We humans have always cared about our appearances and today we’re going to speak about a very simple, yet effective aesthetic treatment that has its roots in ancient history but continues to be extremely sought after in modern times. This treatment is microneedling.
Thousands of years ago, needles were being used to treat people from all sorts of conditions - in ancient China, there was a belief that treating areas of the face with needles ultimately healed the body. Acupuncture, which many will know of, dates up to 3,000 years ago and is a form of micro-needling - today’s topic. It seems the oldest beauty rituals have withstood time for very valid reasons.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure involving superficial and controlled puncturing of the skin using miniature fine needles. Initially, it was mainly used for skin rejuvenation, but now has an expanding range of indications.
What’s microneedling recommended for?
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Scars: Acne & Non-Acne
- Acne Vulgaris
- Androgenic Alopecia and Alopecia Areata
- Skin Laxity
- Miscellaneous: Stretch marks, Hair thinning
- Transdermal delivery of drugs
As mentioned earlier, microneedling is an extremely simple process. Using needles, we make micro punctures to the treatment area, producing a controlled skin injury without damaging the epidermis. This process stimulates your body’s natural wound response, forcing your skin to heal for a more rejuvenated look. This microdamage process followed by healing for a positive result is similar to working out with weights at the gym. As you create micro-lesions in your muscles, your body's natural healing process ensures your muscles repair and get stronger.
A recent histological exam revealed skin treated with four microneedling sessions one month apart showed up to 400% increase in collagen and elastin 6 months post-procedure.
Microneedling can be performed using a few different methods, all with their benefits and purposes. From Dermarollers, Dermastamps to Dermapens, the device used creates controlled and precise micro-puncture on the skin to kickstart the inflammatory pathway and thereby the healing process with subsequent new collagen formation.
Dr. Anoob using a Derma Pen for microneedling.
Does it hurt? And are there any side effects?
Generally speaking, our patients report mild pain when targeting certain areas of the body, and very rarely severe pain. We do apply a local anaesthetic to the treatment area to ensure the patient can receive the treatment with very little discomfort.
When will I see the results? How long do they last? How often should I come back for more?
Results can be noticed 24 hours after the treatment, while ultimate results will show 3-4 days after. The shine and glow most patients report usually lasts around a month. We recommend coming back in between a 4-6 weeks average interval as the skin’s cell turnover is around 28 days.
How much does microneedling cost?
Starts from £200 per session.
How do I get booked in?
Dr. Anoob offers free video consultations and you can use this to learn more about microneedling before you make a decision. Schedule your free consultation on our website or message us at email@example.com
We now treat clients in Kendal, Leeds and Harley Street, London. Check out our latest clinic dates on our website.