Microneedling and Collagen Induction Therapy
Rejuvenate Your Skin and Regrow Your Hair in Newton and the Boston Area
Do you want smoother, more youthful-looking skin, but feel that you are reluctant to go through painful or risky procedures? Microneedling at the Boston area’s Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics may be the solution for you. The cosmetic treatment can address a range of conditions, including skin damage and signs of aging.
Microneedling also pairs very well with collagen induction therapy, which uses growth factors from your own blood. This treatment enhances the skin-rejuvenating effects of microneedling. Collagen induction therapy can also be used on its own, especially as a strategy for hair restoration. Newton’s Dr. Holly Happe works with each patient to select the ideal treatment based on unique goals.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a procedure that uses multiple tiny needles to create microscopic holes in the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production. Over time, you will notice an improvement in your skin’s texture. This is because collagen provides firmness, while elastin gives it a youthful ability to stay smooth after being pulled out of shape.
The revitalization triggered by microneedling encourages the skin to literally heal itself as it repairs the tiny wounds from the treatment. Because of this, it is ideal for more than just skin tightening. For example, microneedling can be used as a scar treatment—especially effective for reducing the appearance of acne scars. It can also even out pigmentation irregularities and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. And microneedling can cause large pores to appear smaller and address crepe-like skin beneath the eyes and on the décolletage.
Some patients see improvement after one treatment. Most, however, would benefit from a series of treatments. For best results, we often recommend a series of three monthly sessions.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN MICRONEEDLING TREAT?
Microneedling is ideal for targeting various conditions that affect the tone and texture of the skin. The treatment is primarily used for addressing:
- Acne Scars and Other Types of Scars
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Enlarged Pores
- Reduced Skin Elasticity
- Uneven Skin Tone
- Stretch Marks
What is collagen induction therapy?
An isolated restorative liquid component of blood is prepared by collecting blood from a patient, then processing it to concentrate its healing platelets. These platelets are then injected back into the areas to be revitalized. The high concentration of powerful platelets—the major clotting element in your blood—encourages healing and skin rejuvenation.
Collagen induction therapy is also an effective hair restoration treatment. It bathes weakened or dormant hair follicles with powerful, concentrated platelets. This stimulates the follicles to begin producing hair properly once again.
How can microneedling and collagen induction therapy be combined?
Collagen induction therapy can promote enhanced rejuvenation after a microneedling session. Similarly, microneedling is sometimes used to stimulate the scalp where collagen induction therapy is being used for hair restoration. Since both microneedling and collagen induction therapy stimulate collagen regeneration in the skin, they are complementary when performed in the same session.
WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR MICRONEEDLING OR COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY?
These treatment are safe for most patients, but Dr. Holly Happe will evaluate each individual to determine the best option for their unique situation. Ideal candidates for microneedling and collagen induction therapy include people who are in good health, but who have skin imperfections or irregularities that are non-responsive to other types of aesthetic treatments.
Patients who are pregnant, have certain inflammatory chronic skin diseases like eczema, use or have recently used Accutane, have open wounds, have recently undergone radiation therapy, or have a history of skin scars or poor wound healing may not be eligible for these treatments. A more appropriate strategy can be discussed as necessary.
Collagen induction therapy also may not be a good choice for patients who have blood-related health issues such as clotting conditions that require them to take blood thinners. Microneedling and collagen induction therapy on their own or combined may not produce significant improvements for skin that has severe sun damage or sagging.
Dr. Holly Happe and the Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics team work with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan. Together, they work to use devices, medications, products, and helpful strategies to safely create natural-looking results. If one treatment is not ideal for a particular patient, other options can typically be explored.
What is the newton microneedling or collagen induction therapy experience?
Since microneedling involves the creation of numerous tiny channels in the skin—typically the face, neck, or décolletage—Dr. Holly Happe approaches microneedling from the outset with pain minimization in mind. Her experience as a board-certified anesthesiologist allows her to make patient comfort a priority, without sacrificing results.
*Individual patient results may vary
The same goes for collagen induction therapy, which involves collecting blood and injecting the resulting plasma. Dr. Happe collaborates with her patients to ensure they understand what to expect from the treatment itself, as well as the results. She will cover all of this—and more—during an initial consultation. This is also when you can ask questions about the treatment and other options.
No matter which treatment you get, know that results take time. Generating new collagen and elastin is a gradual process. So is rejuvenating hair follicles. The effects will become increasingly visible as weeks and months pass after a treatment session.
Dr. Happe designs treatment plans with both short-term and long-term results in mind. She takes the gradual nature of many rejuvenation efforts into account and will explain what to expect and when before starting any specific treatment.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MICRONEEDLING AND COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY?
There is minimal recovery time required, and patients can typically go back to work within 24 hours following microneedling. Dr. Holly Happe makes safety a priority when performing microneedling and will ensure that patients are aware of everything they need to know about the procedure, including the side effects they should watch for.
Microneedling is very safe and effective, but patients should expect some redness and mild irritation that may occur during the first few days as the skin heals after a session. Patients may also experience dryness, sensitivity, tightness, and/or flaking in the days after that.
The time it takes for your skin to recover depends on the depth at which the needles penetrate, as well as your unique healing abilities. Some discomfort and post-treatment bruising are common after collagen induction therapy. Patients can talk to Dr. Happe about the best strategies for minimizing these minor and temporary side effects.
WHAT IS AFTERCARE LIKE FOR MICRONEEDLING AND COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY?
Harsh skin treatments, applying too many products to the skin, and direct sun exposure should be avoided after having these treatments. In addition to proper sun protection being a must, patients should also avoid touching or picking at their skin as it heals. Wait until your skin has healed completely before engaging in heavy exercise that causes your body to heat up and sweat.
What complements a microneedling or collagen induction therapy treatment?
For deeper creases and age-related contour changes that microneedling does not target, Dr. Happe uses dermal fillers, including Juvederm® and Bellafill®.
These facial fillers are soft gels that are injected beneath the skin to take the place of collagen or fat that has been lost and reduce the depth of static wrinkles. Some fillers, called biostimulatory injectables or semi-permanent fillers, can also stimulate the gradual production of new collagen to enhance the appearance of the skin.
Patients who want more skin rejuvenation options beyond microneedling can consider any of a number of chemical peels, which use a specially formulated solution to gently prompt the exfoliation of the outermost layer of damaged or dry skin. This reveals more youthful, healthier skin and also prompts a collagen-building healing response.
Dr. Happe will suggest the most appropriate treatment after an initial consultation, and the choice is up to you!
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