Skin Health Magazine Issue #9 / Autumn-Winter 2018 - Page 33

Q&A Ask Julie W ant to revalitse your skin with a new treatment, but don’t know where to start? Our resident aesthetic nurse Julie Morris is here to answer your most asked questions. or rolled over your face to create accurate, controlled punctures at the surface. This forces your skin into the repair stage, tur- bo-charging your body's natural ability to produce collagen and elastin, which improves skin texture and plumpness. What is Mesotherapy? Pioneered by a French doctor back in the fifties, mesotherapy involves a series of small injections to the ‘mesoderm’- the middle layer of the skin - in order to treat the signs of ageing. The solutions used are usually a highly concentrated cocktail consisting of ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, vitamins and minerals that have powerful moisturising and anti- oxidant properties. Mesotherapy is now also being used to treat hair loss. By inject- ing the scalp with nutrients, the hair follicle is encouraged to produce stronger, denser hair growth. The main difference between home and clinic-based treatments is the length of the needles used. The needle length can vary from 0.2mm to 3.0mm, incredibly tiny compared to a traditional needle, but the larger and, therefore, deeper needles are only available in-clinic. Shorter 0.2mm and 0.3mm are safer to use at home. Another benefit of home-use devices is that the practice helps the ingredients from your skin care products to travel deeper into your skin. However, avoid using a dermaroller if you have an active breakout, an open wound, or are dealing with a psoriasis or rosacea flare up. What’s the difference between micro-needling at home and in a clinic? Micro-needling or dermarolling is when a device packed with tiny needles is pressed Got a question you’d like Julie to answer? Send them to [email protected] and yours could feature in a future issue. ISSUE #09 | 2018 | 33