Many people notice signs of aging when skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag around the face, jawline, and neck. Most of us assume this doesn’t happen until your forties, fifties,or sixties. However, the natural aging process (known as “intrinsic aging”) is actually a continuous process that normally begins in our mid-20s!
Every year after age 25 or so, natural collagen levels decrease, elastin production stops, and hyaluronic acid diminishes.
There are additional factors that prematurely age our skin, which include:
- Lifestyle choices
- Daily habits
- Sun exposure (also known as “photo aging”)
- Repetitive facial expressions
- Sleeping positions
At Willow Med Spa, we offer a wide variety of anti-aging treatments. One of our favorites? Microneedling.
Highlights of Microneedling & RF Microneedling
- Series: 4 or 8
- Downtime: Less Than 1 Day
- Areas of the Body: Face, Chin, Neck, Abdomen, Chest/Breasts, Buttocks, Arms, Legs
Introduction to Microneedling
At Willow Med Spa in Morgantown, we accomplish the effects of a microneedling treatment through a device called the Skin Stylus. This unique, hand-held device naturally stimulates the production of collagen in the skin by creating controlled “micro-wounds” with tiny needles. This process encourages the skin to heal and improve on its own through increased collagen and elastin production, producing a smoother, more even-toned complexion.
What Microneedling Treats
Sun Damage & Hyperpigmentation
Overexposure to the sun can result in skin damage and premature skin aging. After years of little-to-no sunscreen use and overexposure to the sun, many of our Morgantown clients find they look much older than they feel. Microneedling is one of our favorite anti-aging treatments to help combat sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Microneedling treatments remodel the skin by promoting new collagen and elastin production to help eliminate sun spots and create a more youthful glow!
Scars from Surgery
Although surgery techniques are as minimal as ever these days, invasive procedures may still leave behind raised or indented tissue of a slightly different color than your natural skin tone. These incision scars are no match for a series of microneedling treatments! In Morgantown, we have a variety of clients that come to our practice after surgery to help reduce the appearance of visible scars from both medical and aesthetic procedures. Microneedling helps complement the healing process by improving the appearance of scar tissue.
Acne can leave scars at any age, especially for those who continually tried to pop, pick, or scratch at their acne while it is active. Microneedling is a great way to address and dramatically reduce acne scarring for a smooth, revitalized appearance.
And just when you think it can’t get any better, we can also add radiofrequency to our microneedling treatments to enhance your results and target additional skin concerns (more on that later).
Although lines and wrinkles are an inevitable side effect of the natural aging process, we can help improve the appearance of them with microneedling! Because of its ability to induce collagen production in target areas, these areas of thinning or wrinkled skin can be naturally filled and strengthened, potentially with no need for injectables.
Did you know you can’t actually “shrink your pores”?! We know, major bummer. Pore size is actually determined by your genes. However, you can minimize the APPEARANCE of your pores by ensuring they remain clean and clear of dirt and debris. This is an ongoing effort that can include both professional skin treatments (hint: microneedling) combined with a solid at-home skincare routine.
Profound RF Microneedling in Morgantown
Just when you think a skin treatment can’t get any more perfect… We go and do it again Willow offers the Profound treatment in Morgantown, which layers the already-amazing power of microneedling with the deep reach of radiofrequency technology!
What is Profound?
Profound is an FDA-cleared, minimally invasive treatment that is more aggressive than traditional microneedling. It was designed to help people who have sagging skin and loss of volume around the mouth, cheeks, and neck.
Much like microneedling, during a Profound treatment, we place a handheld device with tiny needles on your skin. The added benefit of Profound is that it uses radio-frequency technology to release heat energy at a precise temperature and depth.
Profound RF microneedling works by helping the skin to build collagen and elastin. It delivers this energy to deeper skin layers where it is most beneficial. No surgery, no injectables; just your body’s own collagen and elastin to help you turn back the clock on aging.
Learn more about the use of radiofrequency in aesthetics →
What does Profound treat?
RF microneedling using the Profound device has been clinically proven to recreate the skin’s building blocks. In fact, it has been shown to yield up to 5x more elastin, up to 2x more collagen, and increased hyaluronic acid!
Specifically, Profound can address:
- Facial wrinkles: Profound’s energy-based solution produces a 100% response rate to facial wrinkles.
- Sagging jowls: Without surgery, Profound can improve the appearance of loose skin around the cheeks and jawline. It’s basically like a non-surgical alternative to a facelift!
- Loose or sagging skin under the neck/chin: We have strong feelings against the term “turkey neck,” but many of our clients dislike the excess skin under their chin! Profound is the perfect solution to help tighten and smooth this area for a more youthful contour.
- Loose or sagging skin on the body: Profound is safe to use anywhere on the body. In addition to the face and neck, it can also treat above the knees, the abdomen, the arms, and more.
- Cellulite: Profound can begin to reduce the appearance of even the most severe dimpling. Studies demonstrate a 94% improvement in a single treatment!
When to Get Profound
Whether you’re preparing for a beach vacation or a big event like a wedding or graduation, microneedling or Profound RF can help give you a boost in confidence in your skin. This treatment is safe for any time of the year, but you should try your best to come in for your first treatment between 6 to 8 weeks before any special occasion to ensure your skin has enough time to naturally process and properly heal.
Complementary Treatments to Microneedling & Profound
Want to combine the power of microneedling with additional aesthetic technologies for even longer-lasting results?
There are a variety of “laser facials” available in Morgantown, but the key component that brings all of these treatments together under one umbrella is the use of advanced laser technology to heat various layers of the dermis. Depending on the treatment, we can even eliminate the topmost layer of dead or damaged cells. This triggers the body’s natural healing response and generates new collagen and elastin fibers to help improve the appearance and overall health of the skin.
There are two kinds of peels: chemical and manual. Both provide exfoliation of dead or damaged skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin. The more you have, the duller or more lackluster your skin may appear. Before your first microneedling treatment, we may recommend a treatment like the MicroLaserPeel® to help clear away this damage and ensure your microneedling and radiofrequency treatment can reach as deep into the skin as possible!
Kybella is a brand-name injectable formulated to reduce the fat pocket located underneath the chin. If you are thinking about Profound RF Microneedling for tightening the skin around your jawline, Kybella is a great, permanent solution to help you achieve a more contoured look. It uses deoxycholic acid (a naturally occurring chemical in your body) to destroy the fat cells in your double chin in a short series of treatments.
Try the ever-popular HydraFacial™ and DiamondGlow™ facials year round to help keep your skin clean and clear, your pores “minimized,” and dead or damaged skin cells out ♀️ Follow up your microneedling or Profound treatment with one of these amazing facials for the ultimate restorative glow that yields results within one to three days!
A Medical-Grade Skincare Routine
You don’t only clean your teeth at the dentist, right? No, of course not! You brush and floss every day. And your skin shouldn’t be treated any differently. Outside of getting professional-grade treatments, you should maintain a healthy skincare routine with high-quality (high concentration) products to help improve upon and prolong the results you achieve in the office.
Your Local Skincare Experts
Our cutting-edge treatments are backed by the latest innovations and research. All of our providers are exceptionally well-trained and the best in the business. And we are committed to client satisfaction and stand behind all of our work.
Comprising Morgantown’s premier medical spa, the team at Willow Med Spa is trusted by men and women of all ages across the region to provide the most high quality skincare and body contouring treatments and deliver amazing results.
If you’re ready to get your skin in the best shape of its life, schedule a consultation with our staff to get matched with the right aesthetician for your needs. You can also use our Virtual Consultation Tool to discover which treatments may work best to address your concerns.