Microneedling: all you need to know
If skin rejuvenation is all a bit alien to you, choosing a treatment can feel like a total minefield. Horror stories of treatments going wrong and conflicting arguments about what is actually good for your skin can be really confusing - and sometimes even frightening (thanks, Google Images.)
So, if you’re looking for some genuine expert advice to set the record straight, you’ve come to the right place. At sk:n, we employ more doctors than any other skin clinic group and so have access to genuine and impartial medical advice about skin health. Our Inspiring Confidence Blog is designed to distil all of that information down and provide you with succinct, no-nonsense advice about the benefits of our treatments. Here, we take a look at microneedling, a treatment which is hugely popular with beauty bloggers and celebrities, to find out what it involves - and how it all works.
No syringes here
“Needles?” you say. “No thanks. I’m not into invasive skin treatments.” Well, hold your horses a moment, because microneedling is a world away from the anti-ageing injections and dermal fillers that immediately spring to mind when you hear the word needling. “It’s really not a scary treatment at all,” says Rebecca Johnson, Lead Nurse at sk:n’s Harborne Road clinic, Birmingham. “A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the face beforehand, so the client shouldn’t feel anything. This enhances the treatment and reduces any anxiety the client may have.”
Will microneedling make me bleed?
Although there are some needles involved, you should take heed of the term “micro.” The needles used in microneedling are really very, very fine and do not involve a syringe of any kind - in fact, they only gently prick the surface of the skin and are designed to make use of your skin’s natural ability to heal and regenerate itself. “There may be some pinpoint bleeding during the treatment, but this is completely normal,” says Rebecca. “Following treatment, the skin may feel tight and warm in a similar way to sunburn. Recovery time is about 48-72 hours and you can go back to wearing your makeup as normal after that time.”
The treatment is delivered via two main methods: either with a microneedling ‘pen’, or something called a dermaroller.
What’s the difference between a microneedling pen and a dermaroller?
A dermaroller (sometimes called a dermal roller) is a titanium device that is rolled over the skin to create thousands of tiny contact points. These contact points (or punctures) tell the skin to ‘switch on’ it’s wound healing processes, stimulating it to produce new skin cells and kickstarting production of collagen. The dermaroller method is great for treating larger areas of skin that need a general, all-over boost.
A microneedling pen involves a pen-like device which delivers the contact points in a more targeted manner (i.e. to a smaller surface area of skin at a time.) It also involves the application of a solution containing hyaluronic acid, minerals, vitamins and peptides, which is designed to stimulate cell production in the layers of the skin and (like microdermabrasion) stimulate collagen production to improve elasticity. This is ideal if you have localised areas of concern, such as age spots, scarring or stubborn pigmentation and wrinkles which would benefit from a little more TLC.
Is microneedling right for me?
“Microneedling can be used to treat a whole host of skin issues,” says Rebecca, “including acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, large pores, loss of firmness and dull skin. A course of treatments is recommended to get the best results: usually three treatments for rejuvenation purposes and five treatments for acne scarring. Some clients see a difference following their first treatment, but normally after the second treatment the client will start to see visible results.”
Microneedling is used to treat:
- Acne scarring (pen)
- Large pores
- Lines and wrinkles
- Loss of volume
- Dull skin
For more information about microneedling and to book a consultation, click here.