Medical Micro needling is a treatment that constitutes a form of Collagen Induction Therapy(CIT). It is also referred to as a non ablative skin treatment. This means that the deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer of skin. It is designed to treat various skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, light scarring from acne and photodamage, and to improve skin color and other skin texture changes. The idea behind CIT is similar to that of many other non-surgical skin-tightening procedures in that it aims to create a controlled injury underneath the skin's surface, thereby inducing the body to respond through the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibers (neo-collagenesis) as well as new capillaries for an improved blood supply (neo-angiogenesis) in the treated area. The skin plumps and thickens in response to this stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of scars, and fine lines and other skin texture changes. In addition to CIT, the channels made from the micro-needles allow topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively through the top layer of skin.
Which areas of the face and body can be treated?
Unlike ablative procedures which are mainly used for facial skin, the Medical Microneedling can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, leg) and face.
How long does the Treatment take?
In general the whole procedure takes between 30-60 minutes depending on the area treated and if other modalities are added.
Does it hurt?
A numbing cream on the skin is used before the treatment in order to render the procedure painless. Nonetheless, some pressure sensations will still be felt, although these should not be painful.
What is the down time after a microneedling treatment?
Recovery after this treatment depends on the length and density of the needles, which is controlled by the mm that the pen is dialed to. The skin can appear pink or red in appearance for 24-48 hours, much like a sunburn. In some cases with deeper needling for scarring, some minor bleeding and very occasionally some mild bruising may be present for a short time. The skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. Generally the inflammatory reaction of the skin is overall usually short and fades significantly after a couple of days on average, depending on the skin colour of the individual. Patients with a more sensitive skin type or older patients may take upwards of one week to fully recover with the deeper needle depths.
Are there any side effects or risks from this procedure?
Side effects and risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with some mild scab formation in rare circumstances. Infections are extremely rare. Since the tiny pricking channels close within minutes, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post procedure infections are very unlikely. As this is a non ablative treatment hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin area treated is highly unlikely but can very rarely occur. If you have a history of cold sores, then this could possibly flare up after the treatment. Please advice us accordingly. You may need a prescription for an appropriate anti-viral medication prior to treatment.
When will I see results of the treatment
It can take between 6- 8 weeks before visible signs of skin regeneration are seen and the process will continue to evolve over the ensuing months providing a gradual improvement. Although a single treatment can provide a noticeable result, ideally a series of 3-6 treatments spaced about 3-4 weeks apart, is recommended to achieve optimal results .
How often can I do treatments with microneedling?
As often as required, but with a minimum separation time of 3 to 4 weeks between treatments.