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Collagen: Your Skin’s Structural Framework

Collagen is a protein that forms the structural framework of your skin, giving it strength, elasticity, and resilience. As you age, your body produces less collagen, resulting in thinning, sagging, and wrinkling of the skin. Sun exposure, pollution, and smoking can also accelerate collagen loss. Microneedling can stimulate collagen production by triggering the skin’s natural healing response, resulting in a firmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking complexion.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that involves using a device with tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. This stimulates the body’s natural healing response, leading to the production of new collagen and elastin fibers, as well as increased blood flow and cell turnover. Microneedling can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and even stretch marks. The procedure is safe and effective for all skin types.

Microneedling Treats:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
  • Stretch marks
  • Enlarged pores
  • Scars from injury or surgery
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven texture and rough skin
  • Loss of firmness and elasticity
  • Dull or lackluster complexion

Benefits of Microneedling:

  • Stimulates natural collagen production
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Enhances the absorption and effectiveness of skincare products
  • Safe and effective for all skin types
  • Minimal downtime and recovery period
  • Non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment
  • Can address specific concerns and areas of the face and body

How Microneedling Stimulates Collagen Production

Microneedling involves using tiny needles to create micro-channels in the skin’s surface, which triggers the body’s natural healing response. In particular, the micro-injuries stimulate the production of collagen and elastin fibers, two proteins that are essential for healthy skin.

As the skin heals, it creates new tissue, including collagen-rich connective tissue that improves skin texture, elasticity, and firmness. This increase in collagen production can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and scars, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

Boost Microneedling Results With PRP

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a natural serum derived from your own blood that contains a high concentration of growth factors and cytokines. When used in conjunction with microneedling, PRP can enhance the results by promoting tissue repair and regeneration. The growth factors in PRP can stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture while reducing inflammation and accelerating healing. PRP can improve the absorption of nutrients and other beneficial substances, resulting in more effective and longer-lasting treatment.

What To Expect From Your Microneedling Experience

Before the Treatment:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning beds for at least two weeks prior to the treatment
  • Do not use retinoid creams or exfoliants for at least one week before the treatment
  • Notify your provider if you have a history of cold sores or skin infections
  • Avoid blood thinners, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for several days before the treatment
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated in the days leading up to your appointment
  • Arrive at your appointment with a clean and makeup-free face

During the Treatment:

  • Your provider will first clean and prep your skin for the treatment
  • A topical numbing cream may be applied to minimize discomfort
  • The microneedling device will be moved over the skin’s surface to create tiny punctures
  • The depth and intensity of the needles can be adjusted based on your concerns
  • Mild discomfort or tingling may be felt during the treatment
  • The entire procedure takes between 30 minutes to an hour
  • After the treatment, a soothing serum may be applied to the skin

After the Treatment:

  • Avoid sun exposure and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Do not apply any makeup or skincare products that contain harsh chemicals or fragrances
  • You may experience mild redness, swelling, or tenderness in the treatment area
  • The post-treatment side effects should dissipate within a few hours or days
  • Some patients may experience slight bruising or pinpoint bleeding for a day
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, swimming, or hot tubs for at least 24 to 48 hours
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated to help your skin heal and regenerate
  • Follow your provider’s post-treatment instructions carefully
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Initiate Your Journey To Optimal Aesthetic Vitality

If you’re seeking a safe and effective way to rejuvenate your skin and enhance your natural beauty, microneedling may be the right choice. At Vitalogy in Cherry Creek North, our team is led by Alison Brown, a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in cosmetic treatments. With personalized microneedling sessions tailored to your unique needs, we can help you initiate your journey to optimal aesthetic vitality. Schedule your consultation today.

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