How does microneedling compare to other methods of skin rejuvenation such as ablative fractional lasers and non-ablative fractional lasers?
Ablative means that skin is ‘vapourised’ by the laser, that is, the skin is removed. Non-ablative implies that the skin is still intact. Examples of ablative fractional lasers include the fractional carbon dioxide or erbium lasers, and an example of a non-ablative fractional laser is the Fraxel laser.
Ablative lasers tend to be more aggressive than non-ablative lasers, which usually means greater downtime, and that fewer sessions are required to achieve a certain result, but the risks may be higher as a result.
Fractionated laser beams enter the skin vertically and the laser beam sets many fine scars in the dermis. The term “fractional” means: the skin has to be thermally punctured in fractions with healthy (not lasered) tissue in between the thermal punctures. The problem seems to be, that no one is able to tell in a follow-up session, which skin point was lasered before. Theoretically, the same little scar can be hit several times and the results are below expectations. Moreover, thermal skin treatments can be very painful. This is easy to understand, simply because burns heal relatively slow and thermally melted nerve receptors have a longer pain memory.
Both micro-needling and lasers result in collagen production that continues slowly months after treatment, but the lasers remove tissue resulting in a much longer recovery time. Micro-needling is better than lasers because it creates micro-injuries (tiny vertical channels in the dermis) without using heat and does not remove layers of skin. This is why the skin heals so rapidly from micro-needling when compared to the recovery time from lasers.
What is the Microneedling treatment like?
When you first arrive, you'll be makeup and sunscreen free. Then I apply a topical numbing ointment to the area for about 30 minutes to improve the comfort of the procedure. After a second cleansing, the procedure may take anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on the treatment size. I welcome your feedback to optimize the results while making your experience as painless as possible.
What is the downtime involved for a Microneedling treatment?
It may vary depending on the depth of treatment. I recommend the client avoid the sun completely for 24-48 hours immediately after treatment. Most patients describe the immediate post treatment period as having sunburn. Clients will experience redness and swelling right after treatment that tends to resolve by the third day.
Does the Microneedling treatment hurt or make you bleed?
Depending on the depth or aggressiveness of treatment, it is possible to experience pin-point bleeding during the treatment but not ongoing. You may find temporary redness of the skin for an hour or so, or possibly for a day, depending upon the age of the skin and treatment depth.
Can Microneedling remove or repair surgery scars?
Microneedling has proven to be effective on all manner of acne pitting and scarring, burn scars, injury scars, and yes, surgical scars, as well.
Can Microneedling help with skin wrinkles?
Microneedling excels when used as a treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. Best results are seen over a period of 4-6 treatments.
Can Microneedling treatments remove breast augmentation scars?
Microneedling has been used as an effective treatment for scarring from surgery, wounds, acne pitting and more.
Are there any side effects or risks associated with microneedling?
It is advised you follow your Medical Estheticians pre-care and post care protocols for amazing results. Side effects experienced with a microneedling treatment will usually subside within 24-48 hours. They include erythema, stinging, itching, tightness of the skin.
How does the Dermapen microneedling treatment work?
As the Dermapen stamps over your skin, it creates micro-point punctures in the skin, the majority of which are simply pushing your pores open temporarily. This is perceived by the body as damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. Your skin reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process. You encourage your skin to continue healing through this microneedling process. Your skin normally assumes that scars, stretch marks and wrinkles are repaired, but with the Dermapen auto-stamp microneedling treatments, the skin is tricked into repairing itself. The process of microneedling skin remodeling can go on for months after each Dermapen treatment. Results can be seen within a week or even a few days. Your skin naturally heals itself every 45 days, so with a little microneedling stimulation changes can be dramatic and fast.
How is Dermapen device different than a Dermal roller?
Dermal rollers also use needles for skin resurfacing but are often too large and unwieldy for tight areas like the nose and eyes. They are also dependent on hand pressure, so the depth of penetration varies depending on the the amount of pressure exerted and the softness of the skin, while the Dermapen depth of penetration is set precisely with an electornic dial. There is also lateral trauma to the skin when the needles on a roller pull out of the skin as the wheel turns. This does not happen with the Dermapen, which relies only on vertical needle action.
How many treatments are necessary to achieve optimum?
