Microneedling

(Collagen Induction Therapy)

Microneedling works by encouraging your skin to produce more Collagen and generate new skin cells. Tiny pinpricks applied to the skin cause a micro trauma which triggers the skin to produce new collagen rich tissue. The new skin tissue is more even in tone and texture, firmer and brighter.

Collagen is a structural protein in our body that binds tissues and cells together. The “glue” that helps our body maintain its shape and structure. As we age our body produces less Collagen, which effects our skin, muscle tone and joints.

Microneedling encourages your skin to produce more Collagen and generate new skin cells

Micro needling can reduce fine lines and more deep set wrinkles, it can also reduce pigmentation and sun damage and can encourage hair growth.

Through my experience with Permanent Makeup and Scalp Micropigmentation I have seen clients brows and hair begin to regrow and thicken due to the trauma to the skin caused by the treatment.

The trauma awakens the lazy ageing skin cells and forces them back to work!

What Skin Complaints Can Microneedling Improve?

Micro needling is mainly used on the face to improve the look of:

  • Acne Scars
  • Age Spots and sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Large or open pores
  • Scars caused by injury, surgery or trauma
  • Poor elasticity. Saggy, loose skin.
  • Dull, uneven skin tone

Microneedling can also improve scarring and stretch marks on the body and encourage hair growth on the scalp

Microneedling is used to tackle hair loss and Alopecia

What Are The Risks WIth Microneedling?

Like all cosmetic procedures, microneedling isn’t risk free. The most common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately after the procedure. You may also experience redness for a few days after.

You should always call your GP or 111 if you experience anything more serious such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Peeling

Is Microneedling Suitable For Everyone?

Microneedling is not suitable for you if you:

  • Allergy to topical anaesthetics.
  • Anti-coagulant therapy – increases potential for bleeding – coagulation status should be checked to confirm normal clotting/bleeding profile.
  • Haemophiliacs.
  • History of keloid scarring.
  • History of radiation therapy within the application area (6mths post chemo & radiotherapy).
  • Raised moles or warts.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Skin cancers – melanoma.
  • Skin infections; impetigo, boils, conjunctivitis wounded, sunburned, excessively sensitive skin; inflammatory acne, Pustular rosacea or psoriasis within the application area.
  • Fungal infections such as ringworm, blepharitis
  • Uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Active eczema, psoriasis or inflamed rosacea.
  • Oral retinoids (Roaccutane) used within 6 months prior to treatment.
  • We recommend carrying out a patch test for Fitzpatrick skin types 4 or above
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Undiagnosed lumps or swelling

Some conditions could restrict a Microneedling treatment but not necessarily stop the treatment from taking place, they may mean that the treatment is restricted or may have to be adapted:

  • Recent scar tissue (less than six months old)
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Acne Rosalea
  • Skin tag
  • Mila
  • Recent sunburn
  • Current medication that may affect treatment needs to be disclosed
  • Claustrophobia
  • Broken capillaries/veins
  • Contact lenses to be removed
  • Areas of botox administered minimum 2 weeks prior to be avoided
Clients describe the sensation of Microneedling as “prickly”

How Do I Prepare My Skin For Microneedling Treatment?

  • It is important to arrive for your treatment with clear makeup free skin.
  • Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine for 48 hours before your treatment
  • Avoid taking Ibuprofen or Aspirin 48 hours before your treatment (Paracetamol is fine).
  • To reduce sensitivity try to avoid be overly tired or hungry.
  • Drink plenty of water before your treatment.

What Should I Expect During Microneedling Treatment?

After the skin is cleansed and analysed, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied for a minimum of 20/25 minutes for areas requiring more intense needling such as body treatments.

The process typically takes less than 30 minutes, and afterwards, your skin will look pink, similar to a sunburn.
Most clients describe the sensation as a scratchy feeling, a lot compare it to the same pain as plucking, waxing or epilating hair.

Immediately after needling a CLINICCARE Mesotherapy cocktail is applied which targets the particular needs for your skin.

After needling the skin a soothing CLINICCARE Sheet Mask is applied for 20-25 minutes which add additional nutrition to the skin. The needling will help deliver the products directly into the Dermal layer of the skin, boosting the skins function and feeding the cells.

