MicroNeedle/ Derma Pen £90
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedle therapy (also referred to as Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is one the newest, easiest and most effective skin treatments available. Skin Needling or Micro-Needling is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy which is intended to significantly improve the appearance of acne scars, aged and sun damaged skin, facial and décolleté lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. It is also said to be useful in dramatically increasing absorption of topically applied skin preparations.
HOW DOES MICRONEEDLING WORK?
The concept of skin needling is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. Immediately after an injury occurs to the skin our body reuses the damaged collagen and elastin fibres as well as other damaged skin components to produce new ones. Skin needling allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self repair mechanism by creating micro “injuries” in the skin which triggers new collagen synthesis, yet does not pose the risk of permanent scarring. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin.
HOW IS MICRONEEDLING TREATMENT ADMINISTERED?
Skin needling procedures are performed by professionally trained practitioner with the use of the sterile Dermaroller/ Dermapen in a clinic or salon. Before the procedure commences a topical anaesthetic can be applied to the client’s skin to ensure their comfort and a painless experience. After the skin is numbed, the practitioner gently rolls the Dermaroller/ Dermapen over the client’s skin to puncture the outermost layers of the skin and create miniscule sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen deposition which may last for up to a year, yet they close within less than an hour causing no bruising or injury.
WHAT HAPPENS POST-TREATMENT?
After the procedure the client's skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. The client will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 24 hours the skin will be completely healed. After 3 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.
HOW QUICKLY ARE RESULTS VISIBLE?
Visible results of skin rejuvenation are seen after just 6-8 weeks following procedure and continue over the following months for up to a year. A course of three skin needling sessions, at 4 week intervals, is usually recommended to achieve optimum results; however great skin improvement is noticeable after just one treatment. Clients are also encouraged to a homecare routine between their skin needling sessions to enhance procedure results.
IS MICRONEEDLING SAFE?
Skin needling does not involve injections and therefore allergic reactions and side-effects are unlikely. It is minimally invasive, involves minimal downtime (max. 24hrs), rapid healing and requires simple after-care. Clinical skin needling is minimally invasive and normally no blood is drawn, however small amounts of pin point bleeding in clients with thin skin may occur and should be considered as normal.
WHAT TOPICAL SERUMS CAN BE USED ALONG WITH THE DERMAROLLER/DERMAPEN?
Skin needling will induce collagen synthesis on its own (dry skin needling), but skin improvements is significantly enhanced by combining skin needling treatments with the topical application of vitamin A prior, during and post treatment. Vitamin C is an essential co-factor to be used alongside vitamin A. Both vitamin A and C work synergistically to induce collagen synthesis and help regenerate the skin. Because treatment with the Dermaroller/ Dermapen can also enhance the skin’s absorption of the active ingredients from topical serums and creams, it is also highly recommended to use the roller/stamp with problem-targeted products.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING GOOD FOR?
Microneedling is especially effective for ageing concerns such as wrinkles, lines, folds and crow's feet. Because collagen is produced, scars can also improve from treatments especially indented acne scars or chicken pox scars. Pigmentation issues can be helped including hyperpigmentation as well as hypopigmentation. General lack of skin radiance, skin firmness and compactness are also an indication for skin needling treatments and visible improvements can be seen.
WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS OF MICRONEEDLING OR SKIN NEEDLING TREATMENTS?
Relative contraindications include; keloid or raised scarring; history of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic conditions; history of actinic (solar) keratosis; history of Herpes Simplex infections; history of diabetes; presence of raised moles, warts or any raised lesions on targeted area.
Absolute contraindications include; scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities; Rosacea and blood clotting problems; active bacterial or fungal infection; immunosuppression; scars less than 6 months old.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OR RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SKIN NEEDLING?
Side effects experienced with skin needling are very minimal and usually subside within 24 hours. They include redness, stinging, itching, tightness and slight peeling.