Skin needling is the gold standard in the treatment of facial acne scarring, and can have less side effects than laser treatments – especially on olive or darker skin types.
Skin needling is primarily used for the treatment of atrophic (depressed) acne scarring
I do perform surgical skin needling which is done from needles .05 up 2mm needles. The results of each treatment are much better than needling performed with shorter needles. The length of the needles is decided after each treatment dependent on the result from the previous treatment.
Anaesthetic is topically applied to the skin prior to the procedure.
The Skin FX DermaPen is then moved over the treatment area multiple times.
Needling can be used to improve the above skin conditions with less risk of pigment changes, especially with olive/darker skin types that commonly occur with laser treatment.
Usually 1-3 sessions are required for the optimal results
What is skin needling?
Needling is a procedure that involves puncturing the skin multiple times with small needles attached to a Cylinder that vertically pierces the skin to induce collagen growth and improve atrophic (depressed) acne scarring. The procedure has been performed for many years, with a variety of methods being used. The method used utilises a vertical cylinder with up to 2mm needles that are moved over the face.
How does skin needling work?
The needles cause thousands of micro-injuries to the skin when moved across the skin.
This induces the skin to begin a process of SkinCell PRO wound healing and stimulates the production of new collagen.
The production of new collagen continues for up to 12 months after the procedure. Depressed acne scars are improved as a result, as well as general skin quality. After needling, I add topical serum and Peptide Serum and go over the entire face with a L.E.D light to further push the serum down through the channels that have been produced by the Skin FX DermaPen, I then apply a Peptide Enzyme Powder Rubber Mask to the face. It is important to use good skin care at home, to further enhance the effects of needling and collagen production.
What are the side effects of treatment?
Generally, you will experience some redness of the epidermis for up to 24 hours after the procedure and time off work will defiantly not be needed, as there is zero down time with this procedure. Tightness and heat can also be experienced, it is important to keep applying a good Moisturizer when needed.
What areas can be treated?
The face is the most common place to treat, and body treatments are generally not done. The nose area can also be done with the Skin FX DermaPen, and it is very effective here especially for enlarged pores, for more improved look.
Am I a suitable candidate for skin needling?
Needling is particularly suited to those with concerns with facial – skin rejuvenation – anti-ageing – scarring & pigmentation. It can be used on all skin types from light to dark. As opposed to lasers treatment, there is less chance of pigmentation problems after treatment. It is not suitable for people who have open cuts, wounds, sun-burnt skin, and those who are pregnant or lactating.
Can I do skin needling at home?
I use up to 2mm needles which is strictly an in-clinic procedure. However, we do offer rollers with 0.2mm needles that can be used on a daily basis at home. There is no downtime associated with their use, and any redness experienced post treatment is usually very transient. Although, not as aggressive as the in-clinic version, these rollers are still effective when used regularly, as they are only 0.2mm needles they do not damage the epidermis. They also are useful when used just prior to the application of your skin care products such as topical vitamin A. The needles create very small holes in the epidermis to help the penetration of your skin care products and their effectiveness.
What is the difference between skin needling or fractional carbon dioxide laser?
The fractional carbon dioxide lasers are lasers that have a ‘fractionated’ delivery of laser energy to the epidermis.
In other words, the skin surface is not treated. Individual columns of laser energy are fired into the skin, each penetrating up to 2mm. This stimulates collagen production and helps with problems such as, anti-ageing, pigmentation and scarring. With darker skin types especially, there is a chance that these laser treatments can cause post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, which are areas of skin that have become darker than the surrounding skin due to the laser.