Skin needling is a procedure that reduces the depth of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Also, it minimises shallow depressed scars like acne scars or chickenpox. This treatment doesn’t use chemicals, injections, lasers, or fillers. It creates many microscopic pin pricks to activate the wound healing process of the body. When the skin heals, it uses the collagen for filling the valleys of wrinkles and scars naturally.
How It Works
The idea behind skin needling is the stimulation of collagen production in the skin. As the needle abrasion breaks the skin, it causes microinflammation. To respond, the body sends blood to the area for healing. Then, blood platelets release growth factors. Fibroblasts make and deposit new extracellular matrix with elastin and collagen. While the skin repairs itself, new collagen builds up in the middle layer of the skin just below the surface. Repeated needling sessions will continually or gradually build new collage to fill the treated areas.
Benefits of Micro-needling
A lot of people opt for skin needling from Clinique Anti Aging because of the following benefits:
- It doesn’t damage the outer skin layer. With skin needling, the epidermis, which is the other layer of the skin, remains intact. The treatment preserves the healthy skin and blood vessels in between the lines, scars, and wrinkles.
- There is less risk of permanent structural damage. Since needling does not touch the epidermis, permanent structural damage like post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation can be prevented.
- There are only a few side effects. Needling does not deliver side effects like thinning of the skin or increased sun sensitivity. This is because of the preservation of the epidermis. Skin needling makes use of no artificial fillers, reducing the chance of an allergic reaction or infection.
How Long is the Healing Process
If you opt for skin needling to treat wrinkles or scars, you can expect minimal swelling and surface healing takes place in a few days. Right after the procedure, the skin will look red in the areas that were needled. Wrinkles and fine lines will look like cat scratches. Redness often lasts 3-4 days and turns pink by day 4 or 5 d continues to disappear. You need to apply ointments to the broken skin during the first 3-7 days. Procedures need to be done at least 6-8 weeks apart to allow the complete healing and collagen production. In between procedures, the time span can range from 2-6 months.