Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation and collagen induction procedure that involves the use of a manual or mechanical device –a derma-roller, or a mechanical device with a tip that contains fine needles, the Dermapen.
The needles (depth 0.25-2.5mm), are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body’s natural mechanisms to produce new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, the texture and firmness of the skin are significantly improved while scars, pore size, and stretch marks are reduced.
During a microneedling treatment, a specialized cocktail of active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, antioxidant vitamins, peptides, amino-acids, etc, may be used to enhance treatment. The cocktail solution penetrates the superficial corneum skin layer and reaches the deep layers and the dermis. Depending on the cocktail’s attributes, it acts on various cell processes promoting skin rejuvenation, anti-oxidation, hydration, collagen and elastin synthesis and inhibit melanin production.
Depending on the problem and area being treated, the doctor or specialized therapist will indicate the depth of the microneedling procedure and specify the sessions required.
Microneedling is a very comfortable procedure during which a topical anaesthetic cream is used. There’s little or no downtime, depending on the depth and intensity of the needling process.
The Dermapen device has an adjustable micro-needling depth, from 0.25 to 2.5mm, depending on the area being treated, the indication and the thickness of the skin. This allows for a more selective and truly individualized treatment. Additionally, the small tip of the device can be used to treat difficult and/or sensitive areas, for example around the eyes, lips and nose area.
The microneedling method is considered a natural treatment as it uses the natural healing mechanism of the skin, without the risk of adverse reactions and very little recovery time.
Indications for Microneedling:
Due to its versatility this method can be used on the face, neck, décolleté and areas on the body such as hands, arms, abdomen, thighs and more.
- Photodamaged skin
- Acne scars / post-trauma scarring
- Stretch marks
- Dull, tired-looking skin
- Open pores
Is the Microneedling procedure painful?
The procedure is not painful as a topical anesthetic cream is used, making it very comfortable.
How soon are the results noticeable?
Some initial results are noticeable 1 or 2 weeks after the 1st session, when the skin starts to look and feel brighter and fresher. The results continue to improve for weeks after the treatment.
Depending on the indication and the extent of the problem, usually 3-10 sessions are required at 2-3 weeks interval between sessions.
Are there any reactions or contraindications to the procedure?
A mild redness can be expected right after the treatment, which will start to subside within a few hours and will not last longer than 1-2 days.
Microneedling triggers the skin’s natural healing mechanisms, therefore is very safe and any adverse reactions are not anticipated from the procedure.
Prolonged exposure to the sun should be avoided the use of a sunscreen is highly recommended. Additionally, the doctor or therapist will recommend specialized rejuvenating/antioxidant products for home use.
Any ablative or laser treatments or abrasive/chemical peels and depilation should be avoided for at least 10 days prior and after the microneedling procedure.
Can Microneedling be combined with other treatments?
Depending on the treatment indication, Microneedling may be combined with injectable mesotherapy, PRP mesotherapy, Accent RF, Ultraformer HIFU, Matrix IR, SRF, iPIXEL, thread lifting, etc.