November 1, 2023

What is Microneedling?

One session of SkinPen can help produce one whole year's worth of lost collagen - read more about one of my favourite treatments.
Rosie Wood
Rosie Wood
Owner of The Rosie Glow
What is Microneedling?

A brief introduction to microneedling

With my 42nd birthday approaching and the perimenopause on the horizon I have begun my own SkinPen Journey.

From the age of around 25 our collagen production goes into decline. From our 30’s we lose around 1% of collagen every year as we start to notice fine lines around our eyes and on our forehead, in our 40’s this percentage increases as we notice more prominent lines. By our 50’s and post menopause that percentage goes up to 30%.

One session of SkinPen can help produce one whole year's worth of lost collagen. The beauty of performing this treatment as a practitioner is that I can see your skin improving with every session, the epidermis becomes thicker and stronger, plumper and healthier.  SkinPen is an investment that you will never regret and your personal before and after pics are perfect proof of that.

Is Microneedling for you?

Having thoroughly researched all the alternatives to invasive procedures for my clients, it has quickly become one of my most popular treatments and my personal favourite because of the results and the satisfaction my clients get from it.

Whilst I’m a firm believer that everyone should do what makes them feel good, surgery and other invasive procedures are not for everyone – because of the procedure itself, and the high costs involved. So, I’m pleased I can offer an alternative that is more affordable and truly works.

After a huge amount of research, I chose SkinPen, and I’ve been delighted with the results.

What is Microneedling?

SkinPen microneedling is an award-winning, mechanical micro-needling device that organically stimulates the skin's natural ability to repair itself. It does that by comfortably creating thousands of controlled micro-injuries in the skin to trigger the body's natural healing process. This results in the formation and remodelling of collagen, which supports the underlying tissue and skin elasticity.

The results continue to work up for four to six months, producing 400% more collagen in a single treatment. I like it so much because it is a natural, organic treatment, which is non-invasive and with almost zero downtime. The results leave your skin looking smoother, youthful and tighter, softening the fine lines and wrinkles.

Why do you need Microneedling?

As we age, our skin's natural architecture deteriorates, as collagen depletes and the signs of ageing set in. It happens to us all and it’s a gradual process, but this deterioration leads to fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and uneven skin texture. Microneedling is a clever way to get your body to produce more collagen that will give your skin a natural, revitalising boost.

When is it best to have the treatment?

You can have microneedling at any time of the year. With a short procedure time, mild post-procedure effects (like a light to moderate sunburn) and a quick 24 hour recovery time, it’s usually easy to fit it into your routine.

However, the treated area should not be exposed to the sun, a tanning bed, heat, hot water or sauna for five to seven days and it is extremely important to protect your skin with at least SPF 50 at all times. So, you might want to avoid having a treatment just before a holiday or a big event.

How many treatments will I need?

I usually recommend starting with three treatments and a minimum separation time of four to six weeks between treatments. However, a quick consultation will let me determine the exact number of treatments customised to your skin cosmetic products.

What is microneedling good for?

As well as giving your skin a natural collagen boost that will leave your skin looking smoother and tighter, microneedling can also help with the following skin conditions:

  • acne scaring
  • pigmentation
  • dischromia
  • surgical scars
  • stretch marks
  • enlarged pores
  • fine lines and wrinkles

How is microneedling different to home dermarolling kits?

At-home dermarolling kits, which use needles <0.5mm, can be useful for helping topical products and serums penetrate the skin more deeply. Crucially, though, they do not produce the all-important collagen boosting effects of in-clinic microneedling because medical grade needles of >0.5mm are required to get the full benefits of microneedling. That said, treatments with needles longer than 0.5mm should only ever be carried out by a trained medical professional.

Does microneedling hurt?

It might sound like it could be painful, but the feedback from clients is that it feels more like vibration on the skin, although you may experience slight discomfort in certain areas. I can use a light numbing cream to ensure maximum comfort if you’re concerned. The needles used in the procedure are very small and the micro-injuries are extremely shallow, meaning you'll feel very little and they heal extremely quickly. It’s this regenerative healing effect that gives your skin the vital collagen boost needed to rejuvenate your skin and reduce imperfections.

I hope I’ve covered all the questions you might have about microneedling, but please do get in touch or leave a comment if you would like to know more.

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