What is medical skin needling?

Could hurting our skin actually make it look better? Many plastic surgeons and Dermatologists say yes!

skin deepA non-surgical procedure, microneedling, uses tiny needles to puncture the skin and create ‘micro injuries’. By causing damage to stimulate healing, these small wounds trigger the skin to repair itself by producing new, natural collagen which means plumper, healthier skin.

Is medical skin needling the same as Dermaroller and Dermapen?

Yes it is. Medical skin needling is the procedure and, for example, Dermaroller is a method of doing the procedure. At Skin Deep we use the Dermapen FNS as we believe it is more effective at delivering the treatment safely, without tearing the skin and are more versatile in that the depth of needle penetration can be adjusted according to the area it’s passing over.

The depth of needles used in clinic is between 0.5mm and 2mm, ensuring the needles penetrate deep enough for effect whilst not hurting the top layer of the skin. At these depths it causes micro injury which stimulates fibroblasts to make new collagen and elastin making skin smoother and firmer. Needling at these depths should be carried out in a clinical environment by a healthcare professional to minimise the risk of infection and to ensure appropriate after care products are used to maximise results.

Dermarollers with needle depths of 0.2mm and 0.3mm are fantastic for home use as they increase the penetration of skincare products by up to 80%. However, this would be bad ingredients as well as good ingredients – so make sure you are using clinically researched and proven products such as Environ’s AVST range to minimise bad reactions.

Medical microneedling can be used to treat many common skin conditions including fines lines, wrinkles, acne scarring and enlarged pores. There is no skin type that can’t benefit from it!



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Cathy Walker

Cathy Walker is a Registered General Nurse and Independent Nurse Prescriber with over 20 years experience. She established Skin Deep in 2006, leaving the NHS in 2007 to dedicate herself to her clinic full time. Specialising in Botulinum Toxin A (Botox™ Azzalure™ and Boccouture ™ and dermal filler techniques, she offers an array of anti-ageing skin rejuvenation treatments.

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