What is microneedling?
Microneedling, sometimes referred to as dermal rolling, is a procedure that uses tiny steel needles or blades to make minute punctures in the skin. These tiny wounds are flooded with natural collagen and other beneficial agents, as the body works to heal them. The overall effect is tighter, firmer, younger-looking skin. With microneedling, Liverpool clients can target problem areas such as wrinkles and lines, and even improve the appearance of scars and blemishes.
The tiny needles used in microneedling make pin-prick like punctures in the surface layers of your skin, encouraging your body to send restorative and reparative agents to the skin’s surface. This results in both immediate and long-term benefits as your skin produces more collagen and elastin which make your skin appear plumper and smoother.
How does it work?
Microneedling gets beneath the exposed skin layers to target the healthy, smooth skin underneath and encourages the production of substances that will heal the top layers from within. The needles are very fine and shouldn't cause pain, though a local anaesthetic will be applied to ease discomfort.
The small puncture marks will be almost invisible to you after your treatment, but will have a positive impact on the appearance of your skin or a reduction in any scarring. The collagen and elastin that is produced in response to the treatment, which wouldn’t otherwise have been generated, will result in a healthier and fresher appearance.
Collagen is an essential protein that gives skin its elasticity and smoothness, but it can be lost due to injuries, scarring, or overstretching. Microneedling causes the skin to produce collagen again to boost the skin’s appearance.
You can often see immediate results caused by the slight inflammation and increase of blood flow, making your skin appear rosier and smoother. You should also realise, however, that it can take several months to see the full results as the process involves new skin growth underneath the current layer of skin. This new layer will be the one more collagen and elastin present and with better long-term appearance.
What can be treated with microneedling?
The most common reason patients request microneedle therapy is to improve lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. These lines can cause a prematurely aged appearance. The needles are designed to stimulate collagen and elastin production, in order to heal the tiny injuries, and this flood of proteins can improve the overall quality and health of the skin.
Patients with scarring from acne, or discolouration from sun exposure or dry skin patches, might seek to improve the appearance of blemishes and aid scar reduction. Liverpool has suppliers that offer lotions and creams to ease scars, but these only work on the surface.
Although microneedling can be used for different reasons and on the whole body, its main application is usually on the face.
How long does microneedling treatment take?
Microneedling is done in a slow and steady fashion, so your appointment could take an hour or more - depending on the size of the area being treated. You will be able to speak with your consultant before the procedure to find out exactly how long your procedure is likely to take.
After the procedure, over-the-counter painkillers can deal with any residual pain. There could also be some redness and bruising in the first few days after treatment, though this is rare. Generally, patients find that they have redness for 2-4 days, but many have completely healed within 24 hours.
How long should I expect for microneedling treatment to have an effect?
There are usually several sessions required to achieve the desired effect, especially with treatments for scar reduction. Liverpool clinic Ghosh Medical Group will arrange a treatment plan that targets your own issues and meets your individual needs. The first few sessions involve quite a shallow insertion of the tiny needles, while later sessions may go deeper in order to reach affected skin. On average, the microneedling Liverpool patients receive takes around six sessions, spaced over four to six weeks.
What precautions should I take after the microneedling treatment (aftercare)?
Since the treatment has effectively caused tiny wounds in your skin, microneedling Liverpool patients need to exercise caution following treatment and avoid any infection or complications by following these precautions:
- For the first 72 hours following treatment, only clean your face with lukewarm water
- Always clean your hands before washing your face and touching the treated skin.
- Gently dab dry your skin with a clean towel
- Hydrate well to help heal your skin faster.
- Avoid using any products that could irritate your skin or clog your pores.
- Avoid vigorous exercise in the first 72 hours that causes sweating
- Avoid direct sunlight altogether.
We will advise you on any other additional steps you need to take specific to your treatment plan following your procedures.
What are the benefits of micro needling?
Micro needling is commonly used to treat a range of skin conditions including:
- Dull skin: revitalise tired and dull skin to combat the early signs of ageing.
- Wrinkles: fine lines and wrinkles on the face can be considerably reduced, as micro needling triggers collagen production.
- Scarring: scars from acne and Chicken Pox etc can be improved and uneven textures on the skin smoothed out with micro needling. We have seen impressive results with micro needling on scars, contact Ghosh Medical today if you’re looking for effective scar treatment in Liverpool.
- Pigmentation: micro needling is beneficial in fading dark patches like pigmentation caused by sun damage or ageing.
Other benefits also include improvement in overall skin tone and texture, skin tightening, reduced pore size, calms Rosacea, treats sun damage, reduces appearance of stretch marks, and minimise pores.
Micro needling is also a great treatment if you have darker skin because it does not involve peels or lasers, which may cause pigmentation issues. Treatments can also be done on the body as well as the face.
How many micro needling treatments will I need?
Your individual treatment needs will be discussed at your consultation appointment, including the expected number of treatments and treatment intervals based on your type of skin damage. In most cases a course of scar treatment will give you the best results.
Is micro needling safe?
Going to a regulated clinic with qualified practitioners and doctors like our team at Ghosh Medical is the best way to treat your skin conditions safely and effectively. Our micro needling treatment provides high-quality scar removal in Liverpool, carried out in clinical, sterilised operating rooms by senior practitioners, nurses, and doctors with extensive experience. They follow strict medical protocols, so you can feel assured that the procedures are completely safe.
Preparing for micro needling treatment?
Prior to your micro needling treatment, you should avoid using self-tanning products for up to 48 hours and avoid sun exposure and the use of skin products that contain vitamin A or retinol for 24 hours.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are minimal, but could include a small amount of shedding, looking slightly sunburned, and in some extremely rare cases light bruising, but these normally fade within 24-48 hours, if not less. You should not expose the treated area to the sun, tanning bed, heat, hot water, or a sauna for 5-7 days. It is very important to protect your skin with a minimum of SPF 30 at all times. If you wish to hide any redness mineral make-up can be worn.
Is micro needling painful?
The area is covered with a topical numbing cream before micro needling treatment is started to ensure that any pain is minimised as much as possible. Varying treatment intensities allow us to further control the comfort of the treatment.
How long does micro needling last?
Following micro needling treatment, the collagen and elastin triggering process will carry on over a few months and multiple treatments are normally needed to achieve the best results.
Contact Ghosh Medical and book your consultation for micro needling treatment today.
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