The holy grail in the fight against ageing is the skin’s own natural production of collagen and elastin. From the age of 25 the skin begins to produce less of both proteins so beyond that age we must assist the process. Micro-needling creates tiny punctures in the skin thus signalling the skin’s own trauma response which results in the production of collagen and elastin. The face will usually be red and tight for a couple of days but the end result is skin which is plumper and more radiant. Clinical studies show that after a course of micro-needling treatments, spread apart monthly, there is a significant increase in the amount of collagen being produced and retained by the skin. Serum is added to the skin throughout the procedure and, as the epidermis is being punctured during micro-needling, the serum is able to penetrate more deeply into the skin. A chemical peel may be added to the treatment so the skin is being treated at both a superficial and deeper level.
Think: Collagen: the natural “elixir” of youth that depletes as the years go by. Now think: restored collagen production – the holy grail of anti-ageing.
From the age of 25 your skin starts to produce less collagen, so as we age we need to provide it with some assistance.
Micro-needling is an aesthetic cosmetic procedure that involves gently rolling a wand or pen with hundreds of tiny, sterilised needles over the surface of the skin. These pin pricks are miniscule. So much so, in fact, that they’re mostly invisible to the naked eye. But, your skin will become aware of them, and this is where the magic happens.
The wounds are only skin-deep, but the body will rush to start the healing process.
Your skin needs to be repaired and restored and the micro trauma will result in the stimulation and production of collagen and elastin as part of the healing and repair process.
The results? Plumper skin with fewer fine lines, reduced acne scarring, more even skin tone and a general overall appearance of the skin. It's a wonderfully simple treatment that yields amazing results.
The following aftercare advice is essential to help reduce the risk of treatment complications, to improve your comfort/healing and to help achieve the best possible results from treatment. The treated area of skin may feel slightly tender and appear red and swollen afterwards. You may occasionally experience skin peeling and appearances may be similar to mild sunburn. These effects will resolve naturally and should be much improved after 48 hours but may take longer to settle. Avoid any perfumes, fake tan or other harsh chemicals for 72 hours after treatment. • Avoid any makeup for 24 hours after treatment as this can increase the risk of infection. • Avoid rubbing or picking the treated area. • Avoid any skin exfoliation for 72 hours following treatment. • It is important to use a regular moisturising cream around two to three times a day on the treated area. Use more regularly if you feel the skin dry or peeling. • Avoid any products that contain alpha hydroxy acids, retinol, and glycolic acid for at least 7 days after treatment. • Avoid strenuous exercise, saunas, sunbeds and exposure to heat for 72 hours after treatments. These can cause sweating which can irritate the delicate skin and slow down your ability to heal quickly. • Avoid swimming for 72 hours after treatment. • Avoid any excess alcohol or caffeine for 48 hours after treatment. • Wear SPF 30 or greater sunscreen for at least 2 weeks following treatment as your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight afterwards. • Avoid any further cosmetic treatments e.g. Botox or dermal filler for 2 weeks following treatment, or ask your practitioner for advice. • Avoid any hair removal treatments such as waxing for 2 weeks after treatment or until the initial redness and swelling has resolved. • You must seek medical attention and contact your practitioner if you experience any signs or symptoms of infection after treatment. Infection can present as hot, red shiny skin. • You must contact your practitioner as soon as possible if you notice any other unwanted side effects.
Thank you so much Ian and Rebecca, the micro-needling was a Godsend, I had my sisters wedding at the weekend, the treatment generates new collagen and skin tissue, which made my skin smoother, firmer and very toned, I can’t wait for my next treatment in a months time, this treatment really does work it’s magic.