What Can We Treated
A course of four to six sessions of skin needling stimulates the promotion of collagen and elastin fibres, improving the skin’s complexion and treating skin concerns. The individual treatment results are subtle, but the overall effect of multiple treatments can be quite dramatic.
Skin Needling Before and After
Benefits of skin needling treatments
Skin needling stimulates collagen production through micro-injuries, causing the skin to become smoother and firmer. It improves overall skin texture and tone by reducing the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation. The controlled damage caused by the needles prompts the skin to remodel itself, creating a more even surface.
Skin needling also enhances the effectiveness of skincare products by creating micro-channels that allow for better absorption of topical treatments into the deeper layers of the skin. This improves skin hydration and nourishment. It’s suitable for various skin types and tones, with a short recovery period and minimal risk of complications.
The treatment is versatile and can address multiple skin concerns simultaneously, such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, and uneven texture. It can be performed on various areas of the body, providing comprehensive skin improvement.
Suitable candidates for treatment
Skin needling, or micro-needling, is generally suitable for a wide range of individuals seeking to improve the appearance and texture of their skin. However, certain factors determine whether someone is an ideal candidate for this procedure.
Suitable candidates for skin needling typically include those looking to address concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin texture.
Skin needling is considered effective for various skin types and tones, making it a versatile option for many people.
Unlike other more aggressive treatments, micro-needling does not cause significant damage to the skin’s surface, reducing the risk of complications or adverse reactions. It is particularly well-suited for those who prefer a non-invasive procedure with minimal downtime.
However, some contraindications may make individuals unsuitable candidates for skin needling. People with active skin infections, such as cold sores or herpes, should avoid the procedure, as it can potentially spread these issues.
Similarly, individuals with open wounds, cuts, or burns on the skin should wait until these areas have healed entirely before undergoing micro needling.
Those with a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloids may also need to avoid skin needling, as it can potentially exacerbate these conditions.
Individuals prone to excessive bleeding or having a bleeding disorder should also mention this during the consultation.
Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals are generally advised to postpone micro needling until after their pregnancy or nursing period, as its effects on the developing fetus or breast milk are not yet understood.
Ultimately, your suitability for the treatment will be determined during a consultation with Dr Allison.
Your consultation with Dr Scott Allison in Brisbane
During a consultation for skin needling, Dr Allison will ask about the specific issues you wish to address, such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin texture.
Your medical history will also be an essential part of the consultation. Dr Allison will inquire about any existing medical conditions, allergies, past surgeries, and medications.
Understanding your skin type and condition is crucial for tailoring the treatment to your needs. Dr Allison will evaluate your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, etc.) and any existing skin conditions, such as acne or rosacea.
Dr Allison will inquire about any previous cosmetic treatments you’ve undergone, including facials, chemical peels, laser treatments, or other procedures. This information helps him determine the best approach for your skin needling treatment.
Dr Allison will also discuss your expectations from the treatment and what you hope to achieve. He will provide realistic insights into what skin needling can do for your skin and discuss the potential outcomes.
To ensure you fully understand the procedure, Dr Allison will explain the skin needling process, including how the micro-needling device works, the depth of the needles used, and the expected sensation during the treatment.
As with any cosmetic procedure, skin needling has potential risks and side effects. Dr Allison will discuss these with you to ensure you know the possible outcomes and can make an informed decision.
Since proper aftercare is crucial for minimising post-treatment side effects, Dr Allison will provide detailed instructions on caring for your skin following the procedure and what to expect during recovery.
Based on your skin concerns, type, and treatment goals, Dr Allison will create a personalised treatment plan, which may involve a series of skin needling sessions spaced out over time for the best results.
The skin needling Procedure
Before starting the skin needling procedure, you will be asked to remove any makeup or moisturiser from the treatment area. This ensures that the micro-needling device can directly contact the skin, maximising its effectiveness. In some cases, if significant facial hair or the treatment area requires a smoother surface, you may be asked to shave the area beforehand.
The treatment starts with applying some topical anaesthetic (numbing gel), especially if the area to be treated is sensitive or if you are particularly concerned about comfort during the procedure.
