Microneedling is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure for skin rejuvenation. A microneedling device (at Kate Kerr London, we use the Dermapen) is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin, which helps it to regenerate itself. Microneedling gives you results that are similar to laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels, but at a fraction of the cost and with minimal discomfort and downtime.
How does it work?
Each fine needle creates a channel, or micro-wound to the dermis. This controlled micro injury triggers the body to stimulate the wound healing response. Fibroblasts (aka the ‘Mother Cells’) and growth factors (substances that are key for cell growth) are then stimulated to fill these micro-wounds with new collagen and elastin. New capillaries are formed leading to greater oxygen and nutrient absorption for a brighter complexion.
What are the benefits?
Creating micro-channels in the skin helps active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. This hydrating ingredient can then plump the skin, as well as soften fine lines and wrinkles.
By stimulating the fibroblasts (those powerful ‘Mother Cells’), we increase the production of collagen and elastin. This effect has been shown to last 12-18 months after treatment. Undergoing micro-needling treatments (a course of 3-6 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart, is recommended) once a year ensures that the fibroblasts are functioning at a greater rate, which helps to counteract the natural breakdown of collagen and slows down the rate of ageing.
The process also leads to angiogenesis, the production of new blood vessels, and that means more nutrients and oxygen in the skin for optimal function and vitality.
There are plenty of other benefits too, from improving acne scars and minimising large pores to improving hyperpigmentation and stretch marks; plus, you can undergo a microneedling treatment anywhere on the body.
What are the differences between at-home and salon treatments?
Microneedling performed in-clinic utilises a much longer needle, and although this creates a micro-channel for effective product penetration, the goal is to initiate trauma. This trauma, deep within the skin, kick-starts the wound-healing cascade, leading to stimulation of the fibroblast, which enhances the production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin.
Short needle microneedling for at-home use (think Radara) definitely have their place in creating a healthy, optimally functioning skin that ages more slowly, but it is not a replacement for in-clinic treatments if your goal is to reverse skin ageing or considerably slow the ageing process. Using at-home treatments regularly (we would recommend 2-3 times a week) in conjunction with active skincare and targeted in-clinic skin treatments will ensure the best results for your skin.
What will my skin be like immediately after the treatment?
You will experience some redness for one to two days. You may also have a little puffiness around the eyes in the morning as you have been lying still and will have built up lymph (that’s the fluid that flows through the lymphatic system).
Product-wise, you need to use hydrating products – no vitamin C or retinol. We recommend using Dermol 500 to cleanse and hydrate the skin for a few days post-treatment. This helps to keep the skin clean, protected and fights against bacteria.
Want to find out more about microneedling?
Check out our Microneedling (and with Growth Factors) treatment and book a consultation for a tailored skin care plan.