BENEFITS of Microneedling
Highly effective on ageing skin - reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Great for sunken areas on the skin caused by acne or chickenpox
Repairs visible scars and helps to shrink pores
Helps skin products penetrate more deeply and therefore work better
Can be used all over the body to tackle issues such as Stretch Marks and pigmentation
Completely safe and natural, non-invasive treatment
Virtually painless, walk-in, walk-out procedure
kickstart new collagen production to achieve a smooth, dewy complexion
Time: min 45 mins
Duration of Results: Long-term
Microneedling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a simple yet highly effective skin-rejuvenating procedure in which tiny needles create punctures in the top layer of the dermis. This process promotes the growth of new collagen helping to reverse the signs of ageing, fade acne scars, reverse fine lines, reduce pore size and improve overall skin texture.
As we age, our natural skin repair and rejuvenation abilities diminish. This process can start as early as our mid to late 20's as collagen and elastin production decrease and fine lines and wrinkles begin to become more apparent. During the microneedling procedure, tiny needles create holes in the skin's surface. These holes are in fact therapeutic as they cause a micro injury which in turn stimulates the bodys' natural wound healing process. And so, cell turnover increases leading to the production of new collagen and elastin. This helps to reverse as well as prevent the signs of ageing with the added bonus of an improvement in skin elasticity. The end result? Fine lines are filled in, skin is plumped up and scars and imperfections significantly diminish resulting in a smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin.
What Is Microneedling?
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does Microneedling Work & Is It Safe?
Microneedling is a treatment whereby a device with small needles is pushed or rolled over your skin to create a series of controlled punctures which force your skin into repair mode. Before the treatment begins, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the treatment area to ensure the patients' comfort.
Where Can Microneedling Be Used?
Microneedling can be used all over the face and body including the delicate area around the eyes (but excluding the eyelids). It can be used on wrinkles, enlarged pores, scars and acne scars, pigmented areas and stretch marks. It works by stimulating collagen and elastin production to tighten skin and promote rejuvenation.
What Does Microneedling Feel Like?
Before the treatment starts, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the treatment area so the patient feels no pain during the procedure. Some patients who have more sensitive skin typically report some feelings of mild discomfort. The most sensitive areas tend to be the forehead and lips.
What After-Care Is Needed?
Directly after treatment, patients may experience redness and sometimes mild swelling or bruising. These symptoms usually disappear within 24-48 hours however. Patients are advised to avoid abrasive skin products, retinols, scrubbing skin and sun exposure for 48 hours post treatment (sunscreen is advised if patient is outdoors during this initial period).
How Often Should I Have The Treatment Done?
Your Otto Clinic consultant will advise you on the number of treatments to have based on your skin type, condition and what you wish to achieve. However, as a general rule for optimal results, we usually advise a course of between 3 and 6 microneedling treatments usually spaced 3 weeks to a month apart to allow your skin to recover. Collagen production is a process that occurs over several months so results might not be noticeable until up to one year after the initial treatment. Maintenance treatments are recommended annually thereafter. However each patient is different as is each condition - deep wrinkles, for example, generally require more than 6 treatments.
How Long Does The Treatment Take?
A standard microneedling treatment takes approximately 45 minutes. Skin may be moderately red afterwards, like a mild sunburn but this generally disappears within 24 hours.
Who Is Not Suitable & Are There Any Side Effects?
Microneedling can be used on all skin colours and types but should be avoided by those with any sort of active skin infection such as herpes simplex, herpes zoster, impetigo, active, inflamed acne or rosacea, pustular rosacea, broken skin, broken capillaries, hypersensitive skin, acute eczema, sunburn and infected wounds. Also to be avoided if treatment with Accutane has occurred within the last 6 months.