Microneedling has been around in one form or another since the mid-90s, but it’s still one of the least understood beauty treatments available. If you’re looking for a new solution to, wrinkles, ageing or even acne, you might need to hear about microneedling.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a beauty treatment that involves making lots of small punctures on your skin. It’s not as dramatic as that sounds – the wounds are microscopic, and they heal quickly, leaving no lasting damage or scarring.
Your clinician or aesthetician will use a small device that resembles a pen to press over your face – the small needles inside make the punctures that are the key to this treatment working. You can also bring microneedling home with you by using a derma roller, which can have a similar effect. It’s best to use these under the direction of an expert, so starting with a microneedling appointment at your usual beautician or clinic gives you the best chance of getting the results you want.
What Does Microneedling Do?
If you don’t know what this treatment can do for you, it can be hard to understand why anyone would choose it. Once you know the secrets behind microneedling, it becomes a far more attractive choice.
When your body heals, part of the process of knitting the skin back together is creating new collagen. Collagen is a protein – it’s the main structural component of your skin and it’s what it gives a youthful face its healthy, full appearance.
A microneedling treatment harnesses your body’s own regenerative capabilities – creating trivial wounds that heal quickly kickstarts the collagen production process, so you heal looking younger and healthier!
What Can Microneedling Help With?
Microneedling isn’t just for people looking for a solution to the signs of ageing. It’s also an excellent way to help regenerate skin and repair damage that’s resisted other treatments. Microneedling can help to gradually heal persistent scarring and other injuries to your skin, by using your body’s own ability to regenerate collagen.
There are some notable aftercare hints for microneedling, as you might expect from the procedure.
The immediate aftereffects of microneedling can resemble sunburn: your skin will be a little reddened and feel tighter or slightly swollen. You’ll also be more sensitive to sunlight, so if you have to go out into bright sunshine after a treatment, you’ll need to ensure you’re using sunscreen.
You’ll need to make some changes to your usual skincare routine in the days after microneedling. On the first night, avoid using a cleanser to give your skin a chance to recover. After that make sure you’re gentle, using a cleanser intended for sensitive skin, and a moisturiser that includes hyaluronic acid which gives your skin some help to heal. Avoiding makeup, strenuous activity and alcohol for the 72 hours following your treatment gives your skin the opportunity it needs to heal and heal better.
If you’re interested in microneedling, London clinics and salons are offering this treatment so you can book your first consultation today!