Microneedling is one of our favourite facial aesthetic treatments. It’s rejuvenating and revitalising and can help your skin in so many positive ways. Often, our clients ask us about other treatments they could try alongside microneedling, such as chemical peels. We’ll share some dos and don’ts about the two alongside some general recommendations in today’s blog.
How do they differ?
Before we get started on when to try these treatments, it helps to know the differences.
Chemical peels are a resurfacing treatment that uses a solution to gently exfoliate skin and cause it to peel. There are three depths you can try, which all have different healing times, and generally, the deeper the peel, or more often you have it, the more effective it is. The first level of chemical peel is superficial (top layer), and it can help treat discolouration. Next comes the medium peel, which is great for wrinkles and age spots. Finally, deep chemical peels are ideal for treating scarring and for dramatic results.
Microneedling is a bit different because it’s all about kickstarting collagen production in the skin, by making tiny punctures with a special medical device. Collagen is a useful protein that gives skin a flexible, smooth and firm appearance. Microneedling can target everything from skin ageing to acne scarring, though most people need a few treatments to get their desired results.
Which should I try first?
Skin peels are a good starting point because even the superficial peels can have an impact on your skin, and help the renewal process. You can then follow up in the future with microneedling, which can boost collagen deep within the skin. While the two can work well together, it’s worth remembering that everyone’s skin is unique, and you may not necessarily need both to achieve the results you’re looking for.
How long do I need to wait?
After a skin peel, you’ll need to wait for any healing to take place first before trying other treatments, as this ensures that your skin is fully recovered and reduces the chance of problems such as inflammation, tenderness and infection. We can better advise you on a timescale during your consultation, but as an idea, 4-6 weeks is usually the norm.
How do I know if I’m suitable for treatment?
Get in touch with our team for a consultation here in Suffolk or simply book online, and we’ll help determine which treatments will give you your perfect skin – whether a skin peel, microneedling treatment or something else altogether.