Ever heard of microneedling? It’s a non-invasive skin technique that can be used for a variety of purposes and has become increasingly popular lately. To learn more about this technique we sought the advice of two experts: Dr Piet De Merlier (dermatologist) and Sara Ottevaere (medical consultant) are colleagues at Lightfalls clinic.
What is microneedling?
S. Ottevaere: “Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that inflicts micro-wounds to trigger the natural healing process of your skin. A sterile head is used with ultra thin needles that puncture the skin at high speed up to varying depths between 0.5-2.5 mm.
What are the pros and cons?
Dr. De Merlier:“Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure with an excellent price/quality ratio. As a treatment it offers a high patient satisfaction rate. A depth of just 0.5 - 1mm is often enough to achieve a genuine increase in collagen production. There is no downtime after the treatment so patients can immediately resume their daily routine. Moreover, microneedling can be combined with other treatments such as peelings and injectables for even better results.
You may feel a slight burning sensation the first few hours and there may be some redness. In cases where the procedure was slightly more invasive the redness may persist for several days. When you’ve had a session the skin may temporarily be slightly more sensitive to outside influences, in particular for any product rubbed on the skin within the first 24 hours and in case of sun exposure. This is because microneedling is a light form of trauma and may result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. That is why it is extremely important to apply sunscreen in order to avoid complications."
Does it hurt?
S. Ottevaere: “Microneedling feels somewhat unpleasant rather than painful. Up to a depth of 1 mm needling is generally easy to tolerate. Exceptional cases (e.g. deeper acne scarring) require deeper treatment, which may be experienced as painful. If necessary a numbing cream is applied first to make the treatment painless.”
Can I perform the procedure myself?
“It is extremely important to properly disinfect the skin to prevent infections.”
Dr. De Merlier
Did this blog rouse your interest in this kind of treatment or do you think this might be the solution to your skin problems? Then contact Lightfalls clinic. They specialise in this type of treatment and they can also determine whether your skin type qualifies for this treatment.