Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment in which a dermatologist or aesthetician creates tiny punctures in the skin using micro-fine needles (from 0.5 to 2 millimetres in diameter).
This triggers the body’s wound healing process, stimulating collagen and elastin production. Additionally, once punctures are made, products applied topically (such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C) are able to penetrate deeper into the skin in order to work more effectively.
- Experts say that microneedling is relatively risk-free and can have real skin benefits when done properly.
- The entire process takes about 15 minutes. A numbing cream is applied first, then the needles are moved across the skin using a small handheld device.
- With the latest technology, the needles are energised with radiofrequency to help stimulate collagen in the skin. Collagen production naturally slows down as you age, and the technology distributes radio frequency waves to jumpstart your natural healing process.
- The result is smoother, firmer, more even-looking skin. By promoting collagen growth, microneedling may help reverse signs of aging such as fine lines and fade acne scars.
- It is not painful! The science has advanced to the point where patients experience little to no pain and any redness should disappear within a few hours.
- There are home microneedling kits but this may increase risk of infection and scarring if needles aren’t sterile.
- You’ll need to keep your skin hydrated after the treatment. Skip harsh and abrasive products, like exfoliators and alcohol-based toners, until your skin has healed.
- You’ll also need to chill on going to the gym and/or sauna for at least 24 hours afterward. Why? Your skin will need time to heal, so it’s important to avoid any activity that can cause you to sweat, which can result in inflammation.