Improvement is seen with each treatment but a series of 6 treatments is best to achieve optimal results.
Rule of thumb for skin improvement:
After 1st procedure: 30-40%
After 2nd procedure: about 50% of the 1st treatment
After 3rd procedure: about 50% of the 2nd treatment
In total: 50- 70% overall improvement after only 3 treatments.
Does the microneedling treatment hurt?
Although Microneedling sounds scary (thousands of needles going into your face!), it is actually quite painless. Medical Esthetics by Katie uses lidocaine numbing cream on your face to keep you completely comfortable, and you are wide awake during the procedure. The experience feels similar to a deep facial with a bit of extra vibration. At the end of the procedure, your face will be slightly red tight and tingly similar to a sunburn. By the next day, you will be able to return to work and play, with minimal downtime.
Improved skin appearance begins to occur almost immediately and continues for 4 to 6 weeks. For best results, Microneedling can be repeated as frequently as every 6 weeks, or as infrequently as 2-3 times a year, depending on your concerns.
Why not just use a laser or chemical peel?
Microneedling is preferable to laser and chemical peels in many patients because it is safe for use in all skin tones, all parts of the body (including stretch marks on the abdomen). In addition, the downtime with Microneedling is quite short, with transient redness usually lasting less than a day (as compared to one week or more with peels or laser).
Microneedling is also a great technique for those who are concerned with their complexions but are relunctant to try Botox or fillers. Because it is mechanical and doesn't involve any chemicals or neurotoxins, the technique is reassuring to many.
What are the indications for having a Microneedling treatment?
Microneedling is especially effective for aging concerns such as wrinkles, lines, folds and crows feet. Because collagen is produced, scars and stretch marks can also improve from treatments especially indented acne scars or chicken pox scars. Pigmentation issues can be helped including hyperpigmentation as well as Hypo-pigmentation, although Advanced Skin Analysis and home care preparation here is essential. General lack of skin radiance, skin firmness and compactness are also an indication for skin needling treatments and visible improvements can be seen.
Is Microneedling safe?
Microneedling does not involve injections and therefore allergic reactions and side-effects are unlikely to occur. Microneedling is a minimally-invasive, safe anti aging treatment which, through a hand-held device, employs 12 ultra fine needles to break down the old scar tissue in your skin and stimulate skin cells to produce more collagen in the treated area. Not only does this reduce the appearance of fine lines and any unwanted wrinkles, it also encourages improved blood supply, helping you look and feel healthier, younger and much more refreshed.
How quickly are results visible?
Visible results of skin rejuvenation are generally seen after just 6-8 weeks following procedure and improve further over time. A course of microneedling sessions, is usually recommended to achieve optimum results; however skin improvement is noticeable after just one treatment.
What is my skins appearance after the treatment?
After the procedure your skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. You will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 24 hours the skin will be completely healed. After 3 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.
How is the microneedling treatment administered?
Microneedling procedures are performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of the sterile Dermapen needle cartridge. The procedure is normally completed within 30-60 minutes depending on the required treatment and anatomical site. Before the procedure starts a topical anaesthetic will be applied to your skin to ensure a comfortable experience. After the skin is numbed, your medical esthetician gently moves the Dermapen over your skin to puncture the epidermis layers of the skin and create miniscule sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen deposition which may last for up to a year, yet they close within less than an hour.
For best results, a complimentary 30min LED treatment is performed after microneedling to support the healing process and reduce excess inflammation.
Can microneedling be done on Asian or African American skin?
Microneedling can be safely performed on all skin colours and types. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as the melanocytes remain intact, like the epidermis, during skin needling.
Other invasive procedures such as laser resurfacing are not recommended for Asian or African American skin due to the potential risks of delayed wound healing, pigmentary changes and scarring. This is where skin needling has an advantage as these potential risks are very unlikely due to the epidermis remaining intact.
Can you receive a Dermapen Microneedling treatment if pregnant?
Microneedling is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women due to a number of minor reasons. The needles produce micro-injuries which trigger the natural wound healing response. This wound healing and production of new collagen requires vitamins and nutrients which would otherwise be needed for the baby so is suggested to not be used during pregnancy.
Another minor reason is simply increasing the chances of infection which is never a good idea when pregnant.