At a Glance
If you have aged or damaged skin, acne scars, facial lines or stretch marks and are wanting to improve them, then microneedling may be the non-surgical treatment for you.
Microneedling involves using small needles on the surface of the skin, leaving you with tighter, healthier and more youthful looking skin.
Microneedling is done through the use of a Dermapen. The Dermapen is a small, hand-held device which looks similar to a pen. The end of the Dermapen has about 12 small needles. These are rapidly injected into the skin. This works to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. After treatment, your skin will appear smoother, firmer and more toned, leaving you looking more youthful and rejuvenated.
This non-surgical procedure is suitable for those who wish to treat fine lines and wrinkles on the face, as well as treating below the lower eyelids. This is also suitable for those who wish to undertake a procedure which does not involve any surgery or the application of any chemicals.
This is a minimally-invasive procedure, so it requires no recovery time. You will be able to return to your daily routine right away.
Microneedling is a suitable option for those who have:
- Facial lines
- Stretch marks
- Damaged skin
Those who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure may also find microneedling to be a suitable option.
You will have to be at least 18 years old to undergo microneedling.
You may not be a suitable candidate for microneedling if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have open wounds
- Have skin diseases such as eczema or psoriasis
- Have been undergoing radiation recently
- Are prone to skin scars
Before having microneedling, you will attend a consultation with one of the surgeons. They will be able to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate, or whether you would be more suited for other surgical or non-surgical procedures.
Microneedling is done through using a Dermapen.
Prior to treatment, the surgeon will apply a numbing cream to the treatment area to minimise any discomfort.
The Dermapen is held vertically over your skin on the treatment area. The motorised pen then rapidly moves the needles back and forth, allowing the pen to glide over the skin. This then punctures the skin, temporarily opening the pores. Puncturing the skin causes the skin to initiate the healing process. This stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, leaving you with tighter, more toned and rejuvenated skin.
To achieve the best results, you may have to undergo multiple treatments. While this is optional, most people will undergo two to three treatments. These will be performed six weeks apart.
You may also wish to combine microneedling with a PRP facelift.
As the treatment is entirely natural, side-effects are extremely unusual. Immediately after treatment, you may experience facial redness (similar to a mild sunburn) but this will normally settle by the next day. It is important to avoid excess sun exposure during this period. By the next day, your skin should return to normal and you will be able to work and perform most social activities.
Following the microneedling treatment, you will see a gradual increase in collagen over the next six weeks. In the following few months, you will notice a gradual and lasting improvement in your skin quality.
Most people opt for three treatments, but you can have further treatments as and when you choose to.
How does microneedling work?At Centre for Surgery, we use a Dermapen for microneedling. The Dermapen is a small hand-held device which appears similar to a pen. At the end of the Dermapen are small needles. The Dermapen will be held vertically over the skin and the needles will be rapidly injected into the surface of the skin.
This process causes the healing process to begin and stimulates the production of collagen. This makes the skin appear more refreshed and youthful.
Am I suitable for microneedling?You will be a good candidate for microneedling if you have damaged skin, acne scars, stretch lines or facial marks.
You will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo this procedure.
What results can I expect from microneedling?After microneedling, the collagen will eventually thicken the skin, which will not only improve the skin’s texture but also increase firmness and suppleness. Scars and wrinkles will be depressed and filled in, or if the scar is raised it will be smoothed out. Pores will appear smaller, and hyperpigmentation will fade.
Does microneedling hurt?The level of pain and discomfort experienced will vary depending where on the body you have the procedure. The skin on your face will be a lot more sensitive than skin in more fleshy areas such as your thighs. Patients can expect to feel some minor discomfort, although the pain will not be unbearable.
Prior to microneedling, the surgeon will put a numbing cream on your face in order to minimise any pain experienced.
What will the recovery period be like?Following the procedure, you may experience some redness in the face, somewhat similar to a sunburn. This will generally settle by the next day. It is important to avoid excess sun exposure while the skin is still red.
How long will it take to see results?Signs of skin improvement will be visible after a few weeks, however, significant results can take several months to appear. Skin improvement will continue for up to 12 months after microneedling.
How many sessions will I need?Most people will choose to undergo three treatments to achieve the best results.