Are you unsatisfied with fine lines, acne, scarring, dark spots, or other common skin concerns? Do you want a simple treatment designed to boost collagen levels and create long-lasting skin health? If so, you could be an ideal candidate for microneedling. This skin-rejuvenating treatment is popular with patients of all ages thanks to its zero-downtime recovery period and natural, yet noticeable results. Our team at Knox Wellness Experience in Knoxville, TN, is proud to offer this treatment option to help you achieve your cosmetic goals.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a skin treatment designed to create micro-wounds in the top layers of the skin in order to stimulate fresh collagen growth and revitalize the surface of your skin. At our office, we use a Collagen PIN system to deliver results to our patients. This system uses a small pen outfitted with multiple sharp needles.
These sterile needles move at a rapid pace to puncture the skin, instantly triggering the body’s natural healing processes. Over the next several weeks, your skin will heal completely, areas of concern will be diminished, and you’ll notice that you have a new glow thanks to new collagen.
Why Is Collagen So Important?
Collagen is an essential structural protein in the skin. Its main purpose is to keep your skin smooth and firm, but it also acts as a repair protein when your skin experiences an injury. Over time, your collagen levels begin to drop as the aging process progresses. This can result in wrinkles, fine lines, and other concerns and may make you feel like you’ve lost your youthful appearance.
Microneedling harnesses your body’s healing power and stimulates new collagen growth to help repair the tiny wounds created by the treatment process. As a result, your skin becomes firmer and gains a more even tone and texture. With repeated treatments, our patients have seen concerns from acne scarring to moderate lines and wrinkles significantly improved thanks to this collagen-boosting treatment.
Which Concerns Can Be Addressed?
In general, this treatment transforms the overall appearance of your skin with just one session. However, we are also able to address specific skin-related issues over time. Here are some of the most popular concerns that can be improved with this treatment option:
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Lines and wrinkles caused by collagen breakdown may contribute to an older or more tired appearance. This treatment can help lift and tighten the skin, smoothing away lines and minimizing wrinkles over a matter of weeks.
Scars typically heal over time, but this process can take months or even years. Many patients want to see scarring from acne improved more quickly, and a collagen boost is one of the best ways to achieve this goal. Collagen helps lift even deep acne scars and restores a more even skin texture. This can greatly improve both your confidence and satisfaction with your appearance.
Acne breakouts are often associated with puberty, but they can continue well into adulthood. Most types of acne are the result of bacteria on and in the skin. This treatment helps clear your skin by creating micro-channels into the deeper layers of your skin, allowing skincare products to penetrate deeper and deliver acne-fighting nutrients to your pores. Many patients find that regular treatment sessions help them maintain clearer, smoother skin.
Tone and Texture
Dark spots, sun damage, and other tone or texture concerns can make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. This treatment helps achieve a more even tone and texture and healthier, brighter skin over several treatment sessions.
What Will My Skin Look Like After Treatment?
Immediately after your first appointment, you may look like you have a mild sunburn since your skin will still be noticeably flushed from the treatment process. This fades over the first 24-48 hours and, as your skin begins to heal, you will notice a new glow develop over several weeks.
This signals that fresh collagen is being produced. You should be able to see your areas of concern improve during this time as your skin becomes smoother and more luminous. With repeated treatments, you can expect to maintain your final results and ideal image with ease.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results will vary, but most patients find that the results of their treatment last 4-6 weeks. However, your results may be prolonged when this treatment is combined with skin care products or treatments designed to address specific areas of concern.
After 8-12 weeks, you can choose to pursue follow-up treatments to maintain your results and build on the collagen production of your first session.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you are a man or woman who wants to see your skin rejuvenated, you could be an ideal candidate for this treatment. You should be generally healthy and free from any skin conditions which may interact negatively with this treatment. This treatment may not be ideal for patients with severe lines, wrinkles, or scarring. If you have questions about your candidacy for treatment, our doctor can help you evaluate your specific concerns during an initial consultation.
What Can I Expect?