The final stage of your treatment is the Dermalux LED Phototherapy treatment which calms the skin, boosts healing and and awakens the cells.

What Should I Expect Immediately After Microneedling Treatment?

Depending on the area of your face or body being treated and the type of device used, the procedure is well-tolerated and in some cases virtually pain free, most people only feel a mild prickling sensation.

  • If you are concerned about pain or know you are sensitive to pain, a topical anaesthetic can be applied to your skin prior to treatment.
  • Your skin may be pink or red in appearance, much like a sunburn, for a couple of hours following treatment.
  • Minor pin prick bleeding and bruising is possible depending on the length of the needle used and the number of times it is pressed across the treatment area.
  • Your skin may feel warm, tight, and itchy for a short while. This should subside in 12-48 hours.

Possible Side-Effects:

Side effects or risks are minimal with this type of treatment and can include:

  • Minor flaking or dryness of the skin with scab formation in rare cases.
  • Milia (small white bumps) may form; these can be removed by the practitioner.
  • Hyper-pigmentation (darkening of certain areas of the skin) can occur very rarely and usually resolves after a month.
  • If you have a history of cold sores, this procedure may cause flare ups.
  • Temporary redness and mild-sunburn effects may last up to 4 days.
  • Freckles may temporarily lighten or permanently disappear in treated areas.
  • Other potential risks include crusting, itching, discomfort, bruising, infection, swelling, and failure to achieve the desired result. Permanent scarring (less than 1%) is extremely rare.

Aftercare Advice

Recovery time can be as little as 48 hours and has minimal downtime options.

For some clients the skin may repair faster which will allow the redness to subside more or less straight away.

For skin areas that are exposed to light, you MUST wear an SPF protective cream for a minimum of 48 hours to protect from any sun damage to the skin. (I always recommended SPF as part of your ongoing skin care routine.) But NEVER apply a high street sunscreen directly after micro needling.

For the first 48 hours after Microneedling:
  • Do not apply cosmetics to the area including makeup, perfumed products, lotions or moisturisers.
  • No hot steam showers or baths
  • Avoid excessive exercise
  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Do not use sun beds
  • Do not have any other cosmetic treatments or procedures on the skin for 14 days
  • Treatment can be repeated every 4-6 weeks

How Many Microneedling Treatments Are Required?

Multiple treatments may be needed to achieve the desired results. The number of treatments depends on the individual skin condition. Three of four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, wheras deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4-6 weeks between treatments is recommended with maintenance treatments every 3-6 months.

Recommended Treatment Plan

ConditionInitial No. TreatmentsFrequencyMaintenance
Alopecia/Hair Loss4-81 treatment per week for 4-8 weeksRepeat every 3-6 months
Ageing – Lines/wrinkles, skin tone, texture3-61 treatment every 3-6 weeks during a 3-6 month periodCourse of 3 treatments every 6-12 months (1 treatment per month)
Cellulite3-61 treatment every 3-6 weeks during a 6 month periodCourse of 3-6 treatments every 6-12 months (1 treatment per month)
Hyperpigmentation3-61 treatment every 3-6 weeks during a 3-6 month periodCourse of 3 treatments every 6-12 months (1 treatment per month)
Scarring – Acne, Chicken Pox, Surgical scars/trauma6-81 treatment every 3-6 weeks during 6-8 month period or until desired effect is achieved
Stretch Marks3-61 treatment every 3-6 weeks during a 3-6 month periodCourse of 3 treatments every 6-12 months (1 treatment every 3-6 weeks)
Sun Damage3-61 treatment every 3-6 weeks during 3-6 month period3 treatments every 6-12 months (1 treatment every 3-6 weeks)
(Treatment plan will be personalised to your individual needs)

Price

Single Microneedling Treatment£145.00
Single Targeted Body area/Stretch Mark Microneedling Treatment£120.00
Hair Restoration Mesotherapy Treatment£175.00
Microneedling Course of 3 Treatments£390.00
Microneedling Course of 6 Treatments£695.00
Microneedling Body/Stretch Mark Course of 3 Treatments£280.00
Microneedling Body/Stretch Mark Course of 6 Treatments£500.00

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