Micro Needling – Taking your skin care to a whole new level.

Micro-Needling

Ever thought about walking on hot coals?

Attending a Tony Robbins seminar can be for some, life changing. So much so, many in attendance attempt to walk on hot coals to affirm their renewed faith in their abilities and shatter self-limiting beliefs that have held them back in life.  
Set on fire with their personal epiphanies and a newly discovered fearlessness, off they go.  

Before you commence you will be assured that a). this walk of faith will elevate you to a new level of belief in yourself, and reignite your own personal power and b). You won’t feel a thing!!
My first thoughts? Are you crazy? There’s no way I’m going to self-inflict any chance of pain that could leave me with cindered feet. You might feel the same way, who wouldn’t. Even so, many do it. 

 

And then this happened.

“How about we roll over your face with 1mm needles? Really? With the assistance of numbing gel, you really won’t feel a thing. Your skin will thank you!” The skin therapist eagerly assured me… 
Of course, why not I thought. After all, it’d be nothing like walking on hot coals. Even so, needles? With a leap of faith and despite my aversion to any pain I volunteered my precious face to having medical grade needles the length of 1mm rolled over my face until it began to bleed.
I know, not for the faint hearted.
I did this, not to affirm my personal power (although I’m sure it helped), oh no, this was for the sake of my quest for healthy, beautiful skin.

How about we roll over your face with 1mm needles? Really? Unlike walking on hot coals, and with the assistance of numbing gel you really won’t feel a thing. Your skin will thank you!

But seriously? What did I just do to my skin?

Depending on the length of the needles it can be an efficient, non-invasive treatment to improve product ingredient penetration by opening up micro channels in the skin.  Or, if you opt for the treatment I had, which is known as Medical Micro Needling – Collagen Induction Therapy, tiny wounds are created all over the face, to kick start your collagen production. Who doesn’t want that, right?
Your long-held belief that nothing works will very quickly be dismissed. 
Micro needling does work! With regular treatments, you can have the smooth, healthy, beautiful skin you’ve always hoped for, and the confidence and personal power that comes with that is most certainly life-affirming! So, Tony Robbins eat your heart out!! 

 

What exactly is Micro-Needling?

Also known as Dermal rolling, micro-needling is a method of skin renewal pioneered by the world renowned plastic surgeon, Dr Des Fernandes.
Dr Fernandes is the founder of the skincare brand Environ, who in 1997 began his first experimentation with needling on his skin using a cosmetic tattoo pen. Dissatisfied with his initial results Dr Fernandes went on to develop a custom made roller, giving him greater control, better movement over the contours of the face and a depth of needling necessary to induce collagen production.
Since those early days 30 years ago, micro-needling has become a standard procedure for many skincare and medical professionals and many cosmeceutical skin care companies provide micro-needling devices as part of their service offering. 
Your skin care therapist or cosmetic doctor will know the best option for you and inform you of the anticipated outcomes and results based on the length of the needle. 

 

What are your options?

Cosmetic Needling is your ‘at home’ device. Its purpose is to enhance the penetration of active ingredients found in your serum formulations such as Vitamin A, C and B3. The length of the needle for a cosmetic home roller varies from 0.01mm to 0.05mm. I prefer a 0.02mm roller which offers a comfortable procedure while improving the efficacy of my serums.  It can be done almost every day with no bleeding or pain. A very effective way to get more out of your serums. 
Medical Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy must always be carried out by a fully qualified skincare professional using a topical anaesthetic numbing gel or cream.  When done correctly the needles will pierce the skin to create a micro-wound to induce bleeding and subsequently stimulate your transformative growth factors to create new collagen. This type of treatment will treat light scars such as acne scarring but is also very beneficial for wrinkles, skin laxity and stretch marks.  When used in conjunction with chemical peels micro-needling can also assist in the reduction of blotchy pigmentation. Good news for anyone prepared to commit to a course of micro-needling treatments. For the very best possible results, you’ll need between 4 – 6 treatments over a period of 6 weeks. The length of the needle used in this procedure will always be between 1 – 1.5mm. 
Surgical Needling is the most invasive method of Collagen Induction Therapy. This option is only ever done by a trained cosmetic doctor, and in most cases, you’ll be administered a local anaesthetic. With the depth of the needle at 3mm, you’ll get a much deeper piercing which is necessary to break through thickened scar tissue.  In the same way as medical needling, surgical needling will induce a surge of transformative growth factors to supply the skin with new collagen to lessen the appearance of scar tissue, improve the organisation of collagen and elastin fibres and thicken the epidermis. 

