What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a type of treatment that uses small needles to cause tiny punctures in the skin. These small contact points encourage the body to create a wound healing response and renew the skin cells.
As your skin repairs, the production of collagen and elastin is triggered to give an almost immediate plumping effect. It can also help tackle other skin damage such as scarring, dark marks, sun damage and ageing.
Who is it for?
Microneedling is preceded by application of a local anaesthetic cream and can be used to treat the following:
- Acne scars
- Enlarged pores
- Tired, ageing, sun-damaged skin
- Pigmentation marks
- Stretch marks
How many treatments will I need?
- Depending on your skin concerns we would normally recommend a course of microneedling treatments to help achieve improvements in your skin
- For skin rejuvenation we recommend a course of 3 micro-needling treatments, spaced 3 – 4 weeks apart.
- For treatments to help reduce the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks and other scars we recommend a course of 6 micro-needling treatments, spaced 4 – 5 weeks apart.
- One off treatments can rejuvenate and boost you skin, and perfect can be perfect for a special occasion.
- During your consultation we will discuss your skin concerns and advise you on a suitable treatment programme
What to expect during treatment
- The procedure is well tolerated. It takes a few minutes 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 are applied on the treatment area on the day of the procedure.
- Your doctor will apply a numbing cream (topical) on the treatment area or inject you with local anaesthetic.
- The skin will be punctured in a specific pattern using a skin needling device. The device will be rolled over the skin multiple times for best results.
- As each fine needle punctures the skin, it will create a channel or micro-wound stimulating skin cell regeneration.
- Depending on the condition treated it may take 5-60 minutes to complete the procedure.
- 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.
- Emollients or antibiotic creams may be prescribed, if considered necessary.
- Rejuvenation of skin may be seen as soon as 2 weeks and as long as 6-8 months after the medical 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.
Limitations and Risks
Generally the treated areas recover rapidly from skin needling. However there are occasional side effects, which include:
- Oozing and swelling during the recovery phase.
- Skin infection with bacteria (rare) or herpes simplex virus (cold sores).
- Milia, which can be easily removed.
- Acne flare, which is usually mild.