Can microneedling help melasma?

 

Can microneedling help melasma?

Microneedling can be a very effective treatment for most forms of hyperpigmentation.

The micro-needles create minute channels in the skin's surface breaking up areas of pigmentation staining. Suitable actives can then be delivered deeper into the skin to aid the process.

Where the pigmentation is a result of sun damage, treatment is particularly effective. A course of 3 - 6 treatments are generally required.

When triggered by hormone changes, as melasma often is, improvement is possible but more difficult due to the physiological nature of the problem and our body's genetic make-up can not be changed.

Following treatment, all results will require the on-going use of products with the appropriate actives for maintenance and the prevention of further staining.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Can microneedling cause broken capillaries?

 

Can microneedling cause broken capillaries?

This is a common worry.

However microneedling is proven and safe, and because it is only minimally invasive and is non-ablative it carries very little risk of adverse reactions.

On the contrary…

In fact, despite the apparent contraindication to its use where vascular conditions exist, it can actually be very effective at treating conditions like Telangiectasia (often referred to as broken capillaries) as the microchannels stimulate the development of new capillaries (angiogenesis) and the strengthening of the vascular network.

A thorough consultation will highlight any potential issues and you may be advised to prepare your skin in advance through the use of appropriate skin care products.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Where did microneedling come from?

 

Where did microneedling come from?

Microneedling's origins lie in Chinese acupuncture.

However, modern advances are the result of medical findings in the 1990's that revealed that various needling procedures around depressed scars had the side-effect of stimulating Collagen production and as a result filling and raising them.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Can I wear makeup after microneedling?

 

Can I wear makeup after microneedling?

Microneedling is proven and safe, and because it is only minimally invasive and is non-ablative it carries very little risk of adverse reactions.

However, to ensure that your skin heals as quickly and smoothly as possible it should be in a healthy condition prior to your treatment and you need to follow the post-care advice you are given carefully.

Immediately afterwards

Your skin will appear as though you have experienced a mild sunburn and will be red and may feel tight and itchy.

Moisturiser, not makeup

You should ensure that you keep your skin moisturised to maintain its barrier function, but to avoid infection you should not use any make-up or perfumed products on your skin for a minimum of 24-48 hours.

SPF, SPF, SPF….
However your practitioner may advise the use of tinted SPF product especially designed for use on post-procedural skin if appropriate.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Can microneedling help acne scars?

 

Can microneedling help acne scars?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive aesthetic procedure that is proven to be safe and effective.

It works by creating microchannels in the skin's surface that stimulate cellular renewal to build new skin and so offers exceptional results for a number of common skin conditions.

Research has shown that this ability to build new skin, can be extremely effective in improving the appearance of scars particularly indented or hypotrophic (indented) scars such as those caused by Chicken Pox or Acne.

It is important to remember that the process of building new skin tissue is progressive and takes time, and so optimal results generally require a course of treatment, and may require a period of pre-treatment skin conditioning to avoid potential adverse effects.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

When will i see results from microneedling?

 

When will i see results from microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive aesthetic procedure that stimulates cellular renewal to build new skin and so offer exceptional results for a number of common skin conditions including

  • lines,

  • wrinkles,

  • scars,

  • pigmentation stains and

  • poor skin texture.

Growing new tissue takes time… be patient with your body

The process of building new skin tissue takes time, and is progressive, and so the full effects of the treatment may not be seen immediately. Optimal results generally require a course of 3-6 treatments.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Can microneedling be done on the neck?

 

Can microneedling be done on the neck?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive aesthetic procedure that stimulates cellular renewal to build new skin and so offer exceptional results for a number of common skin conditions including:

  • lines,

  • wrinkles,

  • scars,

  • pigmentation stains and

  • poor skin texture.

Although commonly used on the face, the treatment can safely be used on most areas of the body and offers good results for improving a 'turkey neck' or double chin.

The process of building new skin tissue takes time, and is progressive, and so the full effects of the treatment may not be seen immediately.

Optimal results generally require a course of treatment, and may require a period of pre-treatment skin conditioning to avoid potential adverse effects.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

microneedling: what to do before and after

 

microneedling: what to do before and after

Microneedling is a minimally invasive aesthetic procedure that can give exceptional results for a number of common skin conditions including lines, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation stains and poor skin texture.

Optimal results require a course of treatment that includes pre-treatment skin conditioning and post-procedural care.

Preparation before treatment

Where the skin's natural protective barrier is not functioning adequately, post-treatment healing will be slower and adverse effects like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can occur. To guard against this, a pre-treatment regime of cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating and moisturising with products suitable for your particular skin type, together with the introduction of antioxidants, and actives to address specific concerns,should be undertaken for at least 2 weeks.

Care after treatment

Following your treatment, you will be given products to care for your skin during the first 24-48 hours whilst it is in the immediate recovery period, when you should avoid using perfumed products and some types of make-up. After this time, you should begin re-introducing your skincare regime to enhance the effects of the procedure.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Why is my skin not peeling after my chemical peel?

 

Why is my skin not peeling after my chemical peel?

Newer chemical peel formulations, that have ingredients that work together to provide the desired result with minimal downtime, often mean that you won't actually 'peel'.

Rather there will just be a short period of flaky skin.

Research has shown that several treatments with a milder peel solution can offer the same results as a single session with a stronger, more aggressive formulation. This means less downtime and a reduced risk of an adverse reaction.

Sometimes, the solutions are so gentle that there will be no visible skin peeling at all.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

What is microneedling good for?

 

What is microneedling good for?

Microneedling offers a very effective way of dealing with a number of common skin conditions.

It provides great opportunities for improving age-related issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as helping to improve the overall condition of your skin.

