No matter what our age, almost everyone can look in the mirror and see imperfections they wish could be changed or minimized. Whether it’s fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, minor skin laxity or old acne scars, you don’t have to live with the discomfort they cause you. The caring and experienced staff of specialists at Newport Face N Body Medical Spa in Irvine, CA are ready to guide you to the perfect treatment plan to meet your needs, including microneedling.
What Causes the Outward Signs of Aging?
When we’re young, our skin has everything going for it. Our production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid is at its peak. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and is responsible for the structure and strength of our skin, keeping it shapely and taut. Elastin prevents our skin from stretching out, keeping it in place for a smooth surface. Hyaluronic acid is the complex sugar that attracts moisture, keeping our skin dewy and supple.
After we turn 18, our production of these powerhouses declines by about 1% each year, and while that may not seem significant, our skin tells us it is. When collagen production slows, we lose structure to our skin. Gaps that used to have plumping hyaluronic acid cause voids that our skin falls into, creating wrinkles. The lost elastin creates fine lines and lax skin and, overall, our body’s inability to regenerate cells as quickly means we’ll see pigmentation and texture issues.
If collagen is the key to youthful-looking skin, what can we do to replenish it? The key is to trigger the healing response of our bodies, which will amp up the production of collagen. One effective and popular solution is microneedling.
What Is Microneedling?
Also referred to as collagen induction therapy, microneedling uses a small, handheld pen that contains fine needles to perforate the skin. As the pen is gently passed over the skin, it creates micro-channels. These micro-channels trick the body into thinking it’s been injured, even though it won’t look or feel like it.
Once the healing process begins, collagen is sent to repair the microscopic damage. This repairing process regenerates cells to create a fresher, brighter and more youthful looking complexion. Collagen fibers fill in those voids where wrinkles formed, decreasing their appearance. Even acne scars can be treated because the concave pits left by cystic acne will be filled in, over time, with new collagen.
Micro-channels also allow for an easier absorption of facial skincare products and other complementary treatments. While these channels are open, your skin can benefit from nourishing skincare better than it could before, which will only help to extend results.
What to Expect
Once you and your skincare expert have decided on the right course of treatment to help you achieve your ultimate vision for yourself, there is no preparation needed. They might ask you to pause taking blood-thinning supplements and over-the-counter medications like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen to lessen the already small likelihood of any bruising.
On the day of your treatment, your provider will apply a topical numbing agent to your skin to maximize your comfort during your session. The microneedling pen will be gently maneuvered over targeted areas. Afterward, depending on any additional treatments you’ve elected to do, you can go right back to your daily routine with no downtime. Many clients schedule this treatment on a lunch break and can go back to work immediately after.
You must be diligent about applying sunscreen while you’re healing because your skin will be more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays and burn more easily than before. Your results will only get better as the days go by and your collagen production ramps up.
What Does Microneedling Treat?
What’s wonderful about collagen induction therapy is how universally helpful it is. Collagen is responsible for our skin looking great and staying resilient, so when its level increases, it improves the overall health of our skin. You’ll see a marked improvement in areas of concern like:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Acne scarring
- Minor skin laxity
- Sun damage and age spots
- Large pores and blackheads
- Stretch marks
- Overall dullness
- Surgical scars
Most clients can see plumpness to their skin immediately after treatment. This is your body responding by sending healing plasma and collagen. Over the next week, you’ll see the dull, dry and dead cells slough away to reveal brighter, smoother and more evenly toned skin.
This treatment improves circulation and oxygenation, which adds to an overall glowing complexion. Because your body is creating new, healthier skin cells, all your imperfections and signs of aging will be positively affected. Some clients will see the results they want after just one treatment, while others may opt for three or more treatments to optimize their results and stave off further signs of aging.
If you follow your skincare specialist’s recommendation for follow-up and maintenance sessions, your results can be seamless and even continue to get better, because they’re cumulative.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Because this is a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment, most people with skin concerns are good candidates. If you’re unhappy with the way aging is changing your skin’s appearance, tone and texture, talk to your skincare expert about this treatment. If you experience an active acne flareup close to your appointment date, call the office. Your provider may want to wait for your flareup to subside before proceeding.
This may not be the only treatment suggested in your comprehensive treatment plan. Depending on your areas of concern, overall shape and quality of your skin and your desired outcomes, they may recommend other rejuvenating treatments.
