What is Microneedling?

With minimal side effects and downtime, microneedling is the new way to achieve skin rejuvenation, tightening and scar/stretch mark improvement.

One of the main benefits of microneedling is its ability to stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, which is the key to new, youthful-looking skin. Because of its ability to trigger the regeneration of new skin cells, it is found that a few sessions will noticeably reduce fine lines, crow’s feet, and deep wrinkles on the forehead.

Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) works by using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. It may not sound appealing. But this minimally invasive treatment can be very effective. These micro-injuries that are created will stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and increase collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging. Microneedling works the same way lasers do, only you’re injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light.

Microneedling seems to be a relatively new procedure however it has actually been around for a number of years. The first recorded use of a microneedling procedure was in 1905 by German dermatologist Ernst Kromayer. He used various-sized dental burs powered by motor-driven flexible cord equipment to treat scars, birthmarks, and hyperpigmentation. Advancing through time the Microneedling as we know it today was first used in 1995 by Dr. Desmond Fernandes in Philadelphia to treat wrinkles and scars with hypodermic needles.

Following on with more research, microneedling was discovered to be successful in treating other skin conditions as collagen is arguably the best way to improve the look of skin, and this goes beyond reducing wrinkles. Stimulating collagen growth with microneedling can also reverse sun damage and discolouration, including the hyperpigmentation that comes with melasma. It can reduce large pores by stimulating collagen in and around them which causes them to plump and appear shrunken, if not closed.

In addition to its ability to smooth and correct damaged skin, microneedling can also tighten loose skin in older men and women. As when we age the less collagen we are naturally producing.

I choose to offer microneedling at Beauté Naturelle as the results are very natural because of its ability to use the body’s own natural healing mechanisms and the little to no downtime. I recommend it as maintenance for people who are trying to naturally delay and soften the signs of ageing.

What are the Differences Between IPL and Laser Treatments?

Types of Light

“The key difference between Laser and IPL is the type of light. Laser light is monochromatic, non-divergent and targets very specific concerns. IPL produces a broadband spectrum of white light, producing a mixture of many different colours. These colours can be controlled using filters.

Laser

Laser light is monochromatic, non-divergent and targets very specific concerns.
Both lasers and IPL can be used for photorejuvenation, hair removal, the treatment of vessels and certain types of pigment. In these treatments, the light is converted to heat to selectively target and destroy these chromophores and provide a flawless, airbrushed appearance.
IPL is not suitable for all treatments. For example, the removal of tattoos needs very short pulse duration to shatter the tattoo pigments, and this can only be delivered with a Q-switch laser.

IPL

Intense Pulsed Light, releases light in one or more short bursts. This is beneficial for treatments of hair removal, vessels and certain pigment because the technology selectively heats and destroys these chromophores to provide a flawless, airbrushed appearance.

IPL can, therefore, be more versatile than some lasers, and with medical-grade IPL, you can perform a wide range of treatments to achieve fantastic results which are comparable to a high specification laser. Both methods can effectively target selected chromophores (such as melanin and haemoglobin) and, in combination, laser and
medical grade IPL can be used to obtain even better results.

Medical grade IPL technology is suitable for use even by non-medics as the safety profile is extremely high. Our data shows that there is less than 1% instance of adverse reactions, and if reactions occur, the vast majority are mild and short-lasting, unlike those that can be encountered with other aesthetic treatments.”

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