Age takes its toll on all of us, and when we look in the mirror, we often see its discouraging effects on our face. Luckily, there are innovative treatments like microneedling to help reverse the signs of aging and restore a younger-looking, rejuvenated appearance. When you’re ready to take control of your aging process, call the caring and experienced staff at Pure Wellness Therapy in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Their comprehensive approach to beauty ensures you feel and look your best.
What Causes Visible Aging?
Treatments like microneedling address the outward appearance of aging. But why does our skin show these signs in the first place? In a word—collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, making up skin and connective tissue. It’s what gives our faces structure, ensuring there’s no volume loss and our appearance remains plump and firm without looking taut. Collagen works hand in hand with elastin that keeps skin bouncing back to its original place and shape.
The other miracle your body produces is hyaluronic acid. This acts as a lubricant, keeping the skin moisturized and feeling supple. Collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid working together are what make up the complexion of our youth. Around the time we turn 18, our bodies start to make less collagen. We lose about 1% per year after that.
As collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production diminish, our skin starts to show the signs of aging—fine lines and wrinkles, dull appearance and uneven texture. Spending unprotected time in the sun or smoking further depletes collagen from the body. Microneedling can help the body rev up the production of collagen again, diminishing the signs of aging and even working to reduce scarring caused by acne or injury.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is an innovative way to help the body restore its youthful appearance and clear, vibrant complexion. Talk to your wellness specialist about this treatment if you’re concerned with:
- Uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven texture
- Acne scarring
- Enlarged pores
- Loose skin
- Other skin imperfections
This non-invasive treatment is an excellent solution to banishing bad skin days and restoring a youthful appearance.
How Does It Work?
This treatment uses a SkinPen—the only FDA approved microneedling pen. This innovative, handheld device is loaded with medical-grade, hair-thin microneedles. When gently passed over the skin, it creates micro-channels or very tiny punctures within the surface and epidermis layer of the skin tissue. This triggers a natural healing response from your body, and it begins healing on the cellular level.
As it heals, it produces more collagen within the deeper layers of your skin. When collagen production is increased, it improves elasticity and hydration. The SkinPen’s design allows for harder to reach places to be treated, producing an overall appearance enhancement.
What to Expect
Your wellness expert will conduct a skin analysis before recommending any treatment. If together you decide this is the course of treatment for you to attain the results you’re looking for, they will schedule a session. Because microneedling is non-invasive, there is no preparation involved other than beginning with a clean face.
Once you’re in the treatment room, your provider may apply a topical numbing agent to maximize your comfort. Then, the SkinPen is slowly and gently passed over the surface of your skin, creating those micro-channels. The needles are so small that the treatment is virtually painless. It’s also a quick treatment requiring no downtime. Many clients go back to their daily routines immediately.
Your wellness expert will recommend the right number of sessions to achieve maximum results. On average, you can expect three to five treatments to be suggested. The amount of sessions required for the best results depends on the area covered and the concerns to be treated, and it varies from patient to patient.
All those tiny micro-channels trick your body into believing it has been injured so it will start its natural healing process. Your body will then create new, collagen-rich tissue. The more collagen you have, the more those fine lines and wrinkles will minimize as it plumps them. The new tissue is thicker and has improved texture and tone.
Acne scarring and pitting can be greatly reduced by this triggered healing process. Acne scars are caused by cysts forming in the deeper layers of your skin. When they clear up, they leave space in between the upper and lower layers, resulting in concave scars or “pits”. As your body makes more collagen, those concave acne scars fill, revealing smoother skin.
Many wellness providers will then apply or recommend specialized skincare products. The micro-channels leave your skin open to better absorb products and reap their benefits. It’s thought that when we apply serum without this treatment, we typically only absorb about 8%. After this treatment, your skin no longer has the dead and dull layers to prevent absorption and promised results are more easily attained.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
This treatment doesn’t use heat, so it’s safe for all skin types and colors. If you’re not yet ready for more invasive procedures or injectables, this is a great and effective option. Anyone suffering from skin imperfections and signs of aging could be a good candidate. Ask about how this treatment can help with:
- Large, open pores
- Age or sunspots
- Uneven skin texture
- Loss of elasticity
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Only you and your wellness expert can decide if this is the right treatment for you. If you’re addressing multiple concerns, often this treatment can be used with other available treatments.
Injectables can give you instant and dramatic results. There are many to choose from, and, depending on your areas of concern, the timeline of desired results, and the expected outcome, several types can be combined to achieve the right balance.
If you’re noticing changes in your appearance because of the aging process but feel surgical intervention isn’t the right choice for you, dermal fillers are a great option. Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that minimize unwanted signs of aging and provide subtle increases to volume. While each dermal filler works a little differently, they all are formulated to address moderate-to-severe lines and folds on the skin.
This is a collection of FDA approved injectable fillers and is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and volume loss. Composed of hyaluronic acid, the naturally occurring substance found in hydrated, youthful skin, each product corrects particular signs of aging in specific areas. When injected, the result is a subtle increase in volume and a smoother, fuller, more youthful appearance.
The Juvederm collection allows for a non-surgical, minimally invasive solution for addressing:
- Nasolabial folds (folds from your nose to the corners of your mouth)
- Moderate to deep-set facial wrinkles
- Parentheses lines
- Smile lines
These injections are made to work in specific areas and designated to address specific concerns. The treatment sessions are short, and clients can return to their normal daily activities immediately. The results from treatment can last up to a year, provided clients stick to the recommended follow up schedule.
