Collagen Induction Treatments: Microneedling
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It doesn’t come as a surprise that younger-looking skin is favoured over skin that has lost its elasticity and fullness over the years, but one pressing question is what procedure works best for replenishing lost collagen and achieving a tighter, more supple and full aesthetic to the face?
Collagen, as you may already know from the many ‘collagen-inducing’ skincare on the market, is what keeps our skin from losing its tight appearence. Here at Aesthetics of Liverpool, we have several collagen induction treatments that work wonders when a client is looking to turn back the clock on their skin. Today, we’re going to be speaking about Microneedling, and how and why this collagen induction therapy is one of the most effective in the industry.
What Happens During Microneedling?
Microneedling was first carried out in 1997 as a substitute for other collagen production treatments that carry a little more risk, and downtime; French physician, Michael Pistor, was among one of the first supporters of collagen induction therapy. Microneedling is able to achieve the same results as Skin Peels or going under the knife, without the added risk of scarring, and the shredding of skin which medium to deeper skin peels can cause. For skin peels, the renewing process is how new collagen is produced because peels stimulate the fibroblasts, which then work to heal the wounded skin, but this can be deterring for some clients.
Instead, Microneedling may be their preferred option. Microneedling works by a specialised device micro-puncturing the skin to disrupt the collagen strands that have already previously developed in order to stimulate new. Disrupting doesn’t mean having a significant damaging impact on the dermis; instead, by only disrupting the collagen, the healing process begins at full force. During the healing process, fibroblasts are produced which work to reconnect the tissue and synthesise collagen.
From this process, the skin is also hydrated; the micropunctures distribute polyproteins in the epidermis, which in turn with water, causes hydration. Post-procedure, the new collagen synthesis derives from the healing process that naturally takes place; fibroblasts and keratinocyte are both composed, which together, produce monocytes that cause epithelialisation and type three collagen, elastin, polyproteins and proteoglycans.
This will then continue during collagenases until the new collagen turns from type three to type one; thus, tightening the skin. Growth factors also play a role in this conversion, too; TGF-B3 is involved in the healing process which conducts normal collagen. TGF-B3 is a protein that can develop these cells, thus thoroughly replenishing the top layer of the skin, leaving little risk of scarring.
The procedure itself takes around 40 minutes, and it is recommended that a client undergoes a minimum of six sessions so that they receive optimum results; these are usually carried out once every four weeks, but our doctors will advise you on what will work best for you. Most clients explain that Microneedling is hugely comfortable; this is due to topical anaesthetic cream being administered to numb the skin prior to the treatment.
The Results of Microneedling
In terms of the results of microneedling or as it is also known as, Collagen Induction Therapy treatments, you should expect to see the difference after just one week, and this will only progress over time, leaving your skin smoother, tighter, rejuvenated and plump. After the 3rd or 4th treatment, most of our clients have reported that it has also had a significant effect on turning back the clock on their skin. This treatment is suitable for all genders, ethnicities and skin types.
Once completed and to ensure that our clients are given the best possible outcome, a strict skincare routine made up of products that are high in Vitamin A and C are to be used consistently. These products will improve on the new collagen production, as well as increase the thickness of the overall treated area.
Not only that, but it is asked that clients do not wear make-up for 24 hours post-procedure, and hot temperatures are avoided. Ensure that if you are touching the treated area sensitively, your hands are clean. Sun protection will also be imperative to protect the treated skin from UV rays.
As no injury is caused to the epidermis, side effects and downtime are somewhat minimal but could be and are not limited to dryness/flaking of the skin, redness and tightness.
Are you looking for collagen induction treatments in Liverpool? Here at Aesthetics of Liverpool, we only perform the most cutting-edge and reliable procedures that we know will make a significant difference to a clients confidence and more importantly, their life. We make it our mission to provide our clients with bespoke treatment plans so that we only offer them the most beneficial treatments tailored entirely to them.
Get in contact with us today on 0151 203 1393 or through our website to book your consultation with us. There you will be given the full details of Microneedling, and a skin assessment to ensure that it is the right treatment for you; you will also be able to ask us any questions that you may have.