Microneedling

Microneedling, Dermalroling or Needling – they are all various names for the same professional treatment.

 

Microneedling is minimally invasive procedure that works by encouraging your skin to make more collagen, which means skin will look smoother, younger, healthier and firmer.

During the treatment, the needles pierce the stratum corneum (epidermis) and create microholes without damaging the epidermis. The pinpricks cause a controlled inflammation to the skin resulting in release of growth factors which stimulate fibroblasts to produce new collagen tissue in the papillary dermis. The pinpricks are 'open' for max 60 minutes and during that time active ingredients being applied reach the deeper layer of the skin.

Microneedling vs Laser

Both treatments rely on different regeneration mechanisms. In the case of microneedling skin regenerates by producing new high quality collagen tissues – smooth and dense.

In the latter treatment, high temperature destroys epidermis – skin reacts with fibrosis where new collagen is of worse quality - its fibres are jagged and have characteristics of scars.

 

 

Microneedling is most often used on the face to target:

  • acne scars

  • age spots

  • fine lines and wrinkles

  • large pores

  • reduced skin elasticity

  • uneven skin tone

  • stretch marks (in other areas of the body)

  • hyperpigmentation

 

 

Risks and Side-effects

 

Like all cosmetic procedures microneedling isn't without risk. The most common side of effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure. The skin could be red, warm and sensitive for a few first days. To have a proper recovery general health must good. Certain conditions, such as diabetes, can slow down the process. Special care has to be taken in conditions with permanent inflammation (hashimoto, psorasis, etc) so that additional controlled inflammation does not impact the patient.

 

If the treatment is performed at home the contraindication have, to be seriously considered, and the highest hygiene standards have to be maintained. For home use, needles up to 0,02mm are considered safe.

 

Contraindications

  • pregnancy

  • certain skin diseases (for example psoriasis, eczema)

  • open wounds

  • recent radiation therapy

  • history of skin scars (keloid scars)

  • active rosacea or acne

  • herpes

  • blood clotting problems

  • the immune system in bad form

 

 

What to expect after Microneedling?

 

Skin will be red, swollen and sensitive for the first few days following the procedure. It is a natural response to the small 'injuries' made by the needles in the skin. To help  the skin recover it has to be protected from any irritants and following recommendations have to be followed:

  • avoid sunlight; sun protection has to be worn every day

  • avoid chemical substances

    • no make-up

    • no perfume products

  • avoid sweat and heat

    • no swimming pool, sauna, gym or other physical activities

    • no seating close to the fireplace at home,

  • look after hygiene and avoid transferring bacteria

    • no cuddling pets

    • no touching skin to much with hands

     

     

You can come back to work or school the next day (usually we recommended doing treatment on  Friday, when on Saturday and Sunday skin can rest without makeup etc for a better healing).


 

After microneedling, your skin works reasonably quickly to rejuvenate new tissue. In theory, you should see results within a couple of weeks.


 

How often can You do treatment?


 

It depends on the skin condition. Due to its nature microneedling requires recovery time between individual treatments to allow the skin to recover. To maximize results, a series is recommended, and they can be combined with other treatments i.e, chemical peels. Sessions within the series depending on the age, general health, and skin condition, should be repeated every 3-4 or 4-6 weeks. A reminder session can be done after a few months.


 

Collagen production is a long-term process, so we can expect that new collagen tissues will be created during the first week or so. It is essential to not repeat the treatment too often. It can lead to permanent inflammation and long-term damage.


 

We will advise you on the best plan of action based on your individual goals.

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