So what is micro-needling?
We can’t all boast skin as naturally glorious and youthful as Oscar winning actress Alicia Vikander but micro-needling can get us one step closer. ‘It’s not as scary as it sounds’, said Dr Jack (while we all breathed a collective sigh of relief.) ‘Micro-needling uses a special, clinical device that has tiny needles, usually about 2-3mm long, and essentially creates a small, controlled injury on your skin.’ Confused as to why this kind of injury doesn’t need you hailing a cab to A&E? ‘What the process does is kick-start your body’s natural healing defences. When your body perceives injury, it gives your cells a signal to stimulate your fibroblasts to start producing more collagen and elastin, as well as giving you a surge of growth hormone. Along with producing more of these proteins, it will help to gradually thicken the dermis, which increases your skin’s firmness.’