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As we age, our skin loses the capacity to generate new skin cells and our collagen production falls dramatically. Add in years of sunburns and other types of skin trauma and our skin is left susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, pigmentation issues, and many other common signs of aging. With all of the anti-aging treatments available today including laser treatments and chemical peels, it can be hard to tell which will be best for your needs. Microneedling is a common treatment to help rejuvenate the skin’s appearance and Xanadu Med Spa gladly offers this service to our clients.
Microneedling works by using small needles to introduce controlled wounds to the skin’s surface. This triggers a natural healing process that involves the production of collagen and elastin. Microneedling is not ablative and it causes less damage to your skin than dermal rolling, allowing you to heal quickly, enjoy long-lasting results, and experience increased overall satisfaction with your treatment. “Needle facial treatment” as it is sometimes called, is something we are very proud to offer at Xanadu and we use only the best equipment, including the Collagen P.I.N™.
Collagen P.I.N. FAQs
WHAT IS AUTOMATED MICRONEEDLING AND THE COLLAGEN PIN?
Also known as Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy or PCIT, automated microneedling is a type of med spa treatment that is designed to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections like fine lines and acne scars. The Collagen P.I.N. and automated microneedling process work the same as traditional microneedling in that it creates small, controlled injuries to the skin to promote collagen and elastin production as part of the natural healing process.
Often times, a topical serum will be used in conjunction with the Collagen P.I.N. to help it glide smoothly across the skin’s surface. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) serums are the most common types of serum used as they contain a substance that is naturally produced by the body. This further enhances the results of the microneedling treatment as the HA is delivered deep into the skin. The micro-injuries and subsequent repair process result in a thicker dermis and wrinkles that are less visible. Automated microneedling is particularly beneficial because it enables serums, creams, and other skin products to be more easily absorbed into the skin. As such, it can be considered an acne scar treatment that has proven to be quite effective.
How Is the Collagen P.I.N. Different From Other Needling Devices?
Gone are the days of the limited results offered by dermal rollers with fixed needles and penetration depths. The Collagen P.I.N. is the new generation of microneedling devices, making it possible to treat any number of areas, regardless of the required depth or thickness of tissue. That means that your eyelids, forehead, upper lips, and décolletage can all be treated with one device. Because the Collagen P.I.N. has an adjustable needle depth that can vary the depth of penetration throughout your microneedling session, your treatment can be completely customized for your needs. One adjustable needle tip takes the place of five or six different dermal rollers, resulting in more accurate results and shorter appointment times.
What Can I Expect During My Collagen P.I.N. Treatment?
Knowing what to expect can help you feel more comfortable during your microneedling treatment. A typical Collagen P.I.N. session includes the following steps:
- Skin is cleansed and a topical anesthetic applied 30 minutes before treatment
- Anesthetic is removed and skin is cleaned again
- We’ll attach a sterile needle tip to the Collagen P.I.N. and prep it for use
- A thin layer of an HA serum will be applied to your skin
- Treatment depths are chosen based on your skin health and aesthetic goals.
- The Collagen P.I.N. will be gently moved across the treatment
- Additional serums may be incorporated, as well as multiple passes
- Collagen and elastin production begins immediately
The cells that synthesize new collagen may remain active for as long as a year following your Collagen P.I.N. treatment, allowing you to enjoy long-lasting results.
What Type of Results Can I Expect?
The type of results you see and how quickly you see them depends on a number of factors including your skin health and the severity of your skin condition. While it is possible to see immediate results in some instances, many patients require a series of three to six sessions before results become apparent.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With the Collagen P.I.N.?
The Collagen P.I.N. treats many skin conditions and aesthetic concerns, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone and texture
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This depends on your aesthetic goals, the health of your skin, and the area that is being treated. We usually recommend a series of three to six treatments, however, you may require more or less depending on your desired result. Our team of trained estheticians will propose a treatment schedule to help you achieve the look you want, keeping in mind that treatments are usually completed in four-week intervals. Please be aware that severe wrinkles, advanced sun damage, scarring, and stretch marks may require additional treatments to see effective results.
How Soon Will I See Results?
