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Microneedling

 Microneedling face and neck with a dermapen

Microneedling / Collagen Induction Therapy

Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment which has the ability to rejuvenate the skin, combat signs of aging, and address various dermatological concerns. Not only is microneedling is a safe way of rejuvenating the skin, it is also an effective way to treat the following skin concerns:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Acne scarring
  • Ice pick scarring
  • Closed acne lesions
  • General scarring
  • Stretch marks
  • Rosacea (6 treatments at 4-6 week intervals or thereabouts are recommended)
  • It can also be used as a treatment for hair loss but several treatments are needed to see a difference.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a non surgical, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure involving a device with fine needles – either a microneedling roller or a microneedling pen (I use a pen),  to create controlled micro-injuries on the skin’s surface. These microscopic punctures stimulate the body’s natural healing processes, leadiong to increased collagen and elastin production. These vital proteins enhance skin structure and elasticity, which results in a smoother, more youthful appearance with enhanced texture and tone.

When microneedling is performed it also allows increased quantities of topically applied nutrients, such as hyaluronic acid, to reach deeper into the skin where they can be more effective.

It is recommended that a course of three or four treatments are taken at an interval of around 4-6 weeks between each treatment. Acne scarring will require around 6 treatments, depending on the depth of the scar and how your skin heals.

What happens during a treatment?

The microneedling process begins with the application of a mild numbing cream to minimize discomfort. The skin is subsequently cleansed and cleaned with an antibacterial product. It’s best if you arrive for your appointment makeup free.

I apply hyaluronic acid to the face as a medium to help the dermapen move smoothly across the face. I then move the dermapen gently across the area(s) to be treated – often the full face and neck.

How Many Treatments are Needed?

The number of microneedling sessions required varies based on individual skin concerns and goals. Generally, a series of three to six treatments, spaced several weeks apart, is recommended for optimal results. Some individuals may notice improvements after just one session, but a noticeable effect is more likely observed with multiple treatments. I will help you develop a treatment plan when you visit. Some people like to continually have microneedling treatments, every 4-6 weeks or so, to continually slow down the appearance of aging in the skin, on occasions before it occurs.

What are the Side Effects?

Microneedling is a safe procedure when performed by a trained practitioner. However, potential side effects include redness, swelling, and mild discomfort immediately after the procedure. Some post treatment peeling can occur a few days after treatment – also the skin can feel a little dry. However the skin is not actually dry, the feeling is caused by the dead skin cells of the stratum corneum (the top layer of the epidermis) which can shed.

These effects typically subside within a few days. It’s worth noting that if you suffer from frequent cold sores, treating the area around the mouth can allow the virus to take hold. If this is a concern to you, it’s worth talking to your GP about using anti-viral medication before and after having a microneedling treatment. Alternatively, I can avoid the area around the mouth.

What is the Aftercare?

Aftercare is crucial to ensure optimal results and minimize potential side effects. Post-treatment recommendations include:

  • keeping out of the sun for two weeks after treatment to prevent UV damage. Regardless of treatment, it’s always a good idea to wear daily sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays, as sunlight is one of the biggest causes of skin damage.
  • using a gentle skincare products: opt for mild, non-irritating cleansers and moisturizers to support the healing process.
  • not wearing makeup temporarily: the channels made by the microneedles take between 4 minutes and 4 hours to close, so play it safe and don’t wear any makeup until the following morning after treatment.
  • staying hydrated: drink lots of water to stay hydrated and  support the natural healing process.
  • avoiding hot baths, saunas, steam rooms and extreme aerobic exercise for 12 hours after treatment.

See also RF Microneedling

 

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