One of the main reasons that our skin starts to show the signs of ageing is depleting stores of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within its structure. Medical skin needling is an exciting treatment option because it works by harnessing your body’s innate healing process to stimulate the natural production of new collagen and elastin.
Here at Medikaur Skin & Aesthetics, we use the eDermastamp® - this is a handheld electronic stamping device that utilises a single-use tip of microscopic needles to stamp vertical channels into your skin to increase skin stimulation, create instant hydration with hyaluronic acid, and infuse your skin with stimulating ingredients.
Skin needling is ideal for treating the following issues:
- Fine lines and wrinkles: Improves collagen and elastin production, as well as hydration to help reduce the appearance of ageing skin
- Acne scars: Noticeably reduces the size and depth of acne scars
- Hyperpigmentation & sun damage: Helps to heal areas of sun damage for a more even complexion
- Stretchmarks: Visibly improves the appearance by helping to heal and thicken the skin
- Sagging skin: Can help to tighten the skin and create better tone
This treatment is suitable for use on the face, décolletage and body. Skin needling is effective and associated with minimal risks and downtime.
Medical skin needling FAQs
How long does a skin needling treatment take?
Skin needling treatments with the eDermastamp take approximately 90 minutes to administer, depending on the area being treated.
Will the treatment hurt?
We will clean and sterilise your skin, and then apply a topical anaesthetic to numb the treatment area; this should make the procedure comfortable and painless. Once your skin is numb, we will pass the tip of the eDermastamp over your skin to create tiny little channels or injuries within your skin. These injuries are so small that they will close quickly and leave your skin looking flushed, which is the best indication that the treatment has worked.
Is one treatment enough to show results?
You should see some improvement to your skin after a single treatment. However, most people find that they need a course of skin needling treatments for best results. We usually recommend four to six treatments four weeks apart for collagen production and skin rejuvenation, and six or more treatments four weeks apart to improve the appearance of scars, including acne scars.
How quickly should I see the results?
You should begin to notice positive changes to your skin approximately one week after your treatment, although it will take between six and eight weeks for you to fully see the changes brought about by new collagen production.
After a course of treatments, you should continue to see improvements to your skin tone and texture for six to 12 months.
Is skin needling safe?
Medical skin needling is widely recognised as a safe procedure with minimal risks and side effects because it relies on stimulating the body’s natural healing process. The eDermastamp uses a disposable single-use tip with each new treatment to ensure that there are no risks of cross-contamination.
What are the potential side effects?
As we’ve mentioned above, medical skin needling is associated with a low risk of side effects. You should expect your skin to look flushed for a couple of hours post-treatment – a bit like sunburn; you may also notice some pinprick spots of blood and bruising. Your skin may feel warm, tight and itchy for roughly 12 to 48 hours.
Less frequently, some people do experience minor flaking, skin dryness and scab formation. Hyperpigmentation (darkening of patches of skin) occurs very rarely and usually self-resolves within a month.
Do let us know if you have a history of cold sores, so we can give you medication to prevent an outbreak.
Is there anything I should do/not do after a medical skin needling treatment?
When you come in to Medikaur Skin & Aesthetics for a skin needling treatment, we will give you detailed aftercare instructions. It’s important that you follow our recommendations to enjoy the full benefit of your treatment.
We may recommend that you:
- Use tepid water to cleanse your skin for the first 48 hours post-treatment, and dry the area gently without rubbing
- Wash your hands well before touching your skin in the treated area
- Avoid wearing make-up for 12 hours, although some mineral make-up may be suitable
- Apply any prescribed skincare products as advised
- Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ before leaving the treatment and when going outside after the treatment
Can anyone carry out skin needling treatments?
Although a quick search of Google shows that it’s possible to buy skin needling devices to use at home, we would strongly recommend that you seek treatment through an experienced aesthetic practitioner to ensure that the skin needling device is used properly, at the right depth and pressure for your individual needs.
Professional, medical-grade rollers or automated devices that give truly effective results should only be used by qualified doctors, surgeons and nurses.
Here at Medikaur Skin & Aesthetics, skin needling treatments are carried out by Jane Paterson, who is a popular and immensely experienced advanced aesthetic nurse practitioner, or Dr Gurpreet Gill.
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