Micro-Needling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a break through remedy for the treatment of wrinkles and pigmentation, scars (including burn scars, acne scars and surgical scars) and stretch marks.
Clinical studies have shown that micro needling produces channels in the dermis which sufficiently stimulate the body’s natural defenses to repair and produce concentrated amounts of collagen and proteins to the treated areas of skin. This results in the skins thickness being increased by up to 80% smoothing scars, visibly reducing stretch marks and filling fine lines and wrinkles.
An instrument that is covered with many ultra-fine needles is run across the targeted areas to create small channels in the skin. As the device rolls along the skin, these needles penetrate the upper layers of skin to a depth of up to 1.5mm (depending on the needle length used) producing thousands of tiny puncture marks or micro-medical needle channels in the skin.
These microscopic wounds, which heal within a few hours, stimulate the skin’s healing process to increase collagen and elastin production (neo-collagenesis) as well as new capillaries for an improved blood supply (neo-angiogenesis) in the treated area. The skin then becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful, ultimately reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines and other skin texture changes.
Micro-needling is gentle enough to stimulate collagen production without producing scar tissue or increasing pigmentation.
It improves the thickness of the dermis as well as the epidermis. This in return improves skin texture and reduces wrinkles. It also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation. Disfiguring scars, especially acne scars, can many times be improved. New collagen fibers can elevate the depressed scar tissue.
Micro-needling feels similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. Topical numbing may be applied prior to your procedure, but no anesthesia or medications are necessary.
Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For collagen induction it is recommend to start with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction an average of 3 to 6 treatments are recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual responds to the treatments, and the extent of the damage at the beginning Micro-needling can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc). Most people will begin to see results after the very first appointment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT POST-PROCEDURE?
The skin will be red and flushed, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, for 12 hours to 3 days.* You may also experience mild swelling, tightness, and/or mild peeling. Side effects are temporary and typically resolve within 3 days. Total healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type, and skin condition, and some patients may heal completely in 24 hours.
In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc based sunblock. The use of mineral makeup may be used after procedure.