Skin needling is a treatment I have recently implemented into the studio and am getting alot of enquiries about.
Apart from witnessing the benefits of this intensive but not-too-much-down-time treatment, first hand, there are a plethora of benefits that identify closeley to fraxel laser without the risk of abnormal collagen production and melanocyte/papile damage.
Skin needling, also known as Collagen induction therapy (CIT) does exactly that. Human skin tissue produces twelve types of collagen. Skin needling promotes types one and three which are the best quality and responsible for the anti-ageing and strengthening of the skin.
Skin needling can help with a variety of skin conditions. Skin needling helps to reduce redness and visible capillaries, reduce scarring and fine to moderate lines and improve the general health and wellness of the skin. The more serious the concern, the more treatments you will need to help have the desired result. Between three to six but no more than eight are recommended.
On my own skin: I have noticed a massive difference in overall plumpness and firmness, a massive reduction in capillaries and redness, clearer skin. Promotion of healing - in terms of if I have a break out it clears itself more quickly.
Skin needling penetrates serums deep into the tissue via the tip of the needle to intensify the ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is commonly used. This ingredient holds one thousand times its own weight in moisture and makes up some fillers used medically to plump the skin.
You can instantly see the results of the treatment as fresh blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissue. However with skin needling, you can continue to see the results of a single treatment for up to two years.
WHAT TO IMMEDIATELY EXPECT
Does it hurt? In my personal experience, the answer is no. However, everyone is different. Most clinics use a high grade numbing cream. When applied with the correct time lapse (usually enough time to do an in-depth consultation!) there should be no problem. The forehead is the most sensitive of the areas due to the fact the nerves are closest to the surface but slightly unpleasant would be the best way to describe it.
In the days after the treatment, you will feel and look slightly sunburned.
KNOW YOUR PRACTITIONER
Make sure you go with someone who is certified, does a thorough consultation and uses sterile utensils for each treatment. Someone who can be realistic about the achievement of the treatment and will take the time to answer all questions you need answered.
DO'S AND DON'TS
Do ask your practitioner for any preparation you should be doing. Also ask if there is anything you shouldn't be doing over the next few days following the treatment.
Don't have this done in your lunch break. Try and get it done over a weekend or a Thursday night to allow time for the redness to dissipate.
Don't go close to menstruation - you are bound to be more sensitive and probably wont feel like someone prickling your face.
Do drink lots of water pre and post. The skin is in for abit of detoxification so try and curb it by removing toxins from the body.
Do use good quality mineral make up and products. The skin has little open channels which have been filled with beautiful ingredients to plump and do other amazing things to the skin. Don't go and fill them with nasty chemicals.
DO book in at Lady Luxe Beauty for a consulation! :)
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