You’ve heard of microneedling, but what is it exactly?
Is it as painful as it sounds? Are there real benefits to be gained? And how does it fit in with the procedure of scar camouflage?
These are intriguing questions that we’ll answer in detail in this article along with frequently asked questions around this fascinating topic.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure where a qualified technician uses tiny, sterilised needles to prick your skin. It’s a safe and effective way to rejuvenate the skin and is a really viable option for reducing the appearance of large pores, fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.
How Does Microneedling Work?
When microneedling creates tiny cuts to the skin, this trauma actually increases the production of collagen and other healing factors. Collagen is an essential protein that helps keep the skin looking firmer, smoother and more elastic – effectively younger!
The ageing process causes a decline in collagen production which contributes to the creation of wrinkles. Skin can also lose collagen as a result of injury, acne scarring, or stretch marks.
What Is the Microneedling Process?
This rather exciting cosmetic procedure can be performed by dermatologists or aestheticians although it’s vital that you check the person’s credentials before committing.
Firstly, the technician will place numbing cream all over your face or body so that you can’t actually feel the procedure. Secondly, the technician will use the microneedling tool – a pen or needle, known as a derma roller – with micro-fine needles ranging in diameter from 0.5 and 2.5 millimetres applied to the face or specific area on the body.
These needles make miniature cuts on the skin which can sometimes cause a little bleeding but this is completely normal. Finally, the technician will apply a cream or serum to the area to help with the healing process.
How Long Does Microneedling Take?
The actual microneedling procedure for the face and neck will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the area. This timing also includes the preparation time and numbing of the area.
However, it’s likely you’ll need several microneedling sessions before starting to see the results. A minimum of three treatments over approximately three months is recommended, but generally between three and six sessions are needed. It’s advised that you take some before images of your skin so that you can see the remarkable results!
How Does Scar Camouflage Work?
Let’s now explore scar camouflage.
Scarring to the skin, particularly in highly visible areas such as the face, neck and hands, can be psychologically traumatising. Whether from acne scarring or others, microneedling for scar camouflage – also known as medical needling – is effective in diminishing the appearance of the scarring as it breaks down the older tissue and triggers the production of new collagen and elastin for healthier-looking skin.
It’s important to note that the skin is a complex structure that is constantly regenerating and repairing itself. However, when it is significantly weakened through scarring, it requires intervention in the form of microneedling to promote this restoration.
What Is the Result of Scar Camouflage?
Microneedling on scars prior to scar camouflage treatment will break down the tissue and encourage the regeneration of healthier skin cells resulting in a flatter, more even skin tone. This provides a better foundation for medical tattooing, resulting in a more natural and healthy-looking finish.
To get the best results, you consider combining microneedling with re-pigmentation. Chat with Suki Mezei to see if this is the right choice for you and your skin challenges.
What Types of Scarring Does Microneedling Assist With?
Microneedling provides effective scar camouflage for a number of skin conditions. These include:
Rosacea is a skin condition that results in skin thickening and a ruddiness through an accelerated breakdown of collagen. Microneedling will stimulate the production of collagen to offset this reduction and make the skin look less inflamed and irritated.
While getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine is important for Vitamin D, too much sun can result in harmful sun damage to the skin. If this is a problem for you, microneedling is a great way to reduce the effect of sun damage – particularly hyperpigmentation. It can reduce the appearance of blotchy, brownish skin complexion resulting in a more even skin tone.
Surgical or Burn Scar Tissue
The deeper medical needling helps to break down the scar tissue and promote skin cell regeneration for a flatter, even skin tone.
Microneedling should ideally be done before re-pigmentation of stretch marks as it will foster healthy collagen to replace the scar collagen.
Acne scars can develop from cystic acne or from picking at your skin and last months or years. Microneedling is an effective way to produce healthier skin collagen in these areas.
*It’s important to note, however, that keloid or other raised scars cannot be treated with microneedling.
How Long Does Microneedling Take To Heal?
