Microneedling is one of many treatments available to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, enhance collagen and elastin production and reverse signs of ageing. We suggest you set up a consultation to assess which treatment would be suitable in your case.
Microneedling can be used in medicine for a very wide number of purposes and treatments. Whenever there is a 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 is treat, Micro needling can induce controlled trauma/injury that stimulates the skin’s own capacity to heal itself. An important part of this repair process is the activation of the collagen and elastin producing capacity of the skin which leads to a wide range of beneficial effects including filling in of fine lines, a more plump and glowing skin with a more youthful look.
What are the indications for Microneedling?
Microneedling is a natural way of inducing a general activation of the repair processes of the body. As we are in control of the extent and the location of the trauma we can reserve it for areas that require healing and repair.
Microneedling can be used for a number of conditions, including
- Vampire facial (without injecting of 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 facelift got widespread attention when Kim Kardashian opted to have a treatment with the camera’s rolling.
Essentially, Vampire facelift is the use of Microneedling to stimulate skin rejuvenation in the face combined with the injection of HA and/or PRP into the skin for facial shaping and volume.
The less invasive version, is the Vampire Facial where Microneedling is used along with PRP but without injecting PRP or HA into the skin. Rather, PRP is gently massaged into the tiny superficial holes made during Microneedling. Microneedling and PRP work together for a synergetic effect on skin rejuvenation.
Depending on your specific situation, skin and needs, we may recommend 3-4 treatments 4 weeks apart. A maintenance treatment is recommended after 10-12 months.
When can you see a change
Improvement in the skin texture, glow and appearance gradually develops over three months following the procedure. The effects may last up to 12-18-24 months.
Microneedling for hair loss
Microneedling, if used correctly, may stimulate the hair follicle and regrow hair.
According to one study from 2013, the base line hair count changed with 91 hairs/cm2 in a group of patients treated with micro needling and Minoxidil, while the patients using only Minoxidil had a hair count increase of 22.2 hairs/cm2 from baseline.
The effect of Micro-needling is believed to be due to a number of reasons, including the release of growth factors from the platelets. The activation of platelets also increase the release of epidermal growth factors and stimulate skin regeneration.
The trauma caused by the Microneedling, activates stem cells in the bulge area of the hair follicle as part of the wound repair and skin healing processes.
Further, Microneedling also causes the expression of hair growth related genes such as B catenin, Wnt3a and Wnt10b
Skin repair and healing after a trauma to the skin is a very complex process. Despite massive research we do not have a 100% understanding of what exactly happens. The role of stimulation of the hair follicle, during a controlled trauma, is not fully established.
Microneedling at home?
Microneedling has a very wide range of functions and is quite popular. Some people opt to start treatment at home, without seeing a doctor to assess their conditions. This may work well in many situations, but too many patients have made a wrong assessment 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, is necessary.
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