What is Dermal “micro” Needling and how does it work?
Dermal needling is also called micro-needling therapy or collagen induction therapy. It is a minimally-invasive non-surgical and non ablative procedure for facial rejuvenation that involves the use of a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury. As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound. This encourages the skin to produce new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed. We encourage these developments by the concurrent use of specific growth factors and peptides.
This neovascularisation and neocollagenesis following treatment leads to reduction of scars and skin rejuvenation, i.e., improved skin texture, firmness and hydration.
What conditions can be treated by Microneedling?
Why do you prefer the Dermapen to the Dermaroller?
In my opinion they both give excellent results. However, the Dermapen allows you to change the length of needle DURING the procedure whilst the Dermaroller has needles of one fixed length which my be ineffective in some areas or too deep in others. This makes the treatment with the Dermapen:
Even though the Dermapen reduces discomfort we still recommend the application of local anaesthetic cream for 45-60 mins before commencing treatment.
How safe is Medical Microneedling?
Professional skin needling 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.
There is a reduced risk of pigmentation problems after treatment when compared with Chemical peels and Laser procedures. It is safe to use in areas where laser is contra-indicated such as around the eyes.
This procedure can be used all all skin types. It is a well tolerated treatment and “downtime” is generally 24-48 hours.
How many treatments will I need? Can it be used if I have other treatments?
Generally we recommend a course of 3 treatments 4-6 weeks apart to achieve the best results. Maintenance treatments every 4-6 months will help to maintain the results. Sometimes we recommend intercurrent procedures with chemical peels, medical microdermabrasion, Laser etc to speed up/maximise results. This often depends on the condition being treated and can be discussed during your consultation & assessment.
It is important to remember that, although initial improvement can sometimes be seen within 2 or 3 weeks, the best results depend on the formation of new collagen, elastin and blood vessels and therefore optimal outcome may take 6-8 months.
How will my skin look after the procedure?
Immediately following the treatment the skin is red. It will feel tight due to slight oedema (swelling due to inflammation) in the skin. In general it feels like a moderate sun burn. This generally subsides within 24 hours and return to work the next day is the norm
We recommend the application of good quality moisturising serums as often as is required. If the skin feels tight and dry apply liberally and during this time frame avoid the use of any topical products that cause dryness of flakiness such as Vitamin A derivatives and glycolic products. Use good sun protection to further reduce the risk of peeling and pigmentation problems.
When the skin returns to normal we then recommend return to your usual skin care regimes.