Over the course of a lifetime, our skin endures some fairly intense conditions and hardships. It's no wonder we find ourselves with an increasing number of scars, acne marks, wrinkles, and lines, all giving everyone who sees them an idea about our age. For anyone who wants their face to communicate youthful vitality instead of years of wear, microneedling at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center area is a quick, effective means of erasing wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and other cosmetic hints at the passage of time.
The Aesthetic Experts at the Bengtson Center use the FDA cleared SkinPen® MicroPen™, a revolutionary treatment that contains a cartridge with 12 tiny points that run over the skin, creating carefully controlled micro-injuries. As a result of these injuries created during the microneedling process, the skin produces elastin and collagen—two proteins essential for healing and creating resilient skin.
Collagen and elastin are both found primarily in our connective tissues. Though they are different proteins, they work together to help our skin maintain its shape and firmness. Collagen makes the skin strong, while elastin provides softness and flexibility, and both are vital to a youthful appearance. As we age, our bodies produce less of these proteins to replace the molecules that are lost to natural breakdowns and UV damage, resulting in skin that sags and wrinkles. But the process of microneedling kickstarts collagen and elastin production again, alerting the skin that it should produce more of both for a new round of healing. Microneedling can be performed alone at the Bengtson Center or may be combined with a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, which uses beneficial components from a patient's own blood to promote further healing and rejuvenation.
What Happens During a Microneedling with MicroPen™ Procedure in Grand Rapids?
Patients seeking a microneedling treatment in Grand Rapids will first have a consultation with a highly trained Aesthetic Expert to determine whether the treatment is the appropriate course of action. From there, a session schedule will be determined based on the patient's skin condition and goals.
Some patients might be satisfied with the effects of a single round of microneedling, while others will require a series of two to three treatments spaced about six to eight weeks apart. Patients with severe scarring or deep wrinkles may require additional treatments. Before the procedure begins, a hydrating gel is applied to the skin to ease the process and reduce discomfort. The SkinPen® MicroPen™ is then applied to the skin in a gliding motion. Some patients have compared the sensation to the feeling of light sandpaper moving across the skin. It takes a minimum of an hour to complete for a standard microneedling procedure, and when combining this with platelet rich plasma (PRP), the procedure can last about two hours.
Your body is good at meeting its needs, which is why it sends restorative collagen and elastin to areas with a wound that needs healing. Since it doesn't take much to "heal" the channels created by microneedling, your body is basically tricked into flooding the treated area with far more help than is actually needed. The abundant remodeling agents get to work thickening the epidermis, stimulating the extracellular matrix, and reducing inflammation—all of which contribute to a more youthful-looking you!
Following a microneedling procedure in Grand Rapids, patients can expect that the area treated by the SkinPen® MicroPen™ will be red for a few days. This often lasts for 24 hours at most, but some patients experience the effects for two to four days, depending on the duration of the procedure. Because microneedling is minimally invasive, patients can return to their normal routine immediately following treatment.
After the redness diminishes, most patients report an immediate glow, with major improvements occurring over the following days and weeks. In fact, the results of a microneedling procedure in Grand Rapids can continue to materialize for up to six months following the treatment session as the skin continues to produce additional elastin and collagen.
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To learn more about microneedling in Grand Rapids, contact the Bengtson Center's Grand Rapids office today. Request your consultation online, or phone us at 616.588.8880.Fees & Financing