A Beginners Guide to Microneedling
Do you want to know the secret to tighter, brighter, and better-looking skin? We have one word for you and that is Microneedling.
Microneedling is the process of using a derma pen to create micro-wounds on the surface of the skin. These micro-wounds encourage the production of collagen and elastin – promoting the skin to regain its youthful glow. One Microneedling treatment alone has been found to stimulate and brighten the skin for up to 300 days; however, we would suggest a course of 6 treatments to see the best and most long-term effects.
What can we treat with Microneedling?
- Hair loss (also called alopecia)
- Dark spots or patches on your skin (hyperpigmentation)
- Large pores
- Reduced skin elasticity
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
Microneedling VS Lasers and Other Treatments
There are several reasons as to why micro-needling has advantages over other skin rejuvenation treatments; It is much more affordable than the alternatives of laser and peels. It can also be used to treat all skin types whether it be light skin, dark skin, sensitive skin or normal skin – micro-needling will work for you. In addition, micro-needling comes with very little downtime (around 24 hours to be exact), meaning you can have a Saturday treatment and be glowing in the office (or on Zoom) by Monday!
Preparing for treatment:
- Avoid invasive topical treatments such as retinoids, chemical exfoliants, and topical antibiotics for 7 days before your treatment
- Avoid Anti-inflammatory medications as these can interfere with the inflammatory process which assists in the skin rejuvenation
- Avoid any laser treatment, sunbeds, and sun exposure 2 weeks before treatment
- Do not wax, use hair removal cream or IPL in the days leading up to your treatment
- If you’re prone to cold sores, you may need to take antiviral tablets for 2 days before and on the day of the treatment
- Avoid alcohol and any blood-thinning medication as this can lead to increased bruising
Generally, micro-needling is tolerated extremely well. After your treatment, the skin may feel warm and slightly tight. These side effects are normal, and they should fade after a couple of hours and completely disappear within 24 hours. In some spots (where the needles have penetrated deeply) you may find the redness lasts slightly longer, however, this will fade in a few days.
Following the micro-needling procedure, you may notice your skin is peeling and flaking. This is because your skin cell turnover rate has increased – these are the dead skin cells being replaced by fresh, new cells. The peeling lasts around a week and you should continue to apply your facial moisturiser and of course, continue to follow the advice that your clinician has given you.
The results and what to expect
You should notice a refreshed, tight feeling in your skin immediately after the treatment. The production of collagen should begin between 48-72 hours after your treatment. However, some people don’t notice the results for at least 1 to 4 weeks post-treatment. It could take up to two months for the full result to appear.
After only one treatment you may see scar tissue shrink, dark spots, UV damaged skin, and stretch marks reduce. The texture of your skin may appear thicker, healthier, and firmer. Overall, Microneedling is a great option for those hoping for skin rejuvenation without downtime!