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SKIN NEEDLING 

Increase Collagen to Improve Appearance and Texture of the Skin 

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Skin Needling is a cosmetic procedure which allows for a controlled induction of the skin’s self repairing abilities to increase collagen. The treatment creates countless 'micro-injuries' to the treatment areas with an electronic needling pen or a needling roller/stamp device. This can stimulate new collagen synthesis and increase absorption of topical skin serums. The result of the collagen production is gradual improvement of the skin texture and a smoother, younger-looking skin.

What areas can be treated with skin needling?

Most commonly the face is treated, however the neck, décolletage and different areas of the body can also be targeted. This treatment can help to improve skin texture, acne scarring, enlarged pores, sun damage and the appearance of stretch marks, cellulite and wrinkles. 
It is highly recommended that your skin is ‘primed’ for treatment and in optimal health. This involves consistent use of antioxidants and active skincare such as vitamin A, C and regular SPF for at least the month leading up to treatment.

What does the procedure involve?

Your face will be thoroughly cleaned and a topical numbing cream may be applied which will require around 30 minutes to take effect.
The treatment generally takes about 30 min, but varies with how many areas are being treated. 
The depth of the needles can vary from 0.25mm to 3mm, depending on the aim of the treatment and conditions for improvement. The needles are passed over the treatment areas several times and in various directions. ‘Glide’ products such as Hyaluronic Acid and/or peptides may be used to help the needles pass more easily and to absorb the active ingredients deep into the skin. Platelet Rich Plasma is also often combined with this treatment.
It is normal for light bleeding to cover the skin during the treatment, especially with depths over 1mm.

A post treatment cooling mask and/or a post treatment cream may be applied with an appropriate SPF to finish off. 
A course of at least 3-6 needling sessions is usually needed at 4-6 week intervals to achieve optimum results.
We recommend repeating this 1-2 times a year.

 

Does this treatment hurt?

While many people describe the treatment as 'uncomfortable', we take measures to prepare your skin for treatment. In most cases, an over the counter, lower strength topical numbing cream can be used prior to treatment. However, should a strong topical anaesthetic be applied, you will have a consult with one of our prescribing doctors. Simple analgesia like paracetamol can be taken as per the product directions for any tenderness post treatment.

What is the recovery time?

After a skin needling treatment, you may appear moderately sunburnt and your skin may be tender to touch. Most client's redness will resolve after about 3 days, however this could be longer depending on your skin type and how well you adhere to the post care instructions. As mentioned, skin priming is important for your recovery phase.

We will advise you of the correct aftercare to look after your skin during the healing process. We also have a range of skin serums available in clinic that can be used in conjunction with this treatment, to potentially enhance the quality of results and speed up recovery times. 

Are there any reasons why I can’t have skin needling?

Treatment should not be given to those with current active skin infection (including acne), women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive, those who suffer keloid scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities, a hemorrhagic disorder or haemostatic dysfunction, active bacterial or fungal infection, current damage to the skin, including sunburn.
Treatment should be cautioned in those with: auto-immune or clotting disorders, those prone to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, general poor health, previous permanent fillers and facial implants, scars and stretch marks less than one year old, patients with history of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic skin conditions, a history of actinic (solar) keratosis, history of herpes simplex infections, diabetics or patients with wound-healing deficiencies. patients on immunosuppressive therapy; and skin with presence of raised moles or warts or targeted area. Treatment can also not be given if the motivations for treatment are unrealistic or causing undue stress to the person. Your suitability for treatment will be assessed by a prescribing doctor.

What should I do after the treatment?

Please note, you will be provide an After Care and Important information form after your treatment.

Post treatment, your skin may look moderately red and inflamed. You may wish to cancel any plans for the rest of the day or plan for this treatment on a day without other commitments.
After the treatment you should:

- Not pick, pull or touch treated skin for the rest of the day. Be gentle touching the treatment area over the next 48 hours (no face down massage or harsh exfoliating)

- Unless advised otherwise, keep the post-treatment cream on and do not wash your face until the next morning. A gentle cleanser, moisturiser and SPF should be used at this point as advised by your practitioner.

- Avoid touching the treated area or applying makeup for at least 24 hours

- Avoid direct sun exposure for 24 hours and be vigilant to apply SPF for the following 2 weeks.

- Avoid strenuous exercise, saunas and spas for 48 hours

- Avoid active skin products like AHA and retinol for at least 2-3 days or longer until the redness has subsided.

- If directed by the prescriber, ensure you take a dose of over the counter antiviral medication if you have a history of coldsores.

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