Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is one of the most effective anti-aging treatments on the market. It can be used to correct a wide array of cosmetic concerns, ranging from shrinking enlarged pores to erasing stretch marks and other types of scars. Today, our aesthetic experts at BevelUp in Tampa, FL are discussing what this treatment is, how it works, and who it is appropriate for.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that involves the use of the Rejuvapen NXT device and Aquagold fine touch. Depending on the scope of the treatment, the dermal rolling portion of the treatment may take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes to complete. However, we end our collagen induction therapy sessions with an invigorating hydrojelly mask so your entire appointment will take a little longer.
Rejuvapen NXT Device
The Rejuvapen NXT device is the most advanced collagen induction therapy device on the market. Over half a million safe, effective treatments have been performed with this biocompatible device, and it is FDA 510k cleared. This device comes with a dozen stainless steel tips that painlessly create microchannels through the upper layers of your skin with industry-leading torque.
Aquagold is a patented microinjection device that infuses your skin with the micronutrients it needs to heal itself. Using this microinjection device is so effective because it creates 20 fine microchannels for the micronutrients to pass through. It is also highly effective because the ingredients injected are tailored to achieve each individual’s unique goals.
How It Works
Microneedling improves the health and appearance of your skin by encouraging your skin to produce extra collagen. Specifically, the fine needles attached to the Rejuvapen NXT or Aquagold device puncture the fibroblasts in your skin. In response to these micro-injuries, your fibroblasts start to produce and release extra collagen.
In response to the extra collagen production, your skin starts to heal itself. The results you can expect from this treatment depend on the specific cosmetic concerns you have. However, you can rest assured that your problems will be erased following your course of collagen induction therapy sessions.
How Many Sessions You Will Need
How many collagen induction therapy sessions you will need depends on the type and severity of your cosmetic concerns. If you have concerns that are mild in nature, such as enlarged pores, your final results will become apparent after just one session. On the other hand, you may need between three and six treatment sessions to achieve your ideal results if you have cosmetic concerns that are moderate or severe in nature.
How Quickly It Works
This treatment works very quickly. In fact, it starts working as soon as your fibroblasts are punctured by the needles. However, it takes a little while for your skin to finish producing extra collagen in response to the microinjuries. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect to see the final results of your treatment until four to six weeks after your final session.
Note, it is important to keep in mind that you may need a number of treatment sessions before your skin is encouraged to produce enough extra collagen to achieve your ideal results. Also, it is important to note that collagen induction therapy sessions are usually scheduled four to six weeks apart. Therefore, if you need six sessions, it can take up to 42 weeks for your final results to become apparent.
How Long the Results Last
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect the results of your treatment to last for at least six months. However, the longevity of your results depends significantly on the type of cosmetic concern you are treating. For instance, if you are using collagen induction therapy to erase scars, such as acne scars or stretch marks, you can expect your final results to last for the rest of your life.
You should also understand that the severity of the cosmetic concerns you are treating affects the longevity of your results. For instance, if you are treating enlarged pores, you can expect your ideal results to last for a long time. On the other hand, if you are treating moderate-to-severe wrinkles or loose skin, you may need a follow-up treatment every six months.
An Additional Note on the Longevity of Your Results
You should be aware that your age also plays a significant role in how long the results of your treatment will last. As you age, your skin produces collagen at an increasingly reduced rate. Typically, this starts around the age of 25. Unfortunately, since your skin needs collagen for self-healing and rejuvenation, your skin’s aging accelerates proportionally to the deceleration of the collagen production rate.
While you can’t do anything to stop the aging process, there are steps you can take to ensure that you don’t prematurely age your skin. For instance, wearing adequate sun protection when you go outside prevents UVC rays from destroying your collagen and slowing your skin’s ability to produce more collagen efficiently. Also, you can ensure that your skin is producing collagen as efficiently as possible by drinking plenty of water. Additionally, you can slow the skin aging process by:
- Moisturizing your skin daily
- Eating a nutritious diet
Who Is This Right for?
As a general rule of thumb, this treatment is right for fairly healthy adults who are concerned about the health and appearance of their skin. However, it isn’t right for everyone. For instance, the FDA has not approved this treatment for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or may be pregnant. To determine whether this treatment is right for you, it is imperative that you discuss your health and goals with one of our qualified professionals.
Learn More Today
If you want to improve the health and appearance of your skin, look no further than microneedling with the Rejuvapen NXT device or Aquagold fine touch. After just one treatment, you will notice significant improvements in the look and feel of your skin. After repeated treatments, your skin quality will improve even further.