We Tried The Skin Treatment That Apparently Provides Better Results Than Botox

We Tried The Skin Treatment That Apparently Provides Better Results Than Botox

Yes, seriously.

By Kim Newland | 29th March 2018

Post-treatment update!

When it comes to sharing ‘after’ results, we’ve all seen those pictures that speak for themselves. And yes, this certainly is the case in my experience of a series of treatments with skin needling; however, an ‘after’ photo only skims the surface of the remarkable changes I’ve seen and felt in my skin with THink Aesthetics.

As a bride-to-be, having naturally youthful and glowing skin on the big day is the obvious end goal, not to mention all the mini milestone events in the lead-up. I was looking for an easy skin routine to fit with my busy lifestyle and am very happy to report that I’ve found it!

Back in March this year (a year out from my wedding date) I investigated skin needling with industry leaders THink Aesthetics at the Emporium in Fortitude Valley. With the team clearly in the know on how to provide outstanding results, I started my skin journey with the Dermatude skin needling program. The program comprises of 4 weekly Meta Therapy Facial treatments followed by a further two treatments, two weeks apart, with optional maintenance visits depending on your needs. The Meta Therapy includes shallow skin micro-needling, stem cell activation serums and a gorgeous refreshing face mask.


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 My skin now. Check out that confidence!

Going off the pill and now at the age of 30, I had a few skin issues. Most recently I was suffering from teenage-like hormonal spots on my chin with scarring occurring regularly. The Dermatude program at THink Aesthetics not only settled all of my pesky spots but also left my complexion clear, plump and glowing! It was obvious to me (and those around me) that my cells had been regenerated from the 8 weeks of treatments.

I was now convinced that this was the right treatment to get me where I wanted to be. To ensure long-term results, I committed to just one treatment a month in the lead up to my wedding. I found each month my fine lines were becoming less noticeable, with some disappearing completely! The elasticity of my skin seemed to have reverted back to my mid-twenties.

Working with my beauty therapist Kirsty was the icing on the cake. The girl knows skin! Kirsty recommends a winning combination of red light therapy and peels in intermittent months, either combined with or in replacement of the Meta Therapy Facial – this was dependent on what my skin needed throughout the seasonal changes. As an Ultraceuticals clinic, the lovely team at THink Aesthetics also introduced me to a few products that I’ve added into my very low maintenance daily routine.

Even on those days where I’ve had a huge day of work hustle and a late night on Pinterest trying to figure out what the blooming hell my wedding colour scheme is going to be, I still have comments the next day that I look fresh. Take it from me, you never really get sick of hearing, “wow your skin looks great!”


I’ve always accepted that I was destined to be slightly uncomfortable in my own skin. With a long list of skin issues (with rosacea, broken capillaries and scars just the tip of the iceberg) and, now in my 30’s, my ambition for plump, wrinkle-free skin is feeling more and more like an unattainable pipedream.

Recently, a friend suggested I try skin needling, a treatment which she described as ‘life-changing’. While the word ‘needling’ certainly freaked me out a bit (needles are not my thing, by any means) the buzz and hype I had noticed around skin needling gave me the courage I needed to try it.

For those not in the know, skin needling is a treatment that creates micro-perforations in the skin typically followed by advanced serums. Collagen and elastin are produced through the stimulation of the surface of the skin and deeper penetration by the serums, resulting in skin that is smooth and plump. When needles are involved you obviously want to do your research first!

Think Aesthetics is an industry leader in cosmetic tattooing and skin services and are the go-to experts for general clients and practitioners alike. As specialists in advanced skin treatments, Think Aesthetics uses only the most advanced treatments. They are dedicated to providing clear, honest advice on what will work for each client, no matter their skin goals.

