What Is Microneedling?
Skin Needling or microneedling is one of the easiest and most effective skin treatments available. Skin Needling is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) which is intended to significantly improve the appearance of acne scars, aged and sun damaged skin, facial lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. It is also useful in dramatically increasing absorption of topically applied skin preparations.
How Does It Work?
The concept of skin needling is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as burns, cuts and other abrasions. Straight after an injury occurs to the skin our body reuses the damaged collagen and elastin fibres to produce new ones. Microneedling allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self repair mechanism by creating micro “injuries” in the skin which triggers new collagen synthesis without the risk of permanent scarring. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin.
What happens during the treatment?
The procedure is carried out by one of our professionally trained practitioners with the use of a sterile Dermaroller. The treatment itself is usually completed within approximately 30-45 minutes depending on the required treatment and anatomical site. Before the procedure commences a topical anaesthetic is applied to your skin to ensure a comfortable and painless experience. After the skin is numbed, the dermaroller is gently rolled/pressed over your skin to puncture the outermost layers of the skin and create miniscule sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen deposition which may last for up to a year, yet they close within less than an hour causing no bruising or injury.
What happens after the treatment?
After the procedure your skin will be appear to be red and flushed in a similar way to moderate sunburn. You will also experience tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area that was treated. This will subside dramatically after a few hours following treatment and within the next 24 hours or so the skin will be completely healed. After 3 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.
How quickly can results be seen?
Visible results of skin rejuvenation are seen after just 6-8 weeks following procedure and continue over the following months for up to a year. A course of three skin needling sessions, at 6-8 week intervals, is usually recommended to achieve optimum results; however great skin improvement is noticeable after just one treatment. We recommend the use of vitamin A and vitamin C products pre, during and post your course of microneedling treatments as both vitamin A and C work synergistically to induce collagen synthesis and help regenerate the skin, therefore enhancing the results from the treatment.
Is Microneedling Safe?
The treatment takes place in a sterile environment and does not involve injections therefore allergic reactions and side-effects are highly unlikely. It is minimally invasive, involves minimal downtime and requires simple after-care (this will all be discussed in your initial consultation).
Can microneedling be performed on all skin types?
Skin needling can be safely performed on all skin colours and types. There is no risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation as the melanocytes remain intact. Other invasive procedures such as laser resurfacing are not recommended for darker skin types due to the potential risks of delayed wound healing, pigmentary changes and scarring, this is where skin needling has an advantage over other treatments.
What are the contraindications and are there any side effects associated with skin needling?
Relative contraindications include; keloid or raised scarring; history of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic conditions; history of actinic (solar) keratosis; history of Herpes Simplex infections; history of diabetes; presence of raised moles, warts or any raised lesions on targeted area.
Absolute contraindications include; scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities; Rosacea and blood clotting problems; active bacterial or fungal infection; immunosuppression; scars less than 6 months old.
Side effects experienced with skin needling are very minimal and usually subside within 24 hours. They can include redness, stinging, itching, tightness and slight peeling.