What is Microneedling?
Microneedling (or Collagen Induction Therapy) is administered either manually via a roller filled with microneedles or an electrical pen.
It is widely renowned as a results driven treatment for reducing wrinkles, scarring and uneven skintone.
Both ways puncture the skin with micro holes alerting the immune system that the body is under attack and the skin is being harmed. The body then triggers it’s natural powers of healing. Blood cells (platelets) join together at the site of the ‘trauma’ and clot to stop bleeding. The platelets then release chemicals called cytokines into the bloodstream. These attract the attention of other special cells that start the healing – this is the inflammation and redness. Inflammation here is good – the healing is happening. Collagen and elastin are then stimulated to reproduce. These healing agents naturally begin to restore the micro-injuries that have been made a well as the damaged skin cells responsible for wrinkles and poor skin texture, leaving a smoother skin with an even-toned complexion.
The channels made by the needles also allow for a topical anti-aging product to penetrate into the deeper layers of the dermis. For example, we use an anti-aging serum immediately after our procedure with Skinpen to flood the skin with youthful peptides and antioxidents.
Homecare rollers– We do advocate rollering at home, especially if you are unsure of needling at the salon – it is a good thing to try at home first. The homecare rollers are smaller in size so are not as efficacious as a salon treatment, however the channels, as mentioned before, created by the needles will allow a much quicker a deeper absorption of your homecare products. Microrollers are commonly available via the internet. We only advocate the Environ cosmetic roller (£68.00) others are available but please buy from a reputable supplier.
But which way – rollers or the skinpen? Our preferred method would be using the Skinpen here at the salon. The needles in the pen are adjustable to suit each client’s own individual requirement. For example acne scaring would require a deeper depth of needle. Globally, it’s the only FDA approved microneedling pen, complete with new patented microneedle disposable cartridges and an in-built reciprocating device.Using a disposable cartridge at each treatment negates any cross contamination, whereas a client’s roller gets reused. Also with the pen, the needles hit this skin vertically but with the roller, they are slanted which could cause slight tears in the skin.
Benefits – treatment is especially effective for addressing the visible signs of ageing, as well as acne scarring, slackened skin, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and dilated blood vessels.
3 treatments are recommended for skin tone and anti-ageing and 6 for scarring. Little downtime compared to injectables and laser treatments, for example.
We prescribe bespoke skin plans combining treatments to include peels, radio frequency and skin pen in order to achieve the optimum results.
To see how we can achieve skin changes for you please call the salon to book a FREE skin consultation