Fight Aging with Microneedling
The process of ageing has a profound effect on the skin. And to make things worse, factors such as pollution, unhealthy diet and hormone imbalances take a toll on your skin.
The good news is that you can slow down the signs of ageing, erase blemishes and create flawless skin with microneedling treatment. We answer your questions about this new revolutionary treatment.
Microneedling therapy, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), has been used for decades by dermatologists for treating scars, but in the recent years has become popular for treating wrinkles, pigmentation and other skin issues with minimal downtime. The process uses tiny and very fine needles to lightly puncture the skin’s superficial top layer, prompting the stimulation of collagen and elastin, which heals and plumps the skin.
Additionally, products containing collagen, vitamins and other beneficial ingredients are applied to penetrate deep into the skin through the tiny punctures, for maximum results. Skin experts claim that derma needling outperforms the more traditional skin rejuvenation therapies such as chemical peels, laser resurfacing and platelet rejuvenate plasma injections among many others.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is the treatment painful?
Unlike traditional dermal rolling techniques, the Dermapen 4 is the top of the range – the most comfortable and virtually pain-free automated micro-needling device available, thanks to its new technology of extremely small and fast moving needles. The process is minimally invasive, and this new version has been created not only for optimum results but also to reduce any feeling of pain. With the Dermapen 4, there is no need for any topical anaesthetic cream, just lay back and enjoy the stunning results.
How many session will I need?
The amount of treatments you need generally depends on which skin area you’re wanting to treat, and what you want to achieve. If you’re wanting to treat extreme sun damage, deep wrinkles or scars, you may need six treatments for the optimal results. Basic skin conditions such as pigmentation and fine lines may only need between three and four treatments to see results. Your therapist will advise you on the frequency of the treatments, but they will usually be spaced between 2 and 8 weeks apart
How long should it take before I see results?
Typically, you will see results after the first treatment. Lasting and more significant results will become visible after 3 to 6 treatments (spaced 2-8 weeks apart). The condition of your skin will continue to improve over the next 6-12 months after a course of treatments, especially when combined with the recommended post-treatment care.
Is there any downtime after microneedling treatments?
Straight after a treatment you may notice your skin is plump and glowing – but also a little pink (similar to windburn or sunburn). Your clinician will apply a protective lotion (DP Dermaceuticals Cover Recover) which will reduce this redness with a cooling effect, as well as providing a bit of coverage and sun protection. You won’t need to cleanse or moisturise your skin for the next 12 hours or so, as you’ll have all the products with moisturising ingredients applied already.
For the first 24 hours post-treatment, it’s important to avoid sun exposure and to minimise use of active skin products. Your skin might be a little pink for 12 to 48 hours after a treatment like a mild windburn, but that will fade. Your skin may also feel a little dry the few days afterwards, after which it will become smooth and radiant within a week.
Scarring – 4-6 Sessions, 6-8 Weeks apart
Microneedling was originally created and used for the medical treatment of scars, and Dermapen treatments continue to show proven results on reducing the appearance of a range of different types of scars – from burns, injuries and surgery through to minor acne scarring. Scars are caused by the thick fibrosis tissue that replaces normal skin after injury, and Dermapen treatments break up this uneven scar tissue and encourage the growth of new smooth skin tissue.
Stretch Marks – 4-6 Sessions, 6-8 Weeks apart
Stretch marks can result from stretching of the skin, caused by things like pregnancy, weight gain and adolescence growth spurts. Stretch marks are tears to the connective tissue of the skin, caused by over stretching of the skin. When the connective tissue is stretched, the tear results in an “epidermal atrophy” along the area that has been damaged. When you microneedle your stretch marks, it helps to promote regeneration of the skin covering those stretch marks, which restores the contours of your skin’s surface.
Anti-Aging – 3-4 Sessions, 6-8 Weeks apart
As we age, we will notice the appearance of fine lines such as crow’s feet and frown lines, sagging skin and wrinkles on our face due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in our skin. Microneedling treatments will reduce the appearance of these, by stimulating new collagen and elastin – resulting in plumper and firmer skin.
Pigmentation – 4-6 Sessions, 2-4 Weeks apart
Pigmentation is the darkening of skin with brown spots and patches that appear on your face and body as you age. This can include freckles, age spots, sun damage, medication, hormonal pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Through microneedling, the skin starts its healing process and new collagen is formed (and this new layer is free from any spots or marks) resulting in rejuvenated, firm and clear skin.