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Skin Needling

What is Skin Needling (Dermapen)?

Dermapen uses surgical grade tiny micro needles, to stimulate an inflammatory or a wound healing response in the skin. This process promotes a repair, renewal and rejuvenation response. Natural growth factors are released to stimulate fresh restructured collagen & elastin. Dermapen directly targets three major cell types (keratinocytes, melanocytes & fibroblasts) which promotes a controlled, scar less wound response. Dermapen creates micro channels in the skin encouraging oxygenation, which kills the acne causing bacteria. It has adjustable needle depths to allow us to target specific skin layers, cells & individual skin concerns. This is a fast treatment for comfort, with minimal pain. The pen is moved over the skin in a lymphatic drainage sequence, we apply slip onto the skin, so the pen can glide over all areas.

Why should I have a skin needling treatment?

If you’re suffering from a skin condition or would like a more youthful appearance. Skin needling is the only treatment that directly stimulates your own body’s collagen & elastin production. This encourages rejuvenation in the skin layers, resulting in firmer, tighter skin.

What can skin needling treat & can anyone have a skin needling treatment?

Dermapen can treat most skin conditions & all skin types/tones, having controlled wound healing enables us to treat any problem. Depending on the skin condition, we adjust the treatment to whether we are looking for an inflammation response or a wound healing. We can treat skin & body concerns with Dermapen.

Dermapen can treat:

  • Fine lines/ Wrinkles
  • Pigmentation
  • Hypo pigmentation
  • Rosacea
  • Breakout
  • Acne
  • Problematic skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Milia
  • Sun damage
  • Scarring/ Pitted Scarring
  • Stretch marks

What can I expect after a skin needling treatment?

After a Dermapen treatment you will experience erythema similar to the appearance & sensation of mild sunburn. This will last up to 24 hrs. and will decrease as the time goes. Your skin can feel quite tender the day after your treatment. We will advise you with proper after-care & ways to sooth any discomfort. You can wear mineral or paramedical make-up to cover any redness. More often than not, your skin will only feel uncomfortable for the day of your treatment.

How soon will I see results?

You will see a difference in your texture & complexion after once treatment, although we advise having a course of Dermapen Treatments to achieve your desired results. Scarring, acne, mature skin, pigmentation & congestion have most likely been there for many years, which means it will take time to treat & revise these conditions.

Should my first facial be a skin needling treatment?

We always recommend having a skin consultation before any facial treatment. With a Dermapen facial you can start off on them straight away, although we will advise you whether this will suit your skin. Sometimes clients need to start on strengthening their skin back to a healthy state & then treating it with Dermapen.

Is Microdermabrasion facials going to achieve the same results?

Microdermabrasion is resurfacing treatment that remove dead skin cell build up, leaving the skin smooth & retextured. Unfortunately, microdermabrasion will not treat or target your skin concerns, like Dermapen can. Microdermabrasion works topically to buff & polish the top layer of the skin. Dermapen works deep down in the layers of the skin, where your collagen & elastin production is. Dermapen penetrates through the layers to stimulate your own rejuvenation process.

Will my skin continue to bleed?

If we are treating your skin for a wound healing response, your skin will show up with pin point bleeding in the areas we are wanting that response. Skin needling has come a long way over the years, excess bleeding & topical anesthetics are not needed with a Dermapen Treatment. Dermapen has been designed to give you amazing results with minimal discomfort. A topical mask is applied after your treatment to help sooth any discomfort & drench your skin in botanical & active ingredients.

How often would I need to have a skin needling treatment?

Depending on what skin concern we are treating, we will advise you on how often we would like you to come in for your treatment. To give you an idea, if we are treating an acne skin every 2 week for your treatment, for collagen induction every 6-8 weeks.

Can I have Skin Needling in conjunction with other treatments?

Yes, we often combined Dermapen with other treatments such as DMK Enzyme Therapy. We often do a Dermapen treatment then apply enzyme therapy to stimulate more nutrients & blood to the skin. We also alternate Dermapen Treatments with others, to target different aspects of your skin condition. We can also set up a treatment plan specifically for you, explaining what treatment combination would best suit you.

For any further information, please feel free to contact us

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Why we wish Roaccutane wasn’t an Acne Solution!

For those of you who have never come across this medication before, let me explain what it is & what it does. It is a Dermatologist prescribed Acne medication that is derived from synthetic Vitamin-A, as an anti-inflammatory drug that attacks your oil glands to shut them down.

You may have never come across this particular drug before but as therapists we are very familiar with it. It is something that we must be aware of for every treatment that we perform, as we can cause damage to your skin if unaware. For instance, waxing is not allowed when on Roaccutane because it causes your skin to thin, it would be easy for us to take skin off during a treatment. The common skin side effects for Roaccutane are dermatitis, very dry skin, blood noses, dry lips, fragile skin, red rashes, scaly skin, sun sensitive, thin skin & more. The even scarier common side effects are the ones that happen internally such as depression, anxiety, slow healing, cysts & more.

This acne drug is extremely aggressive as it is drying out your oil production to reduce pimples forming. Keep in mind it is drying out your entire body not just the skin on your face. When taking it you should have regular doctor’s appointments as well as blood tests to ensure the chemicals aren’t harming your internal organs. Most people who are on Roaccutane do not know that it is in fact an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug, in other words, poison to the body. We have found through experience, that client’s who do go on the drug, seem to have other issues arise. For instance, skin takes longer to heal, bruising easily, early signs of ageing, permeant thinned skin, burning easily when in the sun, PCO (polycystic ovaries) & stomach issues. Another problem with going on Roaccutane to treat your skin is that it’s a requirement that you take the contraceptive pill, even if you aren’t sexually active yet to avoid the possibility of you falling pregnant. As Roaccutane can cause serious birth defects & harm to a growing foetus.

Saying all of this, Roaccutane is effective at clearing up your pimples…but at what cost? It’s like a band-aid effect, it will clear it up, but it is not going to treat the core source of the problem. You’re guaranteed to be on more than one course of the drug & you will have other issues arise after you finish the course. Your skin will be left dry, thin, oil glands out of sorts & red vascular or pitted scarring.

As skin therapists we find it extremely frustrating to understand why Dermatologists recommended something that is so harmful & aggressive. Treating acne is hard & it does take time, it’s like going to the gym. You are not going to get results by going once a week & eating unhealthy food. You need to dedicate time and invest your money if you want to see results. Changing diet, reducing stress levels, looking after gut health, increasing exercise, using home care recommended & having in salon treatments is the combination you need, to properly change & resolve any skin condition. We believe in holistic long-term solutions over quick fixes. As we have seen time & time again the skin issue keeps returning if the client is using a quick fix. We understand Acne is an awful thing to go through, so we would never judge someone for taking the Roaccutane route. We do strongly advise you to explore your options, visit a skin clinic & choose long-term skin health over temporary relief.

Figuring out why your acne has come up is how we start to treat it. There is not one answer for everyone; we eliminate as many possibilities as we can through recommending change. It could be as simple as changing some diet choices, for your skin to start to heal. Skin needs to be treated carefully & properly for it to heal. Treating it aggressively through Roaccutane or another medication, isn’t allowing it to heal properly. Our skin produces oil for a reason, it keeps our skin protected, hydrated & youthful. Shutting that skin function down will lead to other dysfunctions arising. The skin needs a combination of tools to stay healthy, the same way it needs a combination of tools when being treated. Research all your options before jumping into any kind of acne medication. Treating skin is something we love to do here at Let’s Face It, we are always here to help guide you through these decisions & happy to help with any skin issues you may have.