Micropen micro-needling is a novel form of skin needling. Micropen micro-needling involves running an oscillating stamp with multiple needles attached across the skin. This creates thousands of fine puncture wounds to the skin. This differs from traditional skin needling, where a cylindrical roller with multiple needles attached is rolled across the skin.
The purpose of both these forms of needling is to create thousands of micro-injuries to the skin, which starts a healing response and therefore the production of new collagen and elastin. This can be used to treat skin concerns such as acne scarring (indented acne scars), improve fine lines and wrinkles, and to improve general skin quality and texture.
The advantage of micro-pen microneedling over traditional skin needling is that the recovery time is significantly reduced. Micropen micro-needling produces less shearing or tearing of the skin in comparison to traditional skin needling. Micropen micro-needling produces a force that is perpendicular to the skin, like a sewing machine. A roller however produces some tearing or shearing of the skin as the needles are rolled across the skin. The downtime for micropen micro-needling is usually only a few days as a result, but can be increased or decreased by adjusting the length of the needle penetration and the total time the procedure is performed for.
As with all forms of skin needling, it is possible to infuse products such as hyaluronic acid, or vitamins into the skin after the procedure. The needles create micro-channels into the skin, and allow for significantly increased penetration of products into the skin.
Consultation and preparing your skin for treatment
Careful discussions regarding your reasons for wanting treatment are very important before you begin the treatment. We want to make sure that this treatment can deliver what you want and how you would like to look afterwards. Your practitioner will be able to answer all your questions.
A medical history will also be taken to make sure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t undertake treatment. You will be explained all the information you will need and asked to sign a consent form which means that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with the procedure.
Photographs will be taken by the practitioner for a “before and after” comparison at a later date.
Prepping your skin for treatment
Skin preparation with the application of vitamin serums will be recommended for up to 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the procedure. A similar skin care regime will also be recommended for up to 6 months post-treatment to aid the healthy production of the new collagen and the rejuvenation of the skin.
Prepping the skin helps to strengthen and encourage cell turnover, optimising the very best results.
Does it hurt?
Most treatments are very tolerable a slight scratchy sensation can be felt. For deeper treatments required for scarring the pain should be minimal due to the application of the topical anaesthetic prior to treatment; however you may still feel some discomfort.
Treatment frequency and sessions required
It can take between 6 – 8 weeks after each treatment before visible signs of skin regeneration are seen and the process will continue over the following months, providing a gradual enhancement. It is recommended to have the treatment sessions spaced at at the same 6 to 8 week intervals to ensure the skin has had adequate time to heal prior to inducing a supplementary controlled wound to the skin.
The specific number of sessions required will depend on the area being treated and the severity of the skin issue, as well as the level of natural response from the individual’s body. Between 6 and 8 treatments are generally advised, however acne scarring can require further sessions depending on the individual’s response to the procedure.
What will I look like after treatment?
Rejuvenation treatments will leave you a little pink, this will last anywhere from a few hours up to 24 hours depending on the tolerance of your skin. You will be able to wear mineral make up 24 hours after your treatment. Your therapist will be able to advise you of the right mineral make up for you in clinic if you wish.
microneedling for acne scarring is a deeper treatment, it will leave you with mild to moderate redness with a little swelling. This will last anywhere from 24 to 48 hours depending on the severity of the scars and depth of needles used. A gravel rash appearance will be apparent by day 2 and 3, this heals very quickly. You will be able to wear mineral make up 48 hours after your treatment.
Your therapist will be able to advise you of the right mineral make up for you in clinic and can colour match your skin.