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.
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 were young. As we age, collagen starts to breakdown. The tiny needles used in skin microneedling make microscopic channles in the dermis, triggering the body’s healing response to kick start production of new collagen and elastin, plumping up the skin.
Microneedling is used to improve skin tone and texture; treating the appearance of aging, scarring, stretch marks and pigmentation marks from acne and sun damage. Topical products applied directly after microneedling can be absorbed to a far deeper level in the skin, making them more effective.
How does microneedling treatment work?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles to stimulate the production of new collagen. These micro injuries trick the skin to thinking it’s damaged and stimulate the healing process just like your skin would act if you cut your finger. The skin is stimulated to increase collagen production resulting in the skin thickness increasing by up to 80%, diminishing wrinkles, smoothing scars and visibly reducing stretch marks.
Does it hurt?
We apply a numbing cream so your discomfort is minimal. A slight pinch can be felt in some areas but clients have reported that “It’s a lot less painful than I initially imagined”.
Who is it good for?
Microneedling suits nearly every skin. It is primarily for those looking to improve the look of their wrinkles and fine lines, acne scarring, large pores, sun damage or redness. But it’s also amazing for everyone who simply wants a great rejuvenating treatment that gives long-lasting results for months to come.
What to expect during treatment and why does it take 2 hours?
Your therapist will start with an in depth consultation and skin analysis. The skin is thoroughly cleaned and anaesthetic cream is applied to ensure minimal discomfort during the procedure. You can then relax in the treatment room for 30 minutes while the anaesthetic takes effect.
When your skin is ready, your therapist performs the treatment by rolling the microneedling device or using the dermapen on your skin creating tiny holes in the surface. We then apply a customised serum to the skin which is easily absorded through these micro channels. For further hydration we also apply a sheet mask to hydrate and soothe the skin. All this is followed by a soothing cream that you get to bring home with you to use over the next couple of days until the skin returns to it normal self.
Microneedling + Dermalux
We highly recommend combining microneedling with Dermalux LED Phototherapy to maximise healing of the skin and drastically minimise the downtime of skin recovery. Dermalux LED phototherapy will also enhance the result of this treatment by further stimulating collagen and energising skin cells.
Is there a downtime?
It’s not a red-carpet treatment that leaves your skin looking perfect immediately. It takes a couple of days – usually 3-4 for skin to return to normal however this is minimised further with Dermalux LED Phototherapy.
How many treatments do I need?
We recommend a course of 3 treatments for skin rejuvation. Clients with scarring may need 6 treatments depending on the level of scarring. We reccomend a treatment every 3-4 weeks. A course of 4 microneedling sessions 3-4 weeks apart results in 400% increase in collagen and elastin for up to 6 months after completing treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Common side effects are minor redness, heat, tightness and skin irritation directly post treatment. There can also be general dryness lasting for a couple of days. Side effects should quickly clear to reveal brighter and more youthful looking skin.
Are there any contraindications?
- keloid scarring or raised moles
- history of eczema and psoriasis
- cold sores
- active acne
- pregnancy and breastfeeding
Book in for your free skin consultation and we will go through everything with you before doing any treatments.
Do I need a patch test and how do i get started?
We reccomend you first book in for a free consultation or a facial or peel. This way we can analyse your skin, review your home skincare routine, and apply a patch test of our numbing cream.