Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Dr. Ayad Harb, one of the world's leading plastic surgeons
Microneedling with Hyaluronic Acid (HA) represents the intersection of two revolutionary skincare paradigms. Both of these elements, on their own, have been recognized for their unique capacities to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin, but when combined, their synergistic effects are truly transformative.
The concept of microneedling, at its core, is about harnessing the body's innate healing mechanisms. Our skin, the body's largest organ, is both robust and delicate. It's exposed to various environmental factors daily, from UV rays to pollutants, which over time can lead to signs of ageing, scars, and other blemishes. Microneedling seeks to address these issues through a process that might seem counterintuitive at first but is backed by robust scientific understanding.
During the microneedling process, tiny needles gently pierce the skin's uppermost layers, creating microscopic channels or 'injuries.' To the casual observer, this might seem detrimental. However, these minute injuries are precisely what catalyse the skin's natural repair mechanisms. The body responds to these micro-injuries by ramping up the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins fundamentally linked to the skin's elasticity, firmness, and overall youthful appearance.
Collagen acts as the skin's scaffolding, providing structure and firmness. As we age, collagen production decreases, leading to sagging and wrinkling. By stimulating its production, microneedling ensures that the skin regains some of its lost elasticity, resulting in a firmer, more youthful texture. Elastin complements collagen, endowing the skin with its ability to bounce back and retain its shape. Together, these proteins form the pillars of youthful, healthy skin.
Now, where does Hyaluronic Acid fit into this process? HA is not just any supplementary ingredient; it is a powerhouse moisturising agent that the human body naturally produces. Its primary function is to retain water, ensuring that tissues in the body stay well-lubricated. When the skin is adequately hydrated, it appears plump, luminous, and healthy. However, like collagen, the body's production of HA decreases with age, leading to skin that's drier and more prone to wrinkling.
By introducing HA into the microneedling procedure, we effectively amplify the treatment's benefits. Those micro-channels created by the needles serve as direct pathways, allowing the Hyaluronic Acid to penetrate deeper layers of the skin than it typically would if applied topically. Once there, the HA gets to work, drawing in and retaining moisture. This deep hydration complements the skin's renewed collagen production, resulting in a complexion that's not only firmer but also deeply hydrated, giving it a radiant, dewy appearance.
Furthermore, the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid go beyond mere hydration. Its presence in the deeper layers of the skin encourages the body to produce even more collagen, essentially creating a positive feedback loop that leads to sustained skin health. It's also worth noting that HA is biocompatible, meaning there's little to no risk of the body rejecting it or reacting adversely to its presence.
Microneedling with HA is a holistic approach to skin health, targeting both the structural and hydrating elements that define youthful, radiant skin. It goes beyond superficial treatments, addressing the root causes of skin aging and dehydration at a cellular level. For anyone seeking a comprehensive solution to the myriad challenges that our skin faces with age and environmental exposure, this procedure offers a promising and scientifically-backed pathway to rejuvenation.
45 minutes to 1 hour
Generally not required, but individual preference may vary.
The idea of needles, no matter how minuscule, may evoke a sense of unease for many. Yet, when it comes to Microneedling with HA, the experience is designed with patient comfort in mind. The procedure typically begins with the application of a topical numbing cream, which serves to mitigate any sensations felt during the treatment. Once numbness takes effect, most patients describe the feeling as a light vibration or a gentle pricking sensation. It's essential to remember that the needles employed are incredibly fine, designed for precision rather than causing discomfort. Post-treatment, there might be a mild sensation akin to a sunburn, which usually subsides within a day or so. Overall, while individual pain thresholds vary, most patients find the procedure quite tolerable and are often pleasantly surprised by the minimal discomfort they experience.
The journey to revitalised skin is unique to each individual. While Microneedling with HA has demonstrated impressive results, the number of sessions one requires hinges on various factors, such as the skin's current condition, individual goals, and how the skin reacts to the first session. Generally, for optimal outcomes, dermatologists recommend a series of 3-6 sessions spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. This spacing allows the skin adequate time to heal and regenerate, making subsequent treatments more effective. During the initial consultation, a skincare professional will evaluate the skin's condition and provide a tailored recommendation suitable for the individual's needs.
Microneedling with HA, being a minimally invasive procedure, boasts a relatively low side effect profile. The most common side effects are temporary and localised to the treatment area. These can include redness, slight swelling, and minor bruising, much like the aftermath of a moderate sunburn. These effects typically dissipate within a few days. The procedure's deeper impact, like stimulating collagen production and enhancing hydration, doesn't present visible "side effects" but rather positive changes in the skin's texture and appearance. As always, it's essential to follow post-treatment care instructions to minimise potential side effects and maximise the treatment's benefits.
Post-procedure care is vital to ensure optimal results and minimise potential complications. While the allure of covering up redness post-microneedling is tempting, it's recommended to abstain from makeup application for at least 24 hours following the treatment. This brief hiatus allows the skin to recover without obstruction and reduces the risk of potential irritation or infection. When reintroducing makeup, it's advisable to opt for mineral-based products initially and to ensure all brushes and applicators are clean to prevent bacterial contamination.
The durability of Microneedling with HA results is a testament to the procedure's efficacy. Once the initial series of treatments is completed, the visible improvements in skin texture, tone, and hydration can last several months. This longevity is attributed to the procedure's dual-action mechanism, targeting both the skin's surface and its deeper layers. Regular skincare, including sun protection, can further extend these results. To maintain the rejuvenated appearance and continued skin health, some individuals opt for maintenance sessions every 6-12 months, ensuring sustained skin vibrancy and youthfulness.