Microneedling: What To Know Before Trying It | sheerluxe.com
If you've yet to give microneedling a try, a raft of new technological advances could change your mind. Promising to improve scarring, boost collagen and promote hair growth, microneedling now offers a minimally invasive solution to a number of issues. But is it safe, should you try it at home, and does it work in the long-run? Here, two experts explain all…
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It Creates Punctures In The Skin

“Microneedling is a technique used to reform skin by creating a series of micro-wounds,” explains dermatologist, Dr Benji Dhillon. “It’s a pen-like device that uses tiny needles which penetrate the top layer of skin to reach the epidermis and deeper dermis, stimulating new collagen formation, elastin and hyaluronic acid – all of which are key to ensuring our skin looks young. The treatment allows for tiny controlled injuries, in turn helping the skin to remain tighter and thicker.” According to studies, skin treated with four microneedling sessions produced up to 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months post-treatment. 

Pain Is Minimal 

“Some patients describe the pain to be uncomfortable or sensitive, but as local anaesthetic cream is used, it takes away almost all of the discomfort,” adds Benji. “At most, you’ll experience slightly red skin and minimal swelling, but this should subside by night time or the following day, where you’ll look back to normal or with mildly pink skin.” Skincare expert and clinic aesthetician, Pamela Marshall agrees: “The process itself is fast – about 15 minutes – so pain is kept to a minimum and most experts will offer a healing treatment afterwards that includes skin-soothing LED.” 

At-Home Devices Should Be Used With Caution

“DIY microneedling is rarely recommended by experts,” explains Pamela. “There’s a technique to the treatment that doesn’t create a drag on the skin, but more importantly you can never be sure that at-home equipment is totally disinfected. It only takes setting your needle head down for a second onto a non-disinfected surface to cause irritation. In clinic, needle heads are never re-used, so you can be sure everything is sanitary.” 

    Only A Few Sessions Are Required 

    “It’s different for every person,” says Pamela. “Ideally, you would do a microneedling treatment, then a month or two later reassess by taking 2D photos and comparing with earlier snaps.” Benji agrees: “While everyone is different, generally speaking, three sessions are required, spaced a month apart. However, for deep lines or acne scarring, up to six sessions are recommended, with each being one month apart. It varies, but it’s also worth noting that skin will look plumper and more luminous immediately post-treatment.”

    There Are Multiple Benefits

    “Benefits include a complete reformation of the skin,” adds Pamela. “When you ‘wound’ your skin, the body releases arachidonic acid (AA). AA is the boss of our healing mechanism, eliciting our glycosaminoglycans to build. Ultimately, that means the forming of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. When collagen is first formed, it’s called collagen type three, but after time, that collagen turns into adult collagen, thereby creating a new structure. It also helps with acne scarring, premature ageing, capillary reduction, hyperpigmentation and can reduce cellulite, as well as stimulate dormant hair follicles.” 

    The Bottom Line…

    “The pros are really incredible, especially for clients that have acne scarring or premature ageing,” Pamela continues. “It can become an addiction for some clients and you have to manage their treatment process, as again, you don’t want to over-wound the skin. It’s also quick to perform and very minimal on the pain-front. Plus, the treatment can be combined with other ingredients to enhance the results even further. As for cons, this is based on individuals. Not everyone is a candidate and you should never work on a younger person unless they have scarring and their acne isn’t active. Again, it’s a big wound and it comes with 24 hours of downtime. Always consult with your dermatologist or skincare expert before proceeding.” 

     

    Keen to try yourself? SL recommends these five places:

     

    1. ESPA Life at Corinthia, EspaLifeAtCorinthia.com 
    2. Kate Kerr Advanced Skin Treatments, KateKerrLondon.co.uk 
    3. Define Clinic, DefineClinic.com 
    4. Sarah Chapman London, SarahChapman.com 
    5. Sk:n Clinics Microneedling Treatments, SknClinics.co.uk 

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