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13.01.2018 | Institute BCN

Frequently asked questions on microneedling

This post will try to clarify some of the most frequent doubts about microneedling that you conveyed to us by mail, phone calls and trainings.

What is exactly this application method of active principles?

Microneedling is a process, inspired in traditional mesotherapy, which involves using needles to puncture hundreds of tiny holes in the skin. It replaces the old way of application of active ingredients. Thus, microinjection is replaced either by an electronic device of transdermal delivery, safer, faster and more effective: the Meso Pen; or the manual version: the Meso Roller.

Microneedling is used to treat everything from wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dull skin to others concerns such as scars, stretch marks, and cellulite. Let’s explore microneedling with Meso Pen and rolling to find out exactly what is involved in the processes and what they claim to do for skin.

 What are the benefits of microneedling?

Microneedling is also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), involves using a tool called Meso Pen with tiny needles at the end that make little holes or needle pricks in the top layers of skin. Meso Pen opens more than 1.000 micro channels per second in the skin. These cutaneous micro channels or micro trauma create an innate response on the organism that helps repair the skin, which leads to the following benefits:

mesopen benefits

Another method of microneedling uses a roller which looks like a miniature device paint roller with lots of tiny needles that will gently be rolled in different directions (4 diagonal) over the surface of skin to achieve the same effects.

The purpose of this procedure

  1. The little holes from the needles create micro channels that allow skincare products, such as Mesoceuticals® from Institute BCN, to penetrate the layers of skin to deliver active ingredients with specific characteristics.
  2. As a bunch of micro injuries which makes skin healing, stimulating collagen and elastin production. This process plumps skin and improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and pores.

A more severe version of the treatment is now called “the vampire facial treatment” quite trendy between celebrities nowadays. The procedure involves a professional using a Meso Pen to inject the patient’s face with her own platelet-rich plasma to better stimulate collagen and elastin growth.

The regular method of microneedling and rolling does not involve blood unless the depth of the needles used with the choosen device (Meso Roller or Meso Pen) is up to 1,5mm. In this case, the micro injuries created make the skin slightly bleeding.

How is the procedure performed?

First, a dermatologist or other aesthetic medical expert applies a numbing cream to the patient’s skin.

Next, the practitioner will either gently roll the roller over the surface of the skin in a 4 different directions or use the Meso Pen to work around areas of the face to create tiny holes in the skin’s surface. Meso Pen is very useful on areas such as eye contour, nasogenious falls or other delicate zones.

The whole process takes normally around 30 minutes depending on the extension of the treated area, and despite it involves needles, it is painless although it may be a bit uncomfortable. Some redness can be expected for up to a couple days afterward, because of the dermal stimulation. However, it subsides once the healing begins and the skin results of a more glowing, supple. To get visible and effective results, you will need more than one treatment to regularly build collagen and elastin. Therefore, results are cumulative.

Are there any risks of infection by microneedling or rolling?

 In order to avoid them it is VERY IMPORTANT to use STERILE and ASEPTIC products. You have to keep in mind that this type of treatment produces small wounds on the skin’s cutaneous surface. Therefore, the application of non-sterile products on the patient’s skin may improve the risk of different cutaneous infections. In addition, the additives, preservatives and perfumes added to non-sterile products suppose a higher risk of allergies because when applied with Meso Pen or Meso Roller they reach a higher depth than with topic use. Mesoceuticals® by Institute BCN combine all the requirements for this kind of treatments.

Also, avoid blemished areas if you are using microneedling on active acne or wait until pimples are gone before undergoing the process and no risks should be expected.

Skin reaction

Microneedling treatment generates microscopic, controlled lesions that stimulate the creation of collagen and elastin. These lesions or microchannels are not visible to the naked eye. What patient will notice is skin redness, which will disappear in a few hours. Sometimes, depending on each patient skin conditions, a slight bleeding may occur.

Do not get the procedure done on inflamed or irritated skin, if patient has rosacea, or is currently experiencing eczema or any other skin disease.

Since microneedling can make your skin to absorb skincare products more deeply, there is a chance it could abnormally react to some ingredients and become irritated. Therefore, it is important to be careful about using sterile products formulated for the specific use of microneedling or mesotherapy.

Prevent from the above-mentioned situation, by doing a patch test of any post-microneedling product (apply it to a small area, and wait 24 hours to make sure there is no reaction before using it on larger areas). Especially if you have sensitive skin.

What do you need to consider before buying a microneedling device?

 There are many models available and can be difficult to make a purchase decision. Here we share the most important items to consider before buying a microneedling device:

  • Depth of penetration. Make sure that the device has several penetration depths and reaches up to 2 mm. You will perform more effective treatments and adapted to each body area.
  • Speed. Like depth, velocity is a key factor in assessing the effectiveness of a Meso Pen device and its adaptability to different treatment zones. Make sure it has at least 3 speeds.
  • Battery. There are devices that only work when they are connected to electricity. Others, however, have autonomous batteries that provide additional mobility.

An example of a good device is the Institute BCN’s Meso Pen, which has 5 speeds, 7 penetration depths (from 0.25 to 2 mm) and battery for best mobility during treatments.

different areas mesoceuticals & microneedling treatment

If you have any other query or you want to share your microneedling experience we invite you to comment this post or share it in your social media. Thank you!

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