If you want to improve your skin but want to do so naturally, there is a treatment that gives you youthful, glowing skin by capitalizing on your body’s healing powers. At Refine U MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK, we offer collagen induction therapy in the form of microneedling sessions as a way to help our clients achieve the best skin possible without having to undergo invasive treatments or endure the application of harsh chemicals.
What Should You Do Before and After a Microneedling Session?
You will get transformative results from your microneedling session, but you play a part in controlling the outcome of your treatment. It is important that you follow some simple directives before and after your treatment to prepare your skin and care for it post-treatment to make sure that you aren’t left with angry, irritated, red skin after your session.
Preparing Your Skin for Treatment
While this list may seem extensive, the pre-treatment instructions are simple and are only temporary. Following these directives will ensure that your skin is ready for treatment and responds well to this collagen induction therapy. The goal of this treatment is to improve the current state of the skin and address problem areas, not create new ones. By avoiding certain products and abstaining from the sun, you can rest assured you will get the best results.
Avoid Exfoliating Products
Many exfoliating products strip the skin of the essential protective barrier that keeps it calm, protects it from harmful bacteria, and helps keep inflammation at bay. When you schedule your treatment, avoid exfoliating products one week before your appointment so that your skin is calm, protected, and ready for treatment.
Temporarily Discontinue the Use of Certain Topical Products
Even though your nightly routine may be like a religious ceremony, you’ll need to temporarily adjust your topical products in the week leading up to your treatment. Avoid the use of topical products that contain active ingredients, such as alpha-hydroxy acids, retinoids, chemical exfoliants, or topical antibiotics. These products increase the sensitivity of your skin, which produces the opposite effect necessary to prepare the skin for treatment.
Some swear by Accutane and claim that it’s the only thing that has helped them get clear skin. While Accutane may be effective, it creates the opposite skin environment necessary for a successful microneedling session. If you are interested in scheduling this treatment, you must temporarily discontinue the use of Accutane medication for at least six months before treatment to get the best results.
Stay Out of the Sun
Sunburned skin is red, angry, inflamed, and not suitable for a microneedling session. Avoid sun exposure 24 hours before your treatment, and make sure that your skin does not get sunburned in the week leading up to your appointment. If you are exposed to the sun, wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen suitable for the face to keep yourself protected from the elements. Doing so will be an investment in your future treatment results.
Schedule Your Treatment Around Botox Appointments
If you undergo regular Botox treatments, you need to wait to schedule your collagen induction therapy treatment until at least two weeks after your Botox appointment. This will make sure that you get the best results from your injectable treatment, as well as your microneedling treatment.
The Day of Your Appointment
On the day of your appointment, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and show up to your treatment with clean skin free of make-up or products. Doing so will make sure that you are fully prepared to begin your treatment as soon as you get there. If you are unable to show up with a make-up-free face because you’re coming straight from work or another event to your appointment, we will be able to cleanse your skin for you.
Taking Care of Your Skin Post-Treatment
Your skin post-treatment is like a sponge. It has been perforated with tiny micro-channels, which has opened it up to better absorb products, especially those fortified with nutrient-rich ingredients. Taking care of your skin post-treatment is essential to getting the best results and helping your skin recover from the micro-injuries created during your session.
Continue to Avoid Certain Topical Products
Don’t go home after your appointment and apply any of those topical products that you’ve been avoiding just yet. Continue to refrain from using active products, including alpha-hydroxy acids, any products containing retinoids such as Retin-A or other Vitamin A products, and products containing Vitamin C for at least three days post-treatment. After a few days, you can continue to use these products without having to worry about irritating your skin.
Avoid the Sun
In the same way that you need to avoid the sun before treatment, you also need to avoid it post-treatment for at least 48 hours. Avoid unnecessary sunlight, and when you are exposed to the sun, even if simply walking to and from your car in a driveway or parking lot, wear a hat, sunglasses, and a chemical-free sunscreen to protect your skin.
Stay Out of the Pool
Due to the chemicals present in pool water, you should avoid swimming for at least 24 hours post-treatment. These chemicals can penetrate and irritate your skin which is vulnerable to all outside elements immediately after treatment. Once those 24 hours have passed, you can swim as much as you’d like. If you are a regular swimmer and staying out of the pool is not possible, wait to schedule your appointment until you can avoid swimming.
Avoid Strenuous Exercise
Try to avoid exercising in a gym-setting for 24 hours post-treatment. Sweat and the possibility of coming into contact with harmful bacteria are two reasons to avoid a gym setting the day following your treatment. The salt in your sweat may irritate your open skin and will act as an inhibitor to the healing process. Opt for light exercises that won’t irritate your skin for at least 24 hours.
What Is Microneedling?
As the skin ages, collagen and elastin production within the body begins to decrease. The result is aged-looking skin that has fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling helps reverse the signs of aging by forcing the body to naturally increase collagen and elastin production through a controlled injury. Once the skin is injured, the body responds by increasing collagen and elastin production in the area, which plumps the skin, adds volume, and heals issues within the skin.
What Kinds of Skin Issues Does It Treat?
Fine lines and wrinkles
Aging-related skin issues
Does It Hurt?
Since the word needle is involved in the name of this treatment, you are probably wondering if there is pain involved. Prior to your treatment, a topical numbing gel will be applied to your skin in order to reduce any discomfort during the treatment. You can rest assured that our skincare experts will take every precaution and measure to keep you as comfortable as possible and pain-free during your treatment.
What Are the Main Benefits?
This treatment has many benefits. It will improve the quality of the skin, it requires no downtime, and it capitalizes on the body’s healing capabilities to improve the skin without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins, or irritating products. It is noninvasive and increases collagen and elastin production.
How Soon Will I See Results From This Treatment?
You will see an improvement in your skin in the days following your treatment and your skin will continue to improve over the course of the next several weeks, especially when you undergo regular sessions. Collagen production takes time, but when that production does kick in, you won’t miss it. You’ll experience glowing, plump, smooth skin that has an improved tone and texture.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The total number of sessions required will vary from one person to the next. People choose this treatment for very different skin-related issues. Those who are looking to reduce scars may require more sessions for results than those who simply want to improve their skin. During your initial consultation, we will develop a treatment plan that will best suit your needs and help you meet your ultimate skin goals.
Am I a Candidate for This Treatment?
- You have active acne breakouts on your face
You are currently experiencing a skin infection
You have moderate to severe eczema
You are undergoing anticoagulant therapy
It has been less than two weeks since your last Botox treatment