Please find below information relating to the most frequently asked questions around Microneedling treatments. We understand the importance of transparency and ensuring that you, our valued clients, are fully informed and able to make the best decision you can. If you would like further information that can not be found below please feel free to contact us.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED?
Our Microneedling Treatments can address a variety of conditions including but not limited to:
- A reduction in acne and chicken pox scarring
- Helps to tighten the skin and restore elasticity to ageing and sun damaged skin
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
- Softens fine lines on the face, hands and décolleté
- Thickens the skin to reduce lines and wrinkles
- Reduction in the appearance of scarring
- Helps reduce pigmentation marks
WHAT PART OF THE BODY CAN THE TREATMENT BE PERFORMED ON?
The treatment can be carried out anywhere on the body, however the usual and most popular areas are the face, neck, décolleté and hands. It is also used on thighs, buttocks, hips and abdomen.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION?
Yes. This is a really important part of the treatment, both for you and for us. This is very much an opportunity to ask us any questions and discuss any concerns, and we in turn will take time to fully explain the treatment, what it entails and if the treatment is suitable for you. You will also be advised how many treatments are recommended for the specific skin concerns you have.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and a topical local anesthetic cream will be applied to the area being treated. This is left on for around 20 minutes to take effect. The cream is removed and the needling starts, which can take anything from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. The roller is repeatedly rolled over the skin to produce thousands of micro-medical needle-columns in the skin. Each column will penetrate into the dermis of the skin and will be approximately 0.1mm in width. The column will close rapidly enabling the skin to recover quickly – often in the same day. The treated skin will show micro bleeding and this is the required end point of the treatment.
The skin will be cleansed following the treatment, and the appropriate skin care applied, enabling the products to sink deep into the dermal layers
HOW DO I LOOK AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Immediately following the treatment you will look red, resembling moderate sunburn. The skin will feel warm and slightly tight. This will normally reduce within the same day, with only slight redness the following day. You can return to most normal activities that day.
WHAT ARE THE POST CARE PROCEDURES?
- Use only tepid water to cleanse the face for the next 48 hours and pat dry using a clean towel
- It is recommended make-up is not applied for at least 12 hours
- A high factor SPF must be used following the treatment
- Do not touch the area immediately after treatment
- It is not recommended that you participate in high impact exercise for 12 hours following the treatment
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The micro channels cause keratinocytes and fibroblasts to produce numerous growth factors to induce collagen and elastin production, that in turn generate new skin cells to repair itself. Blood supply is also enhanced without leaving any damage to the epidermis at all. Over the following weeks the skin becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE THE RESULTS?
This will depend on your cell renewal process, as this slows down as we age. In general it can take up to 8 weeks to see any results, however the regeneration process will continue over the following months giving a gradual enhancement.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
This will be dependent on a number of factors including age, area being treated, skin condition and damage. In most cases it is usually a course of either 3 or 6 treatments, generally spaced between 4 and 8 weeks apart. It is recommended a one-off treatment is performed every 6 months to maintain the effects.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Microneedling is safe, with minimal side effects or risks associated. The skin will be red in appearance for a couple of hours following microneedling treatment, much like moderate sunburn, with some minor bleeding and bruising possible. The area will feel warm, dry or tight for a short while. Other side effects typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. If you have a history of cold sores, this could possibly flare up after treatment.
IS THERE ANYONE WHO IS UNABLE TO HAVE THE TREATMENTS?
Microneedling is suitable for most skin types, however, it is not suitable for clients who:
- Have used Roaccutane (isotretinoin) within the last 6 months.
- Have open wounds, cuts or abrasions to the skin.
- Have had radiation treatment within the last year.
- Have a current outbreak of herpes simplex (cold sores) active acne, or any other infection or chronic skin condition in the area to be treated.
- Have areas of the skin that are numb or lack sensation.
- Are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.
DOES IT HURT?
The area will be anaesthetised with a topical local anaesthetic and therefore should not be painful. However the brow area and the upper lip are slightly more sensitive to treat.
DOES MICRODEEDLING REALLY WORK?
Microneedling is supported by clinical studies, and shown to be an effective non-surgical and non-ablative treatment for a variety of skin conditions. These include ageing, (wrinkles, fine lines, and stretch marks), scarring (acne and surgical), as well as cellulite and hyperpigmentation.
Studies have also shown that microneedling is often a better treatment than dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing. It is proven to be just as effective in its ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Regular microneedling can thicken skin, smooth scars of all sizes, and erase wrinkles.