Skin needling is the non-invasive natural and safe approach to skin rejuvenation on the market today. Improve your skin from the inside out without the downtime of lasers and chemical peels!
Firstly, what the heck is it?
Micro-skin needling (or collagen induction therapy if we are getting fancy) is a technology that promotes the natural production of collagen and elastin via a wound healing response. The benefits of this treatment are numerous – including a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, accelerating skin renewal and turnover for softer and smoother skin, normalizing and rebalancing the skins pigmentation process, fading scars caused by stretch marks, acneic skin, surgery or burns and reduction of acne breakouts for problematic skin. Basically, its your one stop skin treatment!
Okay… I’m listening… but how exactly does it work?!
At Aesthetic Allure, we use the Dermapen 4, the leading device on the market today for micro-skin needling. The Dermapen is fitted with 16, 33gauge medical grade needles which delivers 1,920 (yes, really) micro-channels into the skin every second (yes, every second). Unlike the primitive dermal rollers that only have one depth, the Dermapens depth can be changed depending on what area we are treating and the goals of your treatment. This also means less pain, more gain! Each time the needles puncture the skin, the controlled injury triggers the body’s innate wound healing response to fill these micro-wounds with new collagen and elastin in the dermis with the formation of new capillaries. This also allows for the increased absorbance of active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin – all of the things that will improve the healthiness and glow of your skin!
Skin needling has been proven to assist in many common skin conditions! Here are some of the nitty gritty sciencey details of how
Acneic/Problematic skin – Through stimulating the regularly growth factors in the skin including KGF (keratinocyte growth factor) and EGF (epidermal growth factor), skin needling promotes normalised epidermal function. The needling action accelerates cellular turn over to extrude embedded congestion and oxygenates bacterial proliferation to reduce infection.
Rosacea – Skin needling helps to regulate and release growth factors in the skin, normalizing angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels) and increasing the dermal integrity to reduce the persistent red ‘flushed’ looking skin.
Aging skin – The stimulation of fibroblasts in the wound healing response inreases the skins collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production which strengthens our connective tissue. This then helps to firm and plump facial contours and release regulatory growth factors to balance and support the skins biological processes.
Scars – Skin needling assists in the mechanical release and break down existing fibrous tissue to promote growth and cell proliferation of regulated tissue via normalized wound healing. Hyperpigmentation & Melasma – Skin needling strengthens the cell membranes of our melanocytes or colour producing cells. This assists in a greater resistance to leaking pigment to the surrounding skin and regulates the function between keratinocytes (our predominant skin cells) and melanocytes. It also enhances the infusion of active ingredients, vitamins and minerals into the skin to inhibit pigment transfer.
Okay, I’m sold! When can I see results?!
All good things take time! Whilst you will notice a difference in your skin texture after one treatment, the benefits of skin needling will take time. Collagen and elastin reproduction and growth typically occurs at 6 weeks post treatment. Similar to IPL, we do recommend a series of treatments to completely rejuvenate your skin, some people may require more depending on their treatment goals. This will all be discussed at the time of your consultation to ensure you are fully informed about all things skin and the benefits that this treatment will have for you!