What Causes Outward Signs of Aging?When we’re young, our skin has a lot going for it. To start, our levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid are at an all-time high. These are the powerhouses that give young skin its vibrancy, smooth surface, and taut appearance. Around the time we turn 18, we lose 1% of production per year after that—smoking and sun damage further deplete our levels.
Collagen is responsible for the structure of our skin and its thick, stable and youthful appearance. Elastin keeps our skin elastic and bouncing back into place, so it remains firm, while the complex sugar hyaluronic acid attracts and keeps moisture so our complexion looks and feels dewy and supple.
Young skin can stave off the days of forgetting sunscreen or a genetic disposition to skin laxity, but as time passes, the signs inevitably show. When our skin structure breaks down, volume is lost and our skin falls to fill in those voids, creating wrinkles. Years in the sun show up as brown spots, and dead, dull and damaged cells give our skin an uneven tone and texture.
What Is Microneedling?Microneedling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy, is an innovative way to trigger your body’s production of collagen. SkinPen is the only FDA approved microneedling device and is used to rejuvenate the skin at a deeper level than other facial treatments. The device is equipped with a series of hair-thin microneedles. Your skincare specialist will gently pass the pen over your skin as it makes a series of micro-channels.
These micro-channels trigger the deeper layers of your skin to start its natural healing process by stimulating crucial cells in the dermis and epidermis including:
- Keratinocytes—skin cells
- Melanocytes—pigment cells
- Fibroblasts—collagen-producing cells
When these cells are regenerated, the skin becomes more vibrant. This treatment can deliver results like:
- Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improved and more even skin tone and texture
- Reduction of acne and acne scarring
- Reduction of hyperpigmentation
- Reduction in the appearance of sun damage and age spots
- Overall restored brightness
What Is PRP?PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and its benefits are making it a popular choice on its own, but when partnered with microneedling, it becomes more effective. PRP is derived from a small sample of the patient’s own blood that is placed in a centrifuge to separate this plasma from the rest of the blood.
PRP has a lot of the same properties as stem cells, filled with hundreds of proteins called “growth factors”. These properties promote new cell growth and healing.
Plasma is the first substance your body sends to the site of an injury, so when placed on the skin during PRP microneedling, it triggers the rest of your body’s healing process.
Why Choose PRP Microneedling?During PRP microneedling, the micro-channels act as a direct line for the PRP to reach deeper layers of your skin. When those layers are triggered to produce collagen, they regenerate new and healthy cells that replace the dull, dead and damaged top layer.
Fine Line and WrinklesThis treatment works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles because the newly produced collagen goes to work on restoring strength and structure to deeper layers of skin. The result is smoother and tighter looking skin.
Acne ScarringAcne scars or “pits” are created by cystic acne that forms in a deeper layer of skin. When the cyst resolves, there is a gap left between the upper and lower layers of the skin, resulting in a concave scar or pockmark. As collagen is produced, it moves in to fill those voids, which gives previously scarred skin a smoother look and feel.
Uneven ToneWhether because of sun damage, age or other pigmentation issues, PRP microneedling works to remove those spots by replacing the discolored skin cells with regenerated, fresh cells. Skin tone is evened, revealing a brighter, even and vibrant complexion.
Hair GrowthPRP on its own can also treat areas where the client would like to stimulate hair growth. This innovative treatment for hair restoration is applied to the scalp where the plasma promotes healthy hair growth on a cellular level.
What to ExpectAfter you and your skincare specialist develop a treatment plan designed to help you achieve your ideal results, there’s no prep needed. You may be asked to pause taking blood-thinning supplements and over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin for a week before treatment. Plan for your session to last up to an hour.
The Day of TreatmentOn the day of your treatment, your provider will apply a numbing agent to your skin to maximize your comfort during the session. While the numbing agent goes to work, they will take a sample of your blood from your arm.
