Microneedling is one of many treatments available to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, enhance collagen and elastin production toreverse signs of ageing. Call for a consultation, to assess which treatment is suitable, in your case.
Microneedling can be used in medicine for a wide number of purposes and treatments. Whenever there is trauma to the body, a process is initiated to minimise the damage and repair the damage. During this process, a number of important substances are released to trigger repair and healing.
Depending on which area of the skin and what conditions are treated, Microneedling can induce controlled trauma/injury, which stimulates the skin’s own capacity to heal itself. An important part of this repair process, is the activation of collagen and elastin production. This leads to a range of beneficial effects, including filling in of fine lines, a more plump and glowing skin for a youthful look.
What conditions are suitable for Microneedling?
Microneedling can be used for a number of conditions, including the following:
- Vampire facial (without injecting PRP or HA into the skin)
- Vampire facelift (with injection of PRP or HA into the skin)
- Reducing wrinkles and fine lines
- Shrink pores
- Acne scarring
- Sun damaged skin
- Ageing skin
- Dull and dry skin
- Increase the uptake of skin products
- Bags under the eyes
- Hair restoration (please see below)
Vampire Facial and Vampire Facelift
The Vampire Facial received widespread attention, when Kim Kardashian opted to have a treatment with the camera’s rolling.
In Vampire Facial, Microneedling is used along with PRP. PRP is gently massaged into the tiny superficial holes made during Microneedling. This leaves a synergetic effect for skin rejuvenation.
Vampire facelift is the use of Microneedling combined with HA and/or PRP injections into the skin, for facial shaping and volume.
3-4 treatments are commonly recommended, with 4 weeks apart. Maintenance treatment is recommended after 10-12 months.
When can you see change
Improvement in the skin texture, glow and appearance develops within three months post-procedure. The effects may last up to 12-18-24 months.
Microneedling for hair loss
Microneedling, if used correctly, can stimulate the hair follicle and regrow hair.
Microneedling at home?
There are cases of patients, who have made wrong assessments and/or used derma roller without medical supervision, leaving them with scars, infections and/or permanent disfiguration.
As with all medications and treatments, caution is advised, just like over-the-counter medicines. The more is not always merrier. Sometimes, less is more,. Just because over-the-counter medicine is available without prescription, it does not mean that any dosage and usage, will do.
How is Microneedling performed?
- An anaesthetic cream is applied to minimise any discomfort during the procedure
- Depending on the specific process, the doctor may use sterile water, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), serums or nothing to lubricate the skin
- Depending on the area and conditions being treated, Microneedling itself may take 20-45 minutes and leave the skin red
- After Microneedling a moisturiser, Vitamin C serum or other product may be applied to the treated area or to it may be left un-treated
- Depending on the conditions and how severe it is, you may need between 3-6 or even 10-12 treatments and in some cases, even use it with regular intervals to maintain the results, similar to medical hair restoration