What is Dry Needling?
Needling, also known as “Skin Needling”, is accomplished by the technician utilising a certain technique while inserting the needle into the top layer of the epidermis. This technique is best accomplished when it is quite shallow in the skin 0.3mm deep only.
Skin Needling treats light scarring, fine to deep wrinkles. Using a machine for the Skin Needling procedure, the needle cluster is inserted into the epidermis and top layer of the dermis.
Skin Needling promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter. We treat only the area that needs attention. We do not work on any tissue outside the boundaries of the wrinkles and scar tissue.
Skin Needling stimulates the body’s natural wound healing reaction to produce natural collagen.
With microscopic punctures in the epidermis, Skin Needling is minimally invasive with little damage to the epidermis.
Anaesthesia is generally not needed for Skin Needling as it is not so invasive as to cause pain.
Skin Needling procedures have minimal “down time” and swelling, and most people return to work the following day.
Who will benefit from skin needling?
- Anyone with fine, medium or heavy wrinkling
- People with acne scars, chicken pox scars and scars from surgery
- People who have picked at pimples and scabs creating scars or pits
- People with nasolabial wrinkles as well as smokers and laugh lines
- People with chest, neck, arm and hand wrinkles
What contributes to this problem?
- Sun and tanning beds
- Working outdoors
- Outdoor sport eg: golf, cricket, watersports etc
- Unhealthy lifestyles
- Sleeping with your face buried in the pillow
- Type I and II on the Fitzpatrick scale
Contradictions for Skin Needling
- Anyone who is darker skinned and hyper-pigmented will need to use a lightening skin treatment for 2 weeks prior to their treatment appointments
- If you have a propensity to keloid you would not be a candidate for skin needling
- We never work on raised moles, warts or any raised lesions
People who are not acceptable candidates for this procedure are:
- Anyone under medical care who may be on medication for high blood pressure, heart medication, is diabetic, is not in general good health, is a poor healer, has an active herpetic breakout, or has just had an invasive laser treatment
- Anyone that has any type of facial skin disease or disorder that would be a contraindication
- Anyone who is taking homeopathic vitamins or herbs that thin the blood
- Anyone with scars less than 6 months old
- Anyone that has had facial fillers or Botox in the past 4 months in their lips or face
- Anyone who has had facial surgery in the past 6 months
- Anyone who has had permanent fillers, such as Dermagen or shark cartilage injected in the past 6 months
- Anyone that has been using corticosteroids on the treatment area, as this thins the skin tissue