Once the skin is prepped and ready, the micro-needling device, consisting of fine needles, will be moved over the skin. You may experience a warm, scratchy sensation, which is generally well-tolerated by most patients.
The needles on the device create controlled micro-injuries on the skin’s surface. These micro-injuries trigger the body’s natural healing response, stimulating collagen production and skin remodelling. Producing new collagen and elastin fibres helps improve the skin’s texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and other skin concerns.
The depth of the needles used during the procedure will depend on the individual’s skin concerns and the specific treatment area. The device’s settings can be adjusted to suit your needs.
The skin needling treatment session usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area and the extent of the skin concerns being addressed. After the procedure, a soothing and hydrating serum or moisturiser may be applied to the treated skin to aid recovery.
Costs of skin needling with Dr Scott Allison in Brisbane
The costs of skin needling can vary based on factors unique to each patient. For this reason, your costs can only be determined during an in-person consultation after creating your personalised treatment plan.
Different skin concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin texture, may require varying levels of treatment intensity and number of sessions. More extensive or severe skin issues can require more sessions, increasing treatment costs.
Skin needling can be performed on various body parts, including the face, neck, décolletage, hands, and larger body areas. The larger the area to be treated, the more time and resources may be required, influencing the overall cost of the procedure.
Typically, a single skin needling treatment costs $450, or you can purchase a package of three treatments for $1200. However, your treatment costs will be personalised and determined during your consultation. For our complete price list, visit prices.
Recovery and aftercare
After skin needling, it is normal for the treated skin to appear red and mildly inflamed. This redness is a natural response to the micro-injuries created during the micro-needling process and should subside within one to two days. Some patients may also experience mild swelling, but this typically resolves relatively quickly.
During the first few days after the skin needling treatment, avoiding any aggressive skin care products or active ingredients that could irritate the skin is essential. Refrain from using products containing retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and vitamin C for at least three days post-treatment. These ingredients can be too harsh on freshly treated skin and may cause further irritation.
Sun protection is crucial after skin needling to protect the skin during healing. Always wear sunscreen with a high SPF outdoors, even on cloudy days. The skin’s sensitivity is heightened after the procedure, and exposure to harmful UV rays can increase the risk of sunburn and other adverse effects on the treated skin.
While your skin may feel slightly sensitive following the procedure, you can usually return to normal activities within two days. However, it’s essential to avoid excessive sun exposure, swimming in chlorinated water, and engaging in activities that could cause excessive sweating for at least a few days after the treatment. These activities may irritate the treated skin and slow down the healing process.
During the first few days post-treatment, keep your skin hydrated and moisturised. Specific post-treatment products may be recommended to aid healing and maintain the skin’s moisture balance.
If you experience any unusual or persistent side effects, such as excessive redness, swelling, or prolonged discomfort, it’s essential to contact us immediately for further guidance.
Risks and side effects
Like any cosmetic treatment, skin needling comes with some risks and temporary side effects.
Redness, a common side effect, can last up to 72 hours post-treatment. Redness is a natural response to the micro-injuries created during the procedure and should gradually subside within a day or two. Some patients may also experience a sensation of tightness in the treated area, which is a normal part of the healing process.
Another common side effect is heat or warmth in the treated skin. The micro-needling process can cause mild inflammation, leading to this sensation. This heat should subside as the skin heals.
Increased sensitivity is another temporary side effect individuals may experience after skin needling. The treated skin becomes more sensitive due to micro-injuries and may feel tender to the touch. It is essential to avoid excessive touching or rubbing the treated area during this time to prevent further irritation.
To promote healing and minimise side effects, you should keep the skin hydrated and nourished. You may be recommended to use specific post-treatment products like Nexultra B to help soothe the skin and support the healing process. Hydration is vital as the skin may feel drier than usual in the days following the procedure.
There is a minor risk of other potential side effects, such as minor bruising, pinpoint bleeding or mild skin irritation. These side effects may resolve independently without intervention, but if they persist, please contact us for further advice.
Following aftercare instructions is essential to minimise the risk of complications. You will be provided with personalised aftercare instructions during your consultation.