Microneedling

Collagen induction therapy – what you need to know! 

Microneeling aesthetic treatment

If you are interested in kickstarting your skin health and having a cosmetic treatment, but don’t want to undergo anything with too much downtime, then microneedling could be a good option for you!

Microneedling is a treatment performed in a clinic that can help with a variety of cosmetic and dermatology concerns, from ageing to acne scarring. Many people swear by their microneedling treatments to get that much desired skin GLOW!

 

What is microneedling?

Micro – means small – and needling – refers to needles. Microneedling therefore involves the insertion of tens of tiny sterile needles that puncture the skin. But how does this help? 

The sterile microneedles repetitively puncture the skin, causing physical damage or trauma in a controlled way. This makes the body initiate a response to heal the wounds and regenerate the skin, which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. This is why it’s also known as collagen induction therapy! After a microneedling treatment, the skin should become smoother, firmer and more toned. 

The common types of microneedling devices used in aesthetic clinics are pens (devices that have a cluster of fine needles at the tip) and dermarollers (uses a wheel of needles that are rolled onto the skin). Your practitioner will have the expertise to recommend the best microneedling treatment for your skin concerns. 

What results can be achieved with microneedling?

As well as general skin rejuvenation and improvement in skin appearance, microneedling can help wrinkles, scars such as acne marks, skin texture, and pores sizes. It may also help other conditions like pigmentation, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), stretch marks and hair loss, with more research is being conducted in these areas.    

Practitioners will usually recommend a set of treatments that will be spaced several weeks apart, which will very much depend on the individual’s bespoke concern and its severity. You will usually start to see results 30 days after treatment and they will progress over time. 

Microneedling may be used in combination alongside other aesthetic treatments such as platelet-rich plasma, depending on your treatment plan, which your aesthetic practitioner will discuss with you. There are also new devices launching that incorporates radiofrequency technology with microneedling in one device, which is gaining huge popularity! 

What are the risks of a microneedling treatment?

For most people, microneedling treatment is well-tolerated with minimal pain, discomfort, or downtime. It can benefit men and women of all skin types, however it’s not suitable those with conditions such as bleeding disorders, active acne, active herpes simplex virus, skin infection, eczema, psoriasis and severe rosacea. 

The common side effects of microneedling include a mild discomfort, bleeding, slight bruising, redness, skin tightness, dryness and skin flakiness. In rare circumstances, skin pigmentation changes or infection can occur, but reputable practitioners will know how to mitigate these. 

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