As a novice with new, ‘instagrammable’ beauty rejuvenation (I’m a dinosaur who’s only been using botox and fillers), lining up for something called ‘skin needling’ sounded like an exercise in torture. But, curiosity got the better of me and I had to try it out. Firstly, to see if it hurts as much like it sounds like it does; and secondly, to see if it produces the same results that I’d heard others talk about. Hoping for wrinkle reduction, tightening and firming of saggy skin, smoothing out crepey skin and even getting rid of blotchy discolouration and acne scars? Seriously – could skin needling do all of this without using any chemicals? I’m about to find out.
How does skin needling work?
Skin needling is a non-invasive treatment which gently punctures the upper dermal layer of the skin. It uses spring loaded needles to ensure accurate and uniform depth. As the needling pen gently makes its way over the skin, the miniature injuries encourage your own production of collagen and elastin. A bonus for anyone who’s suffering from ageing or damaged skin but doesn’t like foreign substances being injected into their face.
Does it hurt?
In essence, no. The procedure itself is a pain-free 30 minute treatment. The only moments of discomfort that I experienced was a sneeze when the pen went near my eyebrows, something which I found quite funny. It was only when the treatment stopped that I started to feel a bit like I’d been sunburned. And yes, when you look in the mirror – it looks that way too. The good news is that the sunburn feeling should only last for 24 hours, though in my case it was only about five hours.
After effects of skin needling.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to add an LED treatment onto the session – that helps the skin heal – but can increase the degree of redness on the treated area. Knowing my daughter would be suitably embarrassed if I turned up to school glowing like a tomato, I was thankful the redness all but disappeared in only 2 hours. Nonetheless, even though the redness had gone down there were still post treatment guidelines to follow to ensure my skin stayed healthy – which brings me to the next point – after care.
After skin needling avoid make-up for two days and avoid the sun. After a few days make sure to always wear sunscreen and be careful not to put too much makeup on, mineral makeup is best. Using common sense should go a long way here by avoiding chemicals, excessive exercise, saunas and hot baths. Take care of yourself and treat your skin gently.
Expected results after two – six weeks.
Even after the initial improvement has occurred within the first week, the benefits continued to show. Optimum results become evident within four to six weeks, which works nicely if you are getting subsequent needling appointments. I am currently ten days post – treatment and so far I’ve noticed an overall dewy look to my skin, a reduction in the lines around my nose and mouth and an increased firmness around the jawline – all the tell-tale signs of increased collagen (yippee). I can’t wait to see further results in the coming weeks.
Are you a good candidate?
Generally, all skin types respond well to this treatment but you should have a consultation with your clinician to make sure it is right for you. Certain medications, active acne, pregnancy and / or recent skin treatments may mean further medical advice or delay your skin needling. Please discuss this during your consultation to be on the safe side.
Should you do it?
If you want to get real results without looking like you’ve had ‘work done’ skin needling is a must. I’m only one treatment in and really excited to see what a full course of treatments can achieve. If this has piqued your interest and you want to give it a go, the team at Koala Health & Beauty can look after you.