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.
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.
Ageing 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.
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!
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Bruising from Cosmetic Injectables
We have all heard the stories of people looking like they’ve been in the ring for a round with Mike Tyson after they’ve had a cosmetic injectable treatment.
‘Will I bruise’ is one of the most commonly asked questions and concerns that my clients ask at the beginning of each treatment. With any injections to the skin, there is always a chance of this happening, no matter how fine the needle, no matter how skilled the injector. When we look at the facial vascular supply, it is easy to see why. The skin is extremely vascular which makes it both more likely to bruise but also faster to heal than other parts of your body.
I have had clients bruise a little bit, a lot and then some not at all. Everyone is different. However, your pre-treatment and post treatment actions can help prevent and minimise bruising from cosmetic injectables as well has reduce the longevity of the bruise if they form.
A great acronym I use is to keep CALMA –
Cold compresses are fantastic to use both before and after your treatment. These cold compresses help with vasoconstriction of the blood vessels. This will slow the blood circulation to that area and reducing the inflammatory response. It also assists with reducing muscle spasms and pain!
Prior to your treatment, 10 minutes of a cold compress to the area being injected can help with bruising. Post treatment, 5 minutes of alternative ‘on-off’ compresses will assist in the inflammatory response of the skin. I suggest doing this for as long as you can for the next 48 hours to help with swelling. * Pro tip – please don’t leave the compress on for longer than 5 minutes at a time. We still want to ensure blood is flowing to that area!
This is a big one. Blood thinners, alcohol and some herbal supplements are notorious for causing vascular leakiness which cause bruising. Where you are able to, please avoid prophalactically taking the below medications, ideally a week before your treatment. Of course, for people on long term anti-coagulant therapies please consult your GP prior to ceasing any regular medications.
Medications – NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, advil, asprin, Naprosyn.
Beverages – Alcoholic drinks, green teas – at least 48 hours prior to treatment.
Supplements – Fish & Krill oils, Vitamin E, St John’s Wart
Herbs & Spices – Fenugreek, Ginger, Garlic, Ginko Biloba, Ginseng
At Aesthetic Allure, we use a prescription grade compounded topical anesthetic on the area being treated. This is made up of Benzocaine/Tetracaine/Liidocaine. Aside from numbing the area prior to injection, the cream is also a vasoconstrictor – which means that it again will help minimise the likelihood of bruising. Addtionally, majority of our fillers contain lidocaine for increased comfort for you during and after your treatment.
While this doesn’t prevent a bruise, make-up can definitely help hide the evidence of one. You can start using make up again within 4 hours after treatment as this will give the epidermis of the skin time to heal.
Arnica has long been known for its ability to prevent and reduce the formation of bruises. It comes in many forms, including pills and as a topical ointment. After any dermal filler treatment, Arnica ointment is massaged into the area. We also give you a take home kit with arnica cream for you to use over the next week. Even if you do bruise from your treatment, using the arnica cream twice a day will help prevent and reduce the swelling and bruising around your injection site.
Just know that it is 100% okay if you do bruise – it is all part of the game. Hopefully by following the above guidelines it will help you should you develop one after your treatment!
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Needle vs. Cannula
Both options are widely used in aesthetics, but what is the difference? And why is one chosen over the over?
Cannulas are round ended, blunt at the tip, long and flexible with a hollow bore. After an entry point is created with a needle, the cannula is then threaded through the tissue via this one entry point to the areas being treated. Cannulas let the injector to treat larger surface areas at a time via one injection site, allowing them to contour areas like the cheeks and jawline. This also generally results in far less trauma to the facial tissue, minimizing bruising, bleeding and swelling. Being blunt at the tip, the likelihood of injury to vessels such as veins and arteries is reduces as the cannula tends to push aside these structures.
Needles are shorter, more ridged and sharp. Work with needles will require the injector to pierce the skin several times down to the depth of where the filler is to be placed. This allows for a more precise injecting technique when it comes to areas such as the lips. While more injection sites are required, they can be relatively pain free owing to the needle size used, technique and application of some excellent numbing cream! Treatments with needles often have a slightly longer recovery time, than that of a cannula due to the increased trauma to the skin. Needles do carry higher risk of injuries to the vessels as the sharp tip can pierce through these structures making the likelihood of bruising and bleeding higher than that of a cannula.
Here at Aesthetic Allure, we use both needle and cannula to create and sculpt our clients faces. The needles that we use are 27g through to 31g – smaller than an insulin needle!
Depending on the area that you are wanting treated, this will ultimately decide on what method your injector will choose. Sometimes, both techniques are employed to create the look you’re wanting!
Irrespective of what method we choose, a prescription grade numbing cream is applied to the complete area that will be treated for comfort. Although there is still some discomfort felt with both methods, the numbing cream makes it a lot more comfortable.