When it comes to skin, emphasis is often placed on the aesthetic: whether it’s makeup,…
I never thought I’d ask someone to stick small needles into my face. Repeatedly.
Turns out I actually like it… Well, the results, anyway…and the actual sticking really isn’t that bad.
Micro-needling from Lite Nurse Clinic is the subject of our latest Beauty Roadtest. I put my hand (or, rather, my face) up because, at age 43, there are some things that definitely aren’t going to be fixed with a Clinique 3-Step program (hello, pigmentation, enlarged pores and generally ‘tired’ skin).
What is micro needling?
Micro-needling (also called collagen induction therapy) is a minimally-invasive non-surgical procedure that involves the use of a micro-needling device — in this case, the M Pen Pro — to create controlled skin injury, and is considered to be one of the safest skin treatment procedures.
The M Pen head contains 10 very fine needles, and as each needle punctures the skin, it creates a micro-wound.
As Lite Nurse Emma Levett explains, “the M Pen makes tiny, microscopic injuries to the skin and the body responds to that by trying to heal itself…it’s kind of like a trigger for new cells to grow, sloughing off the old to allow healthy, younger-looking skin to surface.”
Essentially, the controlled injury triggers the body to fill these micro-wounds by producing new collagen and elastin, also forming new capillaries.
The procedure takes place in Lite Nurse Clinic’s home-based therapy room in Torrens. I actually love it. It’s light-filled and quiet, with artwork that I am coveting, and Emma plays Apple Radio’s ‘Chill’ playlist, which makes a nice change from freaking pan pipes.
Anyhoo, I digress.
After laying under blankets on on the heated therapy table (perfect on a winter’s day), Emma explains that she will ‘blanket’ my face with the M Pen, making sure she covers the entire surface of the face. The M Pen has a bit of a prickly feel, and while some areas are quite sensitive (forehead, around the nose) it never actually hurts. It’s sometimes feels a little ‘bitey’, but at no time was I in pain. Emma tells me that the needles can actually penetrate up to 2cm (insert ‘shocked face’ emoji here) but assures me that she would use anaesthetic for that. Damn straight.
The whole procedure takes about five minutes, and following the ‘skin injury’, Emma applies serum (its effectiveness is tripled immediately after the procedure) and gives my whole face a soothing massage.
Afterwards, my skin feels a little hot – almost like I have a mild sunburn – and it’s slightly red for the rest of the day. However, when I return to the office, no one bats an eyelid, so it’s very subtle.
Who is it recommended for?
“I like it because it’s suitable for everybody,” says Emma.
“It’s really good for acne scars, pore closure, pigmentation, and improved skin texture, firmness and hydration.”
How many sessions do you need?
Emma says that it’s recommended you have eight sessions, ideally two to three weeks apart, and then the skin keeps healing on its own.
As you’d expect with a skin procedure that treats underlying issues, rather than just cosmetic appearance, it’s not bargain basement.
We’re talking $250 per treatment – cheaper if you book a course. You save $150 when you book a course of four, and $300 when you book a course of eight. Emma recommends it’s followed by LED Therapy, because it helps with healing.
Does it work?
I can only speak for myself, but after four sessions the most notable change has been with pigmentation (which is my major problem). I have (rather, had) a really obvious patch of brown on my forehead that is a combination of sun damage and hormonal melasma — in the past month, it has faded noticeably, which makes me very happy indeed.
I also think my skin looks plumper, and just today (five days after my last treatment) I had someone ask if I’d done something different with my makeup, as I looked ‘fresh’. Hey, I’ll take it.
Micro-needling is one of those procedures where you need a certain degree of trust in your therapist. Emma’s been in the business for over 20 years, and I’ve been to her numerous times, so I was comfortable letting her stick tiny needles in my face. My advice? Make sure you know your therapist’s credentials, because you only get one face.
The author received four sessions of micro-needling free of charge from Lite Nurse Clinic for review purposes. This article reflects her personal experience. It complies with the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission’s guidelines on Online Reviews.
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