What is it?
For skin Micro-needling, we use a skin-needling device - a pen shaped medical tool studded with 12 very fine needles, which are used to break down old scar tissue and to stimulate skin cells. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibres, as well as in new capillaries for an improved blood supply.
It is useful for the following:
- Mild to moderate acne scarring; any new or old scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Loose, lax skin
- Skin texture and pore size
- Stretch marks
Medical micro-needling can be safely performed on all skin types and all skin colors. As the epidermis and in particular, melanocytes in the basal area are left intact. There is minimal risk of pigment change or post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Skin micro-needling can treat sensitive and fragile areas that are difficult to treat with other procedures. These areas include the eyes, the neck and the back of the hands.
However, it is not suitable for patients who:
Have a used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last three months
Have open wounds, cuts or abrasions on the skin
Have had radiation treatment to the skin within the last year
Have any kind of current skin infection, condition, herpes simplex in the area to be treated
Are pregnant or breast feeding
Have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing
There are virtually no negative side effects, and none have ever been reported in over 150,000 procedures performed worldwide.
How much does it cost?
This depends on how much treatment is required. Price-wise, it is approximately £150.00 per treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
Anesthetic is not usually required but can be requested, as the injections are very tiny causing little discomfort.
How long does it take to work?
Within a week or two, you will notice that your skin is smoother and more radiant looking but the full effects won’t be seen until a few months later
Can you tell I have had it done?
The device slides along the skin, penetrating the upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to 2mm to create numerous tiny needle wounds. The procedure prompts the body to respond through the creation of new collagen and elastin fibres. In response to the stimulus, the skin plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, and fine lines and wrinkles. Most people will experience redness and mild swelling in a similar way as mild sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be minimal pin-point bleeding and/or bruising.
How long does it last?
Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For collagen induction we recommend to start with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction an average of 3 to 6 treatments are recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual responds to the treatments, and the extent of the damage at the beginning. Micro-needling can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc). Most people will begin to see results after the very first appointment.
Could anything go wrong with it?
Since the tiny pricking channels close within one hour, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post-op infections are extremely unlikely.
To ensure the right healing environment, for 2-3 days do not use AHA’s (glycolic Acid), retinol, acidic or “active” ingredients. Exposure to sun should also be avoided or zinc based sunblock should be used.