It is possible that you will begin to see results right away following your first Collagen P.I.N. treatment. Many patients see results within one to two weeks following their first session and some see results even sooner. However, it is important to note that individual results may vary depending on skin health and severity of the condition being treated.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Automated microneedling with the Collagen P.I.N. works by stimulating the growth of collagen, elastin, and other growth factors to promote new skin cell formation. Because collagen production drops as we age, you will likely see better results from your Collagen P.I.N. treatment if you incorporate some type of daily retinoid product into your daily skincare routine. Our estheticians are happy to recommend a product that is suitable for your skin type and your aesthetic goals. Keep in mind that improved collagen and elastin production continues for as long as one year after just a single treatment session. It goes without saying that results can be enhanced by undergoing a series of treatments.
Does the Collagen P.I.N. Treatment Hurt?
In order to reduce any discomfort that you may experience during your Collagen P.I.N., your esthetician will apply a thin layer of a topical anesthetic to your skin 30 minutes before your treatment starts. Most patients report they feel no discomfort during their treatment following the application of the anesthetic. Those who reported mild discomfort rated it around a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most uncomfortable.
How Will My Appearance Change Following My Treatment?
It is normal to experience redness in the area treated following your Collagen P.I.N. session. This may last for up to 24 hours depending on how sensitive your skin is. Certain skin care products can reduce redness so if this is a concern of yours, please let your esthetician know so that they may make product recommendations for you. The best part about Collagen P.I.N. treatments is that there is zero downtime. As long as you don’t mind a little redness, you can resume your daily activities immediately following treatment.
Is It Safe to Use Makeup Following My Microneedling Treatment?
Mineral-based makeup will not allow bacteria to grow on your skin’s surface. We recommend only using mineral-based makeup following your treatment if you must wear makeup. It is safe to go back to your usual makeup four days after your Collagen P.I.N. treatment.
Ready to get started? If you are interested in receiving Collagen P.I.N. treatment or microneedling in Fort Collins, come see us at Xanadu Med Spa.
PRP “Vampire Facelift”
Experience Rejuvenation with PRP and Microneedling Treatments
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and microneedling treatments are safe and non-ablative, allowing you to achieve the same results offered by laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments with less risk. What’s more, they are safe and effective for virtually all types of skin. Their effectiveness at promoting collagen and elastin production to tighten and rejuvenate skin makes them one of the most effective anti-aging treatments offered and you’ll find these treatments right here at Xanadu. PRP is offered as an optional add-on to your Collagen P.I.N. treatment and we would love to help you determine if you can benefit from this revolutionary med spa treatment.
How Does PRP Work?
PRP treatments work similarly to microneedling in that they promote the production of collagen and elastin. Skin is rejuvenated as new skin cells form and they surface to provide you with a brighter, more youthful complexion. You may begin to notice the following results after your PRP treatment:
- Diminished fine lines and wrinkles
- Improved surface texture
- Less noticeable scars
- Tighter facial tissue
- Reduced appearance of sun damage
- Smaller pore sizes
How is this possible? The Collagen P.I.N. creates micro channels in the treatment area which allow the growth factors in the PRP to be absorbed by the skin. These micro channels also allow your skin to absorb medical-grade products like serums and lighteners more easily when they are applied during or right after your treatment. The result is a complexion that has a more uniform appearance — skin is smooth and fresh like it was when you were younger.
What Are the Risks of PRP Treatments?
As with any microneedling procedure, the risk of bleeding and swelling exists. If this occurs, it should be very mild and it should not last very long. One of the best things about PRP treatments is that there is virtually no risk of side effects or allergies because the PRP is a product of your own body.
Is There Downtime Following PRP Treatments?
You may notice redness and/or blotchiness in the days following your treatment. This may last for two to three days. Dryness and sloughing may occur within a week of treatment. Therefore, we recommend scheduling your PRP treatment at least seven to 10 days before any type of special event. There are no known side effects, so you should be able to return to work and your usual physical activities immediately after treatment.
How Long Will My Results Last?
While maintenance treatments are often recommended for the upkeep of your results, the results of PRP treatments can last anywhere from one to two years. Most patients see noticeable improvements in their skin for two to three months following their treatment before the progression of improvement slows.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This depends on your desired results. For a general collagen boost, you may only need one treatment quarterly. To address scarring or to look your best for an upcoming event, it may be best to get a PRP treatment once a month for three to five months. Generally speaking, we recommend a package of three PRP treatments in most instances.