Do you think your skin tone could be improved? Are you self-conscious about the texture of your skin? Do you wish there was a quick, painless scar treatment that actually worked? If so, microneedling at MD Age Management in Winter Park, FL may be a good fit for you. Also known as collagen induction therapy, this cosmetic treatment can provide a number of benefits. Keep reading to learn more about it, including how often your skin can be treated.
How Often Can You Get Microneedling?
You can get microneedling every four to six weeks depending on your age, the severity of your cosmetic concerns, your overall skin health, and other factors. Another question we are often asked about collagen induction therapy is how often one should come in for treatment.
If you are trying to address moderate cosmetic concerns, you may need four to six treatment sessions to achieve your desired results. If this is the case, you should come in every four to six weeks until your concerns have been addressed fully. Once you achieve your desired results, you can generally expect to need follow-up treatments two to four times per year.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Are you at least 22 years of age? Are you interested in improving the health, appearance, and feel of your skin? If so, you are probably a good microneedling candidate. However, you need to come in for a consultation to confirm your candidacy. Several factors affect whether you will qualify, including the concerns you are trying to treat, your health, and whether you can follow all preparation and aftercare guidelines.
What Concerns Can Collagen Induction Therapy Address?
Collagen induction therapy can be used to correct cosmetic concerns caused by collagen loss. For example, it can tighten loose, sagging skin and eliminate lines, wrinkles, and folds. It can also improve the texture and tone of your skin significantly. Additionally, it can also treat other problems by boosting localized collagen production, including stretch marks, acne scars, surgical scars, and trauma scars.
Moreover, it can unclog and shrink the pores in the treatment area, regulating sebum production and preventing whitehead and blackhead outbreaks. Collagen induction therapy can also reduce your chance of having other types of acne outbreaks because unclogged pores make topical acne prevention medication more effective.
What Health Conditions Will Disqualify Me From Treatment?
You should strongly consider holding off on this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The FDA has not approved this treatment for such cases. Furthermore, you will not be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you are suffering from an acute illness or certain types of skin irritation, like a sunburn, at the time of your appointment. Chronic health conditions that will preclude you from treatment include:
- Blood clotting disorders
- Heart disease
What Preparation Guidelines Will I Need To Follow?
One of the most important preparation guidelines to adhere to is to not take anything that can affect your blood’s ability to clot. In addition to avoiding the consumption of NSAIDs, you need to refrain from taking MAOIs, a type of antidepressant that is known to cause blood thinning in some individuals. Just make sure you talk to your prescribing psychiatrist before you stop taking it to make sure it will be safe for you. Other pharmaceuticals to avoid include:
- Vitamin E supplements
- Fatty acid supplements (like fish oil)
- Ginkgo biloba supplements
It is also very important that you take steps to prevent skin irritation, like trying to avoid direct sunlight between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. We will discuss your health history thoroughly in addition to your present health during your initial consultation. This may affect the preparation steps you will need to take. Other steps you should be aware of include:
- Eating nutritiously
- Wearing comfy clothes
- Not smoking
- Not drinking alcohol
What Aftercare Guidelines Will I Need To Follow?
For the first week following your treatment session, it is of the utmost importance that you do not scrub or rub the treatment area vigorously. It is also extremely important that you do not exfoliate your skin during the first week post-treatment. This guideline applies to both mechanical and chemical exfoliation methods. Another very important step to take is to refrain from exercise for 24 to 48 hours post-treatment.
Another very important post-treatment care guideline you will need to follow is to keep your skin hydrated. A two-pronged approach works best. Keep your epidermis hydrated by moisturizing once or twice daily, ideally after a cold shower. Also, consume enough hydrating fluids that your urine is pale.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Microneedling sessions can be scheduled every four to six weeks until the desired results are achieved. After that, you should only need to come in for touch-ups every six months or so. That said, some people need to come in quarterly. If you are in the Orlando, FL area, contact us today at MD Age Management in Winter Park, FL to schedule your initial consultation and confirm whether this treatment is appropriate for you.