increase to therapeutic levels. You can expect improvements to continue for up to six months after your final treatment, as your levels continue to increase.
To learn more about microneedling and how it can address your cosmetic concerns, give us a call at either location to set up a consultation with one of our aestheticians, or send us a message online today.