What is Skin Micro-Needling?
Also known as NON-LASER FRACTIONAL RESURFACING…
Skin Needling is a more physiologically compatible way of triggering collagen synthesis with no, or fewer, risks than typical ablative methods (eg CO2 Laser Resurfacing). Skin needling offers an alternative to Laser Resurfacing Therapy for individuals who do not qualify for Laser treatments, or for those individuals looking for less invasive procedures.
The Micro-Needling Technique
The Medical Roller/DermaPen uses very fine surgical stainless steel needles to make tiny channels into the Dermis and Epidermis to release Growth Factors that promote scarless healing and the deposition of normal collagen, rather than scar-type collagen.
The aim is to induce new collagen synthesis without the need to remove the epidermis. The results of Medical Grade Needling are comparable with Fraxel Laser Therapy, however, much more cost effective and a lot less painful. This is because there is bulk heating with Fraxel Laser, and the Fraxel beam also affects the nerve cells, situated in the dermis. This makes the skin more susceptible to pain and irritation, whereas needling only pin pricks the dermis without any damage to nerve cells.
Asian and Mediterranean skin types are particularly susceptible to hyperpigmentation from laser treatments. Microneedling, however, minimises the risk of hyperpigmentation from treatment, with the added benefit of allowing deeper penetration of post-procedure topical treatments, such as growth factor serums and depigmenting treatments.
THE HISTORY OF SKIN NEEDLING
The technique of Skin Needling was developed in the mid-1990’s and has undergone significant refinement over the years.
COSMETIC VS MEDICAL DERMAL NEEDLING
Cosmetic Dermal Needling uses needles/rollers with depths of 0.2mm and 0.3mm and can be safely used by patients and trained aestheticians. Medical Dermal Needling, however, uses needles/ rollers with depths between 0.5mm-3.0mm and can be used by Cosmetic Nurses, Technicians and Doctors.
At Newin Institute we only use needles/ rollers of sizes up to a maximum of 1.5mm, depending on the purpose of the treatment.
INDICATIONS FOR MICRONEEDLING:
- Wrinkles, fine lines around the eyes and “smoker’s Lines” around the mouth
- Large pores
- Aged or saggy skin (to tighten and rejuvenate)
- Thin Skin (to firm and tone the skin)
- Scars (including Acne or surgical Scarring; and burns)
- Stretch Marks
- Hyperpigmentation and UV Damage