How it Works:
In micro needling refers to the minimally invasive treatments where and an instrument is used to create multiple micro injuries to the skin. This treatment is used in two ways. One to increase the amount of active ingredients that penetrate the skin and the second to create new healthy collagen and dermal structure to the skin while removing old damaged tissue.
Product penetration: This is a home care treatment.
Collagen induction therapy
Collagen induction therapy will entail and in office treatment with a Dermaroller that has a needle length of 1 mm and up. This treatment is used to create micro injuries that will allow the inflammatory process in the deeper, dermis, layer of the skin to be activated. This acute inflammatory process will activate the skin to remove old damaged collagen and elastin and also scar tissue. Your body will then also activate the fibroblasts to make more fibroblasts (proliferation) and make healthier collagen, elastin and everything that lies around these structures (extra cellular matrix). In this way the scarring (especially acne scaring), fine lines and texture are treated and deeper lines are softened.
The treatment explained
The skin will first be prepared for the treatment by cleansing to remove any impurities and make up. The therapist will then apply an anaesthetic cream to your skin and cover this with a plastic wrap. The wrap makes sure the anaesthetic penetrates well and does not dissipate into the atmosphere. This will stay on your face for around 20 to 40 minutes so you can read your favourite magazine or check up on your electronic messages.
After the allotted time the therapist will remove the plastic wrap and anaesthetic and will use the Dermaroller to create micro injuries all over the treatment area. She will also use this opportunity to add a serum to your skin that will give it all the vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and amino acids it will need to feed and fix your skin.
After the rolling is complete she will apply a cooling mask to feed your skin a little more and to give your skin a chance to recover.
She will finish of the process with a moisturising product.
We do not suggest that you put sunscreen or make-up on your skin for 2 hours after the treatment. The reason being, your skin is much more permeable for this time and the ingredients might absorb to the lower layers of your skin where your skin will see it as foreign and might react to it.
Skin directly after the treatment
Directly after the treatment your skin will feel plum, hydrated and a little warm directly after the treatment. When the anaesthetic does wear off you might find the heat intensifying. A cool cloth will calm it down very quickly. Do not apply aloe, after sun or ice to your skin.
What you can expect in the week after your treatment
For the first 48 hours after your treatment your skin might look a little sunburnt. It will be plump and hydrated and most people love their skin for the first three to five days as all the lines and texture plumps out.
On day five to seven your skin will feel very dry and even course so it is critical that you add more moisturising ingredients on these days especially to help your skin to exfoliate the dry Corneum. Combining your Dermaroller treatment with peels in your course of treatment will make this phase less obvious.
Special care directly afer the treatment:
- Apply more Corrective Hydrating HA Serum and Barrier as required for 5 to 7 days after the treatment
- With a history of Acne your therapist might ask you to take Acnevelle during the treatment period to lower the risk of your acne flaring.
- Protect your skin from the sun by avoiding sun and apply your sunscreen every morning.
- No treatments for 14 days on the treated area, this includes waxing, peels and laser or IPL treatments and micro needling.
- Do not exfoliate for 10 days after the treatment. These include toners and cleansers that contain alpha hydroxy acids.
- Only start using your retinoid (Vit. A) containing products on the evening of day 6 after the treatment.
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