Skin Rejuvenating Treatments
As part of a comprehensive plan to address the signs of aging and imperfections most concerning to you, a combination of one or more treatments may be recommended.
A chemical peel is a specialized skin resurfacing technique designed to reset the appearance and health of your skin. A unique chemical solution is applied to your skin, and it gently lifts and exfoliates away the top layer of debris and dead and dull skin cells. This triggers collagen to regenerate healthier cells, unveiling a smoother, younger, brighter and glowing complexion.
How It Can Help
Peels can be formulated to achieve different depths in the skin depending on the person and area of concern to be treated. Chemical peels are a great, non-surgical solution for both men and women unhappy with the signs of aging, skin damage and imperfections. A provider may recommend peels to clients who want to achieve:
- Smooth and even skin texture and tone
- A softening of fine lines and wrinkles
- A correction of hyperpigmentation
- Reduced hypopigmentation
- Treated melasma
- A glowing complexion
Perfect for even the most sensitive of skin types, hydrodermabrasion uses water jets to break up and remove the outer layer of dull skin. If you look in the mirror and think you look tired when you’re not or just feel your complexion has lost its glow, this can be the rejuvenation your skin is craving.
For an added benefit, oxygen infusion can be added to this treatment. Once the hydrodermabrasion treatment is complete, your skin is better able to accept nutrients and oxygen because the layer of dead skin cells isn’t blocking their absorption. Infusing oxygen encourages collagen production, aids in detoxification and speeds up cell turnover.
How It Can Help
This is a great treatment for any skin type wanting to repair aging, blemished, discolored or congested skin. Clients who opt for this treatment experience benefits like:
- Diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduced aged and tired appearance
- Smoother, softer and thicker skin
- Repaired sun damage
- Refined pores
- Reduced appearance of scars
- Improved and even tone and texture
- Decongestion and minimization of pores
Microdermabrasion is exfoliation, or sanding off of the top layer of dull skin. A diamond tip wand is gently passed over the skin simultaneously sanding away dull and dead skin cells while suctioning them up and away from the newer layer of skin with a small vacuum. This dual process stimulates the production of collagen so the old layer of skin is replaced with healthy, regenerated cells.
This safe and effective treatment increases circulation and makes your skincare products more effective. Many clients will opt to have a facial added on to the treatment to improve and extend their results.
How It Can Help
This is a great option for anyone who wants to:
- Improve acne
- Reduce the appearance of acne scars
- Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Brighten dull skin
- Improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation
- Reduce pore size
- Even skin tone and texture
One of the best gifts you can give your skin is to make getting regular facials a part of your skincare routine. Facials give your skin a heavy dose of whatever it needs at the moment—hydration, calming, energizing, exfoliating or any combination. Facials can be tailored to whatever is happening with your skin or in your life.
If you’ve had a stressful month, are getting ready for a big event or need a change in care because of a change in seasons, facials can address any skin issues you’re having. It’s recommended to get a facial at least once a month. This may increase if you’re experiencing issues or have an event you need to glow for. You can also choose from specialty facials for a luxurious treat for your skin.
Vitamin C Facial
Vitamins A, C & E are an integral part of this facial and restore moisture to your skin, leaving it smooth and supple. These antioxidants penetrate the skin, helping it feel and look younger, brighter and refreshed. If your skin looks dull, dehydrated and lackluster, this would be a great facial for you.
24K Gold Facial
This facial has become popular for a reason—it’s effective. Ingredients like vitamins C and E work with anti-aging peptides and 24K gold to instantly firm and lift the contours of the face. Because gold is one of the softest metals, it is easily absorbed into the body and can:
- Draw out toxins
- Act as an antimicrobial and antibacterial agent
- Increase blood flow
- Slow collagen and elastin depletion and breakdown
- Firm the skin
- Decrease inflammation
- Speed up cell renewal
- Reduce age spots
Call for a Consultation
If you’ve noticed your skin doesn’t have the youthful glow, vitality and smoothness it used to, you don’t have to grin and bear it. With so many innovative treatments available to address signs of aging and other skin imperfections, there’s no reason to not love the skin you’re in.
When you’re ready to take control of your aging process, give the talented and expert staff at Newport Face N Body Medical Spa in Irvine, CA a call. They will partner with you to develop the right treatment plan to help you achieve your desired results.