Getting To The Point Of Microneedling: Does It Really Work?

Getting to the point of Microneedling

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Like Millennials, dentists and cheesy 90’s music, needles have got an unfairly notorious reputation.

Sure, the thought of piercing your skin may seem torturous, but if you think about it, most of the time they serve a vital purpose. Vaccinations, acupuncture – even tattoos, according to those loyal to them.

And on that point (pun intended!), what about microneedling? Does it really work? Is it worth trying out? Allow us to give you the 411!

What is microneedling?

It is a minimally invasive cosmetic practice that has been steadily growing in popularity ever since its first recorded use in 1905 by a German dermatologist – true story!

The holy grail of skin rejuvenation, the microscopic punctures made as part of the treatment offer maximum benefits. Vitally, the pin-pricks – which we make using an innovative pen called the Dermapen – are not only tiny but also only penetrate the surface level of the skin, resulting in a ‘trauma’ which causes the dermal layer to rebuild and renew. That means – you guessed it – less pain, lots of gain.

Determining the right solution for your skin in a world where beauty treatments are everywhere can be like finding a needle in a haystack – pun very much intended. And although we strongly believe in the impressiveness of Microneedling results, we wouldn’t be doing our Dermal CIT treatment justice without delving into its plethora of benefits. So, without further ado, here is your guide to the hottest ticket in skin rejuvenation today:

What is the purpose of microneedling?

1. Microneedling for anti-aging

Probably the most popular reason for the treatment, it does wonders for the skin as during the repair phase it triggers the production of collagen and elastin – great for both treating and preventing those pesky signs of aging.

But don’t just take our word for it – a study from 2008 found that four sessions spaced one month apart produced up to a 400% increase in both collagen and elastin six months after treatment was completed. Say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles, instead welcoming a youthful, firm, toned, smooth and stretchy texture? Yes please!

2. Microneedling for enlarged pores

An added benefit is that the resulting plumping of the skin also makes pores appear smaller, too – win-win!

In case you needed more reasons to invest in your face, it’s also said to improve the absorption of skin care products (which, with a reported tiny 4-8% of your expensive serum penetrating your face, clearly needs all the help it can get!).

3. Microneedling for acne scars

It’s bad enough having to suffer from acne as a teenager – living with the scars afterwards is just adding insult to injury. Unsurprisingly, therefore, Microneedling for acne scars is another much- loved use of the treatment – especially as it can signify the difference between hiding away at home and living your best life. A 2009 study resulted in almost 100% of the subjects reporting a marked improvement in the visibility of their acne scars – sounds good to us! It also works on most other types of scarring, too, such as stretch marks.

4. Microneedling for sun spots and redness

From melasma (skin damage) to rosacea, it’s also a promising treatment for various conditions that cause skin discolouration.

Damage from microneedling: Is it true?

Like most cosmetic procedures, there is a ton of information out there about microneedling – not all of it accurate. One of the biggest misconceptions is the damage it can do to the skin, which is so far from the truth – that is, if it’s done the right way!

That said, here’s what you need to know to ensure safe, effective results from microneedling:

Microneedling is SAFE. Absolutely true – when left to the experts.

Microneedling does have TEMPORARY side effects. True – like with any cosmetic procedure. You may experience swelling, discomfort, redness, bruising and dry skin. Bleeding is uncommon but more of a risk in those with bleeding disorders, which is why it’s always important to disclose any medical history to our qualified Dermal Therapists before undertaking any treatment.

Recovery time is MINIMAL. Fortunately, thanks to the non-surgical nature of the treatment, most people require very little recovery time – if any at all.

I must treat my skin gently afterwards. Ding ding ding! Gentle but powerful products are the way forward here (you may even want to check that what you use has been specially formulated with Microneedling aftercare in mind.). Sunscreen is another absolute must as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun.

Microneedling should NOT be done at home. While yes, you can do this in theory, it’s not a practice we recommend. Aside from the risks that can accompany any at-home medical device, the cheaper DIY alternatives have shorter, blunter needles, do not fully penetrate the skin – meaning limited results, are difficult to clean and can increase the risk of side effects.

Microneedling should NOT to do it too often. Again, you can do whatever you want – in theory – but indulging in Microneedling treatment too frequently can lead to broken capillaries and give you that undesirable plasticky look. Just another reason why it’s best to leave it to the experts (luckily for you, we know just the people!).

So, does microneedling really work?

If it wasn’t already obvious by now: Yes, absolutely! Microneedling is a great solution to various skin problems and conditions!

If you’re interested in try it out yourself, just keep these things in mind and you’ll be well on your way to renewed, rejuvenated skin!

Microneedling results are NOT instant. Absolutely not. Like most things in life, good things are worth waiting for, and because the procedure relies on the growth of new skin, it can take several months before you see the full benefits.

Microneedling is NOT for everyone. We wouldn’t be doing our jobs properly if we treated certain people, such as those who are pregnant or those with an active skin infection, active acne or keloid scarring.

Microneedling is GREAT for those with dark skin, due to the fact that it doesn’t involve peels or lasers, which can cause pigmentation.

Trust the professionals! Once again, the beauty – and importance – of having microneedling done by the professionals is the wealth of information and guidance that comes with it.

So, what are you waiting for? Try it out yourself and we promise, it’ll be worth it!

Virtually painless, incredibly effective and with a whole host of benefits – book microneedling today!

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