On Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30 PM, Aesthetic Nurse Vanessa Charest and Dr Martin Wade will be demonstrating microneedling LIVE on Facebook.
While your questions are welcome throughout the demonstration (just type any and all questions you might have in the comments during the Live Event), we’ve put together this quick-fire guide for you that answers patients’ most common questions.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a treatment that uses a device – at London Real Skin, the advanced, medical-grade SkinPen Precision device is used – to create tiny, micro-punctures into a patient’s’ skin. ‘What we’re doing is creating superficial, controlled injuries that stimulate a natural repair process,’ Vanessa said.
During this natural repair process, your body releases cytokines and growth factors which produce collagen, elastin and new cells around the affected area, leaving your skin smoother and more radiant than before.
Is This Treatment Right For Me?
Probably! Microneedling is a highly effective, well-established and clinically proven treatment that produces noticeable results. It’s most often recommended for patients hoping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks.
‘This is such a safe, natural treatment option,’ Vanessa said. ‘Best of all, it isn’t exclusive to the face and it can be used to treat scars and stretch marks all over the body, from your chest down to your legs and buttocks.’
What’s Involved in the Treatment?
Step 1: Consultation that ensures you’re a suitable candidate. Vanessa will also recommend between 3 and 6 sessions, depending on the area you want to treat.
Step 2: Take photos in order to monitor the progress afterward
Step 3: Apply numbing cream, leaving it on for 20 minutes
Step 4: Remove numbing cream and gently clean the skin with an antiseptic solution
Step 5: Apply gliding gel
Step 6: Treatment begins and lasts 15-20 minutes
Step 7: Gently clean skin again, this time with sodium chloride
Step 8: Apply hydrating lotion
Does It Hurt?
‘Don’t let the word ‘needle’ scare you!’ Vanessa said. ‘It really isn’t painful, especially since we apply numbing cream beforehand,’ she continued.
So, the short answer: No, it doesn’t hurt. Most patients describe feeling a mild vibration, but nothing more. Afterward, your skin might be slightly swollen and pink or red in colour, but these symptoms should fade completely within a day or two.
How Do Other Treatments Compare?
It’s no secret that there are several treatments available to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and that rejuvenate the skin, leaving you with a bright, glowing complexion. But, which is right for you? That depends on your goals, expectations, availability and budget.
Injectables Vs. Microneedling: While anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers offer patients quick results, they don’t work with the skin’s natural healing process or induce the production of collagen as microneedling does. But, the two treatments complement one another very well and Vanessa recommends getting injectables and microneedling together as part of an effective treatment plan.
Medical Grade Facials Vs. Microneedling: Facials require no downtime and only take 60 minutes but, as is the case with injectables, they don’t provide the long-lasting results that microneedling treatments do. But, for those hoping to spend considerably less to improve pigmentation and reduce blackheads, acne or enlarged pores.