The Ins and Outs of Microneedling
As any reputable beauty therapist should, we always view new fads in the beauty industry with a healthy dose of scepticism and apprehension until we’ve had time to formulate an expert view of our own based on safe testing, iteration and detailed consideration of the pros, cons, contraindications and benefits that we witness first-hand. Certainly, when Readers’ Digest is waxing lyrical about the benefits and Vogue declaring it the next big thing in anti-ageing skincare, our interest is always heightened, but not without due diligence and first-hand experience to support our actions.
As a rule of thumb, once we’re satisfied enough to approve a new treatment and add it to our list of offerings, we ensure that all our treatments are safe, give excellent results and are value for money before we even consider introducing them to our salon – after all, it’s the very matter our professional reputation and business at stake in everything we do here at Araya Beauty.
In recent years, microneedling has gained huge popularity in the beauty industry as a healthier, cost-effective alternative to more invasive treatments such as botox and facelifting in the field of facial skin rejuvenation.
The reasons why we’re such advocates of microneedling as a valuable new addition to an aesthetic clinic service offering within an Irish context are threefold:
- It’s Natural. As huge advocates of organic material, we simply love the fact that micro needling is a completely natural process, utilising the body’s own healing mechanisms.
- It’s Safe. Believe it or not, microneedling is, in fact, a tried and tested skin therapy that’s been in use by dermatologists in Asia, mainland Europe and the US for decades to treat unsightly facial scarring and damaged skin.
- It works! – The results speak for themselves; after just a couple of sessions, your skin will have a younger, fresher appearance with an improved texture and firmness.
Like any new beauty treatment nowadays, there’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding microneedling so we’ve decided to give you the low-down on this skin care treatment that’s become such a massive hit here in Ireland in recent years.
So, What Exactly is Microneedling?
Microneedling, sometimes known as collagen induction therapy, involves the use of fine needles to create hundreds of microscopic holes in the top layer of the skin.
The concept behind microneedling is that this stimulation of the skin produces new collagen by gently needling its surface. We’re essentially taking advantage of the skin’s ability to heal itself and produce new collagen to remodel the treatment area and rejuvenating the epidermis.
Collagen is the key protein that gives our skin its structure. It forms a net-like framework that keeps our skin cells together and gives the skin that smooth, youthful appearance. Thicker collagen also helps reduce scars, wrinkles, fine lines and pore size. The stimulation of our body’s natural healing process increases cell turnover and elastin production causing the skin to naturally shrink and tighten. Alas, like so many of our body’s magical proteins, as we age the collagen in our skin starts to break down and our skin begins to lose its vitality.
Microneedling not only improves your skin’s tone and texture, removing fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s also incredibly effective for reducing the appearance of and, in many cases, completely eradicating the effects of various skin conditions commonly found among Irish women including:
- Acne scars
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven skin texture
- Surgical and/or burn scars
- Stretch marks
- Pigmentation marks from acne and/or sun damage
Yikes a Needle! Does Microneedling Hurt?
Just the word ‘needle’ is enough for some people to run a mile and we totally get this – we’re not big fans of them ourselves! Let us put your mind at ease and reassure you that microneedling is a relatively painless procedure.
It’s important to note that the needles don’t reach the nerve endings and capillaries so dispel any thoughts of the type of needles that are used for injections.
The tiny needles penetrate the skin to cause micro injuries and at Araya Beauty we use a topical numbing cream to alleviate any discomfort you may have during the procedure. A light layer of water is also helpful to lessen the friction between the pen/roller and your skin.
How Will I Look After the Treatment?
As the skin has been stimulated using the microneedles you will notice some redness and mild swelling for about 24 hours after treatment – similar to what you might experience with slight sunburn. The skin will flake after a day or two as the cells slough off and replenishment begins. All of this is perfectly normal and causes significantly less epidermal damage to your precious skin than harsh chemical peels, more costly laser treatments or more invasive surgical solutions.
What our clients really love about microneedling is that there’s little or no downtime required considering the excellent results they gain.
Why Not Use a DIY Microneedling Home Kit?
Please, please, please do not even think about using a DIY home kit for microneedling!
“Well, you would say that Araya!”, we hear you say, but really, in all sincerity and love, we cannot stress this enough. Microneedling is not a treatment to attempt at home. Sure, there are lots of DIY kits out there with all sorts of ringing endorsements but please don’t be tempted…remember – it’s your lovely face!
A procedure involving needles and your beautiful visage should not be self-administered. It can only be done correctly and safely by a trained skincare clinician, in a controlled environment, with sterile equipment. Many of these DIY devices are not precision-adjustable and can end up tearing or pulling at your skin – it’s just not worth the risk.
Here in our specialised, sterile aesthetic clinic, we use the single most trusted and respected brand in the market, Dermapen for our microneedling and mesotherapy treatment administration. It’s the industry choice of medical professionals and their application technologies have given our patients, safe, sustained and outstanding results without fail. We also employ the use a Dermaroller in conjunction with the Dermapen to access hard-to-reach spots such as the contours of your nose and larger body areas for better, more accurate precision and more balanced distribution.
How Many Microneedling Sessions are Needed to Really See a Difference?
Microneedling is not a ‘one off’ treatment and our expert skincare clinicians at Araya Beauty recommend you take approximately 3-4 visits to get the full benefits of microneedling.
The healing, inflammation, and collagenic processes must complete before you begin to see the benefits of the treatment. Collagen replenishment peaks at approximately 14 days after the treatment so it is recommended that you allow a period of 14-30 days elapse before your next treatment session.
An added benefit of microneedling is the increased absorption levels it brings to your skin. This absorption boost, resulting from the microscopic micro channels created during the treatment, will increase the effectiveness of the products you use in your daily skincare regime.
Hmmmm I’m interested… How Can I Find Out More?
You can, of course, hit up Google and get some more info on microneedling but for something as important as your skin, we always suggest it’s better to do your own research and then talk to an expert so you can have your own specific questions answered! Naturally, we’d absolutely love it if you let Araya Beauty be that source of expertise for you; we are only too happy to answer any questions you might have with regards to microneedling or any other beauty treatments that may be of interest you.
As ever, please feel free to leave a comment below, send us an email, give us a call or even better – drop into us here at the salon. We’d love to become your ‘go to’ for any beauty questions or skincare queries you may have. With all our love until next time!Book Your Microneedling Session Today