Skin Needling - Adelaide

Skin needling / micro-needling, also known as collagen induction therapy is a minimally invasive procedure.  It can be used to address skin concerns such as acne scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, large pores as well as acting as an effective skin rejuvenation technique.

At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine we use the highly regarded Dermapen 4, for its ease of use and effective results.

For skin rejuvenation, we recommend three treatments, with each treatment separated six weeks apart.  The needles of the Dermapen device puncture the skin to create small micro injuries in the skin.  The body then repairs these micro injuries using its own natural repair mechanisms.  An integral part of that repair process involves laying down new collagen. The collagen is vital to provide volume and support in the skin. It is this volume that is responsible for the appearance of skin fullness, vitality and youthfulness.  The full effects of a skin needling procedure may not be seen for up to six months after the treatment, due to the slow nature of the repair process and collagen formation.

The procedure is considered safe for those in good health.  The treatment is not recommended for those using acne medication or for pregnant women.  After the procedure, you will experience some minor redness and irritation for a few days.


Micro-needling with NCTF Boost


At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, we recommend to all our clients wishing to have skin needling to try Factor 4.  This is an autologous treatment, using your own growth factors to help rejuvenate your skin.  Our clients are extremely happy with this procedure and come back each year to have a booster treatment.

There are, however, those that do not feel altogether happy with using blood products.  For these clients, we wanted to be able to provide an alternative that was natural and could help rejuvenate the skin even more than skin needling alone.  We are now proud to be able to offer our clients NCTF Boost 135 HA, which has been touted as “The world’s undisputed skin rejuvenation benchmark”. 

The concerns that most women have about their skin are skin smoothness, hydration, radiance, tonicity and homogeneity.  By using NCTF combined with skin needling women now have the power to take control over their skin’s appearance.

With all the stressors that the skin must endure day in, day out, the end result is skin ageing.  There is not a great deal we can do to prevent it from happening, except to stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen.  Help is at hand, however, by practising skin rejuvenation with NCTF.

NCTF is a unique anti-ageing product that contains the essential ingredients that the skin needs to thrive and stay healthy. NCTF provides an optimal environment for fibroblasts which are responsible for the production of elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid.

If you suffer from dull and dry skin, then NCTF may be just what you have been looking for.  NCTF,  also known as our “skin cocktail”, is a unique treatment which contains over fifty active ingredients. These include vitamins(A, B, C and E), minerals, hyaluronic acid, amino acids to help improve your skins tone, brightness and hydration.  

There have been numerous studies performed showing that by using NCTF, there is an increase in hyaluronic acid, fibroblasts and collagen.  NCTF is one of the top-selling products in Europe and has now been approved for use in Australia by the TGA.,

Skin Needling + Factor 4

By far the most popular treatment available at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine is Factor 4. This is an autologous treatment using a product made from your own blood plasma. Factor 4 contains four times the growth factors and cytokines compared to regular plasma rich protein.  The Factor 4 serum is infused into the micro-injury created by the skin needling.  The effect is to create a rapid healing response and the formation of new collagen to repair the micro-injury.  Collagen is responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of the skin to prevent sagging and provide your skin with a youthful skin volume.

Phase one is the application phase and involves using the MDerma needling device and applying it to the skin.  This caused hundreds of very small punctures, causing micro-trauma to the problematic area.

Phase two is the healing phase whereby the skin begins to heal itself, producing healthy skin cells, new collagen and elastin.

Phase three is the post-treatment phase.  The skin becomes rejuvenated and appears tighter, fuller and fresher and eliminates fine lines.

It uses sterile and disposable needle cartridges that can only be used once, for optimal patient safety.  Each cartridge has multiple needles which oscillate back and forth that cause small microchannels in the skin, stimulating the natural production of collagen. Topical agents may be applied to the skin such as Factor 4 autologous serum or different vitamin infusions. The microchannels carry the topical nutrients, feeding the cells in the dermis and basal layer, accelerating the regeneration of the epidermal cells.

  • Enlarged pores, dull skin, fine lines
  • All types of scars including acne scars
  • Plumping the skin with new collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Both treatments initiate a healing response that results in a healthier, younger appearing skin. Both treatments stimulate elastin and collagen production, resulting in healthy glowing skin. The laser uses light energy to generate a heat injury beneath the skin’s surface.  Skin needling, on the other hand, uses needles to make microchannels in the skin, thus causing a healing response.

Advantages of micro-needling include;

  1. Leaves the skin surface intact, so there is a lower risk of infection and scarring.
  2. It does not use heat, so there is less risk of hyperpigmentation
  3. Laser treatments can cause uneven pigmentation and flare-ups of melasma or rosacea.
  4. Laser treatments can be more painful and take longer to heal
  5. Skin needling allows adjustable depth catering for individual skin types and conditions.

We recommend a series of three micro-needling treatments, with each treatment being performed five to six weeks apart.  Scar treatment may need up to six treatments to receive optimal outcomes.  Yearly follows up treatments are also recommended to maintain the results.

After the first week, the skin should feel more hydrated. You may also get some skin peeling which can help fade hyperpigmentation.

The main goal is collagen and elastin formation to plump the skin.  This takes time.  The results are gradual and accumulative.  Over an eight week period, most patients report improvements in skin texture and skin colour.  It is important to complete the full series of treatments to see the maximum benefit.

  • You must wait two weeks after having injectable filer or anti-wrinkle injections performed.
  • Treatment is not to be done on raised moles warts or infected lesions.
  • If the patient is pregnant.
  • Active outbreaks of acne or herpes or rosacea.
  • Patients with diabetes or wound healing deficits.
  • Those with acute eczema, hypersensitive skin,  or if you have sunburnt skin should also avoid the technique.

For the fist two days:

  • Do not use acidic skin care products, glycolic acid or retinol.
  • Do not rub or touch your face as you may introduce infection.
  • Do not use spray on tans.
  • Avoid makeup.
  • Avoid sun exposure.

Why Choose Advanced Cosmetic Medicine

At ACM We Make The Process Easy
Consistent Treatment by the Same Doctor Every Time
Exceptional After Care
Open Until 6pm Weekdays and Until 2pm Saturday for Your Convenience
Friendly Professional Service
Reduced Injection Pain for Your Comfort

Our Commitments

Our commitment to you is to provide you with the highest standard of service, treatment and patient care. You will always receive personal attention and treatment from Dr Rahma Targett each and every time you visit us.

Dr Targett will take the time to listen to your cosmetic needs and provide you with sound advice and realistic expectations. We will work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.  Dr Targett will take the time to explain the procedure and provide you with expectations of the outcomes.

Following your treatment, we will provide you with the aftercare and advice that you deserve.  At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you will have the peace of mind that you are being treated by a qualified doctor in aesthetic medicine.

Dr Targett and her team will provide you with everything you need to achieve your aesthetic and health goals.

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Advanced Cosmetic Medicine

Unit 58/41-47 Melbourne St

North Adelaide

SA. 5006

Ph: 0403 690 031

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