Updated: Feb 2
I first started offering microneedling as a treatment many years ago, I was fascinated by the concept of stimulating the bodies own healing process and excited for what this could offer me in terms of results for my clients with this non invasive natural rejuvenation treatment.
So firstly, what exactly is Microneedling? There are many names given to this treatment but all rely on the same process, the use of a needle to perforate the and stimulate our bodies own wound healing mechanism; homeostasis, inflammation, proliferation and maturation.A consequence of this process when controlled is the stimulation of cell proliferation and subsequently a healthy production of collagen, elastin, keratin and melanin, leading to a more compact, healthier and even toned complexion, all of which are the end objective for any skin rejuvenation program. It can create marked improvement to ageing concerns, balance sebum levels, increase hydration and better circulation, create a stronger barrier defence, improve areas of hyperpigmentation and the appearance of scar tissue. Some of the commonly used names for Microneedling are;
Multi Trepannic Actuation Therapy(MCA), this is a given term to the use of a tattoo device to individually target areas of concern.
Collagen Actuation Therapy (C.A.T) or Collagen Induction Therapy (C.I.T) common terms for this treatment as they refer to the result.
The origins of this treatment are often the cause of dispute both within the permanent make up sector and the aesthetic and medical sectors, therefore I prefer to not reference any source specifically but instead to focus on the treatment itself.
I must be honest that initially my approach was limited, I followed a basic education program and a protocol that didn’t offer me always the results I had expected, issues that I encountered were that I saw prolonged redness, results were sometimes unpredictable and on reflection there was not the support or information available at that timeregarding this treatment.
In fact there was more negative publicity than support, in certain sectors it was dismissed as either ineffective or dangerous.But the positive results that I saw, especially from treating my own skin led me to adapt, to carry out my own research with products and combination treatments, the result of which was the basis for the protocol that I use today. The use of biomimetic growth factors and hyaluronic acid with the ability to penetrate and moderate the inflammatory response enable enhanced results.
The treatment itself should not be heavily reliant on the infusion of product, whilst the use of the correct active products is essential and at the right stages of the process, it should not be mistaken for meso therapy, it is not the injection or infusion of product but the action of the needle itself. The product used should be to support that process.
Is Microneedling a safe treatment?
Is it safe is a common question from both fellow professionals and my potential clients, can microneedling be dangerous? Yes is my simple answer, when carried out neglectfully of the potential risks, as with any treatment it can pose risk, particularly there is the risk of reaction from the use of products not suitable to use after perforating the outer layer of the skin, there is risk of collagen degradation from timings of treatments being too frequent and not allowing the process of regeneration (proliferation) to arrive to maturation or too invasive, risk of scarring from treatments being too invasive or by incorrectly using other modalities in combination the