Micro-needling - A Comprehensive Guide
Updated: Jul 1, 2020
Most people baulk at the idea of needles coming anywhere NEAR our skin - its not the most comfortable thing to think about! But in this post we're going to talk about micro-needling - and how it can transform your skin.
Micro-needling is, as the name suggests, the use of micro-needles on the skin via a micro-needling pen. Think of it like a tattoo pen, minus the ink. These needles move in and out of the skin at an extremely rapid rate, and a shallow depth - typically between 0.25-1.5mm. The procedure takes around 20 minutes, so while it's not super comfortable, its over pretty quickly.
This treatment is a great alternative to more aggressive skin remodelling treatments such as fractional laser, or deep chemical peels. It causes significantly less trauma to the skin, and comes with far less risk than more traditional remodelling methods - while still delivering transformative results.
The Wound Healing Response
The wound healing response is the key to this treatment. When the skin is injured, it goes into overdrive producing collagen and elastin to repair the damage. What we are doing with micro-needling, is creating a controlled wound, just enough to stimulate that same healing response, resulting in significantly increased collagen and elastin production. Not only that, but the healing cascade results in remodelling of the dermal tissue, a process that is transformative for scar tissue, fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores.
Does it hurt? Do you use numbing cream?
Probably the two most common questions we receive on this treatment. Short answer, yes, it usually hurts. But the pain is very manageable, and the treatment is over fairly quickly. If you have a low pain tolerance like me, we offer numbing cream at the clinic which makes the treatment a breeze.
What about downtime?
The downtime after a micro-needling treatment is minimal - the skin will feel tight, and dry (almost a similar sensation to having a mild sunburn), for 24-48 hours post treatment, and flaking can occur although usually only with deeper treatments. Redness in the skin after micro-needling lasts anywhere between 12-24 hours, depending on the individual. Clients are advised to avoid excessive heat in the skin for 24-48 hours (heavy exercise, saunas, hot yoga, etc), and avoid active skincare for the week following treatment.
Micro-needling is cumulative treatment - it requires a course of multiple treatments to see good results. We recommend to have this treatment done at four week intervals, for a series of 4-6 treatments depending on your concern.
Micro-needling for Enlarged Pores
There are very few treatments that actually work to reduce pore size, but thankfully micro-needling is one them. Micro-needling works to reduce pore size by improving the structure of the tissue surrounding pores, reducing the size of the pore opening. It does this by increasing the collagen and elastin levels within those tissues, which has a plumping, firming effect.
Micro-needling for Anti-Ageing
Increased collagen and elastin production plumps out the skin, filling out fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothing and refining the skin's texture. Microneedling can also help to remodel areas of skin with deep ingrained wrinkles. The treatment has an overall tightening effect, so it can also help to reduce sagging in the skin, especially in nasolabial folds, and the jawline.
Micro-needling works on acne scarring in two ways. The treatment breaks up hardened, fibrous scar tissue, and triggers a remodelling process within the skin. The increase of collagen and elastin in the skin causes it to re-heal with a smoother, more even texture.
Not sure if micro-needling is right for you? Book in a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced practitioners to have a more in depth discussion about your skin goals.