Needled to ‘skin’tillate

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | DR RAVINDRA BABU
Published Mar 14, 2017, 12:20 am IST
Updated Mar 14, 2017, 7:56 am IST
Want to drive away stubborn skin woes for good? Microneedling could be what you’re looking for.
Emma Watson (Representational image)
 Emma Watson (Representational image)

The desire for corrective and painless skin treatments have reached an all new high. Micro-Chanelling, also known as Microneedling, provides a unique and painless skin rejuvenation, alternative to cosmetic lasers. The procedure is an exciting new treatment, where active topical solutions are infused deep into the epidermis and dermis through thousands of micro-channels. The treatment is ideal for working professionals on the go as it entails zero downtime.

Incidentally, given the number of skin problems on the rise due to hectic schedules, this treatment is directed to treat a host of skin issues — fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, brown spots and pigmentation, open pores, mild acne, dehydrated skin and improve skin tone resulting in smoother, finer, younger looking skin. Micro-chanelling uses a hand device with a roller fitted with hundreds of microscopic stainless steel needles, it penetrates the skin at a uniform depth, just above the capillaries and nerve endings, so that there is no bleeding or discomfort.

 

The treatment is painless and it can be performed at ease. One cannot hope to expect significant changes at one go. At least,  six to eight sessions are required with a gap of one month between every session to see the final results. So, the entire treatment takes about six-eight months. The cost of the treatment varies from `20,000 to `35,000 per sitting, depending on indication and severity of the issue. The treatment is open to anybody above 18 years of age, but is usually recommended for those who have severe skin woes to deal with. Unlike most other treatments, this procedure demands stringent post-care maintenance.

 

— The writer is a Bengaluru-based consultant dermatologist.

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