Tag: microneedling

Micro-fine needle pricks improve the appearance of the skin. Especially effective in combination with Radio Frequency.

“My insider tip for a radiant, healthy skin is the combination of Hyaluron skin booster and Dermaroller,” says Dr. Sonja Sattler, Head of Bellari Frankfurt. “With skin boost, the particularly low-viscosity hyaluronic acid is injected over a large area into the uppermost layer of the skin. This creates a glow effect and a special radiance to the face. Wrinkles are eliminated and, due to the water-binding property of Hyaluronic Acid, the skin stays moisturised and padded from the inside for a longer period of time. The Dermaroller ensures new collagen formation through the desired micro-injuries on the skin surface.” As a result, the entire skin appears finer, smaller-pored and rejuvenated. And, last but not least, scars of all kinds can be corrected as well.

What is a Dermaroller?

A Dermaroller or Dermapen is a handy roller with microfine needles which it’s why it’s also known as Microneedling. The needle length varies from 0.5 to 1.5 millimetres, depending on the requirements and body region. The microfine punctures simulate injuries to the skin without really damaging the tissue and the cells around the puncture canal are stimulated to produce more collagen.

What is the exact treatment?

First of all, the area to be treated is thoroughly cleansed and an anaesthetic cream applied. This requires 20 – 30 minutes to take effect after which the practitioner rolls the Dermaroller over the face for about 20 minutes. If necessary, individual areas can be treated several times and more intensively. A disposable sterile device is used for each patient. Dermarollers with shorter needles are also available for use at home. However, one should first be shown how to use them by a professional before attempting the procedure oneself. In cases of acne, it is best to leave it alone.

Is one presentable after the treatment?

Absolutely. The skin is slightly reddened at first, but this can be easily concealed with make-up. The redness disappears completely after 3-4 days and what remains is an improved skin structure. The treatment can be repeated at any time.

What is the difference between this and Needling plus Radio Frequency?

The combination of multipolar Radio Frequency technology (RF) and Microneedling leads to a fractional treatment of the skin. This makes it possible to tackle several skin problems simultaneously. The procedure is particularly suitable as an anti-aging measure since it counteracts the signs of skin aging: Wrinkles and loss of elasticity or sagging skin around the chin. It is also effective where there are pigment disorders, enlarged pores and uneven skin structures caused by acne scars and rosacea.

What does procedure look like?

An anaesthetic cream is applied 30 minutes before the treatment to ensure that the patient feels no pain. The treatment head of the Radio Frequency device, which is equipped with fine needles that stimulate skin renewal, is then applied to the face. When used on the skin, these needles cause superficial microfine injuries that are not visible after the treatment while, at the same time, the multipolar radiofrequency energy circulates in the deeper layers. This heats the tissue and causes the formation of new collagen. Depending on the problem, a choice is made between two attachments, either with or without needles. In Rosacea patients, for example, Microneedling is not used. Only Radio Frequency is applied to avoid too much skin irritation.

How much time should I plan?

A treatment lasts about half an hour. The greatest possible effect can be achieved with four sessions at maximum intervals of four weeks. However, the full effect does not occur until two to six months after completion of the series of treatments. Possible redness in the first hours after the treatment can be easily covered with make-up. Otherwise you can go about your everyday life without any restrictions. Having said that, however, one should never underestimate the importance of sufficient UV protection for the skin.

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Lead picture: Jürgen Mai

With Microneedling you simply roll away the signs of age

Although our skin is capable of self-renewal well into old age, the cells become somewhat sluggish over time and require some stimulus to boost their natural potential for regeneration. Microneedling helps the tissues to renew themselves from the inside. Ultra-fine needles attached to a roller or a treatment head are used to treat the skin surface precisely and gently and without causing stress. The resulting micro-injuries stimulate cell growth and strengthen resilience. In this way, acne scars and small wrinkles can be alleviated, pores reduced and the first signs of skin aging gently smoothed away. The result is a rosy, fine-pored and softer complexion. “Although there are different forms of microneedling, they all pursue the same goal: regeneration and refinement of the skin,” says Winona Kallenbach, beautician and store manager at the Bellari Institute in Hamburg.

With or without anesthesia?

After thorough cleansing and disinfection of the skin, an anaesthetic cream can be applied locally for more sensitive customers. As a rule, however, the treatment can be carried out without anaesthesia. Following application of the cream, the skin must be disinfected again after which the selected areas are treated with either a Dermaroller or the Skin-Needler. There is no bleeding when the needling is carried out by a beautician, since the needles do not penetrate as deeply as they would when the treatment is performed by a doctor.

Vitamin C increases the effect

Kallenbach: “In order to take full advantage of the needling effect, a pre-treatment with care products containing Vitamin A and C is recommended”. These support the regeneration mechanisms of the skin in the formation of new collagen. If a vitamin C serum is applied directly after needling, it can penetrate the skin surface to a deeper level and develop its effect more efficiently. Depending on skin type, skin condition and requirement, a cooling mask, e.g. with hyaluronic acid, is then applied. If the irritation is more severe, a skin-soothing mask is used.

The Importance of After Care

For an optimal result, six sessions at intervals of one week are recommended. Normally no downtime is necessary following needling therapy by a beautician. There is only a temporary redness and a perceptible, if not visible skin exfoliation during the first few days. Sensitive patients in particular may possibly also develop small but harmless pustules. Increased protection of the skin against light should be observed for four weeks prior to and after micro-needling. “In addition, we provide our customers with special skin-soothing after-care products for the days immediately following the therapy and recommend that they use a Vitamin C serum for the duration of the treatment,” explains Winona Kallenbach.

The secret of Vitamin C

“A Vitamin C serum for daytime application offers protection against damaging environmental influences as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It prevents the loss of firmness and brightens the complexion,” says the beautician. Due to its antioxidant effect, Vitamin C increases the skin’s natural protection against free radicals caused by external stress factors such as UVA/UVB rays and air pollution. It can thus counteract premature aging and light-related damage. After needling, Vitamin C accelerates the healing process which is why it is also used in other aesthetic practices, for example after laser treatment.

Microneedling plus radio frequency

Since micro-injuries for skin renewal and collagen stimulation have proven to be so successful in the fields of aesthetic medicine and cosmetics, combination procedures have now been developed for even better results. A combination of multipolar radio frequency and microneedling (VenusViva™) specifically combats the signs of skin aging. A special nano-fractional radio frequency is used, the finest needles of which penetrate the skin with micro-fine punctures to stimulate regeneration. Through the needles, radio frequency energy can also reach the deeper tissue layers in a controlled manner. The tissue reaction to overheating is then the formation of new collagen. Thanks to the combination of both technologies, several skin problems such as wrinkles and loss of elasticity, pigment spots, enlarged pores or uneven structure can be treated in just one step. The procedure can also be implemented to correct acne scars, sagging skin around the chin and stretch marks on the body.

Downtime is not an issue

With the VenusViva™ treatment head, the zones to be treated are processed area-wide. Depending on individual requirements and skin texture, two attachments, with and without needles, are available. An anaesthetic cream is applied for 20 minutes before treatment and analgesic drops can also be administered if necessary. The treatment lasts for about half an hour and possible reddening during the first few hours thereafter can be easily concealed with make-up. One can immediately and without restrictions return to everyday life, go to work and do sports. The best results can be achieved with four treatments at four-week intervals and the skin rejuvenating effect is completely visible after two to six months. The recommended before and after care is the same as with simple microneedling.

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