The lowdown on microneedling

You only have to Google microneedling to realize it’s a pretty big deal in the beauty biz. Over 9,400,000 search results don’t lie! From salons hoping to coax new clients to beauty bloggers swearing by the needle – dermal needling is here to give that glow.

Acne scarring? Bam!

Fine lines and wrinkles? Not today satan!

Loose skin, uneven skin texture, brown spots, stretch marks, pigmentation… No way, Jose!

So, what is microneedling?

Microneedling is a fairly new procedure involving controlled puncturing of the skin with miniature fine needles. Over a short period of time, it has gained mass popularity and acceptance as it is a simple, cheap, safe, and effective technique requiring minimal training. Traditionally used as a collagen induction therapy for facial scars and skin rejuvenation, it is also widely used now as a transdermal delivery system for serums. (Think delivering serums deeper into the skin where they can do more, faster.)

Contrary to popular belief – it’s a fairly new concept

Microneedling is a millennial!

The invention of the microneedling concept dates back to 1995 when a plastic surgeon (Orentreich) invented a new method of using “punctures” for scar treatment. Far from the fancy device we know today – modified tattoo guns were used! Despite the rudimentary tool, he found success in treating depressed scars and wrinkles. Orentreich proposed a mechanism of creating controlled trauma to promote new collagen remodelling.

It’s all about the microchannels…

The little holes from the needles create “microchannels” that allow sterile serums, to penetrate and absorb into the deeper layers of skin to deliver more powerful results. Serums containing hyaluronic acid, peptides and growth factors, aid in boosting skin renewal.

These tiny punctures are controlled micro-injuries which move skin into healing mode and stimulate collagen and elastin production. This process plumps skin and improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and pores. Microneedling treats everything from wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dull skin to issues such as scars, stretch marks, and cellulite.

Collagen induction therapy is as close to being the “fix everything facial” as we will ever get.

Does it really work?

Like all treatments, when used for the right considerations and in qualified hands, it really works. However, dermal needling often requires a series of treatments and is no substitute for inferior knowledge of basic skincare.

Will it hurt?

Our trusty numbing cream ensures a comfortable experience so pain is very minimal. Many clients describe a buzzing over the skin with a little more sensitivity on the nose/mouth area. Afterwards, clients may experience red skin and slight swelling. Within a day, the skin is generally back to normal or mildly pink. Downtime really is minimal (despite the fact we are creating punctures in the skin).

How many treatments are required?

The number of microneedling treatments all depends on the specific area targeted. I generally recommend a course of four to six treatments, spaced a month apart. The key is to get your client to a “happy place”. Maintenance treatments can then be reduced to every few months.

Should I offer needling in my clinic?

Have you gone as far as you can go with AHA’s, BHA’s and peeling-creams? Need a new acne-busting powerhouse? Want to target ageing like never before? If you’re regularly treating skin types that need extra oomph (which is most of us) – then yes, absolutely!

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