improvement of acne scars and discoloration.
reduced wrinkles and stretch marks.
skin rejuvenation for texture and complexion.
enhancement of product absorption.
increased skin thickness.
Microneedling: the benefits Microneedling's anti-ageing benefits, we explore the science behind the advanced skin treatment and the safety precautions to be aware of
Microneedling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or medical skin needling, is a sought-after treatment.
Swearing by its anti-ageing benefits. But why has it become so popular with both clients and salons?
The procedure, which can take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes, claims to fight the signs of ageing and reduce skin laxity by stimulating the body’s own collagen production. “Using precision needles, the therapist makes thousands of micro-channels in the skin, which causes the body to think it’s being attacked,” Skin Therapy, which distributes microneedling device Dermatude Meta Therapy.
“It then sends new fibroblast cells, collagen and elastin to the surface of the skin, which plumps out fine lines and wrinkles as well as decreasing any scarring. Also, because the body heals itself and there are no chemicals involved, you can promote it as a natural treatment even though it’s slightly invasive,” she adds.
Needle lengths start from 0.25mm and therapists can use anything up to a 1mm, with 1.5mm and above generally classed as medical. “We suggest no higher than 1mm on the face and 1.5mm on the body,“However, medical practitioners or Level 4-trained practitioners can use more than 1mm on the face.”
Who is it best for?
Although primarily used on the face, the treatment can be conducted anywhere on the body and is suitable for all skin types and colours. It can treat a variety of skinconditions, from deep wrinkles to sun damage and pigmentation, and is particularly effective on scars.
“You can be much more tailored with scars, but you need to treat them at a depth of between 0.5mm and 1mm to make a difference. However, each scar will be a different depth, so using a different needle length on each is ideal to get the best results,” says Bennett. “For example, clients tend to get deeper scars on their cheeks because there’s more flesh, while those on the forehead are less deep.”
The treatment’s biggest appeal has to be that it’s well tolerated and comes with minimal downtime – normally around 24 to 48 hours. “As a practitioner, you can guarantee all the benefits of skin rejuvenation while minimising the risk of dehydration, decreased cell functioning, infection and other side effects associated with many other wounding treatments, Managing director of BioActive Aesthetics, which distributes microneedling device SkinPen Precision