Your treatment begins with a personalised one-on-one consultation with your therapist. Kirsty, my therapist throughout my treatment, explains, “A consultation allows us to assess your skin condition and determine the most appropriate treatment for you and your skin goals. For smoother skin, greater elasticity, collagen development and the elimination or reduction of fine wrinkles, the Dermatude program would usually be recommended. If there are other skin conditions such as rosacea, treatment including LED light therapy may be recommended. For deeper wrinkles or scarring then deeper needling may be required.”

Skin Needling 101 With Industry Experts Think Aesthetics

First, I was treated to a cleanse, tone and skin massage, followed by the Dermatude enzymatic peel.

When I spoke with my specialist during my initial consultation about skin needling (as well as some of my reservations) they were quick to reassure me and recommend the most appropriate treatment for my skin. Ultimately, I underwent the Meta Therapy Facial, which is a very superficial micro needling of the face to enable the active ingredients to go down into the dermal layers of the skin and to promote cell regeneration. The Dermatude system is specifically designed to minimise skin trauma and risk, and the technicians have very specific procedures to ensure the treatment is as hygienic and skin-safe as possible.

During my consultation, my skin technician made sure I knew what to expect, but I was still a little nervous to begin with. However, much to my surprise, the treatment was much like a luxury facial! I was treated to a cleanse, tone and skin massage, followed by the Dermatude enzymatic peel and then the needling itself. If you’re nervous about needling, you needn’t be. The needling only made up 10-minutes of the hour treatment and, while tingly and slightly uncomfortable, it wasn’t painful or unbearable. Areas such as the forehead were most sensitive, but even then it was no worse than plucking your eyebrows. Kirsty, my wonderful beauty therapist, was so helpful and calming throughout, helping me lie back and enjoy my treatment! After the needling, I experienced a refreshing and hydrating hyrdro-mask, which was a very soothing and cooling way to end my treatment. I was equipped with my personalised at-home treatment instructions, as well as a thorough recommendation of the products that I could use to best enhance my results.

Skin Needling 101 With Industry Experts Think Aesthetics

The needling only made up 10-minutes of the hour treatment and was no more uncomfortable than plucking my eyebrows.

Also, if you’re worried that the procedure will leave you with tender and bleeding skin, it won’t. This particular treatment is designed to penetrate the thinnest layer of skin meaning it won’t actually cause you to bleed. The downtime is so minimal that you can even apply mineral makeup immediately after which is perfect if you’ve opted for a mid-week lunch break treatment. If you are looking for a more intense treatment, they also offer a deeper needling treatment that can treat deeper wrinkles or scarring, but you can chat with your therapist about this during your initial consultation to discover what is best for you!

It’s also worth noting that not all treatments are created equal. While dry needling rollers have been an ‘at home’ option for over 30 years, they are very difficult to use efficiently and safely. There is very little control on the depth of penetration and no advice on what to use in terms of products. Plus, at-home rollers can create V-like holes from the rolling motion that are actually not great for the skin.

Skin Needling 101 With Industry Experts Think Aesthetics

Dermatude is known for their range of high-quality, results-driven products.

One treatment is a start but my journey doesn’t end here. To get maximum benefit, I‘ve committed to a program that comprises of 4 weekly treatments followed by two treatments two weeks apart. The response to needling will, of course, vary depending on lifestyle factors, but I personally have already noticed an improvement and, while it might sound almost gimmicky, my skin is glowing! While my skin is usually dehydrated and tired looking, only one week on I am already noticing dramatic differences. My skin is plump, my complexion is clearer and my skin feels tight and lifted.

5 Things To Expect From Think Aesthetics:

• Deeply personal service and care
• A complete home-care treatment plan
• Expert recommendations
• Luxurious and comfortable treatment
• Noticeable skin improvement

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Article by Kim Newland

With a background in all things creative, Kim has enjoyed making her mark in the USA and UK before settling in Brisvegas. As one of the token New South Welshmen at Style Magazines, what gets her out of bed in the morning is the opportunity to work with talented, passionate and innovative people. She loves adding to her impressive travel portfolio (41 countries… but hey, who’s counting) and expects to be one of the world’s best oyster judge’s any day now.


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