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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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