Microneedling is an incredibly beneficial treatment. It’s minimally invasive, and it can have a huge range of benefits – from boosting collagen in your skin, to encouraging hair growth, to minimising the appearance of scars. The expert team at Koha Skin Clinic in Berkhamsted know how effective this treatment can be.
We’ll take you through what microneedling is, and why we think it could be the treatment for you.
Microneedling is the process of inserting short, fine needles into your skin using a device (like a dermaroller). It injects small needles (we’re talking a diameter of 0.5 – 2.5mm – very tiny!) into your skin, at a very surface level. The whole process will take up to 2 hours, with numbing cream applied beforehand to reduce discomfort.
What Will Happen Afterwards?
Immediately afterwards, you will notice that your skin is plump and radiant – this is because of superficial swelling. It should look luminous and glowy.
However, you’ll notice even more benefits after several treatments. It can produce a huge increase in collagen, which is essential for youthful, glowing skin. If you’re having targeted treatment for scarring, for example, it will take a few sessions to really see the benefits, so it’s worth being patient to see the best results over time.
What Can Microneedling Be Used For?
Microneedling can be used for:
- Increasing collagen in the skin. This strengthens your skin, improving elasticity and hydration, which in turn can help to prevent wrinkles
- Improving hair growth – it can stimulate hair follicles for more hair growth
- Improving cellulite – some people have noticed an improvement in cellulite using microneedling
- Reducing scarring – it causes trauma to the scar tissue. This sounds drastic, but it remodels the scars, targeting damaged skin whilst leaving healthy skin intact
What Are the Side Effects?
Microneedling shouldn’t be painful – you may feel a little discomfort. You may also experience redness and irritation directly after treatment.
If you are dealing with swelling and you want to reduce it, pressing a cold flannel onto your skin can help to reduce swelling and deal with some of the discomfort.
How Can I Take Care of My Skin After Treatment?
There are several things you can do. Post treatment, don’t wash your skin, expose it to high temperatures, or sweat excessively (so no trips to the gym for a day or so).
Then, carry on as before! You can nourish your skin with serums and moisturisers, and, of course, use an SPF to protect your skin from sun damage. In fact, using a nourishing sheet mask a day after microneedling is a really good idea, or treating it with a serum to help to repair and soothe your skin.
You can buy at-home microneedling devices. Generally, we’d recommend going to a professional – they are trained to know how to do it exactly right. The danger with at-home microneedling is that you can easily overdo it, which can lead to soreness and broken capillaries.