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True or False:  Skin Needling – Myths & Facts

Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) was introduced to Australia over 10 years ago and since then it’s been growing more and more popular each year. With majority of our clients fitting a course of CIT in to their yearly skin care regime it is also certainly something we love having done too – at least twice a year!

As you know, skin problems are more than just the outer layer, so it excites me that this treatment can target areas and depths that I just simply can’t on my own.

Here are the 5 most common misconceptions of skin needling that might be stopping you from having a go.

 

1.    Skin needling is only effective for wrinkles

False! Sure, the treatment works on an anti-aging level to create smoother skin but it has been shown to be effective for so much more!! For example – correcting acne marks, pits and scars. Microneedles stimulate collagen production and potent collagen stimulating topicals and retinoids are able to penetrate to the deeper levels of skin. The result is – major improvement, fast!

Skin needling also improves skin texture and pigmentation, it tightens skin, and fades scars and stretch marks. And you can treat most of your face & body.

 

2.   Skin needling is painful

False! A topical anaesthetic is applied before treatment so the discomfort is completely minimised. Most of our clients describe it as a “slight scratching” sensation. Skin needling is an effective alternative to cosmetic surgery, laser resurfacing and chemical peels. These procedures come with the risk of burning, scarring and hyperpigmentation, whereas treatment with our needling pen is effective, comfortable and affordable, with minimum downtime.

 

3.   Only non-dark skin types benefit from skin needling?

False! Absolutely NOT! Provided the skin is treated appropriately, skin needling treatments are suitable for all skin types and tones. Some skin types do need to be prepared by a professional beforehand, so we would always recommend seeking professional advice, ensuring any treatment is tailored to your skin’s specific needs.

 

4.   All home rollers can trigger collagen production

False! Some rollers on the market use lower quality needles that are just not sharp or strong enough to break the top layer of skin to stimulate collagen production. This can lead to poor results and even skin scarring. Cheaply manufactured rollers can also scratch your face and cause unwanted effects such as bleeding and marking/scarring.

It’s recommended that a trained professional conducts each treatment to obtain maximum effectiveness without the risk of pain, discomfort or complications if you go for a deeper penetration. While home rollers can effectively assist in enhanced active ingredients delivery.

5.   Treatment cost is very high.

False! Skin needling prices reduced significantly recently. One session will take you back only $299 (and will give you a follow up Peel and a home roller too check here). Packs are also available with considerable savings.

Treatments should be done approximately every 4-6 weeks and the number of sessions needed will vary from person to person, depending on what you want to achieve. For example, surface rejuvenation and fine wrinkles will only require treatment once or twice, whilst to acne scars, deeper wrinkles or large pores can require four to five sessions.

Each session takes about 60 minutes, so it’s easy to schedule multiple treatments. After 3-5 days, skin will usually start showing signs of rejuvenation, from the reduced appearance of wrinkles to tighter pores, firmer-looking skin and all round skin luminosity. It is at around this time you may also experience some flakiness and it’s the best time to come in for your follow up peel.

One thing is for sure – you’re going to love the results you achieve with this incredible treatment!!

Skin condition: Acne Scars

Acne Scars Skin Care

 

Facts about the condition:

  • As an acne cyst forms, the neck of the sebaceous gland expands, filling with bacteria
  • Eventually the cyst ruptures this “foreign matter” deep within the dermis quickly attacked by white blood cells responsible for fighting infection
  • 95% of acne patients will develop scarring to some degree, the earlier the treatment appropriate for the severity of the outbreak is initiated, the better the odds are that scar formation will be mild
  • Delaying acne therapy by 3 or more years is likely to increase one’s risk of more significant acne scarring. In other words, the longer you keep your scars they more they “want to stay” with you and the harder task it is to smooth them out.

Skin needs:

  • Combination of treatments that is suited to an individual’s pattern of acne scarring.
  • There are various types of acne scars including ‘ice-pick’, depressed, rolling, raised or hypertrophic, and red or white scars, and each can require a different approach to treatment.
  • Treatment of acne scarring almost always requires repeated treatments over a number of months for best results. Your skin therapist will be able to recommend a treatment plan that is best suited to your skin’s condition and the scars.

 

Home Care

 Medi8 Retinol 3R, 6R and 10TR, 15 ml, from $70. The best on the market. Not only they prevent scar formation, they aid in acne clearance and anti-ageing as well

Stratamed Gel for Professional Scar Therapy, 5g $24.95. Prevention and treatment of keloids and hypertrophic scars

Skeyndor Urban White, Overnight Serum, 30ml, $85. Improve the appearance of skins with blemishes or acne marks

Micro Needle Titanium Dermal Roller, 0.5mm, $70. Induce collagen synthesis by creating micro-punctures in the epidermis without compromising skin integrity

Lycogel Breathable Camouflage, 30ml, $95. Calm and soothe the skin whilst providing effective coverup

Treatment Plan

  1. Chemical Peel for post inflammatory skin color changes and the most minor of acne scars. from $179
  2. Skin needling the most effective method of treating superficial acne scars. For all skin types including darker skin types . From $300
  3. Dermal fillers are used underneath the scars to give them additional support and improve their appearance. 

 

Q&A

Will vitamin E really help to improve my scar?

Despite the marketing hype, research has clearly shown vitamin E has absolutely no beneficial effect on scars. It’s just that as your body forms a scar there is a natural process of slow and gradual improvement over a period of about 12 months.

What skin types have bigger issues with scarring?

Scars are more of an issue for people:

  • who are Asian or who have dark skin – it’s not just their skin colour but other biochemical differences including the fact cells that make collagen are over-reactive.
  • aged between 10 and 30 – especially those who don’t have a genetic tendency for skin that heals well.
  • who have a wound on certain parts of their body eg the upper trunk, around the ear lobes or jaw line, or where movement puts extra tension on the scar.

What’s the Best Dermal Filler for Acne Scars?

Fillers can improve the appearance of acne scars by partially lifting the depressed scar but their effect is temporary. The results can last from between a few months to a year depending on a filler brand. Which dermal filler that is selected depends on the type of acne scar that is being treated.  For atrophic scars we use saline injections or a hyaluronic acid filler normally.  If there is  deeper tissue loss sometimes a volume filler is used.  Fillers are usually not helpful for thicker scars and ice pick scars.

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