Are over-the-counter treatments not getting you the flawless, radiant skin you so desire? Are you sick of putting money towards creams and ointments that do nothing to reduce lines, wrinkles, scarring, and large pores? Here at Mia Bella Donna Medspa in Overland Park, Kansas City, we offer Microneedling, a groundbreaking cosmetic treatment that uses the latest technology to activate the skin’s natural healing process. It will leave you looking rejuvenated and feeling gorgeous, and tossing your drugstore-bought products in the trash!
How Long Do Microneedling Results Last?
Generally, our patients enjoy their refreshed skin for between four and six weeks following their first session. The exact length of time depends on the individual. But luckily, because this treatment requires multiple sessions, you can enjoy these gorgeous results again and again! After you’ve had all your sessions, you can also look into maintenance appointments, which most of our clients schedule between six and twelve months after their last session. But just what is this treatment, and how does it work? To learn all about it, read on.
How Does Microneedling Work?
This innovative Microneedling treatment increases collagen production in the skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps our skin hydrated, supple, and firm, and so the more we have of it, the fresher our skin looks. During treatment, very thin needles are used to create a series of micro-punctures in the skin. These tiny injuries kickstart your body’s cell regeneration process, building new, healthy skin tissue and formulating collagen and elastin. So it’s not the actual Microneedling that gives your skin a refresh – it’s what your body does in the aftermath!
Can’t I Do This at Home Myself?
You’ve probably seen derma rollers for sale at your local drugstore or online. These rollers can certainly make your skin look lovely and smooth after use, but they don’t achieve the same lasting results. That’s because the needles we use in our treatment reach a deeper level of your skin – the derma level – and it’s reaching these deeper chambers that activate the production of collagen and elastin. Over-the-counter rollers, meanwhile, only affect the top layer of your skin.
When you leave this kind of treatment to the professionals, you’re also ensuring maximum safety. Our expert team here at Mia Bella Donna Medspa is highly trained in this treatment, which involves creating what we call a “controlled injury”. The damage that’s made to your skin is very precise, triggering your body’s repair process but leaving surrounding areas unaffected. Trying this yourself without undergoing proper training could result in injuring or even scarring the surrounding skin.
What Can Microneedling Treat?
There are many aesthetic concerns that this Microneedling treatment tackles head-on. One of the most common things that our clients are looking to remedy is the signs of aging, which include wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, and rough skin texture. This treatment can be excellent at balancing out uneven skin tones, including broken capillaries. Even common concerns like acne scars and enlarged pores can be diminished after just a few sessions! With so many functions, it’s no wonder this treatment is getting more and more popular.
What Can I Expect Out of This Treatment?
Before Your Treatment
The first step is to come in for a consultation. This is your opportunity to talk us through your aesthetic goals, and what you’re hoping to achieve from this treatment. We’ll make sure this treatment is going to be the best option for addressing your concerns. We will also look at your medical history and any medications you might be on to make sure you’re a suitable candidate for treatment. We’ll then do a skin analysis and create a plan tailored to you.
Things To Avoid Ahead of Treatment
Certain supplements and medications can thin the blood in the body, which can lead to excessive bruising after treatment. For that reason, we’ll ask you to avoid things like aspirin, fish oils, ibuprofen, and vitamin E, and potentially some others too. We’ll also suggest you don’t do anything that can irritate the skin like tweezing or waxing, or harsh UV exposure like tanning beds.
On the Day
This treatment is performed in-house at our gorgeous Kansas City facility. We’ll ask that you come in with a clean face, free of any makeup or even sunscreen. This minimizes the chances of a foreign substance contaminating the needle. Whichever member of our team is performing the treatment will first go through your treatment plan with you, and then we’ll get started.
The Microneedling tool is gently moved along the skin’s surface, where the tiny needles will create small punctures. Most of our patients report feeling no pain at all throughout this. We’ll then apply some nourishing serum and moisturizer to the treatment area. Incredibly, the tiny channels created by the treatment also allow for better absorption of these products! The whole thing is that simple, and usually over in about fifteen minutes.
