Does the thought of rolling loads of tiny miniscule needles into your skin get you feeling a little uneasy? It shouldn’t. This is the basics of microneedling and it could really help you in the quest for great skin.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is when tiny sterilised needles gently enter into the skin. It may sound odd, but this process has been found to help with all sorts of skin conditions.
There has been plenty of research carried out into microneedling benefits and its efficacy, and this one that was carried out in 2008 found that when skin was treated with four sessions of microneedling spaced at one-month intervals, the result was that collagen and elastin production increased by 400%, six months post treatment. Pretty impressive findings, we think you’ll agree.
What does Microneedling do?
Microneedling is another one of those treatments that really the question shouldn’t be ‘what does it do?’ rather, ‘what doesn’t it do?!’ This therapy has shown there are microneedling benefits for rosacea and microneedling benefits for acne scars, amongst other conditions. It can also help with -
- Hair loss
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
The Science behind Microneedling
Microneedling works by causing a superficial trauma to the skin. When your skin thinks it needs to repair itself, your skin cells work harder. They become energised to deliver skin-healing collagen and elastin to the area. These are exactly the two proteins your skin needs in order to keep looking its best.
As we age, our skin can sag and wrinkle and that’s because our collagen and elastin production naturally diminishes. So, add a microneedling treatment to your skin regime and you will help boost these two much-needed skin proteins.
Microneedling for Hair Loss
The benefits of microneedling for hair loss have been well documented. It works in the same way as microneedling does for skin. When a microneedling treatment is used for hair loss it can help stimulate the hair follicles to get busy and not only work to produce stronger hair, but also even aid in new hair growth.
You could try adding a hair boosting serum alongside your microneedling treatment to give your hair follicles a bit of extra ‘oomph’.
Microneedling for Face
This is probably the area of the body that microneedling is most well known for being used for. But did you know that at Este, we combine microneedling with short pulse radio frequency to deliver a treatment called The Magic Needle. It’s known as a non-surgical face lift and it works to help with -
- Boosting the skin’s density
- Decreasing fine lines and wrinkles
- Targeting sagging skin
- Minimising large pores
- Tackling acne scarring
The short pulse radio frequency element is used to help heat your skin’s dermis layer. This then helps to trigger your skin cells to produce more collagen and elastin so that skin conditions can be targeted. It’s a powerful alternative to more invasive face lift procedures and it’s all-natural too.
If you’re interested in at-home treatments, you might wish to look into the benefits of microneedling with LED light. Both microneedling and LED light have been shown to have multiple benefits for the treatment of skin conditions and so this avenue could be worth investigating if you’re looking for an innovative therapy.
Microneedling for Skin
Microneedling isn’t just a treatment for your hair or face though. Its ability to help kickstart the body into producing more collagen and elastin means it can be used on other areas of the body that you may feel self-conscious about.
For instance, you could try tackling stretch marks on your chest, stomach or thighs. You may have a scar that you’d like to heal further. Or you might simply want to help slow down or turn back the signs of ageing on your arms. The options are pretty nearly endless.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
Ok. When part of the name for a treatment includes ‘needles’ it’s quite normal to wonder whether this procedure will be entirely comfortable. When you have a microneedling treatment at Este we can apply a topical numbing agent to ensure any discomfort you might feel is kept to a minimum.
As with everything, we all have different pain thresholds, so while some clients may find this treatment easy to tolerate, others may be a little more sensitive. We can talk through all of these concerns with you when you book in for an initial consultation.