They say that pain is beauty, although there are some beauty newbies out there that might have the wrong end of the stick or needle as it were. Microneedling certainly sounds like a painful ordeal, but it is actually very straightforward, quick and only a little bit uncomfortable. Here is a skincare-conscious guide to understanding microneedling and the considerations to make before booking your first appointment for RF microneedling in Melbourne.
What does microneedling entail?
Microneedling is a skin treatment that is administered by a cosmetic nurse, skin clinician or beauty therapist. The treatment entails pricking the skin with several sterilised needles, which may or may not be followed by a serum treatment. The purpose of these pricks is to cause tiny tears so that the skin produces collagen to repair the wounds, thereby introducing new skin.
Most clients will receive skin microneedling to treat existing scars or skin concerns. This treatment can be done at any stage of life but is typically most successful when there is more than one session conducted.
What is microneedling used for?
Now that we know what is involved, we can take a closer look at the skin concerns that might warrant a micorneedling treatment. Given that the needling will stimulate collagen and new skin tissue, it is best used for areas of the skin that require repair. Acne scarring on the face is a common reason for microneedling. It can also target wrinkles, as the new skin tissue is tighter and younger – reducing the appearance of aging. Large pores are another common reason for microneedling, with the skin regeneration working to create or adjust new pores.
What is the difference between an at-home derma roller and an in-clinic microneedling treatment?
Microneeding treatment at skin clinics has really boomed, but so too has the practice of derma rolling at home. So, what is the difference and what is the advantage of having this treatment in a clinic? (Diazepam) Dermarollers have much shorter needles than a microneedling treatment, so there is more impact and greater value in a clinic microneedling session. Your clinician will also use an optimal serum or skin product that is going to super-charge your repair and contains all those necessary active ingredients.
There is also the issue of quality control. If your home derma roller is not kept clean, sterilised or in its original condition – you may be at risk of causing harm. If one of the needles is bent out of shape, even slightly, then rolling over your face can cause an unintentional tear.
Can you have microneedling on other parts of the body?
Ideally, you can have microneedling done in any area that you might have concerns about. Acne scars on the back are another common area, general scars, or even stretch marks on the thigh or hips. It is recommended that you discuss the treatment at length with your clinician before having it done, and be sure to communicate any medical history that might be relevant prior to the treatment. The number of treatments required will vary from person to person, so be prepared to commit to more than one session before seeing results.
Is there any pre and post-care for microneedling?
Like any treatment, you want to be abiding by the pre and post-care regimen to maximise your results. Avoid the following things before and after your microneedling:
- Laser treatment
- Sun exposure
The skin has undergone trauma, however slight, and so you should work to keep it concealed from the sun and any treatments and agents that will interfere with the healing and preparation.
Are you considering microneedling, or are you looking for something more or less invasive? There is a whole suite of tools, techniques and treatments to aid our skin concerns. Always discuss these treatments with your doctor to get that approval before exploration.