Social media has dubbed it the Vampire Facial, Medical microneedling is a technique that uses tiny sterile micro-needles to create very small, controlled “injuries” to skin. These microscopic injuries then heal, resulting in collagen and elastin rejuvenation. It also allows for active ingredients to be absorbed into the deeper skin layers.
Microneedling is a gradual process; we don’t plan for one session, we always schedule 2 – 6 sessions depending on each patient’s needs. Depending on the chosen depth, we may start with a numbing cream to minimise discomfort. It is safe for all skin types including dark skin that is at increased risk for side effects with lasers.
Microneedling can be used for general dermabrasion which improves overall skin tone and reduces fine lines and wrinkles while promoting collagen production for healthy, smooth skin year round. However at Avanti Aesthetics, we also use microneedling to target;
- Stretch marks
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Burn scars
- Large pores
- Skin discolouration
The procedure is performed with a hand-held device that punctures the top layer of skin with tiny fine needles, thousands and thousands of times. This creates a landscape of many micro channels in the skin. This process stimulates the skin’s natural ability to heal itself and stimulate collagen and elastin, a key part of our skin that begins to reduce as we age.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Growth Factor Serums are often used with microneedling for additional collagen stimulation. PRP contains growth factors that stimulate cellular regeneration and new tissue growth, it also promotes healing and repair of sun damage. Read more about microneedling + PRP on the next tab.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is easily obtained from your own blood and mixed with a special reagent, on the day of your treatment we’ll obtain 1 vial of blood.
We get heightened results when using the PRP from your own blood. It is placed in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the red blood cells. Platelet Rich Plasma contains a high concentration of the body’s own growth factors that stimulate a healing response. It’s the yellowish colour fluid that the body produces in response to burns, scrapes and other insults to the skin.
The plasma is applied to the micro channels created by the microneedling, activating them to stimulate new collagen. It also triggers fibroblasts to produce elastin and glycosaminoglycan (natural hydrators such as hyaluronic acid).
After treatment your Practitioner will again go through any aftercare advice in order to maximise your treatment benefits and avoid any undesirable side effects.
The treatment takes about an hour but may be combined with a laser treatment as well. Indiba Deep Care is a great complement to microneedling. An additional 30 minutes of Indiba will leave the skin feeling lifted, tightened and give that radiant glow.
Although this treatment is minimally invasive, you do need to plan ahead. You’ll leave the Clinic with redness and may not apply sunscreen or any make-up for at least 48 hours. This will give way to dry and lightly peeling skin. Approximately 3-4 days later the appearance should return to normal. No need to hide in the house while healing, most patients are out and about. Just keep your skin covered and protected from the sun and look forward to a brighter renewed natural glow that should last several years.