Micro Skin Needling – What are the Risks?
Learn when you should Microneedle skin
Do you regularly needle your skin? If so you may be causing more damage and it’s likely ageing your skin.
Micro Skin Needling is a popular skin rejuvenation treatment, but most people I speak too are doing it wrong.
Micro Skin Needling Risks – Stop Damaging your skin
Watch the video to learn the risks of micro skin needling treatments
Skin micro needling for younger-looking skin
As a skin facialist and a nutritional therapist. My skin health expert approach is to educate you about natural aesthetics solutions and pro-ageing treatments for younger-looking skin, so you can feel more confident about investing in your skincare and aesthetic professional treatments that are right for your skin health, not just your type of skin or the latest fad!
Watch the video to understand more about micro skin needling risks and what you need to do to get the best results. I explain in simple terms, what it is, the risks of micro skin needling and what you’re doing wrong.
Read on to get advice on what to do and how when to do micro-needling for those best results on any skin.
What is Microneedling?
Micro-needling is a constant subcision of small needles that break the skin barrier and create a controlled trauma to trigger a wounding healing response.
The wound healing response will produce growth factors to create new skin cells and encourage the cell to cell communication and metabolism within the cells effectively.
The result is skin rejuvenation. Strong firmer, bright skin cells that fight the effects of ageing skin against the external environmental factors.
Deep Skin Needling Risks
Deep micro-needling can have the opposite desired effect and it’s dangerous and reckless as it affects your skin health in the long term.
The myth is that you need to have a blood-soaked face to achieve long lasting results from micro-needling. People believe that the more damage you cause the more collagen you will create and therefore get firmer skin.
This is not true. The issue is, is too much damage can actually cause an overproduction of collagen which is scar tissue. So it’s thick, heavily damaged skin. The result can be pigmentation, dark spots in the skin, but these symptoms can take up to two years to come through to the surface of the skin. So deep needling does not get the blame as sun damage or ageing is often the common explanation.
Excessive Skin Needling Risks
Second to deep needling is aggressively needling skin too often. By constantly causing the trauma to the epidermis the growth factors are enabled to actually maximize that potential. If you needle too often, all you’re doing is breaking down the collagen at each time and not actually allowing it to build up and gain strength.
Again the consequences are not felt straight away. But excessive skin rolling results in a lack tone longer term.
How does skin repair itself?
The skin is a big organ and it transports and communicates messages via growth factors to stimulate cell communication and metabolism as the biggest organ in the body is has multi-function.
- Skin will keep things out and allows recognizable active ingredients in via this communication
- Has a protective barrier – Extra Cellular Matrix which acts as a gatekeeper
- The epidermis contains keratinocytes – conductors of cell metabolism and communication
- They communicate downwards through the layers of the skin towards the dermis
- It takes like 28 days for the keratinocytes to complete this cycle of their life
Blood or NO Blood
There are NO blood vessels in the Epidermis – therefore no blood should be seen when triggering the keratinocytes cascade for skin rejuvenation.
The keratinocytes send the message down to the epidermal junction where the STEM cells are stored, it is these stem cells that you want to react to the wound healing response via the epidermal growth factors for cell regeneration and collagen production.
When you go too deep and too often you will trigger too much inflammation and cause the scarring and the potential pigmentation in the future.
If you are skin rolling at home and draw blood in your treatment too often. You are going too deep. The odd pinpoint bleed is not the end of the world, but the skin should not be bleeding to trigger growth factors to improve your skin health over the next two or three weeks. If you want to wait two years for the potential benefits, come through, then sure keep doing it that way, but I cannot guarantee you get the results you want.
The trick is to think top-down for skin conditions, epidermal growth factors and bottoms up collagen and elastin growth which you can get from a deep treatment like HIFU Face-lift treatments.
How often should I be skin needling?
You need to give your skin STEM cells time to react, and the fibroblasts to create the collagen and elastin for skin tightening. In general skin conditions, it takes 28 days for those growth factors to communicate and regenerate the skin cell membrane.
Superficial skin health issues
- Min. every 14 days
- No blood only pink, glowing, dewy skin
- To address pigmentation, hydration, open pores, fine lines and blemishes
- Depth of the needle should be no more than say 0.5 , 0.25 to 0.1mm
Deep skin health concerns
- Between 4- 6 weeks apart
- Pinpoint bleed – Chin and Jawline
- Deep wrinkles, (DNA) sun damage, skin tightening, acne scars, stretch marks
- Depth of the needle can go to like 1mm or 0.8mm
How many skin needling treatments do I need?
At home: You can continue to skin needle for every two weeks for say 12 weeks so a maximum of 6 treatments within a 3 months period. For skin regeneration and rejuvenation.
I would encourage rest for about six to eight weeks before you start again next season.
In-clinic; Three treatments, four to six weeks apart for skin tightening, scars or stretch marks.