What is Microneedling and how does it work?
Microneedling is quickly becoming the celebrity skin fix of choice. Ok, it might sound like something from a Saw movie but when it comes to rejuvenating the skin before a major event, the A-list can't get enough. And who can blame them? With minimal downtime, no injectables and firmer, tighter skin after just one treatment, wouldn't you be interested? What the process does is kick-start your body's natural healing defenses. When your body perceives injury, it gives your cells a signal to stimulate your fibroblasts to start producing more collagen and elastin, as well as giving you a surge of growth hormone. Along with protein, it will help to gradually thicken the dermis, which increases your skins firmness.
Why do we need it?
As we age, out bodies get less effective at producing collagen and elastin - hence why we get wrinkles and notice more sagging in our skin. Try as we might, it's very hard to rectify this damage with skincare products, as collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed when you apply them topically. The only way to get your skin behaving like it's 21 again is to give a little bit of a jump-start - hence the controlled, superficial injury.
Microneedling is considered to be one of the safest skin treatment procedures. Unlike chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser treatments, skin needling causes minimal damage to the skin.
What is Microneedling used for?
Reducing scars (including hypertrophic scars) caused by acne, surgery or thermal burns
Fading stretch marks
Reducing fine lines and deep wrinkles
Dyspigmentation e.g in melasma
Tightening sagging skin.
Benefits of Microneedling:
Reduced risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring therefore safe on ethnic or dark skin.
Suitable for thin and sensitive skin.
The treatment can be performed in an office setting and does not need any extensive special training or expensive instruments.
The procedure is well tolerated and well accepted by the patients,
It is cost-effective, and can be done on areas of skin not suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as near eyes.
As opposed to ablative laser resurfacing, the epidermis remains intact and is not damaged. For this reason, the operation can be safely repeated if needed.
You can resume regular activities within a few hours, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles. Treatment options like laser resurfacing or dermabrasion are often associated with considerable downtime from daily activities of the patient in the post- treatment period.
What is the Microneedling procedure like?
The procedure is well tolerated. It takes up to an hour to complete, depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the problem.
No lotions, makeup or other topical products can be applied on the treatment area on the day of the procedure.
The skin is punctured in a specific pattern using a microneedling device.
As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound stimulating skin cell regeneration.
A minimum of six weeks is recommended between two treatments as it takes that long for new natural collagen to form.
Skin needling is well tolerated by patients but dryness, scaling, redness and swelling may be seen after treatment, lasting for several days or longer, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles.
Sun protection for several weeks is recommended.
In the case of acne scars, after the skin needling procedure, the face should be cleaned with a gentle cleanser before bed. The next day, the face may be cleansed and makeup, lotions and other topical products applied as usual.
As the microholes close quickly, postoperative wound infection is rare.
Rejuvenation of skin may be seen as soon as 2 weeks and as long as 6-8 months after the procedure.
Burn scars are slow to respond. It can take up to 6 months to 1 year to see the final results from a single treatment.
How many skin needling procedures does one need?
The number of needling procedures depends on the individual skin condition. Three to four treatments may be needed for moderate acne scars. Scars from burns and stretch marks (striae) may require up to 5 procedures.
In the case of wrinkles associated with ageing skin, one or two refresher skin needling treatments are recommended every year.
What is the Cost of Procedure?
$150 Full Face Treatment or a package of 3 for $350