Skin needling /Micro Needling is often referred to as collagen induction or percutaneous collagen induction therapy and is a dermal therapy aimed at inducing collagen and elastin production within the skin’s lower levels, whilst at the same time refreshing the appearance of the surface of the skin. Dermal therapies such as skin needling can be used as part of a treatment plan in conjunction laser and light treatments and cosmetic injectables, and as a stand alone preventative and restorative treatment to maintain the skin’s integrity and quality.
Skin needling is a skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of very fine, medical grade needles which are passed across the skin creating micro-channels. This controlled ‘injury’ initiates the natural healing process of the skin which in turn results in the production of new collagen and elastin and the regeneration and repair of damaged tissue.
This visibly improves skin texture and tone.
The formation of microchannels with skin needling also results in improved absorption and enhanced penetration of active cosmeceutical products both immediately after the procedure and in the weeks following.
Skin needling can be used for multiple indications such as:
- reduction In fine lines and wrinkles
- improve congestion and oiliness
- reduce the appearance of pores
- improve surface texture
- reduction in acne scars or surgical scars
- reduction in the appearance of stretch marks
- support skin regeneration for tighter, more youthful skin by increasing collagen and elastin
Different grades of skin needling can be used. At Beautiful Concepts we use medical grade Dermapen devices which can go to different depths in the skin to target different concerns.
Prior to any procedure we will discuss each patient’s individual concerns and tailor a treatment program according to their desired outcome. A recommended treatment course will be provided and regular follow-up treatments.
IS SKIN NEEDLING SAFE?
Pin point bleeding will occur during the procedure but should not persist once treatment has completed. The most common side effects of skin needling is increased skin sensitivity and erythema (like sunburn), bruising, crusting and light flaking in the days following. In rare cases grazing, pustules and infection may occur. A rare but possible complication if hyper or hypopigmentation however our dermal therapist will discuss this with each patient and offer appropriate and effective treatment if this were to occur including review by our doctors.
Skin needling is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, those who have been on a course of prescription acne medication in the past 6 months, active acne or inflammatory acne lesions, active infection or wounds. Precautions must be taken In those taking blood thinning medications (including aspirin and ibuprofen) and in smokers.