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Microneedling – the gently rejuvenating treatment

It is no wonder that microneedling is growing in popularity, and that its gentle, minimally invasive action is now available across a range of innovative treatments.

Microneedling is renowned for its rejuvenating results and its ability to improve skin texture, reduce scarring and boost collagen production.

This skin repair treatment uses multiple tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. The aim is to stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process along with collagen production, which is why microneedling is also known as ‘collagen induction therapy’.

Microneedling patient


The history of Microneedling

The idea of using microneedles to stimulate skin renewal was originally developed in 1995. New York-based Dr David S Orentreich and Dr Norman Orentreich developed ‘subcision’ – a method using hypodermic needles to promote healing in a particular type of scar tissue. 

Later, in 2006, South African plastic surgeon, Dr Desmond Fernandes, developed the first microneedling device, which became the German-made Dermaroller®. The concept was to use fine needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. This encouraged collagen production and enhanced skin healing.

Over the last two decades, microneedling has evolved to offer a range of rejuvenating aesthetic treatments for patients, with outstanding results – and no down time.

Understanding microneedling

Microneedling use a device with ultra fine needles that creates tiny punctures in the skin’s surface.

These carefully controlled micro-injuries trigger the skin’s natural healing process, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, which are the building blocks of youthful, firm skin.

The rupture and repair process of microneedling encourages cell turnover and the formation of new, stronger collagen and elastin fibres. The new skin tissue that forms has a more even tone and texture, and collagen production promotes skin firmness.

Microneedling triggers the healing phases of the skin:

Inflammation

The initial response to microneedling includes inflammation and the release of growth factors, which are molecules that interact with the skin surface to control tissue repair.

Proliferation

New skin tissue then forms, as collagen and elastin are produced.

Remodelling

The skin matures, resulting in improved texture, tone, and overall appearance.

What can microneedling treat?

Microneedling is an incredibly versatile treatment. It can be used for a wide range of skin concerns, including:

Acne scars

Microneedling can reduce the appearance of scarring by encouraging skin renewal and promoting collagen production.

Wrinkles and fine lines

The smoothing effect of microneedling, and the improvement in skin texture, means that lines and wrinkles are minimised and skin feels firmer.

Skin laxity

The increased production of collagen in the skin, has a firming and lifting effect.

Hyperpigmentation

Microneedling helps to even out skin tone and reduce darker areas of pigmentation.

Stretch marks

The retexturising action of microneedling improves the texture and colour of stretch marks.

Microneedling treatment options

The latest aesthetic microneedling techniques have enhanced both its efficacy and comfort.

There are three main types of microneedling used in aesthetic practice and each bring specific benefits for skin rejuvenation.

Your practitioner will be able to advise the best approach for you, based on your skin type and the results you want to achieve.

Radiofrequency Microneedling

At Melior Clinics, our expert practitioners work with Potenza radio frequency microneedling.

Ultra fine needles combine with heat generated by radiofrequency energy to penetrate and disrupt the top layer of skin. This action tiggers the body’s natural regeneration process.

The treatment stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to restore youthful firmness and elasticity, improve skin laxity as well as smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Before and after Potenza microneedling

Before and after Potenza RF microneedling
This patient’s skin is much smoother after one treatment, her enlarged pores are significantly reduced and her skin tone is more even.

Microneedling pens

Microneedling with Dermapen 4 is a highly effective treatment for acne scarring and stretch marks, minimising open pores, smoothing fine lines, and improving the overall texture of the skin. 

This revolutionary device delivers up to 1,300 micro punctures per second into the skin. By creating trauma in the skin on this micro level, the skin is stimulated to heal itself, producing new tissue and promoting collagen and elastin production.

In addition, treatment with Demapen 4 includes application of serums containing nourishing ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants. These hydrating serums are easily absorbed by the microchannels that the microneedling has created.

Patient receiving Dermapen treatment

Fractional mesotherapy with Fusion Meso

Fractional mesotherapy combines the action of microneedling with the delivery of vital nutrients into the skin.

This provides specific, essential ingredients directly into the skin where they’re needed.

Importantly, this treatment is highly personalised. The blend of nutrients used is tailored to each patient’s individual requirements. This means that particular issues can be targeted such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation or more generalised anti-ageing.

Pre and post-care for microneedling treatment

Microneedling is a very gentle approach to skin rejuvenation, with little to no down time.

We always offer a free, initial consultation to understand your skin type and the results you want to achieve. This ensures that microneedling is the best approach for your particular needs.

There are some simple guidelines to ensure the best possible results from microneedling treatment:

Pre-care

Initial consultation

Your practitioner will take time to discuss your skin type, medical history, and your desired results.

Avoid irritants

It is advisable to avoid use of exfoliating skin care products a few days before microneedling treatment.

Sun protection

Avoid excessive sun exposure and use sunscreen to protect your skin.

Post-care

Gentle skincare

Mild, hydrating skin care products help to soothe the skin. Avoid active ingredients such as retinoids and acids.

Sun protection

Continue to protect your skin from the sun with broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Makeup

Keep your skin free of makeup for at least 24 hours to prevent irritation.

Find the best microneedling treatment for you

If you would like to discuss the most appropriate microneedling treatment for your skin and the results you’d like to achieve, please get in touch to book your free, initial consultation.

To book your appointment, please call 0300 024 1300 or email  info@meliorclinics.co.uk.