What is Microneedling?
Micro needling, also known as collagen induction therapy is a process which instigates tiny pin-pricks into the skin with single use, sterilised, tiny needles. Sounds horrific, I know! But actually it’s very impressive and for all round skin health and rejuvenation it might just be your go-to skin procedure.
Micro needling is great for skin rejuvenation and scar repair
As we age, our natural production of the skin’s supporting cells – elastin and collagen diminish and are not readily produced. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but…
Our skin stops producing collagen in our mid-20’s
Which lead to:
- Sagging skin
- Volume loss
Benefits of micro needling
- It stimulate the skin regenerate itself
- Its wakes up the skin allowing it to work efficiently
- It allows for skin repairing
- It is safe
- It creates smooth soft skin texture
- It helps to get that glow!
Micro-needling works by stimulating the skin to activate its recovery cells, allowing the skin to naturally rejuvenate and renew itself.
This process is called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Skin needling is a form of CIT, a deep skin treatment, and can be used for a variety of conditions, not only skin rejuvenation but its also great for acne scarring and general scar improvement.
What’s more, the process leads to the development of new capillaries (more healthy blood supply – yay!) which leads to faster recuperation, and also results in enhanced blood flow – which is always good because it means more nutrition and hydration to the skin cells.
In addition, even though the damage to the epidermis is minimal, it still allows for the enhanced absorption of topical treatments, such as retinols and vitamin C which can further enhance your results during and after your procedure.
What actually happens to the skin?
After a micro needling procedure your body will start to naturally regenerate and repair the skin, working below the surface in the dermis.
This takes time. As new collagen is formed, new skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced.
It can take up to six weeks before visible signs of regeneration and repair are seen, and the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a natural and long-lasting enhancement.
What is used to create the micro-needling effect
I used to us the well known ‘Genuine Dermaroller™’ but this is a little old school now, although I still have some in stock.
I have now upgraded and more frequently use the amazing Dermapen which takes this effective skin rejuvenation to another level, giving amazing results with less damage, less pain and less recovery time. The derma pen is also easier to manoeuvre around the face and it can get right under the eyes which is a area that often needs help…
The Dermaroller and Dermapen are very similar treatments, based on the same idea of CIT for rejuvenation, however the main difference is the angle at which the needle enters the skin and the speed at which it does this.
Skin needling is a great option for clients who prefer to avoid injectable treatments, or for those who are looking at preventative measures, or simply want a overall skin treatment, as opposed to treating a single specific area or blemish.
The Dermapen is massive in the USA and researched and tested to be faster, less painful and more effective than the Dermaroller. See this fantastic article published in Harpers Bazaar.
The Dermapen is just as effective as ablative rejuvenation skin treatments such as Fraxel, IPL, laser resurfacing and chemical peels, but without the significant costs or extended recovery time.
The Dermapen works by vibrating tiny needles into the skin. This shocks the skin, forcing it to go through the natural healing process.
As mentioned above, by stimulating the skin in this way it will produce fibroblasts, collagen and elastin – the components we lose through ageing.
These treatments will enable the skin to naturally smooth out and plump-up.
It is usually recommend that you have a series of three treatments with 4-6 weeks in between them. In the treatment of acne scars and other types of scarring it may be necessary for up to 6 treatments.
Does micro-needling hurt?
It is no spa treatment, I wont lie. The procedure is undertaken after applying an anaesthetic cream to minimise your discomfort; the treatment takes approximately 10-20 minutes, following skin preparation, but I’d allow 45 minutes for your appointment.
How much is a micro-needling procedure?
One treatment is £350.
A course of three is £900.
How will you look and feel afterwards?
Your skin will be very red and very warm. You will want to stay cool and super hydrated. You will not be able to apply make up for at least 48 hours.
Some people are happy to go back to work with a red face, for others i’d advise you to have a day or two working form home.
You will not look like Kim Kardashian below who renamed a version of micro-needling ‘The Vampire Facelift’ Niiiiice….
Micro needling aftercare
All after-care advice will be given to you verbally and in writing during your treatment, along with direct contact details should you have any follow up questions. But generally and for the following day or two:
- No make up
- No sun exposure
- No exercise or alcohol
- No spas / steam / saunas / hot tubs
- Avoiding touching your skin, keep hands super clean.
I always advise you to increase your plain water intake and use a recovery cream to ease any tightness your skin may feel over the first few days.
I love the results that can be achieved with micro needling and believe it’s a great procedure to have for long-term skin health to keep your skin working properly.
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