Microneedling, or Dermal Skin Needling, is an aesthetic technique used for decades prior to resurfacing lasers, but it has recently experienced a surge in popularity, particularly for ethnic skin. In 1995, dermal needling was identified as an effective treatment for scars. Since then, the technique initially referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy has become a staple in the treatment of acne scars, surgical scars, photo ageing, and stretch marks.
The skin needling technique involves using fine sterile needles 0.1mm-2.5 mm in length that repeatedly pierce the stratum corneum, producing microscopic “holes” in the dermis. These microscopic wounds lead to the release of growth factors stimulating the formation of new collagen, elastin, and neo-vascularization in the dermis. There are many brands and manufacturers of micro-needling tools on the market, including at-home devices. At-home devices usually have shorter needles and provide significantly less penetration and injury, and therefore may be less effective.
Prior to the procedure, patients are often anesthetised with topical numbing cream for up to 1 hour. The area is cleansed with professional Medik8 and a micro-needling device is used to either roll or prick the skin in multiple alternating passes. The depth of penetration, number of passes, and degree of overlap is highly dependent on the underlying condition, the area being treated, the brand of device used, and the length and frequency of the needle insertion. Petechiae and pinpoint bleeding occur during the treatment. Treatments are usually done 4 weeks apart but can be done more often. Post procedure, the patient often experiences mild erythema (redness of the skin) for a day or two.
This technique has been particularly beneficial to patients with olive or darker skin who are not candidates for factional lasers because of the risks of hyper-pigmentation and scarring. There is low risk of hyper- or hypo-pigmentation with micro-needling, and multiple treatments can be performed in patients with types III-VI fitzpatrick skin and those with a history of melasma.
Contraindications and precautions when considering micro-needling include: history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring, recent skin rashes, history of herpes simplex infections if the perioral area is being treated, and the presence of raised moles, warts, or any raised lesions on the targeted area. Absolute contraindications include: scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases clotting problems, active bacterial or fungal infection, and immunosuppression.
Written by Lily Talakoub MD
For those of you who love your lashes, you know the difference that lash treatments can make. They help to add tone, depth and make them look longer and fuller. No wonder it’s one of our most popular treatments, especially when they say that eyes are an attractive feature to the opposite sex …
Yet what type of lash treatment is best? Which one will make your eyes sparkle and stand out from the crowd? Well primarily, you’ve got 2 options: Eyelash Extensions and Lash Lifts. We’re here to help you figure out which one is best for you.
So, What’s the Difference?
Whilst both lash treatments aim to make your lashes longer and lovelier, they work differently. Eyelash Extensions, for example, work by adding extensions to your lashes to make them physically longer and thicker.
A Lash Lift, on the other hand, is where your lashes are naturally curled to make them appear longer and fuller. Because it’s your natural eyelashes which are being used, Lash Lifts can look a lot more natural, whilst Eyelash Extensions have a more dramatic effect. It really depends on what you prefer.
Lash Lifts: The Benefits
It’s already been mentioned that one of biggest benefits of Lash Lifts is that they just look more natural. Lash Lifts are also great for helping to sort out any problems with longer, untamed lashes. If your lashes seem to crisscross or are twisty, a good lash lift can help to make them straighter and more manageable.
Lash Lifts are also free of maintenance (apart from returning for another one every 6-8 weeks), and because you’re using your natural lashes, they are free of irritation.
Lash Lifts: The Drawbacks
The only real obstacle with a Lash Lift is that some people’s eyelashes can’t be lifted due to being too short. You’re really limited by what your natural eyelashes are capable of. If they are too short, then no amount of curling is going to help achieve an effect you want. That said, Medik8 Lash serum may be used to help nourish and stimulate the lashes to improve their growth.
Eyelash Extensions: The Benefits
Eyelash Extensions have gotten a bit of a bad reputation since Lash Lifts have become popular. They can be branded as fake and unnatural. Sure, a poorly done Eyelash Extension treatment does the opposite of enhancing your eyes, but one done well (by Nik at Mojo Beauty for example) will look amazing,
(go to the instagram page https://www.instagram.com/mojobeautynz/
and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mojo.chch/ for photos of Mojo Beauty Lash Extensions and Lash Lifts).
