What Is Medical Micro Needling?
You have probably heard about medical micro needling or think it sounds scary but do you know what it is?
Medical Micro needling sounds scary to many people but it is a safe non surgical procedure that uses a Dermaroller for skin conditions such as acne scarring, stretch marks, lines, wrinkles and many more.
What is Medical Micro Needling?
Medical Micro Needling is a non surgical therapy that work to induce collagen back into the area where it is used. Collagen Induction Treatment (CIT) can be used to restore skin to a previous state for optimum skin health. By ‘damaging’ the skin we encourage it to heal correctly and this is what corrects scarring and pigmentation.
Clinical studies have shown medical micro needling to be more effective than treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion & chemical skin peels and just as effective as non-ablative treatments like IPL, CO2 laser, and Fraxel in stimulating collagen and elastin production to thicken the skin thereby erasing wrinkles and smoothing scars.
What Is Medical Micro Needling For?
Medical Micro Needling works on a variety of skin conditions such as:
- Anti-Ageing treatments – reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring or light scarring treatments
- Skin rejuvenation
- Hyper pigmentation
- Photo damage
- Stretch marks
How Is Medical Micro Needling Done?
Using a Dermaroller we introduce fine needles to the skin that create tiny channels, this encourages the skin to produce new collagen and elastin and create new skin cells.
- First we numb the area using numbing cream, we leave this to set for about 10 minutes until the area is completely numb.
- Then we go over the area with the Dermaroller which creates microscopic channels. This would usually take about 10 minutes. These channels actually damage our skin so it can be encouraged to heal correctly – this is how scarring and pigmentation is removed.
- Now that we have created these channels we can add Growth Factor Serum by Dr. Zein Obagi. These microscopic channels will allow the serum to go deep into the skin allowing it heal correctly.
- There is little to no downtime with medical micro needling, some people just may experience some redness after the treatment is performed.
Where can it be used?
Medical Micro needling with the dermaroller can be used on most area of the body such as face, legs, arms neck etc.
Does Medical Micro Needling Hurt?
The face is completely numbed after we use the numbing cream, we leave the numbing cream for a minimum of 10 minutes to ensure that the procedure is completely painless.
How Does It Work?
Medical Micro Needling improves the thickness of the dermis as well as the epidermis. Your skin then becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful. It also helps with hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation. Scars such as acne or light scarring see great improvement with medical micro needling treatments.
Serums that are applied to the skin afterwards are also up to 1000 times more effective as the pores are opened and the product is absorbed deep into the skin. Micro needling can be more effective than ablative treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion and chemical peel and just as effective as in stimulating collagen and elastin production to thicken the skin thereby erasing wrinkles and smoothing scars.
How Long Does Medical Micro Needling Take?
A typical session of medical micro needling on the face would take on average about 40 minutes depending on how the area being treated is.
How Much Does Medical Micro Needling Cost?
The cost for 1 Treatment is €170 or a package of 5 for €550.
What to Expect from Your First Medical Micro Needling Treatment?
The skin may be pink for 24-48 hours after your treatment. The skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. The reaction of the skin is overall usually short and fades significantly after a couple of days on average, depending on your skin type. Patients with a more sensitive skin type or older patients may take upwards of one week to fully recover.
Side effects and risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with some mild scab formation in rare circumstances.
After the treatment use tepid water to cleanse the treated area for the first 48 hours following treatment and drying the area gently without rubbing. Ensure that your hands are always clean when touching the area treated to avoid any infections. Avoid applying make up products for the first 12 hours following treatment.
It can take between 6 – 8 weeks before visible results of skin regeneration are seen and the process will continue to evolve over the ensuing months providing a gradual improvement.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Although a single treatment can provide a noticeable result, ideally however a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6 -8 weeks apart, is recommended to achieve optimal results .
Are you interested in getting a medical micro needling treatment? Give us a call now on +353 1 676 1074 or contact us online for a consultation with our skin health specialist!