What is micro-needling and how does it work?
Micro-needling is a minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). The treatment uses tiny needles that are used to create micro-trauma in the skin in a form of small puncture wounds. This stimulates the body’s natural collagen production by generating a wound healing response.
The body is encouraged to produce new collagen and elastin, which helps it thicken and ‘plump up’ the skin. The procedure can be performed on the face and body and is designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, pigmentation and even used for hair restoration.
Who is a candidate for Micro-needling?
There are no major contraindications for Collagen Induction Therapy. As with all cosmetic treatments, the ideal candidate should have realistic expectations and be in generally good health. The treatment is suitable for all skin types, unlike some laser or chemical peels procedures.
If you have any of the following concerns, you may be a suitable candidate for Collagen Induction Therapy:
- Skin Laxity
- Lines and wrinkles
- Scarring from acne, chicken pox, injuries or surgery
- Hair loss
What are the possible complications?
Risks and complications associated with this treatment are minimal but can include:
- Skin redness
- Scab formation
- Flaking or dryness of the skin
- The appearance of white spots, known as milia
- The appearance of dark patches on the skin, known as hyperpigmentation
- An outbreak of cold sores in previous suffers
Any complications with this treatment are rare and can be easily resolved in most cases.
How is the procedure performed?
Before having the treatment, you will have a consultation with a qualified practitioner to discuss your concerns and ensure you are a good candidate for the treatment. The practitioner will explain the pros and cons of the procedure.
Take this opportunity to ask any questions you have. Your medical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form to make sure you fully understand what the procedure involves and any associated risks and complications. Once your practitioner has decided you are a suitable candidate, your treatment can go ahead.
In patients with darker skin tones, a special blending cream should be used on the areas to be treated for three weeks before the procedure. The cream suppresses tyrosinase activity and prevents potential hyperpigmentation.
Numbing cream is applied to the areas to be treated 20-30 minutes prior to the procedure to ensure the treatment is entirely pain-free. The depth of micro-needling treatment depends on the condition that needs to be addressed. The deeper into the skin the needles penetrate, the more dramatic results you will see. Your treatment can take anywhere between 10 minutes and an hour, depending on the area you are having treated.
After Collagen Induction Therapy Treatment, your skin will be a bit red or pink. You may also get some bleeding and bruising; however, this should be minimal and will depend on the depth your treatment. The downtime with this treatment is 24-72 hours. Special post procedure camouflage may be used after the procedure.
Because the results of this treatment rely on kick-starting your body’s own collagen production, it can take between four to eight weeks before you start to fully see the benefits. A series of between two and five treatments is usually recommended to achieve maximum results. Your practitioner will recommend cosmeceutical grade skincare to enhance your treatment results.
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