For many people, the desire to turn back the clock on aging is all too real. Fortunately, there are many facial rejuvenation treatments to choose from. At Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics in Port Moody, BC, we offer microneedling as a safe and highly effective treatment for improving skin texture and tone. This therapy involves using tiny needles that are passed over the skin to help increase collagen production, resulting in increased cell turnover and improved epidermal structure.
How Long Does Microneedling Take?
The appointment itself typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. During the appointment, a specialist will clean the area being treated, apply a numbing cream if desired, and then perform the actual prp microneedling treatment using a handheld device. The amount of time spent in the doctor’s office can vary slightly depending on factors such as the size of the area being treated, or whether additional treatments, such as PRP facial injections, are being done during the same visit.
It typically takes about four weeks to see results from this facial rejuvenation treatment. However, the time frame can differ based on individual skin type. In general, though, most people will start to see more significant changes over four to six weeks after they’ve had their first treatment session.
Although optimal results will be visible within four to six weeks following treatment, some individuals may need periodic maintenance sessions to maintain the benefits of this cosmetic technique. It’s crucial that you discuss your expectations with us prior to having any treatment so that we can provide you with advice on what type of results you can expect from each session as well as how often you should plan on returning for touch-ups.
Benefits of Microneedling
Reduces Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Wrinkles and fine lines usually begin to appear on the face, neck, and hands, as well as other areas that are exposed to the sun. This is because ultraviolet radiation from sunlight breaks down elastin and collagen in the skin, leaving it less elastic and more prone to wrinkling. Wrinkles and fine lines can sometimes appear as early as our mid-20s if we spend too much time in the sun.
Many people find wrinkles and fine lines concerning because they give the impression of being older than one’s actual age. When left untreated, wrinkles often deepen over time due to factors like prolonged exposure to sunlight, stress, smoking, alcohol consumption, and other lifestyle habits. Wrinkles and fine lines are part of the natural aging process, but if you act quickly before they become too entrenched in your skin, there’s still time for some corrective action.
At Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics, we specialize in a number of facial rejuvenation treatments that are designed to target wrinkles and fine lines. During an initial consultation with our experienced practitioners, we will assess your skin needs before recommending the best treatment for you.
Depending on your individual requirements, this could involve a combination of skin induction therapy with PRP injections. These treatments work together to stimulate collagen production below the skin’s surface, which helps reduce existing wrinkles and fine lines while also preventing further signs of ageing from developing.
Minimizes Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are a type of scarring that occurs when the skin suddenly stretches and is unable to recover properly. They can appear as indented lines in various parts of the body, including the abdomen, breasts, arms, thighs and buttocks. When newly formed, stretch marks can have a reddish or purple hue. Over time, the marks may fade to a white or silver color.
How Stretch Marks Form
Stretch marks typically occur when collagen production decreases in the dermis layer of the skin. The dermis contains elastin fibers that give flexibility to skin tissue. When these fibers become stretched too far or too quickly due to weight gain or rapid growth, collagen production is not able to keep up with the stretching demand placed upon it. This causes small micro-tears in this layer of skin.
With collagen production already disrupted, the skin heals without fully restoring the original layer of smoothness. This leaves behind visible scarring known as stretch marks.
When new collagen is produced, it helps to fill out wrinkles or grooves that form due to stretched skin, making them look smoother and less visible over time. Additionally, increased production of this supportive protein helps strengthen the dermis layer of your skin, so it can better resist damage from stretching or trauma. Therefore, inducing collagen production can be an effective means of reducing the visibility of stretch marks for a smooth and uniform complexion.
Reduces Acne Scars
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that can manifest itself in various ways, including whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, and pustules. It is caused by the accumulation of excess oil, dirt, and bacteria on the skin. Hormonal changes such as during puberty or pregnancy can also cause acne.
Acne typically heals with time and/or treatment. However, it often leaves behind discolored or raised scars that can be difficult to treat. Picking at pimples can also accelerate the formation of the scars. Additionally, as acne flares up more frequently over time, the number of scars left behind will also increase. This leaves the skin looking spotty and uneven.
When collagen production is increased, your body’s natural process of breaking down scar tissue accelerates. This helps reduce the oversized scars left behind from acne. Moreover, collagen induction therapy works by creating microchannels in the skin that improve the flow of blood and nutrients to scarred tissues. This encourages skin regeneration for a refreshed complexion.
Tightens Enlarged Pores
Skin pores are tiny openings in the surface of our skin, which release sweat and oil. Enlarged pores occur when sebum (oil) and other substances accumulate in the pore, stretching it out and making it appear larger than normal. The most common cause of enlarged pores is genetics, but there are also environmental factors that can contribute to their development.
Sun damage, oily skin, smoking, poor hygiene, bacteria on the skin’s surface, cosmetic products, and hormonal changes can all increase oil production and lead to larger pores. Enlarged pores can affect your skin health in multiple ways. First, they can make your skin look aged by giving it a coarse texture and a dull tone. Additionally, they can trap dirt and bacteria, which can cause inflammation and acne breakouts.
Unfortunately, enlarged pores will not return to normal size without intervention. Increasing collagen production helps to tighten and decrease pore size. As a result, dirt and oil have fewer opportunities to build up inside the pores. This lightens the load on the skin’s surface for a clearer complexion that’s much less likely to experience breakouts.
Corrects Pigment Issues
Common pigment issues that can be addressed with collagen induction therapy include hyperpigmentation, age spots, and melasma. Hyperpigmentation is caused by higher production of melanin in certain areas of the skin, often resulting from overexposure to UV radiation or hormone imbalances. Age spots are generally associated with aging and result from years of cumulative sun damage.
Melasma is caused by an irregular distribution of melanin due to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy or while taking certain medications.
Increased collagen production helps to address these pigment issues in two ways. Firstly, by increasing collagen levels, the skin can become more resilient, making it less prone to pigment-related issues such as age spots. Secondly, increased collagen production benefits your skin by boosting your nutrient supply. This not only nourishes and hydrates your skin cells, but it also encourages the regeneration of healthy ones that have the correct pigmentation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Microneedling?
This treatment is suitable for all skin types, making it an ideal option for anyone looking to combat the signs of aging. If you’re interested in exploring whether this skin rejuvenation technique is right for you, the best thing to do is schedule a consultation with us. During this meeting, we will evaluate your skin to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate. We will also discuss how many sessions may be necessary for achieving desired results.
Improve the Look and Health of Your Skin
If you’re interested in finding out more about this treatment and how it could help improve the look and health of your skin, contact Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics in Port Moody, BC, today. We are a team of experienced aesthetic professionals and will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan that meets your individual needs while ensuring optimal safety throughout every step of the process.