This is an incredibly popular treatment in my clinic! It really is the next generation of effective, safe and results driven procedures. Microneedling, also known as Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy has been around since around 1995 but does have distant origins in Chinese acupuncture.

Personally, I have been having microneedling on my face in one form of another for around 10 years now. In the early days, it was all about the ‘Dermaroller’, this is a manual roller device that had small needle spikes on it and was literally rollered over your face, often causing bleeding and it was rather painful too! Due to it being a roller shape, it was a bit awkward to get around the contours of your face, around your nose. Also as the needles are static and so remain at the same length throughout the whole treatment (our skin on our face is of varying depths) so depending on what needle length you are using, you would need to adjust depth as you go around delicate areas such as around the eyes and forehead where the skin is much shallower than the cheeks for example – ouch! Then there was the ‘Dermastamp’, think a flat, postal stamp shaped device that was pressed in to your face, see previous comments around needle depth, facial contours and I would estimate it hurt me twice as much! Despite the pain, I endured it as I saw the results!

The industry is now moving towards digital needling devices, thankfully! These sophisticated machines take microneedling to the next level, with adjustable needle depths, lightning speed settings which create microscopic wounds in the skin. The Dermatude device I use creates 2700 per second on the face and 5700 on the décolleté due to the 18 and 38 needle cartridges that are available now. The reason these devices are so effective is because they very safely, very delicately create microchannels in your skin. The needles should simply skim the dermal/basal layers of your skin to trigger the body’s own healing mechanisms. As the body detects this ‘controlled wounding’ it starts to send out the repair teams, fibroblasts pump out collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, growth factors flood the area.

Why ‘damage’ your skin?

In order to make real changes to your skin, you have to make changes the skin cells and so by creating wounding, the body brings in new, fresh cells replacing the old, damaged tissue. The result is a firmer, more youthful remodelled skin network as the injured tissue heals.

During the microneedling process, I implant a potent serum in to this dermal layer as absorption of active ingredients is increased by up to 300%. The body can utilise these formulations which also can aid and accelerate healing and cell renewal. It is imperative that only products that have been specifically designed to be used on ‘broken’ skin are used during and immediately after this treatment. In my clinic, I only use Dermatude products which are all designed especially for microneedling treatments.

I do get asked if I do Vampire Facials which is also known as PRP Therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma) which is needling with your own blood which is separated to create the PRP and this is needled or injected back in to your face/body). Whilst it does have it’s place, the results can vary so much down to various factors such as the quality of the centrifuge used, the patients’ general health (if you’re a bit run down or ill then your own PRP might not be top quality that day), method of blood retrieval and so on. I also believe that only medically trained people should be taking and handling blood. I find that the microneedling serums are clean, safe and extremely effective.

Indications for microneedling:

Sallow or dull skin
Ageing skin that is losing firmness
Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, folds
Rough or uneven skin texture
Scars (specifically indented acne scarring)
Skin redness (fine skin with spider veins and sensitive skins with redness
Acne Rosacea (as long as not active at time of treatment)
Acne skin (again as long as not active)

All of these indications respond exceptionally well to this treatment. If you would like any further information, please get in touch to book your complimentary skin consultation. You can do this by booking online, call or message me.

by Penny Davis