Anytime the word needle is mentioned in the same sentence as face, people tend to get a bit nervous. Although the term may seem frightening, micro needling is a revolutionary treatment that can transform your complexion dramatically. Today we are breaking down everything you need to know about this treatment and all the benefits that this skin treatment brings.
Micro Needling: What is it?
Micro needling, also commonly known as collagen induction therapy, is a treatment that is utilised for treating a range of different skin conditions. The treatment involves multiple tiny, sterile needles penetrating the skin which causes trauma, or what we call micro-wounds, to the skin. After the micro-wounds are made, the skin begins repairing itself and during this process collagen and elastin production are stimulated which aids the skin during the healing process. This leaves you with fresh, plump skin and an overall youthful appearance. We know, causing micro-wounds to the skin may sound like a scary and painful process but we promise there is nothing to be afraid of!
What To Expect During a Micro Needling Treatment?
The biggest misconception about micro needling is that is a painful treatment. Clients who have previously experienced this treatment didn’t describe the treatment as being painful but instead said their skin just felt hot. At Mermaid Smiles prior to treatment, we offer all of our clients numbing cream to guarantee comfort throughout the treatment. After the numbing cream is applied and begins to work, we then apply a hyaluronic skin cream to ensure you get the best result from the treatment.
During the treatment, your skin will become hot and red as if you have been sunburned as a reaction to the needling, which is completely normal. For some clients, what we call ‘pinpoint’ bleeding may occur which is tiny amounts of bleeding. This isn’t anything to be afraid of, it’s actually a great sign that your skin is responding well to the treatment which will allow you to see even better results afterwards.
After the treatment, your skin will remain red for the rest of the day and for the days following will feel drier than usual. In some cases, minor breakouts may occur which is a good sign that your skin has brought up impurities from below the surface and they will diminish quickly.
Now that you know what micro needling is and what to expect, let’s get into the top benefits that micro needling has on your skin.
- Reduces Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
One of the most common reasons our clients love micro needling is because of how much it helps with signs of premature ageing. Premature ageing is something we all face and having fine lines and wrinkles is large insecurity amongst a lot of people. Micro needling can reverse the signs of ageing due to the production of collagen and elastin that is produced when healing micro-wounds.
Collagen and elastin are compounds within the skin that add strength and structure to your face, giving you a youthful complexion. As you age, the amounts of these substances slowly decrease but by having micro needling completed you are encouraging your skin to continue producing them. Therefore, this helps restore volume lost in the skin which can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Micro needling also helps produce new skin cells for your complexion which also aids in minimising the appearance of crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.
- Minimises Hyperpigmentation and Age Spots
Sun damage to your skin is hard to avoid, no matter how often you wear sunscreen. Due to sun damage, your complexion can appear to become blotchy, or sunspots can appear (those small, tan circles on your skin). Micro needling helps to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation by stimulating new collagen within the skin cells which helps to even out your skin tone.
- Helps Scarring
As well as pigmentation, micro needling can also help eliminate scarring. It can help eliminate acne scarring as well as other scars such as stretch marks and trauma scars on other areas of the body. Micro needling works best on depressed scars because the area is often lacking collagen and once it becomes built up again it evens out the skin texture.
- Shrinks Pore Size
Micro needling is the ultimate treatment if pore size is a concern of yours. Although micro needling causes tiny holes in your face, it doesn’t make your pore size any bigger. It actually has the opposite effect and shrinks them. Micro needling can shrink pore size because when collagen is stimulated it plumps the skin surrounding the pores which minimise them and practically make them invisible to the eye.
- Reduces Rosacea
Another great benefit of micro needling is that it is able to help with rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in the face. This treatment can help the appearance of rosacea as the stimulation of collagen that is caused by micro needling strengthens and thickens the dermal and epidermal layer of skin. As the skin begins to strengthen, it helps the skin build up a resistance to the triggers that cause the redness and flushing associated with rosacea. Some forms of rosacea may also cause your complexion to be rough and bumpy but by having a course of micro needling treatments this can be fixed.
Rejuvenate Your Complexion Today!
Whether you have a specific skin condition you’d like to target or are just looking for an overall more radiant complexion, micro needling is the ultimate skin rejuvenation treatment. At Mermaid Smiles we offer single micro needling treatments, or once you fall in love after your first treatment, we offer a pre-package with three sessions in it. Find out what all the craze is about, book your micro needling treatment today.