But is it safe?

Now before you wince at the very thought of this beauty procedure, and no matter how unpleasant it may seem, it’s one of the safest corrective beauty treatments you can have.  Best of all there is hardly any social downtime, apart from mild redness for 24 hours and a little bit of dryness for a few more days after. Rest assured, when conducted by a trained professional it’s a safe and effective way to naturally reaffirm your skin’s ability to rejuvenate and repair itself.
Of course, without a measured dose of numbing gel applied 45 – 60 minutes before the procedure, no matter how steadfast your belief in yourself or how confident you are, it will hurt.  Prior to my treatment, I took the advice of my therapist, and 60 minutes later my face was comfortably numb and ready to go. 

 

When conducted by a trained professional it’s a safe and effective way to naturally reaffirm your skin’s ability to rejuvenate and repair itself.

 

Should you do it?

The answer to that question is an emphatic YES. This could be the life changing beauty solution you’ve been looking for. Seriously! But first, consult with a skin care or medical professional. In most cases, the risk of any adverse reaction is very low. But, like any procedure, you want to know you’re in the right hands and the skin care or medical professional you’ve chosen is using quality devices and competently trained in not just the procedure but also any pre and post-treatment protocols. 
Almost every skin type and condition will benefit from micro-needling with the only exception being Acne. DO NOT let anyone micro-needle your skin unless your acne is under control with no sign of infection and you’ve reached a point where your goal is to reduce acne scar tissue.

 

micro-needlingYou’re just going to opt for micro-needling at home.

We all love a bit of DIY, and you may decide, for now, you either don’t need or are not quite ready to take the leap and have a Collagen Induction Therapy treatment. Cosmetic needling at home may be an excellent way to improve your skin and prepare you for the time when you decide to go deeper.
Always look for quality devices.
Get the right advice on the correct way to use your home roller and keep it clean. Cosmetic needling at home can be done every night, however, be aware cosmetic needling can bring about short-term reactions to your  Vitamin A and C Serums due to the efficacy of product penetration. If this happens, reduce the frequency of needing until your skin is settled. However, don’t be deterred as your skin is going to benefit tremendously from the improved nutrition.

 

Getting the best results possible.

Regardless of the depth of micro-needling, you opt for; you’ll get far superior results if you combine your treatment with a topical application of Vitamin A & C.
In fact, it would be almost pointless if you didn’t. 
Collagen Induction Therapy induces collagen; and it’s essential the cells that produce collagen, known as Fibroblasts get the nutrition they need to perform optimally. High-quality vitamin A & C serum formulations should be your go-to companion ingredients whenever micro-needling is involved.  Do this and you’ll be very pleased with how well your skin responds.
You’ll experience better healing and a greater production of well-formed collagen. Just like feeding your body the right fuel for good health so too, feeding your skin with the correct nutrients will make a huge difference to your results.  
Thankfully I didn’t feel a thing and with the promise of a better, firmer skin with fewer lines this could be the ‘Tony Robbins’ of beauty treatments!

And now you?

Have you tried micro-needling? Did you achieve the results you were expecting? Share your stories in the comments below or if you’ve got a question why not shoot me an email here. Or, if you’d like a bit more on the science behind micro-needling this article here may interest you. 
See you next time. 

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