Epidermal pigmentation problems through sun damage can also be addressed.

microneedling pen and serum

Short courses of treatment can significantly improve acne and acne scarring and skin suffering with issues of sensitivity and redness.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Can microneedling damage your skin?

 

Can microneedling damage your skin?

Microneedling is proven and safe, and because it is only minimally invasive and is non-ablative it carries very little risk of adverse reactions.

However, to ensure that your skin heals as quickly and smoothly as possible it should be in a healthy condition prior to your treatment, . A thorough consultation will highlight any potential issues and you may be advised how to prepare your skin in advance through the use of appropriate skin care products.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Can I have a Chemical Peel on my hands?

 

Can I have a Chemical Peel on my hands?

Chemical peels are not just for use on the face!

Many areas of the body will also benefit, including the back, neck, chest.

Hands suffering sun-damage can often respond particularly well to peeling

these age spots (also known as sun spots, liver spots or lentigines) would respond well to a suitable peel.

these age spots (also known as sun spots, liver spots or lentigines) would respond well to a suitable peel.

For example, these age spots (also known as sun spots, liver spots or lentigines) would respond well to a suitable peel.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

What is microneedling?

 

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is also called Collagen Induction Therapy.

  • microneedling is how it is done.

  • collagen induction therapy is what it does.

Devices using tiny sterile needles are used to create lots of microchannels into the skin's surface.

In this way it encourages the increased production of the body's natural structural support components - Collagen and Elastin, which give the skin it's strength and elasticity and Hyaluronic Acid, which allows the skin to retain moisture and so give it volume

(Hyaluronic Acid is in most temporary skin fillers; we feel it is better to persuade your body to make its own.)

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Will a chemical peel remove tattoos?

 

Will a chemical peel remove tattoos?

Most chemical peels will not remove tattoos as the ink is placed deep in the dermal layers.

Tattoo removal is best achieved through laser treatment. If a peel solution is preferred, you should seek the advice of an aesthetic medical practitioner who can advise your suitability for a TCA peel or similar, which penetrate the skin more deeply, but have longer downtime.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Who should get a chemical peel?

 

Who should get a chemical peel?

Chemical peels can be a very effective way of dealing with a number of common skin issues.

What concerns can benefit from a chemical peel?

People with the following concerns would all benefit from the treatment:

  • skin laxity and loss of volume;

  • lines and wrinkles;

  • epidermal pigmentation problems - sun damage,

  • post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation;

  • Acne,

  • Rosacea,

  • enlarged pores and coarse textured skin;

  • scarring - including acne scars and chicken pox scars;

  • dull and congested skin.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

What chemical peel is best for acne?

 

What chemical peel is best for acne?

Peels containing Salicylic or Mandelic acid can produce amazing results for acne sufferers.

As they are lipid soluble (dissolve in fat & oils) they have an affinity with the skin's natural oils and so can easily penetrate the skin, entering sebaceous ducts breaking down the buildup of sebum and dead skin cells.

Their larger molecular structure means that they don't penetrate as deeply as Glycolic peels,and as a result are less aggressive, making them ideal for sensitive skins.

Their sensitive nature means that they can be used on skins of colour where pigmentation issues can be an issue

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

What happens during my Chemical Peel?

 

What happens during my Chemical Peel?

The chemical peel procedure is extremely straightforward and is carried out as a number of steps:

1. Your skin will be cleansed and sanitised to reduce the risk of infection.

2. If you are having a peel with a Alpha-Hydroxy acid agent e.g. Glycolic, which is water soluble and therefore unable to easily penetrate the skin's natural lipid barrier, your skin will wiped over with a solution to remove the natural oils. If you are having a peel with a Beta-Hydroxy acid agent this step isn't necessary, as these have a natural affinity with the skin's protective oils and so can penetrate the skin unaided.

3. The more sensitive areas of your face like your lips and brows will be covered with a film of barrier cream and your eyes covered for protection.

4. The peel solution will then be applied using either a disposable applicator or gauze

5. The time that the solution remains on your skin will be determined by the actual peeling agents used and their strength and your unique situation (how your skin responds to the treatment and your practitioner's professional judgement)

6. The solution will be neutralised to stop the peeling agent's action.

7. A facial mask or compress will be applied to cool and soothe the skin

8. Post treatment products will be applied, which if the treatment has been carried out during the day will include an SPF

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Is a chemical peel or microdermabrasion better?

 

Is a chemical peel or microdermabrasion better?

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are both deep exfoliating treatments that bring about a resurfacing of the skin by prompting the body's healing response mechanism.

They both offer the opportunity to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation marks and scarring, but work in different ways.

  • Chemical peels work by chemically breaking the bonds that hold the individual skin cells to one another,

  • Microdermabrasion uses a device to physically abrade the surface of the skin.

The initial effects of the two methods do vary: the skin is often red, hot and tight feeling after a chemical peel and can take a day or two to show the positive effects of brighter, clearer skin, whilst these effects are often immediately visible with microdermabrasion.

However, both methods will require a course of sessions, and often the support of topical regime, to effectively treat conditions like fine lines and pigmentation staining.

Microdermabrasion is less useful where the skin has vascular damage or is particularly fine and prone to broken capillaries, due to it's mechanical nature.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Are chemical peels safe during pregnancy and when breastfeeding?

 

Are chemical peels safe during pregnancy and when breastfeeding?

Alpha Hydroxy acid peels like Glycolic are generally safe for use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Salicylic acid, which is a Beta-Hydroxy acid that is effectively used to treat acne, is known to cause problems a so should not be used.

However, many commercial peels contain a combination of acids and/or active ingredients, some of which may have the potential to enter the bloodstream, and so you should always advise your practitioner if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, so that they can advise on the most suitable options.

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician