Skin needling is a simple, safe, non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment performed by a trained clinician. Skin needling, also known as microneedling due to the size of the needles, involves rolling a series of very fine needles (microneedles) across the skin.
The microneedles cause a tiny puncture hole in the top two layers of skin (the epidermis and dermis), which stimulates greater collagen production, over time firming and strengthening the skin.
The microneedles vary in size from 0.25mm to 2mm depending on the device, area to be treated, and your treatment goals. The needles are attached to a handpiece attached to a radiofrequency (RF) device.
At ENRICH, we use the Secret, a radiofrequency device that maximises skin needling treatments.
What does skin needling do?
- Rejuvenates skin
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Helps remodel collagen in acne scars
- May help treat active acne
- Helps remodel scars (burns, surgery, accident)
- Stimulates the scalp to encourage hair regrowth
- Transdermal drug delivery
- Can reduce hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Reducing the appearance of stretch marks
- Reducing hyperpigmentation (melasma)
What a skin needling treatment looks and feels like at ENRICH Clinic
- Your skin will be cleansed thoroughly so as to avoid pushing dirt or bacteria into your pores
- An anaesthetic cream will be applied to reduce any discomfort during treatments
- Once it’s had its effect, the anaesthetic cream will be wiped off
- A serum will be applied to maximise results
- The roller is applied across your skin by a trained, experienced practitioner
- Skin needling treatments are quite quick and painless – treatments take 10-20 minutes
- Don’t worry, there’s usually no blood!
- Once the treatment is over, we’ll clean your face again, apply a healing, rejuvenating cream to soothe your skin
What to expect after skin needling
- You can expect to see results immediately, with tighter skin
- You may experience skin redness for a couple of days
- There won’t be any pain or soreness
- Results can be seen for up to six months after your treatment as collagen production is increased
General guidelines for caring for your skin after microneedling
- Don’t wear make-up for 24 hours
- Make sure to wear sunscreen (12 hours after the procedure onwards)
- Limit sun exposure
- A rejuvenating serum can be applied to maximise results – speak to your practitioner
- Mild treatments can be repeated every 2-4 weeks, deeper treatments every 2-3 months
What skin needling is great for
Skin needling is an excellent ongoing beauty treatment that improves skin texture, tone and can help combat the visible signs of ageing. Skin needling tends to be more affordable than many other skin treatments, but it is very effective over the long term.
Loosening off tight old scar tissue
Old scar tissue strands can be broken down with skin needling, loosening off rigid scar tissue. Tight scar tissue can restrict movement, for example around a joint like the knee or elbow.
In fact, this was one of the first ways microneedling became an approved cosmetic treatment. A plastic surgeon was using a tattoo gun without ink to break down hardened scar tissue, making it more flexible. His research into the use of needles in breaking up scar tissue was a breakthrough.
Acne or other facial scarring can respond very well to microneedling.
Who can and can’t have skin needling
Any age, skin tone or skin type can undergo skin needling. It’s very safe for all skin types since there is no risk of hyperpigmentation – an issue with some skin treatments.
Microneedling serves several purposes besides improving facial skin for cosmetic purposes. We also use it as an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of acne scarring and stimulating the scalp for hair regrowth.
Microneedling can also be used for transdermal drug delivery. That is, substances delivered directly into the skin via the tiny needles.
How skin needling compares to microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion removes the topmost layers of skin cells, while also stimulating collagen and elastin. This differs from skin needling in that skin needling doesn’t remove any skin cells at all, but also stimulates the skin, and collagen and elastin production.
At ENRICH we use the Erbium laser to perform microdermabrasion, which is an incredible cosmetic laser. It’s important not to confuse cheaper diamond exfoliation with the Erbium laser. The diamond-tipped wand gently sands off dead skin cells, while the Erbium laser uses the power of light energy to vaporise skin cells.
The Secret has some discomfort associated with it, while microdermabrasion is painless.
We independently love skin needling and microdermabrasion as effective cosmetic treatments. They are both excellent skin treatments in their own right, but we use them differently. If you want a skin resurfacing treatment, microdermabrasion is your weapon of choice. Meanwhile, if you want overall, ongoing skin rejuvenation and a broad anti-ageing treatment, regular skin needling can be worth its weight in gold.
Talk to your cosmetic doctor about which is best for your skin and skin goals.
Skin needling is suitable for almost anyone, but there are a few ground rules to abide by
First, if you hate needles, microneedling may not be for you!
If you’ve had anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers in the previous month, you can’t have skin needling. The needles can break down the containment barriers of the other fluids, causing them to shift around, or influence the fluids themselves. This is not what you want after spending all that money on your injectables!
It’s best to avoid skin needling if you are pregnant, on some types of medication, or have certain skin conditions. Book a consultation first – skin needling may not be the most effective way to solve your concerns. Talk it over with one of our skin experts.
How skin needling works to improve skin
The microneedles produce a micropuncture in the skin, which is known as a controlled skin injury. This puncture doesn’t damage the epidermis, which is your top layer of skin cells, but creates a tiny hole.
A small amount of bleeding may occur, but often these treatments are bloodless. The wound healing cascade that follows the puncture includes the stimulation of growth factors that all contribute to skin regeneration and healing.
New blood vessels develop and collagen is produced. The collagen produced in this way has a normal lattice pattern, as opposed to the parallel bundles found in scar tissue – you are not creating scar tissue when you skin needle. This is an important distinction.
Studies indicate that four skin needling sessions one month apart showed up to a 400 per cent increase in collagen and elastin deposition after six months. After a year, effects were still seen.
We are microneedling experts.
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