Unless you’ve been living with your head in the sand, you’ve probably heard about microneedling, one of the most-beloved cosmetic treatments around. We could spend all day extolling the virtues of this particular treatment – which reduces scars, tightens skin, and improves signs of aging – but most of our patients want to know about the more practical questions. At Backstage Salon and Spa in Rowley, MA, we believe a fully informed patient is a happy patient, and that includes knowing how much money you should set aside in your budget for the cost for microneedling?
How Much Does It Cost For Microneedling?
Individually, one treatment appointment can cost from $200 to $700 dollars. The wide price range is determined by the exact microneedling device being used, how large the area of treatment is, and if there are any other bells and whistles included in your treatment. For example, treatments that also include radiofrequency, PRP, or other special additions tend to cost a little more than your basic treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need for Optimal Results?
If a single treatment costs that much, your next question is probably going to be about how many treatments you really need to achieve optimal results. It’s totally understandable to want to cut some corners if you can, but the truth is that most people need at least 3 treatment appointments to achieve any remarkable results.
The number of treatments you will need is determined by the severity of your skin condition and the skin condition being treated. For example, for pigmentation concerns like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, you will only need 3 treatments, while the treatment of acne scars may require between 4 and 6 treatments. Certain anti-aging concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, can be addressed in about 3 to 4 treatments.
What Could the Total Cost of My Treatment Be?
Keeping in mind that your aesthetic goals may require multiple treatments, you can anticipate your treatment costing anywhere between $600 to $2,100 at a bare minimum. While this may seem like a steep total to correct your superficial skin concerns, you should also know that scar treatment with microneedling can be permanent or create up to an 80% improvement in the texture and appearance of the scar.
Is This Treatment More Affordable Than Others?
Yes. Comparatively speaking, this treatment is much easier on your bank account than other treatments, particularly energy-based treatments. As a minimally invasive treatment for superficial skin concerns, you can think of this treatment as a middle-ground between simple facials and chemical peels and more advanced treatments.
In fact, it’s the affordability of this treatment that draws patients to it time and again. Whether you are using this treatment alone to address your skin concerns or you are combining this treatment with others, microneedling is an easy cost to afford. And because treatments are ideally spaced between 4 to 6 weeks apart, it can be easier to budget this treatment into your personal care costs.
What Are the Main Benefits of Microneedling?
In addition to being more affordable than other cosmetic treatments, there are numerous benefits for this treatment that make it appealing to prospective patients. For example, the fact that this treatment can be combined with treatments such as radiofrequency or PRP means this treatment can be the perfect vehicle for a dual-phase approach to addressing your skin concerns. Other benefits include:
This is a dynamic treatment that can be used on virtually every area of the body that requires attention. Although most commonly used on the face, this treatment can also be used to correct the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks on the body. This treatment is commonly used to treat superficial skin concerns including:
- Acne scarring
- Enlarged pores
- Skin laxity
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Pigmentation and uneven skin tone
- Dark spots
- Sun damage
- Other scarring
How It Works
The basic principle behind this treatment is the idea that creating micro-injuries on the skin surface will stimulate the body’s natural regenerative abilities. These micro-injuries will encourage the body to turn over new skin cells, which corrects pigmentation, and also will tell the body to increase the production of collagen to help heal the skin.
The fact that this treatment helps increase collagen production is also why this treatment is called “collagen induction therapy”. Essentially, collagen induction therapy is a type of anti-aging treatment that increases collagen levels beneath the skin surface to smooth the appearance of the skin, restore elasticity, and correct age-related concerns.
Some patients hear the term “micro-injuries” and start to get cold feet about the treatment. However, although this treatment will puncture the very top layer of your skin to create an injury that induces collagen production, the treatment itself is still considered non-invasive. Because this is a non-invasive treatment, there is no need for any general anesthesia or invasive techniques, which means the treatment is virtually painless and much easier to recover from than surgical cosmetic treatments.
How We Make You Comfortable
Part of the reason why this treatment is so painless is the fact that the first step of your appointment is the application of a topical numbing cream. We allow this cream to sit on your face for about 15 to 20 minutes, so by the time your treatment begins, the most you will feel is pressure on your face as the treatment device is being used.
