23rd November 2019

Microneedling: The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Last Modified: August 3, 2022

Microneedling: The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Wrinkles

Most dermatologists will tell you that the best way to prevent wrinkles is to stop them from forming in the first place. For most of us, that advice came too late. Dermatologists are also all too familiar with the toll that scars and damage take on our skin’s ageing appearance. However, there is an easy and effective way to combat both of these problems with a treatment called microneedling, which relies on your skin’s own biology to produce a “Botox-like” effect.

Microneedling can turn back the clock for your skin. Wrinkles and scars are treated, giving your skin a smoother and more youthful appearance. Here is what you need to know about microneedling before your first appointment.

Microneedling Uses Needles to Rejuvenate Your Skin

Microneedling is exactly what it sounds like: The aesthetician uses an instrument studded with very fine needles to create microscopic punctures in your skin. Many dermatologists opt for a dermaroller but at Dr Aesthetica, we use the Skin Pen, which uses 14 Japanese needles and gives us far greater precision than other devices on the market.

Why would you want to poke tiny holes in your face?

When your skin incurs an injury - even a tiny one from the Skin Pen - your body's natural response to trauma is set in motion. Your body goes into repair mode and increases its collagen production (microneedling is traditionally known as collagen induction therapy).

Collagen is what keeps your skin looking young and healthy by giving it elasticity. As you age, your skin's collagen content decreases, which can lead to fine lines and wrinkles.

By stimulating collagen, you can hide and treat skin structural problems such as acne scars, sagging skin and wrinkles.

Microneedling also opens up your skin so that your skincare products can penetrate deeper into the skin to work better. That's why we love combining it with stem cell growth factors.

Does Microneedling Hurt?

Microneedling is not a deeply relaxing Swedish massage. The doctor will numb your skin by injecting a local anaesthetic directly below the surface.

The doctors will treat the most sensitive areas first, and you may feel as if you were being rubbed gently with a sponge when there is no anaesthetic. You will feel as if you were being stroked with a feather duster when the anaesthetic wears off, after about three hours.

The doctors will assess your skin to see how much local anaesthetic to use before the procedure. You may be able to wear makeup the following day but you will look red in photos. One or two days later, the redness will fade and you can resume all your usual activities.

Most people find that their hairline and jawline are the most sensitive areas because there is less fat in those areas. The doctors will repeat the same areas more than once if required.

Are You Ready for More Youthful Looking Skin?

Microneedling has been the secret weapon of celebrities with perfect skin for decades. It works better than any over-the-counter product because it works with your skin's biology instead of fighting it.

The tiny holes stimulate your body to heal and allow your favourite facial products to better penetrate your skin.

Are you ready to try Microneedling in Birmingham to improve the look and feel of your skin? Book your free Microneedling consultation here.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 23rd November 2019
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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