In the perpetual quest to challenge the aging process, a Spanish dermatologist has devised a treatment which stimulates the collagen and elastin found naturally in facial tissue. I was told that this treatment called Nanopore Microneedling will help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, help reduce pigmentation and truly make the skin look the best it can be.
It all sounded great and the trip up to the clinic at Capel off the A24 north of Horsham took just 25 minutes from Storrington. Sarah Horwood, trading as Sure Aesthetics, has been offering this treatment for 16 months and it has proved extremely popular with her clients. Some travel from as far afield as Oxford and Wales for regular treatments. Sarah told me that her client list is growing fast and most of her work comes from recommendations. Sarah has undergone advanced approved medical courses and has over 20 years experience in her field, she is also a qualified clinical trainer.
Sarah’s clinic is just off the A24 at Capel accessed via a little wooded grove. The clinic is bright, spacious and spotlessly clean. I enjoyed a detoxifying herbal tea as I completed the standard patient health questionnaire, then I was shown through to the treatment room. Sarah used C-VIT products to thoroughly cleanse my skin and prepare it for the micro-needling. The products smelled wonderfully fresh and fruity.
A tailor made C-VIT Mesotherapy solution was then applied to my skin. This is an active product which is 10 times the strength of a normal skin care product. It soaks down to the dermis layer which is where the new cells form. Then it’s time for the micro-needling… I have to say I was a little anxious but Sarah’s friendly and confident manner put me at ease.
The treatment uses an electric pen-type instrument which has six minute needles on the nib. During the treatment these move in and out at a very high speed causing 400 “micro punctures” per second as the stylus is moved gently over the surface of the skin. It sounds a little extreme but piercing the skin in this way causes a very mild ‘controlled injury’ which is what stimulates production of the all important collagen and elastin. This is why the treatment works!
Collagen gives skin strength and is the main component of the body’s connective tissue. About 80% of the dermis (the part of your skin under the outer layer) is collagen. Elastin enables your skin to stretch and is also found in connective tissues throughout the body but mostly in the skin and the internal organs. When the skin is ‘damaged’ collagen and elastin come to the rescue to heal and repair the injury. At the same time the micro-needles push the Mesotherapy solution deep into the skin.
The treatment does not hurt but feels a little ‘scratchy’. I was able to chat to Sarah about holiday plans and our shared interest in cycling and before I knew it the stylus was switched off. The treatment was concluded with a rich and soothing face mask and the total treatment time was around an hour.
I was told that my skin would feel warm and look like I had been out in the sun and not to use make-up for 12 hours. Half an hour later when I returned to the office, my colleagues said I looked ’glowing’ (translation: ’shiny’) however I had to concede that after all the ministrations my skin did feel plumper and the fine lines definitely appeared diminished. Top marks!
Over a week after the treatment my skin seemed to enjoy an extra ‘boost’. One bright sunny morning, I caught sight of myself sans make-up in that downstairs mirror which normally makes me look about 200. I don’t know if it was the treatment or a week off the wine, or possibly a combination, but my skin looked amazing, felt really smooth and those pesky smile lines looked more like the pre-children lines I used to worry about eight years ago! I was very impressed with this result after just one treatment and vowed to assist my body in it’s tussle with Old Father Time by cutting down the wine more often.
Micro-needling and mesotherapy individual face treatment plus face mask £170. Course of 4-6 treatments (face only) £590-£879.
Special offer for Sussex Local readers – 50% off a single treatment with mask making it just £85. Valid until 31/01/2018.
Sure Aesthetics Horsham Road, Capel, Surrey. To arrange a free consultation or book an appointment tel: 01306 770180 or see: www.sureaesthetics.co.uk