Eyelash Extensions are great for those looking to give their eyes a dramatic look. They can also make mornings a lot easier by giving you a mascara look without even having to get out of bed! Fantastic for weddings, formals and any special events.
Eyelash Extensions: The Drawbacks
If you are considering Eyelash Extensions, you need to do your homework and find a proper professional lash artist to do the best application for you. If they haven’t been professionally applied they may appear clumpy, stuck together, excessive amounts of glue and may cause your natural lashes to be pulled out.
Which one is right for me?
This really depends on what type of look you’re going for and what type of lashes you already have. If yours are particularly short, the eyelash extension is a great option. It’s also perfect for those looking to achieve that dramatic lash effect.
If, on the other hand, you want something more natural and longer lasting, then the Lash Lift is probably going to suit you much better. Making your lashes look fuller and longer.
This minimally invasive treatment is our most effective treatment to improve skin texture, soften wrinkles and smoothen scars.
What is Skin Needling?
At Mojo Beauty, we use a device called the Beauty M, Micro Needle Therapy, for all of our Skin Needling treatments. It uses oscillating micro-needles to gently pierce the skin and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
As the micro-needles pierce the skin and reach the platelets in your blood, growth factors are released that rejuvenate your skin and restore a more youthful appearance. This regenerative procedure stimulates the body’s natural wound healing response, without any scarring.
Skin-Needling is one of the most effective and safest ways to improve many different skin conditions such as;
• Scarring (including acne scars) • Loose skin
• Fine lines and wrinkles • Enlarged pores
• Uneven texture • Dull complexion and broken capillaries
The Medik8 Way
At Mojo Beauty, we have partnered with leading Medik8 pioneer, Elliot Issacs from Medik8, to perform this amazing skin changing treatment. His mission is to demystify anti-ageing skincare with his philosophy of ‘vitamin C plus sunscreen by day, and vitamin A by night’. He has discovered that by using these 3 ingredients before, during and post treatment, improves recovery time and enhances results.
The true result of your Skin Needling treatment will be apparent approximately 3 - 6 months post treatment as your skin regenerates and continues to produce new collagen and elastin. Most clients report an improvement in their skin texture and clarity within a 6 - 8 week period and most can see a difference just a few weeks after treatment. This improvement is compounded after each consecutive needling treatment; the more you do, the better your skin will look.
Treatment Plan: 6 sessions spaced 4 weeks apart
For Best Results: Take home Medik8 Skincare products with active ingredients to feed, repair and improve the skin.
Does it hurt?
The micro-needles of the Beauty M can penetrate from 0.5mm to 2.0mm into the skin depending on the area being treated and your skin concerns. Bony areas on the forehead would use shallower penetration and scarring on the cheeks for example would use a longer needle.
A topical anaesthetic is always applied to minimise any discomfort during treatment. Once applied, you shouldn’t feel much during your treatment other than a bit of pressure caused by Nik pushing the device down on your skin. In our experience, most clients are able to tolerate the treatment very well. A Medik8 Ultimate Radiance Mask may also be added on to the end of your treatment for additional healing and comfort.
When is skin needling treatment not suitable?
Appropriate skin preparation is essential to achieve optimum results from your Skin Needling treatment. Clinical trials have proven that results are increased by 40% in skin that has been adequately prepared with a systematic combination of Vitamins A & C for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to commencing needling treatments.
The Perfect Add on
Ultimate Recovery Bio-Cellulose Mask is the ultimate S.O.S treatment for skin in need of hydration. This soothing sheet mask provides intense moisture and helps to calm sore, dry skin by harnessing the power of nourishing and detoxifying natural minerals. Using premium bio-cellulose material which never dries out, the mask cools instantly upon application, enveloping skin in continuous hydration. Skin is left moisturised, calmed and ultimately refreshed.
Post treatment care:
Following your skin needling treatment, your skin will experience a mild inflammatory reaction resulting in your skin feeling warm and pink in a similar way to moderate sunburn; this is normal and generally subsides within 24 to 48 hours. Nik will discuss the appropriate after care regime with you at the completion of the treatment.
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