Finally after a few months of Heiman from Therapie Clinic Glasgow providing me with the most amazing facials I EVENTUALLY got round to having my first derma pen session, i.e. lots of tiny needles in my face. So just to recap, for the last four months I have been receiving a range of facials at the clinic, from chemical facials, skin peals and the more gentle skin reviving facials. I have a seen a huge change in my skins appearance, smoother and less visible pores, increased brightness around my eyes and a reduced pigmentation – as I said before, I had the rosiest cheeks from sun and wind exposure and spent a lifetime covering up imperfections with concealers. Well; now no need! I’d say now, I wear 50% less concealer than I did previously, and very often go without foundation.
The next step - braving the teeny needles!
So how does micro-needing work?
The idea is simple, create a small wound and the skin will respond with collagen production and skin regeneration. The treatment introduces fine needles to the skin to create microscopic channels (lots of little ‘wounds’). This means dermis is then encouraged to produce new collagen and elastin which generates new skin cells… making skin thicker and plumper. Anything that is then applied to the skin, i.e. serums, moisturisers are way more effective as the pores are opened and the product is absorbed deep into the skin.
Sounds pretty good... but does it actually work?
Like anything, it totally depends. I have naturally good skin, so I had a head start. I found this treatment really beneficial around my eyebrows – It genuinely lifted my brows up and made everything appear firmer and plumper… an inexpensive and less traumatising face lift? I don’t have any scarring on my face, but from images Heiman showed me, it seems like a really worthwhile treatment for anyone with acne scarring and stretch marks.
What are the benefits?
- Reduces stretch marks, scarring and wrinkles
- Stimulates collagen and elastin
- Repairs and plumbs skin
Is it painful?
Yes and no. Before the needles go anywhere near your face, a numbing gel is applied generously… I literally couldn’t feel my cheeks when I touched them. I’d say the forehead and around the eye brow bone was a little bit uncomfortable at times, but with those areas out the way first I actually found the rest of the treatment really relaxing. Not sore, but a little nippy for a minute or two.
It looks a lot more painful that it actually is – this was mid way through treatment, as you can see my skin is really red and blotchy, there is a little blood – but not much at all!
The best bit! A cold mask to cool the skin after needling… and a hand massage while I wait!
What is the downtime after this treatment?
Regrettably I didn’t take a photograph of my face the night after my treatment, but I was truly horrified at my swollen monster face I couldn’t bare a selfie. This treatment is probably best done when you have a few days of hibernation to follow, my face was really puffy, swollen and felt a little funny for a few days. I got this treatment on a Wednesday; didn’t wear make up for a few days and by Sunday my face was completely normal again. So I would say three days to totally recover.
Was it worth it?
Yes! And I have booked my second appointment. My skin is so bright, clear, smooth and glowing. This photo was taken one month after my first micro needling session, and my skin is the best it has ever been!
Thanks for reading! R x