For clients who want longer-lasting results and don’t have an immediate need for results, Sculptra is an innovative solution for volume loss. Initially approved by the FDA to address facial volume loss due to illness, they then approved it to treat lines, folds, and wrinkles in healthy patients.
Sculptra is a synthetic form of lactic acid, something our bodies produces naturally during strenuous exercise. This non-invasive treatment is delivered via injection beneath the surface of the skin. It is a strong trigger for the production of collagen below the surface of the skin. Over time, collagen replaces the solution so results only get better with time. Results improve over four to six months and can last over two years.
Multiple sessions may be suggested to achieve optimal results for your areas of concern. Sculptra is an excellent solution for:
- Deep smile lines
- Deep chin wrinkles
- Marionette lines
- Sunken cheeks
- Loss of volume
BOTOX is the gold standard and one of the most popular solutions to achieve younger-looking skin. Unlike other injectables that solve to wrinkles by filling them in, BOTOX works to combat wrinkles at their source—movement. Over the decades, we make the same facial expressions repeatedly and our skin comes along for the ride.
As collagen diminishes, our skin starts to show the grooves left behind from all those expressions. BOTOX is made from botulinum protein A, a neuromodulator. When injected into the targeted sites, it prevents nerve signals from reaching the specific muscles that cause deep lines. When the muscle’s ability to move is temporarily reduced or halted, the muscle relaxes. As the muscle relaxes, the skin on top has time to smooth out, diminishing wrinkles.
After an easy and quick treatment, results start to appear in about a week and can last several months. Your wellness expert will advise you on a suggested follow-up and maintenance routine to extend your results. The longer those muscles are relaxed, the better your results will be.
Fat Dissolving Injections
A common concern for many people is the appearance of submental fullness or “double chin”. A double chin doesn’t always go away with a proper diet and exercise routine. In fact, it’s notoriously hard to get rid of. Clients who want a non-invasive and effective treatment for this stubborn fat can get fat dissolving injections. This can allow patients to enjoy a smooth and more defined jawline, even if it’s been resistant to diet and exercise.
A successful alternative to surgery, these injectables are made from a naturally occurring substance called deoxycholic acid. Once injected, it goes to work on destroying fat cells while aiding in the breakdown of dietary fat. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are naturally metabolized and removed from the body.
During treatment, small injections are made into the targeted area. Because the solution goes to work on slowly dissolving unwanted fat cells, you’ll notice results in the weeks following treatment. As the days go by, you’ll notice a slimmer, more sculpted, and younger-looking profile. A consultation is the only way to determine if this is the right treatment for you.
Other Anti-Aging Treatments
For visibly reducing or reversing the signs of aging, innovation has given you and your wellness expert a variety of options depending on your areas of concern and desired outcomes. Having a consultation with a professional will help determine the right course of treatment for you.
Fine lines and wrinkles aren’t the only signs of aging for which we seek treatment. Chemical peels are a great treatment not only for fine lines and wrinkles but also for other conditions that may bother you. Peels work by using an exfoliating solution that lifts and removes the top layer of damaged and dead skin, causing it to peel away.
After treatment, the dull layer of skin is wiped away, revealing a new, healthy, layer of smoother and firmer skin for a more vibrant complexion. Your skin will be more receptive to rejuvenating skincare products, so your provider may have specific recommendations to extend your results.
Your wellness expert will advise you on the right peel to address your specific needs. Most healthy adults are good candidates for this treatment, particularly if they have multiple concerns they’d like addressed in a non-invasive way. Other areas of concern can include:
- Uneven skin tone
- Uneven skin texture
- Sun damage
- Dark spots
- Congested pores
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma, and it’s a non-invasive, innovative way to use the ultra-healing factors in a patient’s own blood. PRP is naturally occurring in our bodies and is the first to appear at injury sites to start the repairing process. It works to regenerate elastin, produce collagen, and form new skin tissue. In aesthetics, it is used to help rejuvenate the skin’s natural glow and smoothness.
During your treatment session, a small sample of your blood will be taken. The red blood cells will be separated from the PRP by spinning the sample in a centrifuge. That plasma will then be introduced to your skin via small injections or topically, depending on the treatment being performed. The PRP activates the body’s natural healing process and the regeneration of new tissue. Because more collagen is being produced, you will see more youthful skin for weeks to come.
After PRP treatment, clients can expect:
- Glowing skin with more even tone because of new blood vessel formation
- Smoother skin from collagen production
- A more youthful, fresher and rejuvenated appearance
Choosing the Right Practitioner
It’s important to choose the right experts to address your skin and appearance concerns. Choosing a comprehensive practice will ensure you’re being treated as an entire person and not just a symptom. Talking with someone who understands the connection between your body, lifestyle and general state of wellness will ensure you’re getting the treatment that is most likely to get the results you desire.
Your wellness expert should be invested in promoting and restoring your overall health and achieving your aesthetic goals. Choose a practice where the staff and wellness experts take a proactive approach to your health by personalizing each appointment. The first step to a new, more youthful and invigorated you is to make an appointment. Contact the caring staff at Pure Wellness Therapy of Palm Beach Gardens, FL today. They will treat you as an individual and never just a number or chart. A new, more vital you is just a call away.