Once your skin is numb, the SkinPen will be gently passed over the treatment area. They will then apply the PRP over the surface of your skin. It’s then the plasma will travel down the newly made micro-channels into the deeper levels of your skin.
After your treatment, you can resume your normal daily activities immediately. Some clients have this done on their lunch break and go back to work right after. While some clients may get the results they desire after just one treatment, others may opt for multiple sessions, booked 30 days apart to maximize their outcome.
ResultsImmediately afterward, you’ll notice a refreshed and glowing top layer. The real results continue to improve over the next few weeks as collagen is building up and regenerating skin cells—fine lines, wrinkles, and scars start to diminish.
The more sessions you receive, the better your results. Once you’ve achieved your optimal results, your provider can recommend a follow-up schedule, so your results are seamless.
Who Is a Good Candidate?Any adult in generally good health with concerns associated with aging and complexion imperfections could be a good candidate. Only your skincare specialist can determine if this is the right solution for you. This can be a great recommendation for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Dull complexion
- Acne scarring
Because there is no heat involved, this is safe for all skin tones and types. If you’re having an active acne breakout, call ahead because your provider may want to reschedule until your flare-up subsides.
Comprehensive Treatment PlanAfter a consultation with your skincare specialist, they may recommend several treatments to address all your needs. Many treatments are available to address any concerns you may have.
BotoxThe most recognizable of these injectables is BOTOX. BOTOX is an FDA approved neuromodulator injectable designed to treat and prevent moderate-to-severe wrinkles and lines. BOTOX and other treatments like it address wrinkles at the source—movement. We make the same expressions our whole lives with specific muscles. Over time, the skin over those muscles becomes a road map showing a pattern of wrinkles to match the expression.
BOTOX is a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and, once injected into targeted muscles, it prevents signals from the nerve reaching the muscle. When the muscle’s impulse to move is halted or diminished, the muscle relaxes. A relaxed muscle gives the skin on top of it a chance to smooth out, reducing or eliminating wrinkles.
Similar TreatmentsOther brands like Xeomin and Dysport are similar and can provide comparable results. After treatment, results can take up to a week to be seen and can last 3-4 months. Wrinkle relaxers are a great solution for problem areas like:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Bunny lines
Dermal FillersIf you’re looking for an immediate and long-lasting solution to signs of aging like moderate-to-severe folds, lines, and wrinkles or thinning lips and lost volume in specific areas of your face, dermal fillers may be the right solution for you. Some dermal fillers are made of a smooth gel form of hyaluronic acid—the natural complex sugar in your body that plumps and hydrates your skin.
What It DoesAn injection can replace lost volume in deep folds and lines, giving your face a soft and renewed plumpness, erasing lines and wrinkles. Thinning lips can be filled out with a dermal filler, and they’re made to help you achieve natural results without calling attention to “work” being done. Fillers can also eliminate the vertical lines around the lips that make lipstick and gloss bleed.
Finally, as we age, we can lose volume in areas like our cheeks, cheekbones, temples and under the eye. Some dermal fillers can add back volume that’s been lost and revive a youthful contour and profile. Natural plumpness can replace the sunken and bony look age can bring about. Because many fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, they not only fill but also increase the hydration of the skin.
Skin ResurfacingThere are several options for helping to revive a dull and problematic complexion. Your skincare specialist can recommend the best option to rejuvenate your appearance.
Chemical PeelsPeels are a great way to uncover fresh and glowing skin. The peel is applied, and after treatment, the top layer of your skin will peel away along with the dead, dull and damaged skin cells that were hindering your appearance. Results continue to improve as collagen produces stronger and healthier skin cells.
MicrodermabrasionIn this treatment, a handheld device equipped with micro-crystals that gently sand away dead cells, debris, and other impurities is passed over your skin. A youthful and radiant complexion is the result and makes microdermabrasion a successful anti-aging treatment. It’s effective in dealing with:
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dark spots
- Acne scarring
- Dull complexion