Skin needling is used for scars affecting the superficial dermis to mid dermis. It does not work nearly as well for deeper scars. Other treatments are used for deeper scars.
Skin needling causes thousands of microscopic punctures in the skin. Skin needling improves scarring by causing collagen remodeling.
The treatment session takes about 30 minutes, but the patient comes to the clinic 90 minutes before the procedure for the application of a numbing gel. The gel is applied over the whole area that requires treatment and left on for 90 minutes. During this time the patient will be in a private room. After 90 minutes the numbing gel is removed, the skin is cleansed and the treatment is done.
After the treatment the skin will be red, with areas of pinpoint bleeding. For the next 12-24 areas no make-up should be worn and the area only cleansed with water. The redness subsides after 24 hours or so.
The cost of treatment depends on the size of the area that requires treatment, but for a whole face the cost is around R2600. Treatment sessions are spaced apart at least 4-6 weeks.