My next series of posts I’m going to talk about my advanced facials more specifically what they do.

Also known as the skin (micro) needling facial, little tiny needles are rolled/stamped or mechanically pressed over the skin to cause a degree of trauma which in turn stimulates fibroblasts (wound healing) cells responsible for collagen production that leads to a firm plumper and youthful appearance, this facial when coupled with platelet rich plasma PRP therapy is known as the vampire facial.

“Medical microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, has been widely used in aesthetic medicine for many years. The first recorded use of microneedling was in 1905 by German dermatologist Ernst Kromayer. He experimented with various-sized dental burs mounted on motor-driven flexible cord equipment and used this technique to treat scars, birthmarks and hyperpigmentation.1

By 1995, a new technique was discovered by Dr Desmond Fernandes for the treatment of wrinkles and scars with the use of hypodermic needles. Around the same time, Dr Fernandes developed a small needle stamp to induce collagen production. This later led to the development of our modern microneedling devices.1”

Microneedling, skin needling or collagen induction therapy leads the way in skin rejuvenation. Safely delivered this treatment carries no risk or downtime to the client. It is a procedure by a device, such as a dermaroller or an automated pen device that is passed across the surface of the skin creating superficial punctures that stimulate a healing response to the skin. It is a great treatment to improve the appearance of acne scarring, scarring in general, pigmentation, texture and skin elasticity, though the wounds are minor as with wounding on the body the skin goes through 3 phases of healing in which more collagen is produced which is why microneedling is a great skin rejuvenation treatment.

Needles vary in length from 0.25mm – 2mm and should be chosen in order of thickness of the skin and what is to be treated, as we all know the skin on the face is more thinner (especially around the eyes) than the rest of the body so if you’re new to microneedling then choose 0.25mm and start slowly building up to 0.5mm but never over this when treating the face. The rest of the body can deal very well with longer needle lengths and so if treating stretch marks then opt for 1.5 / 2mm for optimum results.

What is great about microneedling is that it creates channels within the deeper layers of the skin so when serums are applied they are better absorbed this is known as ‘Transdermal delivery of active ingredients to make a difference at a cellular level and promote change.’

The 3 phases of wound healing and this is what you will likely experience after treatment are:

  • 1-3 days – Reddness, inflammation, occiasional bloody spotting.
  • 3-5 days Proliferation – new tissue growth.
  • 21 days – 2 years Tissue remodelling.

During my microneedling treatment you will be full assessed prior to make sure you are suitable as some aren’t (contraindications to follow) You will receive a full facial to make sure the skin is thoroughly cleanse, which is why it is advised you arrive makeup free so I can do a cleansing sweep of the skin to make sure the skin is free from dirt and debris as this would most likely lead to infection and time isn’t wasted on removal of makeup.

Once the initial facial is finished the needling phase of the facial is started, a numbing cream is applied to minimise discomfort, a first pass is carried out the smallest needle setting (0.25mm) then a second pass is carried out (0.50mm) all the while serums are applied to skin to make sure the skin doesn’t dry out, and active ingredients are continuously being delivered. Finally moisturising cream and SPF are applied. You must follow strict aftercare so this treatment is best had when you haven’t got a special event planned over the next coming week/s.

As with some treatments contraindications apply and microneedling is no different, below are such:

  • Pregnancy
  • Localised skin infections
  • Skin allergies
  • Roaccutane use
  • Active cold sores
  • Laser treatments
  • Raised moles
  • skin cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Keloid Scarring
  • Recent lip enhancements
  • Recent anti wrinkle injections