Dr Stasi Botha’s March 2013 Newsletter: Skin Needling

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Welcome to my second blog post! As a physician, I like to know that you are aware of all the treatments and procedures within your reach that can help you feel more confident and beautiful.  Feeling self-conscious about your skin or body can be a real handicap in day to day life and I want you to know that you don’t have to live with those worries.

This month, my newsletter is about Skin Needling and I am thrilled to be sharing my knowledge about this treatment that I offer at my private practice in Bedfordview.

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Also, feel free to book an appointment with me by phoning (011) 616 4040 I hope you enjoy this post!

→What exactly is Needling? 

Skin needling, also known as Facial Mesotherapy and Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) involves using a digital hand-piece infused with multiple, fine-pointed needles on the skin’s surface to stimulate its own regenerative properties and rejuvenate it.

Some techniques also involve handheld needling, but as technology develops so too does the techniques. At our practice we utilise the latest Vee Way needling technology.

Skin needling is a unique process that stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin.  My objective with this procedure is to smooth your skin and reduce scars or stretch marks through your skin’s natural wound healing and regeneration process.

It’s a very clever treatment to achieve results using your body’s healing process.

What happens during a Needling session?

During the needling session, I use a sterile needle grouping that are usually 1-3 mm long and I gently insert them into the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. This, in turns, tells your brain to send collagen to the injured site in order to repair it.  This signal creates an abundance of collagen, which will plump up the injured area. 

This is how I will proceed with my hand piece during the needling session.

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Pain of course varies from one patient to another. Skin needling is a semi-invasive procedure.  I will apply a topical aesthetic to the area to be treated for you to feel as little pain as possible.  Most of my clients feel very little discomfort, if any at all

→What can you expect after your needling session?

What is left after a needling session? Softer, yet tighter skin. Your wrinkles, acne scars and other depressed areas will be a lot less noticeable. As an added benefit to skin needling the efficiency of serums and moisturizers is increased as they can now penetrate deeper.

After the needling session it is extremely important that you do not expose the treated area(s) to the sun, heat, hot water or tanning beds for 5-7 days.  It is highly recommended that a serum be used between treatments to enhance the results, due to the deep penetration of the serum.

After the needling treatment, it is normal for your skin to show red ‘pin point’ marks that can be covered by makeup the day after the needling application. 

The most exciting element to skin needling is that your skin’s production of new collagen continues for up to 12 months after the procedure.

The amount of needling sessions necessary varies from 1 to 6 depending on your skin’s needs and the results you are looking for. The initial treatment sessions may be weekly for the first month and two weekly thereafter. Maintenance can be once monthly as an alternative to a traditional facial, or at your discretion. 

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