What is micro-needling, and should you really try it at home?

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It may involve needles, but this popular skin treatment doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. 

Ever since Kim Kardashian got a ‘vampire facial’ and posted her bare blood-speckled face on Instagram back in 2013, it seems the intrigue surrounding bizarre celebrity treatments has heightened dramatically.  

Of course, this is a drastic comparison to the at-home micro-needling dermarollers that are now readily available both on the high street and online; the handheld rollers won’t cause a huge amount of pain if they’re used correctly and they certainly won’t draw blood from your skin like Kim Kardashian.

So, what actually is micro-needling? According to Flint+Flint, it ‘involves using small needles to create tiny punctures in the skin which triggers the bodies natural wound healing response to renew skin cells, produce collagen and stimulate elastin’. Subsequently, these small punctures ‘create superficial micro-channels, which allow topical serums, and creams to be absorbed more effectively into the skin’. Breaking the skin’s surface allows for collagen to be produced, leaving you with fresh, plump and revived skin that looks younger. 

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, scars or stretch marks, this could be the treatment for you and now you can do it from the comfort of your own bathroom. But before attempting micro-needling at home, it’s important to cleanse skin thoroughly and always ensure your tool is sterilised. After rolling gently over your skin, always follow up with a suitable serum that won’t irritate the skin as it will be more sensitive. It’s best to add this to your evening skincare routine, as redness will calm overnight (and nobody wants to walk into work with a puffy face). 

Not ready to try it at home? Don’t worry, as there are plenty of spas across the city that perform safe treatments to put your mind at ease, including EF Medispa, Flint+Flint and SK:N. EF Medispa Edgbaston offers five different types of micro-needling treatments: Microfirm, Mesotherapy, Dermastamp, Dermaroller and Dermapen, whilst Flint+Flint therapists give customers a personalised 3-6 week plan and SK:N professionals use eDermastamp™ technology. 

 

Most treatments will leave skin slightly red and swollen afterwards, but this should only last a few hours before it starts to repair itself. Different treatments target a variety of different skin concerns, with some specifically designed to focus on key areas, from facial acne scarring to loose skin on your body.

Done right, it’s perfectly fine to perform this treatment on yourself, but we’d advise properly doing your research beforehand. If you’re still unsure, just head to a skin clinic and get advice from the professionals. Either way, it’s a lot cheaper than a facelift.

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