How micro-needling treatments have changed and evolved

Micro-needling treatments are proven to deliver incredible medical and cosmetic results. This is the story of how a 90s favourite beauty treatment got a fancy facelift for 2020.

As we think of it today, micro-needling treatments became a cosmetic phenomenon in the mid-90s in America, when a skin rejuvenation expert used a needle stamp to treat scars and then lines and wrinkles. This was initially known as collagen induction.

The needles were administered using manual derma rollers that, while still used today, don’t offer the same precise application of the mechanical micro-needling pens that arrived later down the line.

The advent of at-home derma rollers seemed positive but brought about cases of people damaging their skin, by using low-quality devices or incorrect needle settings causing infections. Medical micro-needling treatments offer reliable and safer results in a professional environment.

How do micro-needling treatments work?

Microneedling devices differ, but all involve small needles being pushed or rolled over the face and neck area to create controlled punctures, which force your skin into repair mode.

When the skin starts repairing itself, it turbocharges the body’s natural ability to produce collagen and elastin, which provides firm plumpness. It also helps improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks and creates a more youthful skin tone.

Who is suitable for treatments?

SkinPen is the ideal treatment for someone who has looked in the mirror and would like to improve skin texture and tone. As it can help to stimulate growth factors in the skin to produce new baby collagen that matures over several months, it supports the epidermis and so filling out lines, wrinkles and scars.

A medical-grade treatment, there is some downtime associated with this kind of treatment, like with all other medical-grade treatments. However, people choose to have the SkinPen microneedling for a real result instead of an experience, like a facial.

The microneedle length can be adjusted from 0.25 to 2.5 mm, which is incredibly tiny compared to a traditional needle. The number of treatments depends on the skin condition, but typically you’re looking at a minimum of 3 treatments with 4-6 week intervals with maintenance treatments every 4-6 months at a clinic.

How has this type of skin rejuvenation treatment evolved?

UK aesthetic experts agree that at-home derma rollers, made popular in the 2000s are not as effective or safe as in-clinic micro-needling treatments.

While derma rollers can pull and tear the skin, micro-needling pens offer more precise and controlled rejuvenation. SkinPen, for example, is an advanced medical micro-needling pen and an anti-ageing procedure designed to create a healthy, even-looking complexion, while softening lines and wrinkles.

Coined ‘perfection by pinprick’ by leading UK skin experts, the micro-needling device offers superior skin rejuvenation for patients with less downtime – and it’s far more effective than any at-home derma rollers.

Where can SkinPen be used?

SkinPen can be used all over the body, but the areas we see the best results are in facial rejuvenation – softening lines and wrinkles and improving skin texture and skin firming.

It is recommended that you treat only one area at a time. This is because SkinPen encourages the body to instigate its wound healing response, so ideally you want it to apply all its energy in one place, rather than diluting its efforts across multiple areas.

SkinPen has got FDA Clearance, and the design protects patients from cross-contamination, which gives users peace of mind. This is owing to the cartridge being self- sealed, and the body of the pen is also 100 per cent sealed, preventing fluid entry. This makes the procedure more comfortable and creates excellent safety for all patients.

The device uses 14 state of the art smooth Japanese needles in the cartridge tip to boost collagen production and therefore reduce fine lines. The needles offer super precision sharpness to prevent tearing, often caused by blunt or hooked needles and at-home derma rollers.

This pen can be used on any part of the body to help improve skin quality, reduce scarring, stretch marks and hyperpigmentation – it’s so much more than an anti-ageing treatment.

What is the downtime like for patients?

For most people, the downtime is less than 24 hours. There may be some mild skin peeling a couple of days after the treatment as the superficial dead skin cells are shed.

The downtime may be slightly longer for those who have more sensitive skin; however, it is generally a very well-tolerated treatment.

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