What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive technique used to deliver a range of vitamins, minerals, nucleic acids, and amino acids to the skin. As we age the skin depletes in the nutrients it needs to be vibrant and can become dull, lose laxity and moisture, and rough texture can develop. All the substances used naturally occur in the skin, but decrease production with age. By replacing these directly into the middle layer (mesoderm) of the skin it can become instantly luminescent, hydrated, firmer, and smoother in texture, whilst also reducing wrinkles, scars, and sun-damaged skin. A series of very superficial needles are administered with an injection device. Normally it is well-tolerated, but for sensitive areas, an anesthetic cream can be used prior to the treatment. A course of 3-4 sessions is usually advised with maintenance 1-2 times a year. Areas that can be treated with micro-needling include face, neck, décolletage, localised fat areas (stomach, chin, knees, buttocks), scalp/hair restoration, acne scarring, stretch marks, and cellulite.
Is Microneedling safe for cosmetic use?
Microneedling is considered to be extremely safe. However, like with any treatment, it comes with minimal risk. This could include adverse reactions to the cream or serum that is used or infection, swelling, or bruising.
Microneedling is proven to be beneficial to the penetration of topical skincare products and plumping skin. There’s evidence that it works well in improving fine lines and wrinkles, as well as data suggesting its effectiveness in boosting skin cell turnover. Microneedling may also help laser resurfacing devices and dermal fillers reach the target areas more effectively. It’s also a good choice for reducing stretch marks, according to experts.
It is best practice to employ a qualified and experienced clinician to carry out the procedure for you. A consultation with nurse Vicki will help you decide if this treatment will be of benefit to you.