Microneedling stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin in the skin by puncturing the dermis with microscopic needles. The treatment utilises the skins ability to heal itself, in turn triggering the production of new collagen and elastin. In addition to treating pores, fine wrinkles, loss of elasticity, scaring and pigmentation it also enables topical products to penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing their effectiveness.
Microneedling has a whole host of benefits, including:
Collagen is a protein that gives our skin its structure, working like a netting to hold skin cells together. It also gives skin a smooth and youthful appearance, as we have it in abundance when we are young. As we age, collagen starts to breakdown, which can lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
As the skin begins to repair itself, it turbo-charges the body’s natural ability to produce collagen. The tiny needles used in the procedure create microscopic channels in the dermis that stimulate that healing process.
The procedure improves skin texture, reduces the appearance of scars and creates a more youthful tone. It’s no surprise that this treatment has been hailed as a non-invasive way to achieve youthful, dewy looking skin.
Medical Microneedling also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy, works for a variety of skin conditions, including:– Treatment of scars (including burn scars, acne scars and surgical scars)
– Stretch marks (including post pregnancy)
– Wrinkles and fine lines
– Pigmentation marks
Microneedling produces channels in the dermis which stimulate the body’s natural defenses to repair the skin. This leads to the production of concentrated amounts of collagen and proteins to the treated areas of the skin. This results in the skins thickness being increased by up to 80%, smoothing scars, visibly reducing stretch marks and erasing wrinkles.
There is very little down time, although expect your skin to look and feel mildly sunburnt for about 24 hours after the treatment. It will also start to flake after a day or two as the skin cells slough off. This is a normal reaction and after about a week you’ll see the new, brighter, smooth skin appear. A topical cream is used to lessen sensitivity on the face, so there is no pain during the treatment.
It varies by patient, but immediate side effects include redness, flaking, and mild irritation on the treated areas. These aren’t anything to worry about and will subside within 24-72 hours. It may be difficult to apply makeup over treated skin whilst it is flaking; similar to skin peeling after sunburn. Do not exfoliate as this will irritate the skin.