If you’re sick of dull, aging skin that’s shaking your confidence and making you feel less yourself, you may be in the market for something more powerful than the standard anti-aging serums and creams from the drugstore. Introducing microneedling, an incredible treatment that harnesses your body’s own resources to rejuvenate your skin. Here at O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD, we’re thrilled to offer this effective treatment that can get you stunning results in just a few simple sessions.
The breathtaking results you can achieve from this treatment can last for up to six months following your final session. The exact length of time depends on the individual and the way their body functions. As the results wear off, you may notice your skin becoming a bit duller, or fine lines appearing again. But don’t stress! Many of our patients come back in for regular maintenance sessions, where they can get glowing, refreshed skin again and again.
As we age, we produce less and less collagen and elastin. These are proteins that our body makes to keep the skin springy and full of volume. Without them, the bonds that hold the skin up weaken and the skin starts to sag, fold over, and follow out. It also can cause the skin to become coarse and more dull-looking. Our loss of collagen and elastin can be sped up due to factors like a poor diet, weight fluctuation, sun damage, and alcohol and tobacco consumption.
This non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment is incredible because kickstarts the body’s production ofbrand newcollagen and elastin! This means the skin is given a fresh supply of volume which tightens it and smooths out lines and wrinkles. Not only that, but this treatment causes the body to create new skin cells, which can result in a more even skin tone that corrects concerns like hyperpigmentation and rosacea. Overall, the result is a totally refreshed complexion that can make patients look younger and brighter, and feel gorgeous.
It works by using something called the Collagen P.I.N. to create a series of tiny, controlled injuries in the skin. Don’t worry, they’re so small they’re called “micro-injuries”! When the body realizes it’s been wounded, it will immediately start its healing process, which involves creating new skin cells and tissue to replace those that have been damaged. Many patients love that this process uses the body’s healing abilities to achieve results rather than any foreign or synthetic substances.
The Collagen P.I.N. is the device we use to make the micro-injuries in the skin. It looks a bit like a pen, except the tip holds a series of ultra-fine needles. When it’s applied to the skin, the needles create tiny punctures that reach the dermal layers of the skin. It’s these dermal layers that lead to collagen and elastin production. We follow along with a treatment plan designed during your initial consultation, which ensures we only touch the areas that you want to be treated.
The Collagen P.I.N. moves smoothly across the skin’s surface, so gentle that often patients report they can hardly feel it! We also may apply a topical numbing agent to the skin before we start, to ensure maximum comfort. When we’re all finished, we apply a balm that we’ll gently rub into affected areas that should soothe any aggravation. The whole process takes no longer than about half an hour, as the Collagen P.I.N. is effective and speedy!
This treatment can be used on the face to treat any and all of the following:
And, incredibly, it’s not just limited to the face! The Collagen P.I.N. is safe and effective when used on the neck and décolletage too. So if your cosmetic concerns are traveling down past the chin, this treatment could still be an excellent solution.
Incredibly, this treatment is so gentle and non-invasive that you’ll be able to carry on with your life immediately afterward! You can head back to work or go run errands as soon as you’re finished, even driving yourself to and from the appointment. This is in stark contrast to surgical options such as a facelift, many of which have such extended healing periods that you’d need to spend a week lying in bed after your procedure. This is what makes this treatment so popular for busy people.
Many patients walk away from this treatment able to spot brighter, more dewy skin. But the real magic happens when the collagen and elastin start filling and lifting the face, which can take up to two weeks. The exact length of time will depend on the individual. Most patients need a few sessions to achieve optimal results, so we’ll suggest between three and six that are spaced about four weeks apart. Results will continue to develop across all your sessions, and many patients report the results get better after every session.
If you’re over 18 and concerned that your skin is looking dull or aging, we recommend learning more about this treatment. It can remedy concerns that affect people of any age and gender. Interested parties must first come in for an initial consultation, where we’ll go through your medical history and ensure you’re a healthy, suitable candidate for treatment. Those who are pregnant will not be eligible for treatment. We’ll talk about your cosmetic goals and make sure this treatment will work to address them.
Here at O’Donnell Vein & Laser, we’re proud to offer a brilliant suite of cosmetic solutions that offer specific, unique treatments. So if, during your consultation, we decide that microneedling won’t be the most effective way to remedy your concerns, we’ll talk you through other choices and can even suggest our preferred alternative. Below is just a basic guide to some of our most popular options, but we’ll go into more detail on the day.
If you want to restore volume to sagging, folding skin, you may be interested in dermal fillers. These are injectables that replenish the skin with hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in the body that brings moisture to the skin. As we age, however, our production of hyaluronic acid slows, leaving our skin dry and coarse and contributing to less elastin and collagen. When we inject the skin with new hyaluronic acid, we hydrate the skin and kickstart the production of these proteins again. The result is firmer, smoother skin.
Perhaps the wrinkles concerning you are those that become more pronounced when you emote. These are called “dynamic wrinkles” and they’re formed over time by repeated facial movements (think forehead lines, smile lines, and crow’s feet). If this is the case, you may be interested in Botox & Dysport, injectables that are sent to the nerves under the skin. They block communication between nerves and the surrounding muscles, so when you move your face, the muscles stay relaxed and the skin on top stays smooth and beautiful.
Much like microneedling, laser skin rejuvenation works to refresh the skin and diminish the appearance of acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. But it does this using laser energy. A hand-held device is moved along the skin’s surface and pulses light to the deeper levels of the skin. This light and heat stimulate the body’s natural healing process – it quickly gets to work producing new collagen. We can perform this treatment on the face, as well as on the neck, arms, and chest.
Are you ready to say goodbye to the ointments and serums that make empty anti-aging promises? Do you want to feel more gorgeous and youthful while still looking completely like yourself? Then you may be ready to try Microneedling. Patients love that their bodies can yield such breathtaking results in just a few simple, quick sessions. All our team are so excited to help you get started on your journey, so call O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD, today.
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