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Elegant Image have standardised on the Dermapen technology for all its skin micro-needling treatments. The Dermapen offers minimum downtime while delivering scarless healing and natural collagen production to improve the appearance of scars, acne scarring, stretch marks, wrinkles, pigmentation and rejuvenate the skin.
What is Micro-needling
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that’s used to treat skin concerns via collagen production. Also known as collagen induction therapy, this treatment may help those looking to reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks.
It’s also used in certain anti-aging procedures, such as sun spots. Micro-needling isn’t effective for hair loss, despite the possible role of collagen in hair growth.
You are an ideal candidate for this procedure if you’re in good health and have certain skin concerns that haven’t responded to home treatments or other types of dermatological procedures, such as peels.
This may also be a final step before considering cosmetic surgery for anti-aging and other concerns. To learn more about micro-needling and how it may help you, talk to one of our trained skincare specialists and see if this is the right option for your skin.
How does micro-needling work
Micro-needling works by encouraging your skin to make more collagen. The idea is that pinpricks from the procedure cause slight injury to the skin and that the skin responds by healing the pricks by making new collagen-rich tissue. This new skin tissue is, in turn, more even in tone and texture. It’s normal for the skin to lose collagen via age or injury. By encouraging the skin to make new tissue, there may be more collagen to help make the skin firmer, too.
Procedure for micro-needling
During the procedure,the therapist makes small pricks under the skin with a Dermapen tool. The pinpricks are so small that you likely won’t notice them after the procedure. The Dermapen will be moved evenly across your skin so that the new skin that rejuvenates will be even.
Before getting started, your therapist will apply a topical anesthetic to reduce the chances of pain. This is done about an hour before your treatment. The actual micro-needling process takes approximately 30 minutes.
On completion of the session the therapist may then apply a calming treatment. In total, you can expect to be at the office for a couple of hours at least.
Targeted areas for micro-needling
Micro-needling is most often used on your face to target:
- acne scars
- age spots (also called “sun spots”)
- fine lines and wrinkles
- large pores
- other types of scarsTrusted Source
- reduced skin elasticity
- uneven skin tone
In addition to facial concerns, micro-needling is sometimes used to treat stretch marks in other areas of the body. One studyTrusted Source found that micro-needling was effective for stretch marks on the thighs and abdominal area when combined with fillers.
Scarring on other body parts may also be treated with this procedure. However, micro-needling is primarily used on the face.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Like all cosmetic procedures, micro-needling isn’t without risk. The most common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure. You may also see redness for a few days. Call your doctor if you notice more severe side effects, such as:
You may not be an ideal candidate for micro-needling if you:
What to expect after microneedling
Micro-needling isn’t invasive like plastic surgery, so the recovery time is minimal. Most people require very little downtime, if any at all.
You may notice skin irritation and redness within the first few days following the procedure. This is a natural response to the small “injuries” made by the needles in your skin.
You can go back to work or school after the procedure if you’re comfortable. If you are concerned about your look, speak to your therapist about suitable camouflage makeup for the first few days as the redness dissipates.
Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen is a must.
After micro-needling, your skin works fairly quickly to rejuvenate new tissue. In theory, you should see results within a couple of weeks.
To maintain the results of your treatment, you’ll need multiple sessions and perhaps other complementing treatments. Your therapist will advise you on the best plan of action based on your individual goals.
Preparing for micro-needling
Before the procedure, talk to your therapist about ways you can prepare so you have the best possible outcome. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as ibuprofen and those for acne treatment, well in advance of the procedure.
We recommend you speak to your doctor about stopping the use of topical retinoids beforehand. Doing so may reduce the risk of certain side effects.
Micro-needling vs. home rollers
Micro-needling is a professional procedure that’s performed in a clinic or day spa. In an effort to save money, some people opt for home rollers instead. Unlike professional micro-needling, rollers don’t puncture the skin hardly at all.
While this might seem a less painful option, the problem is that you won’t achieve the same results. The punctures made during professional micro-needling are designed to induce skin rejuvenation.
With a roller device, you may achieve brighter skin at best, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
If you’re interested in more dramatic, long-term results, micro-needling is a better option than a store-bought roller device. You may still choose to try the latter version if you want less invasive (and more temporary) results.