Are Microneedling results permanent?
This is a question that we are frequently asked within the clinic and is one which we can answer both yes and no to depending on what concern is being treated. Microneedling results achieved are permanent when treating scarring such as acne scars, the scars will not come back once they have effectively been reduced or removed. Microneedling for other concerns require ongoing treatments to achieve a lasting effect.
How does Microneedling work?
Microneedling boost’s collagen production in the area being treated by causing micro wounds to the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin, that then triggers the body’s natural healing process releasing more collagen and elastin to the area.
How long before results can be seen?
Most clients will see the full results from a microneedling session at between four and six weeks post treatment. This period gives the body enough time to produce the collagen and elastin which is then sent to the micro wounds caused by the microneedling procedure.
What is Microneedling good for?
Microneedling is an excellent treatment for addressing many skin concerns such as,
- Premature ageing, fine lines and wrinkles
- Scarring includes acne, surgical and others
- Uneven skin tone
- Reducing the appearance of enlarged pores
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Improves the effectiveness of topical treatments
Who or what is not suitable for Microneedling?
- Any suspicious lesions must have been seen or diagnosed by a gp or specialist medical practitioner prior to beginning treatment
- Discontinue any autoimmune therapies and retinoid products 24 hours prior to beginning treatment
- Anyone with ACTIVE Acne, Rosacea or any other inflammatory condition
- Open wounds must not be treated
- Anyone undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- Anyone suffering with moderate to severe chronic skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis
- Blood dyscrasias – anticoagulation therapy and or medication
- Extreme Icelodial tendency
- Herpes labialis or any other local infection such as warts
What is collagen and its purpose in the body?
Collagen is a protein that plays an essential role in the human body, it occurs throughout the body but especially in the skin, bones and connective tissue. Collagen is the substance that holds the body together, forming a scaffold to provide strength and structure. Some types of collagen fibrils, gram for gram is stronger than steel. As the collagen production naturally starts to decline as we age the skin loses some of its firm, plump and youthful appearance.
Microneedling is a collagen induction therapy and will help to restore some of what is lost.
When should you start having Microneedling?
It is a good idea to start having microneedling treatments in your mid-late 20’s and most definitely by the time you are in your 30’s. This is so the boost in collagen production is more significant. This will then train the skin to produce collagen regularly and keep your skin looking younger, plumper and fresher for longer. The body produces collagen naturally and it is in abundance when we are young but unfortunately this production starts to decline at around the age of 25 and continues to reduce as we get older.
It decreases even more in women after the menopause. Other factors such as smoking, sugar, ultraviolet rays and pollution all contribute to the decline of collagen production as well.
Microneedling for skin rejuvenation
When microneedling the skin to achieve rejuvenation this will require a course of at least 3 treatments spaced out at four weekly intervals to achieve maximum results and then a maintenance programme of six weekly treatments to not only achieve the best results possible but also to maintain and improve on them.
Microneedling for pigmentation
Pigmentation is a skin condition that will take a longer period of time to treat and achieve the desired results. Usually to treat pigmentation effectively it involves a multi product and treatment approach and requires a high level of commitment from the client as consistency is key and microneedling plays a big part in this.
Does Microneedling hurt?
Microneedling isn’t painful but can be uncomfortable depending on the area and concern being treated as this will determine how deep the needles will need to penetrate the skin to achieve the desired results. Numbing cream can be applied prior to treatment to ensure less discomfort during treatment.