One of the many perks of this treatment is that there’s no downtime required after, thanks to no anesthetic being used. You’ll be in a fine condition to drive yourself home or back to work from your appointment. And because it’s so quick, you can slot it into the busiest schedule, even slipping it in on a lunch break! This will go for all your sessions following – it’s quicker and easier than a haircut or a manicure.
How Long Until Results Develop, and What Will They Look Like?
This treatment is popular in part because of how quickly results develop. Our clients love walking away with skin that already looks more dewy and soft, and those results become more and more pronounced in the days afterward. Most patients see the full results after about two weeks, when their skin is firmer, more supple, and radiant. Uneven tones have become more balanced, and lines have filled out, creating a more youthful appearance. The overall result is feeling gorgeous while still looking completely natural.
How Can I Make the Results Last Longer?
The way you look after your skin in the days following your appointment will inform how long your results last. For one thing, we’ll give you a package of homeware products to use between your sessions that are crucial to maintaining optimal results. This includes a TNS Recovery Complex, a Sunscreen, and Prescription Strength Retinol. But there’s a whole lot more you can do to make sure you achieve gorgeous, lasting results.
Keeping the Skincare Simple
On top of the package we give you, we’ll expect that anything else you use is ultra-gentle and suitable for sensitive skin. Mild cleansers and very hydrating moisturizers are strongly recommended. You’ll also have to give face washers and cleansing brushes a miss after treatment, as they can be aggressive won’t allow your skin to heal properly. Just using your fingertips very gently when you wash your face will be enough.
We all know that drinking plenty of water can do wonders for the skin. But when you’re recovering from this treatment, it’s more crucial than ever. That’s because your skin will be slightly more dry than usual following treatment, and Hydrating it from the inside out boosts moisture levels in the skin. Not only that, but drinking water helps nutrients and blood move through the body, meaning it will bring the cell-repairing nutrients to your skin faster, speeding up the recovery process.
Don’t Clog Your Pores
It’s important that nothing gets into your pores after your session since bacteria can build up and hinder the effects of the treatment. So – and this might sound odd – we recommend avoiding sweating for at least a week after your session. That’s because sweating opens the pores. So things like rigorous exercise and hot environments like saunas and hot tubs should be bypassed. We’ll also recommend avoiding makeup since it too can clog pores. Even holding your phone to your face can transfer bacteria, so when you can, hit speakerphone!
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
In general, it takes patients a few sessions to see optimal results from this treatment. Most of our clients find their sweet spot somewhere between three and five, but of course, the exact amount will depend on a whole number of factors. Age, skin type, lifestyle, and the specific concerns you’re looking to treat all play a big role. The number of sessions will also depend on how well you’re looking after your skin between each session.
These sessions will be spaced out roughly six weeks apart, but this may vary depending on the individual. It’s important that we let enough time pass between each session so that we can make sure the treatment is working effectively and can look at your progress. These breaks between sessions also give your skin time to heal.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
If you’re over the age of 18 and concerned with certain aesthetic elements of your skin, this treatment may be right for you. There’s no one perfect age, skin tone, or gender that makes you more suited to this than another – skin imperfections are perfectly natural for everyone, after all! Of course, we’ll have to consider your medical history and any medications you might be on to ensure it’s safe for you to undergo treatment. Similarly, patients who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant may be advised to seek treatment after their pregnancy.
What if This Treatment Isn’t Right for Me?
During your consultation, we may discover that your concerns would be best remedied with an alternative treatment, and might suggest that instead. Luckily, here at Mia Bella Donna Medspa, we offer a number of fantastic cosmetic treatments. For example, an injectable like Botox is your best option for treating dynamic wrinkles, which are the wrinkles that form when you move your face. Or perhaps you’d be interested in an IPL Photofacial, which is a more tailored way of correcting uneven skin tones. Whatever you need, we’ll be happy to talk you through all the options and help you make an informed decision.
Ready To Look Refreshed and Rejuvenated?
If you want a youthful glow that you just can’t achieve with over-the-counter products, you may be interested in Microneedling. You could be saying goodbye to lines, blemishes, enlarged pores, and scarring in just a few simple sessions! Schedule a consultation with our expert team at Mia Bella Donna Medspa here in Overland Park, Kansas City, KS. We can’t wait to help you get started on your journey.