Microneedling with Raffine (Collagen Induction Therapy)

Microneedling is rapidly becoming one of the most popular professional skin treatments on the market today. Being minimally invasive, meaning little to no downtime, but yielding impressive results makes it an affordable treatment of choice for busy people keen to improve their skin condition.

After the age of 25 collagen production naturally starts to decline. Collagen and elastin give skin its texture, structure and appearance. As we age these compounds break down from sun and environmental damage leading to dry, thin and wrinkled skin. Microneedling is a mechanical method for reversing this breakdown. This reduction in collagen is one major factor of skin ageing.

Microneedling is a clinically proven and safe cosmetic procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles. This triggers the body’s natural wound healing response, stimulating your body to make more collagen naturally in that area, renewing the skin cells. 28 days after a single microneedling treatment skin is more even in tone, texture, firmer and brighter. A course of microneedling is advised to see desired results. 

Raffine is an industry leading CE Medical automatic micro needle therapy system, ideal for the non-surgical and non-ablative treatment of various skin conditions such as ageing (wrinkles, stretching), scarring (acne, surgical), and hyperpigmentation.

The skin treatment of choice for a brighter, smoother, youthful complexion. Raffine is safe, effective and suitable for all skin types. It can be used all over the face and body to stimulate the natural production of new collagen and elastin, thereby smoothing wrinkles and scars in just a few short treatments.

The Raffine automatic microneedling device is far more advanced than manual microneedling therapy systems (Dermaroller type needling). Clinical studies have shown that Automatic microneedling to be more effective than ablative treatments like laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.

Treatable conditions with skin needling include:

  • Acne / surgical scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin tone and enlarged pores
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Collagen induction
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Face lifting
  • Cellulite and stretch marks
  • Alopecia

Is Microneedling safe?

Microneedling is minimally invasive so is considered a safe treatment with little to no downtime which is why it is growing in popularity. As with any cosmetic procedure, microneedling can cause possible complications. These include bleeding, bruising, infection, scarring and possible pigmentation problems. Risks are small as the epidermis of the skin is not removed as a result of the procedure. 

Failure to follow advised aftercare can increase these risks.

How many sessions will I need?

Multiple sessions may be required to see the desired results. As a rule, younger skin will usually see good results from one or two treatments. To see the full benefits of the treatment 3-6 treatments are recommended.

This gives the skin enough time to make real progress with renewing itself and creating enough collagen and elastin to give long lasting results. For harder to treat issues like deep scarring, you may need up to 8 sessions. 

Am I a suitable candidate for microneedling?

Microneedling is considered safe for most people who are in overall good health. However, microneedling is not safe for the following conditions.

  • Allergies to local anaesthetic (if using) or ingredients in mesotherapy products.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Anti-coagulant therapy – increases potential for bleeding – coagulation status should be checked to confirm normal clotting/bleeding profile.
  • Haemophiliacs.
  • History of keloid scarring.
  • History of radiation therapy within the application area (6mths post chemo & radiotherapy).
  • Raised moles or warts.
  • Skin cancers – melanoma.
  • Skin infections including any bacterial, viral, fungal, or herpetic infection.
  • Wounded, sunburned, excessively sensitive skin.
  • Inflammatory acne within the application area.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Active eczema, psoriasis or inflamed rosacea.
  • Oral retinoids (Roaccutane) used within 6 months prior to treatment.
  • Unrealistic expectations.

What to expect during a microneedling treatment?

Prior to microneedling the skin is analysed to design a suitable treatment plan. The skin is then cleansed and a gentle enzyme peel is applied to thoroughly remove all dirt and dead skin. This is then followed by a skin antiseptic to create a sterile environment to carry out the procedure which usually takes less than 30 minutes. At this stage your skin should be somewhat red, similar to sunburn.

After your microneedling treatment you may wish to add a CLINICARE mesotherapy cocktail for an enhanced and more targeted treatment. Available in Glow (for hyperpigmentation), Tight (for lifting and anti-ageing) and Refresh (for skin rejuvenation and hydration).

Following this, a calming and soothing CLINICARE sheet mask, containing high levels of Hyaluronic Acid is applied for 20 mins. 

It is recommended the treatment is finished with a 20-minute Dermalux LED light therapy treatment. This kick starts the healing process, meaning less downtime and calms the skin further leaving you more comfortable when you leave. 

What to expect after a microneedling treatment?

Reactions from treatment include: skin redness and flushing, tightness, itching and tenderness, stinging, swelling and some pinpoint bleeding. 

Effects will usually typically resolve within hours and many people are able to return the same or next day. Some people may react differently and may experience these reactions for longer. However, these reactions are temporary and typically resolve within 3-4 days as the skin returns to normal. 

As with the use of any product, there is also a small risk of a reaction to the mesotherapy products. 

What aftercare do I follow?

  • Refrain from Refrain from touching the skin with your hands until the pores have had chance to close. DO NOT PICK OR PULL THE SKIN. Any redness should subside over a 24 – 36 hour period. 
  • Gently wash the treated areas on the same day, but do not rub or massage the face for 2 weeks. Cleanse using a mild cleanser such as the CLINICCARE Concentrated Cleansing Foam. It is recommended that the use of soaps, other than those recommended by your practitioner, on the treated skin area is restricted until the redness subsides and where possible lukewarm water and / or gentle skin cleansers are used for cleansing. Do not scrub. Pat to dry only with a clean towel. 
  • Use of intensive moisturiser is advised for at least a week as your skin may feel drier or tighter after your treatment – this is quite normal. 
  • Avoid facial products containing fragrance for 3-5 days after treatment as these may irritate the skin. Make up can be applied once the skin has settled, but ensure all brushes and sponges have been cleaned. 
  • Refrain from extreme temperatures such as intensive sun light, saunas, sunbed, steam bath for a period of at least 2 weeks after treatment. 
  • Apply a sunscreen with an SPF30+ (such as the CLINICCARE Sun Shield Silky Cream SPF30) on a daily basis and with regular applications for a period of at least 2 weeks. 
  • Avoid electrolysis, waxing, bleaching (face), depilatory creams, laser hair removal for at least 72 hours. 
  • Do not swim in chlorinated water for approximately 14 days. 

Please report any concerns to your practitioner as soon as possible. 

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