Bring Your Inner Beauty to the Surface!
Remember when we were children, and our skin was amazing without even trying?
Our skin was soft and even with no blemishes or wrinkles. It was just plump, vibrant, and healthy.
So what changed? How come we don’t have such effortlessly perfect skin anymore?
One word: collagen.
Well, maybe two words. Elastin, too.
Collagen and elastin are the essential protein fibers of the skin responsible for giving it its plumpness, support, and elasticity.
As we age, our bodies produce less and less of these proteins– leading to more loose, thin, and dry skin. That’s why we see many aging women get surgical collagen injections into their skin.
However, there is a completely natural way to activate our own bodies' collagen and elastin production to bring a youthful vibrancy to our skin. This magical method is known as Microneedling.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive process of penetrating the skin with controlled micro-injuries to activate the skin's natural healing response.
When your skin goes into recovery mode, it increases its production of collagen and elastin– resulting in a more vibrant, rejuvenated appearance.
How does Microneedling work?
In order to perform a microneedling treatment, a microneedling device is needed. (This is the wand which performs microneedling magic.)
This device is basically a pen with a bunch of tiny needles that is rubbed across the surface of the skin to penetrate it and intentionally create micro-injuries.
As the body heals from these controlled injuries, the skin's natural restorative and rejuvenating abilities are activated– leading to healthy and youthful appearing skin. This is because the essential proteins, collagen and elastin, are produced during the skin's healing process.
Microneedling naturally activates the body’s ability to produce collagen, making it an excellent alternative to more invasive and surgical treatment options.
A few days after the treatment, the skin heals significantly and visible results can be seen. And for up to six months after a microneedling treatment, the skin will persist with its healing and your results will keep improving with time!
The Science of Microneedling
Microneedling essentially creates directed mini wounds in the skin, relying on the science of wound healing to restore and rejuvenate the skin.
So to understand how the magic of microneedling works, we must understand the process of wound healing.
There are three main stages of wound repair: inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling.
When the microneedles pierce your skin, it activates your immune response to cleanse the wound and remove the debris.
The body also responds by increasing its blood flow to the treatment area and creating new tissue to restore the skin.
During this second stage, the wound is rebuilt and a new network of blood vessels is developed.
The wound is now replaced by new dermal tissues and blood vessels, resulting in newly-repaired, fresh, youthful skin.
This is how microneedling works on a scientific level– rejuvenating the skin from below the surface.
Is Microneedling Safe?
Yes, microneedling is safe– but only when performed appropriately.
There are a few important factors to consider to ensure your treatment is safe, suitable, and successful- so be sure to inquire about the following:
- Who is performing my treatment? Are they a qualified professional?
If someone is holding a pen of needles to your face, you want to make sure they know what they’re doing. Confirm the credibility of your provider with your Med Spa!
(Here at Hidden Oasis, you can come meet with your microneedling provider directly at your complimentary consultation!)
- Are they considering whether I have any contraindications?
This treatment is only safe when it is suitable! Your professional should evaluate your skin's health and medical history to consider whether you have any contraindications to microneedling.
This should be determined during your consultation session.
If you’re considering the treatment, be mindful on whether you have a risk of treatment by going
over the following contraindications (provided by SkinPen®):
- Active skin cancer in the treatment area
- Open wounds, sores, or irritated skin in the treatment area
- Allergy to stainless steel or anesthetics
- Hemorrhagic (bleeding) disorder or hemostatic (bleeding) dysfunction Pregnant or nursing
- Currently taking drugs with the ingredient isotretinoin
- What device are they using?
Ask your Med Spa which device they use for microneedling.
There is only one FDA-approved microneedling device in the world which was tested rigorously for safety called SkinPen®. We recommend choosing a SkinPen® provider to guarantee your treatment goes well.
What Does Microneedling Treat? Does It Produce Results?
Microneedling evens the skin tone, makes the skin's texture smooth, and tightens the skin.
It is useful in treating conditions of discoloration (like melasma), blemishes (like acne scars), and wrinkles– but is also a great way to promote and maintain the skin’s vibrancy in general.
Some other conditions treated include large pores, fine lines, surgical scars, loose skin, and stretch marks.
Within 72 hours, microneedling shows visible results– and we’ve got the receipts for you:
Microneedling is like a magic eraser.
And these results not only last, but actually keep improving for six months after treatment as the skin continues its healing process.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
Microneedling doesn’t hurt, though it may cause slight discomfort for some.
I know, I know, a bunch of needles penetrating the skin sounds like it can’t not be painful. But trust me, it sounds more painful than it actually is.
You can rest assured that microneedling only produces a mild sensation, especially when performed with the SkinPen® device- with most people reporting that they can only feel the vibration of the device against their skin during the procedure.
Your medical skin care professional should apply a topical anesthetic (fancypants word for numbing cream) to the treatment area before your procedure– which will significantly increase the comfort of your experience.
After your microneedling treatment, your professional should provide you with soothing aftercare and a post-treatment procedure plan.
Here at Hidden Oasis Med Spa, we use aftercare products to calm the skin and prevent it from drying out after your SkinPen® microneedling treatment. We also provide you with a document outlining how to maintain the skin’s health on your own so you can preserve and protect your rejuvenated skin!
How Long Does It Take?
Like we said, microneedling is magic. It just takes a quick bippity, boppity, boo.
It is a very short procedure, normally taking only 30 minutes per session. But of course, it would vary by the individual and their desired results.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
You can do only one microneedling session and still see results for half a year to come.
However, three sessions is usually ideal– yielding the most effective and lasting results of vibrant, radiant skin.
However, if you’re being treated for a certain condition like scarring, discoloration, or wrinkles– it can vary as your medical skin care provider would determine a suitable treatment plan to effectively resolve the condition and achieve your desired results.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The only side effect is that you might just look like a tomato for a little while.
There is little to no downtime for this treatment, however you will experience a bit of redness in the skin similar to mild to moderate sunburn.
This will go away within a day or two, and by the third day you will be left with glowing and renewed skin.
The other symptoms people experience are minimal including dryness/roughness, peeling, tenderness, itching, or slight burning– but these are resolved with time without complication.
And here at Hidden Oasis, we make sure to provide you with the right aftercare measures to prevent these kinds of irritating symptoms. We use SkinFuse Rescue to calm the skin, and SkinFuse Lift to prevent it from drying out.
Microneedling at Hidden Oasis Med Spa in San Antonio
Come experience the magic of microneedling here at Hidden Oasis Med Spa. We offer our San Antonio community the most safe and effective microneedling treatments.
During your complimentary consultation (which you can book online here or over the phone), you will meet with your qualified medical skin care professional.
You will discuss your desired results with them, and they will ensure that you have no contraindications to the treatment by evaluating your skin and reviewing your medical history before moving forward with your treatment.
Your provider will then determine a treatment plan suitable for you to achieve your desired results.
Aside from using the lo and behold beloved SkinPen® approved in safety and effectiveness both globally and nationally by the FDA, we also provide pre-treatment numbing cream and restorative post-treatment aftercare so you’re well taken care of throughout the whole process.
If y’all are in the San Antonio area, swing by for a visit! We hope to see you soon.