Fast and Long-Lasting Results
This cosmetic treatment is different from others in that the results are both fast and long-lasting. In fact, the majority of patients can see initial results within as little as 12 to 24 hours. These initial results will include glowing skin, a healthier tone, and overall better skin texture. The best part about these results is that they will continue to improve over time.
When You Can See Results
Your results from your first treatment will be visible within 2 to 4 weeks after your treatment appointment. By this time, collagen production within your skin will have increased significantly, which will improve the tone and texture of your skin. Your final results will be visible within 4 months of your first treatment and will include softer fine lines and wrinkles, reduced or eliminated scars, and smaller pores.
How Long Results Last
The results of this treatment can last a very long time. Some results, such as those treating acne scarring or stretch marks, may be permanent as new collagen fibers work to improve the overall appearance of these scars. Other results may not last as long. For example, your results for fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation will all be temporary. However, you can expect these results to last for 3 to 4 months at a time.
Safe and Effective
As a non-invasive treatment, collagen induction therapy is already very safe because it does not pose any medical or health risks. But this treatment is safe for other reasons. For instance, this is considered a natural treatment because it does not involve the use of any chemicals to generate results. The treatment is also effective – the vast majority of patients who seek this treatment report an improvement to the appearance and feel of their skin.
Appropriate for All Skin Tones
Some cosmetic treatments have certain roadblocks that bar patients from seeking treatment. Energy-based treatments, such as laser treatments, are particularly guilty of this, as some energy-based treatments can’t be safely used on medium and darker complexions.
This treatment, however, is safe for all skin types and skin tones. No matter what the particulars of your skin are, you can rest easy knowing that this treatment does not pose any risk of unintended side effects, such as pigmentation damage.
The treatment itself is also easy. One of our expert aestheticians will apply the SkinPen device to your desired treatment area and spend the next 20 to 30 minutes gliding the device over your skin surface.
How to Prepare for Treatment
There is very little you will need to do to prepare for your treatment. For example, while we encourage patients to temporarily discontinue taking any blood-thinning medications or using certain products, such as Retinol, there is no need to alter your skincare routine too much. However, we do ask that patients reschedule their appointment if they are having current acne breakouts, cold sores, or other skin irritations.
The recovery for this treatment is also fast. In fact, there’s virtually zero recovery period at all, with all patients free to return to their normal daily activities after the treatment is finished. Although your skin may be tender and sensitive for the first 24 to 72 hours of your treatment, your skin will be completely recovered after this period and you will be able to return to all of your normal skincare routines.
However, even with a fast recovery, there are a few tips you should keep in mind for your aftercare. For example, it’s best to avoid the use of acidic skincare products, including Retinol, AHA, and glycolic acid, until your skin is recovered. It’s also important to avoid exfoliating the skin, excess sweat, and exposure to too much heat. Keeping your skin moisturized is key to successful results.
The Importance of Sunscreen
Another key to your successful results is wearing appropriate sunscreen any time you are exposed to direct sunlight. We encourage patients to use a lightweight sunscreen valued at SPF30 or greater when they plan to go outside, even beneath make-up. Wearing sunscreen will shield your skin from harmful UV rays that could damage the new skin emerging after your treatment.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Almost all patients who are interested in this treatment are good candidates. We determine patient candidacy based on a consultation appointment, where we will gather relevant information about the patient that includes: cosmetic treatment history, skin condition, and skin concerns. Good candidates for this treatment understand the reasonable expectations for the results associated with this treatment, as well as patients who are committed to good skin health habits, such as wearing sunscreen.
You are likely a good candidate for collagen induction therapy if you would like to:
- Improve skin tone and elasticity
- Smooth fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring
- Treat multiple areas
- Enjoy fast and reliable results
- Save money on other treatments
Improve Your Skin Health With Affordable Microneedling Treatments!
In the world of cosmetics, what does it mean to have an affordable treatment? Ideally, affordable treatments are those that produce reliable results for your most prominent skin concerns. One of the most affordable cosmetic treatments available today is microneedling. If you think you might be a good candidate for this treatment, please contact Backstage Salon and Spa in Rowley, MA to schedule your consultation appointment today.