What is Microneedling?
Also commonly referred to as collagen induction therapy, it is proving highly valuable in its ability to improve the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and the overall appearance of the skin. A study of patients treated throughout 10 years with micro-needling showed a 60–80% improvement, a significant increase in collagen and elastin.
Are there different types of devices?
Yes, microneedling falls into two main categories, manual or mechanical. Both types of devices are physically rolled or moved over the skin by the practitioner who will work systemically to cover the treatment area and focus on specific needs. A mechanical device such as the m.pen pro by mesoestetic allows for easy adjustment of the depth and speed of the treatment. The m.pen pro can be adjusted from creating 6,500 microchannels per minute up to 10,000 per minute at a depth of 0.25mm down to 2.5mm. The m.pen pro as used at Laura Leanne Aesthetics is a medical CE certified device.
How long is the treatment recovery time?
The reaction from the treatment is determined by the needle length used and the skin type and condition. 24-48 hours after the treatment side effects such as skin redness, tightness and burning will have reduced or even gone altogether. Appropriate homecare will help the recovery and maximise results of the treatment.
What is involved?
The m.pen device is taken over the skin causing fractional wounding which triggers an inflammatory response. When the skin is injured a series of reactions take place in order to maximise and repair tissue damage. A pin-prick injury to the skin goes through the same three stages of the healing response as any larger wound. This causes a healing cascade to regenerate and encourage collagen and elastin production.
What conditions can microneedling be used to treat?
Microneedling treatments are able to stimulate, regenerate and repair the skin, improving epidermal turnover and fortifying the components of the extracellular matrix, reducing the visibility of the scar tissue and improving overall skin condition. It is a treatment widely used for post acne scarring, aging, skin redness and vascular damage, pigmentation, stretch marks and hair loss.
Why do I need more than one treatment?
The effects of the treatment are cumulative. Your body will slowly develop collagen and elastin over time and therefore it is beneficial to have a course of treatments to achieve the best results, a course of between 4 and 6 is usually recommended for best results on the face.
Is the treatment painful?
There can be some slight discomfort. However in deeper depth microneedling treatments Laura may use a topical anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort.
How to boost the effects of treatment
The effects of micro-needling also may be boosted with the proper home care before and after the your appointment. Depending on the your skin type and desired outcomes, gentle enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and retinols may be used prior to the treatment to prepare the skin and deepen the rejuvenation and thus results.
Following the treatment, you may experience some redness and minimal swelling, which typically dissipates within a few hours. Skin may be slightly pink for up to 48 hours post-procedure, but these inflammatory results are a normal response as the skin works to repair itself. This, however, also means proper post-care support is imperative:
You should use a skincare regimen that has been recommended to you to ensure reduced healing time and further enhance results.
Always use a mineral SPF daily to protect and heal the skin.