Combining Treatments to Maximize the Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that has gained popularity for its remarkable ability to improve skin texture, tone, and overall appearance. The technique involves using fine needles to create controlled microinjuries in the skin. This process stimulates collagen and elastin production to revitalize the skin.
While microneedling can deliver impressive results on its own, its benefits can be further enhanced by combining it with other complementary procedures. Note that these procedures typically cannot be performed within the same treatment session.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Dermal Fillers
Pairing hyaluronic-acid fillers and microneedling is an innovative approach to achieving both skin rejuvenation and volume restoration. The combination of dermal fillers and microneedling can minimize the appearance of fine lines and moderate and harsh wrinkles, delivering a smoother and more youthful complexion.
The hyaluronic acid in HA fillers attracts and retains water molecules, providing a volumizing effect and improving skin hydration. Microneedling complements the effects of HA fillers by promoting collagen synthesis, resulting in longer-lasting results.
These two treatments will need to be performed separately in different sessions. At least two weeks must pass between the first treatment session and the second; this will help to avoid exacerbated swelling.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy
IPL therapy involves the use of broad-spectrum light to target various skin imperfections, such as sunspots, pigmentation irregularities, and vascular concerns. Microneedling stimulates collagen production and refines skin texture, while IPL targets pigmentation and evens out skin tone, resulting in smoother and more even skin.
IPL can diminish the appearance of sunspots and other sun-induced skin damage, complementing the overall skin rejuvenation achieved through microneedling.
Certain clinics pair these treatments on the same day, while others recommend waiting between sessions for adequate healing time.
Neuromodulators (Botulinum Toxin)
Neuromodulators, commonly known as botulinum toxin injections (e.g., Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau), reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles like crow’s feet and frown lines. This is accomplished by temporarily relaxing the overworked facial muscles.
Combining this modality with microneedling, a treatment that focuses on collagen production for improved skin texture, allows for rejuvenation on multiple levels. The combination allows for a personalized approach to address each patient’s specific skin concerns and aging patterns.
If microneedling is being performed first, Botox injections can be administered in two to three days. If Botox is being administered first, microneedling can be performed after two weeks, since this allows the Botox to settle properly.