Microneedling therapy (also called collagen induction therapy), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin.
Professional microneedling is considered to be one of the safest skin treatment procedures.
What is Microneedling used for?
Microneedling aids in the process of neovascularization (formation of new capillaries) & neocollagenesis (formation of new collagen) & is effectively used for:
- Reducing all scars including:
- Hypertrophic scars
- Surgical scars
- Fading stretch marks
- Hyperpigmentation e.g. in melasma
- Reducing fine lines and deep wrinkles, tightening sagging skin
- Improved skin texture, firmness and hydration
- Reduction in pore size
- Alopecia (hair loss and balding)
Benefits of Microneedling
- Suitable for thin and sensitive skin
- Reduced risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring therefore safe on ethnic or dark skin.
- The procedure is well tolerated and well accepted by clients,
- It is cost-effective, and can be done on areas of skin not suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as near eyes.
- As opposed to ablative laser resurfacing, the epidermis remains intact and is not damaged. For this reason, the procedure can be safely repeated if needed.
- Treatment does not result in a line of demarcation between treated and untreated skin, as usually occurs with other resurfacing procedures.
- The client can resume regular activities within a few hours
How many skin needling procedures does one need?
The number of needling procedures depends on the individual skin condition. Four to six treatments may be needed for moderate acne scars. Scars from thermal burns and stretch marks may require up to 10 procedures.
In the case of wrinkles associated with ageing skin, one or two refresher skin needling treatments are recommended every year.
A course of treatments will be customized according to the age/severity and cause of scar tissue.
Treatments are approximately 1 hour in duration (depending on the size of the target area). Rejuvenation of skin may be seen as soon as 1 week and as long as 6-8 months after the procedure.
Burn scars are slow to respond. It can take up to 6 months to 1 year to see the final results from a single treatment.
What is the difference between Microneedling & Dermarollers?
One of the biggest differences between the home-use instruments and automated medical microneedling is the size of the needles. Instruments intended for use at home have needles that are less than 1mm in length. These specially designed home needling models with short fine needles may be used 2-3 times per week with penetration into only the superficial epidermal layers. Professional devices range from 1mm to 3mm and are used in combination with highly active topical gels – thus the serums are "needled" into the living or deeper dermal layer of the skin for maximum results. It is only at this depth of the skin that one can treat sin conditions with long term effect. However this can also allow for infection if not performed by trained aesthetician.
In addition – The Dermetone Microneedling System encompasses:
- Galvanic: to maximize absorption and reduce recovery time
- Photon: independent photon emitter that enhances cell activity and improves texture
- Sense Vibration: intensifies absorption and enhances penetration of nutrients
- 540 Microneedles: the large number of needles increase contact with the skin and minimizes discomfort
Are there any side effects from skin needling?
Generally the treated areas recover rapidly from microneedling. However there are occasional side effects, which include:
- Swelling and redness during the recovery phase of a few hours
- Skin infection (very rare)
- Milia, which can be easily removed
- Acne flare, which is usually mild and very rare. This treatment is not recommended for those with an active acne breakout.