How does Microneedling work?
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’re young. As we age, collagen starts to break down.
The tiny needles used in skin Micro-Needling make microscopic channels in the dermis, triggering the body’s healing response to kick-start production of new collagen and elastin, plumping up the skin.
Q - What skin conditions can microneedling treat?
A - 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)
The micro-needles produce channels in the dermis which stimulate the body’s natural defences to repair the skin, producing large amounts of collagen and proteins to the treated areas of skin. This results in the thickness of the skin being increased by up to 80%, smoothing scars, visibly reducing stretch marks and erasing wrinkles.
Q - Does it hurt? Is there downtime?
A - There is very little downtime, 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. A topical numbing cream is used to lessen sensitivity on the face, so there is no pain during the treatment.
Q - Are there any side effects?
A - 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.
What is Microneedling?
The basic idea behind Microneedling is to stimulate the production of new collagen. Using the skin’s ability to heal itself, puncturing the dermis with microscopic needles triggers the production of new collagen.
Micro-Needling is used to improve skin tone and texture; treating the appearance of ageing; scarring; stretch marks and pigmentation marks from acne and sun damage.
Topical products applied directly after Micro-Needling can be absorbed to a far deeper level in the skin, making them more effective.