In microneedling, your skin receives many, tiny cuts which, when used prior to scar camouflage, are often quite deep. Depending on the depth of the microneedling, your skin could take a few weeks to 2-3 months to heal. General rule of thumb is 4-6 weeks completely.
What Are the Other Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling has so many incredible benefits for skin of all skin tones, colours and conditions. If you’re not yet sure whether to embark on this skincare journey, then here’s a look at a few of these benefits.
Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles
As we age our collagen and elastin start to decrease. These are compounds in the skin that provide structure and strength. Reduced levels of these compounds eventually result in thinning and sagging of the skin, as well as wrinkles and fine lines. Microneedling is effective in stimulating the skin to actually produce natural collagen and elastin which will then reduce the fine lines and wrinkles.
Reduces the Appearance of Stretch Marks
Another typical component of ageing is the appearance of stretch marks, and these can be extremely difficult to treat with cosmetic procedures. However, microneedling can be very impactful in this area, effectively reducing the appearance of stretch marks after rapid growth such as after pregnancy.
Assists in Tackling Acne
In addition to reducing the appearance of acne scarring, microneedling is also known to improve the effectiveness of topical acne treatments. With regular microneedling use, you can benefit from improved skin clarity.
The unwelcome arrival of cellulite can be stressful for many, but microneedling has shown definite improvement in reducing the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin.
Although microneedling creates microscopic pinpricks to the skin, it doesn’t increase the size of skin pores, rather it diminishes the size. The collagen around the pores is stimulated which makes the area plumper, thereby reducing the size of the pore.
Assists With Topical Treatments
As with acne treatments, microneedling will assist the skin in better receiving all forms of anti-ageing treatments, moisturisers and other skincare treatments. These can be applied after the microneedling procedure, as the miniature holes will receive the creams, serums and gels more readily.
Stimulates Dormant Hair Follicles
Beyond just skin rejuvenation, microneedling also has some great results in terms of stimulating hair follicles for growth. Research indicates a 50% increase in hair growth compared to topical treatments in some cases.
Reduces Side Effects
Laser treatments and chemical peels are some of the alternative cosmetic treatments, however, microneedling has shown comparably better results with fewer side effects than lasers and peels. These can take anywhere between 10 to 21 days for the skin to rejuvenate.
Addressing Any Concerns Around Microneedling and Scar Camouflage
As with all cosmetic procedures, there are a certain number of risks involved. It’s best to consult with a medical professional before embarking on any procedures.
Here are some of the factors to consider before you get going.
- Results take a bit of time: Don’t expect miracles to happen overnight! While microneedling is a lot faster than other procedures, it does still take a few days before results are evident, with a few sessions required for optimum results.
- Bruising and bleeding: Most microneedling treatments won’t result in bruising or bleeding. However, deeper incisions can bring about minimal bleeding and associated bruising later on.
- Redness and pain: The numbing cream should prevent any pain during the microneedling procedure, but there can be some associated pain after the fact, as well as a bit of skin redness for a few days.
- Skin peeling: During the healing process, your skin might get a bit tighter resulting in some peeling but this won’t last long.
- Infection: Because microneedling creates holes in the skin, there is the risk of infection if it’s not performed by a qualified professional using sterilised equipment. However, the risk of infection is very low if performed properly with the correct aftercare procedure. It’s also best to avoid places like pools, rivers and oceans or any chemical-based soaps for a while.
- Allergies: If you’re prone to allergic reactions and have particularly sensitive skin then you must check you’re able to use the aftercare serum or cream provided.
The Best Place for Microneedling and Scar Camouflage
UK-based Suki Mezei is a fully qualified and licensed microneedling and Medical Needling specialist with years of experience in both cosmetic treatments and medical tattooing.
With a background in makeup artistry, Suki has an eye for aesthetically enhancing skin through procedures such as microneedling. She has been mentored by the best masters in the industry and constantly keeps updated on the latest techniques and equipment. This ensures that her clients always enjoy the best results.