So, what exactly is micro-needling?

Micro-needling is a skin procedure that creates micro- piercings (or punctures) at a controlled level in the skin, with the result being the body naturally responds by repairing the damage.

What are the main benefits?

The primary appeal of micro needling is its ability to stimulate growth of collagen and elastin, which is the key to new, youthful-looking skin. It helps with skin rejuvenation, acne scars and stretch marks as well as tackling fine and deep wrinkles.

How does it work exactly?

A dermapen (which looks like multiple small needles on a rolling device) glides vertically over the skin, piercing it to create millions of fine channels. These channels can carry up to 80% more topical nutrient, encouraging transdermal delivery of these nutrients deeper into the skin, to feed cells in the dermis basal layer of the epidermis. Translation? The products applied are then more effective at doing their job.

Does it hurt?

Because the needle hits a minimal depth, the treatment is relatively painless. A topical anesthetic cream generally is applied 15-40 minutes before the procedure, which will render the treatment virtually pain free.

And how often should you have it done?

As this is a medical procedure,a consultation with a trained clinician is essential to determine if you’re a good candidate. As a general guide though, you’ll require four to six treatments, around four weeks apart.

Who should avoid this treatment?

Those with skin cancer, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities; Rosacea and blood clotting problems; active bacterial or fungal infection; immunosuppression or scars less than 6 months old should swerve micro-needling.