At our professional practice, every patient experiences a unique treatment process designed to help them achieve their ideal image. Here is an outline of a typical treatment process, which is overseen by our skilled staff members and can be adjusted to meet your individual needs:
We begin each treatment process with an initial consultation. This appointment allows you to meet with our doctor and discuss your goals for treatment, as well as ask any questions you may have about preparation, treatment, or recovery.
Our doctor will examine your skin and ask you about your areas of concern to determine whether this treatment is right for you. If you are approved for treatment, he may also recommend other products or treatment options that may enhance your final results in addition to a personalized treatment plan to keep you looking and feeling your best for the long term.
Since this treatment is minimally invasive, it does not require the same preparation process as a more invasive treatment or procedure. You will be able to take most of your normal medications and use your regular skincare products. We do recommend that you stop taking anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin at least 1 week before your first treatment. This will help decrease your risk of bruising and bleeding during your microneedling session.
In addition, you should plan to avoid alcoholic beverages for 24-48 hours before treatment and keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water instead. For the week leading up to your first treatment, you should keep your skin calm and healthy by avoiding any new makeup or skincare products that may result in breakouts or irritation.
Due to the nature of this treatment, your skin should be free of any infection, active acne breakout, or other irritation before your appointment. You should also try to stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible to avoid sunburn and to protect your skin from more serious sun-related concerns, such as fine lines, dark spots, and skin cancer.
Your first treatment will begin with our trained provider cleansing your skin and applying a topical numbing agent, which will help ensure your comfort throughout the appointment. Once your skin feels numb, our provider will use the handheld PIN pen to begin treating the target areas. Most patients report that this process is completely painless.
Depending on the number of areas treated, your appointment could take just 15-45 minutes in total, giving you time to complete this cosmetic treatment in the midst of your busy schedule. Once your treatment is finished, our provider will apply a soothing serum. If you desire, other restorative serums and products can be added during this stage to maximize the skin-refreshing process and deliver even more dramatic results.
You will be able to return to your normal activities immediately after treatment. Your recovery will involve zero downtime, and our provider will give you any special instructions to follow during the healing process before you leave our office.
For the first 24 hours, you should avoid sun exposure as your skin begins to heal. You should also plan to wait at least 24 hours before heading to the gym or completing a strenuous workout at home. You should also avoid pools, saunas, or hot tubs for 72 hours. You can apply your normal skincare products shortly after treatment, but we recommend waiting 24 hours to wear a full face of makeup.
Over the first 4-5 days, you can expect to see your skin heal and gain a healthy, luminous glow, which will continue to develop as new collagen is produced over the next several weeks. You should plan to take advantage of the first few days after your microneedling appointment. Your skin will be at the height of its healing process and will instantly absorb any skincare products, masks, or serums you apply.
You should plan to avoid exfoliants or peels for at least 72 hours, as these products can irritate your healing skin. You can check with our staff if you have questions about which products or treatments are best to use during this recovery period.
Your final results, which will develop over the first 2-3 weeks, typically last 4-6 weeks after treatment as new collagen is produced and helps smooth and firm the skin. During this process, you will notice concerns like fine lines, scarring, and dark spots noticeably improve as your skin is rejuvenated.
Most patients also report that their skin maintains a youthful glow as the skin absorbs nourishing products and regenerates from the inside-out. Many patients find that their results last even longer when their session is combined with additional treatments designed to address specific concerns like wrinkles or skin tone.
After 4-6 weeks, you may notice some of your original concerns returning. If desired, you can schedule follow-up treatments beginning 8-12 weeks after your first appointment. This period allows your skin to heal fully between sessions. Our patients find that with regular treatments, their skin can improve steadily as new collagen is produced after each session, offering a brand-new support structure and creating that attractive glow. Thanks to the pain-free treatment and no-downtime recovery, it’s both easy and convenient to make regular microneedling sessions part of your routine to maintain your ideal image.
Contact Us Today!
Don’t let your skin concerns impact the way you feel about your appearance any longer. No matter your age, microneedling can restore a healthy, youthful glow to your skin. If you’re ready to learn more about how these treatments can transform your skin, contact our team of experts at Knox Wellness Experience in Knoxville, TN, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you!