The purpose of this treatment is to stimulate the body’s own collagen production to reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring, such as that caused by acne or chicken pox. It has also been successfully applied to the indication of hair restoration in cases of alopecia.
Medical Skin Needling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) and Micro-Needling, is considered to be a relatively new concept within the plethora of aesthetic treatment options available for skin rejuvenation.
Skin Needling is an effective alternative to Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing
The more aggressive Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing, involves burning the superficial layer of the skin, resulting in redness, swelling, discomfort and a long recovery/healing time of six weeks or more. Many clients find the recovery time and aggressive nature of Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing too intrusive, despite the treatment giving outstanding results.
Skin Resurfacing by skin needling is our alternative to Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing. It is more akin to Fractional laser resurfacing and it is just as effective at a fraction of the cost.
Other advantages include:
Can be performed on all skin colours, including very dark skin
Close to nil down time
There is no damage to the skin
It can be used on thin skin
How does skin needling work?
A topical local anaesthetic is applied prior to the introduction of a series of fine, sharp needles into the skin. The needles are attached to a sterile roller which is moved over the surface of the skin to create many microscopic channels or columns, at various depths of penetration. In the case of medical rollers, this is within the papillary dermal layer of the skin where collagen and elastin fibres are located.
‘Damage’ to the dermis encourages the body to produce new collagen and elastin, which generates new skin cells to literally repair itself. As a result, the skin becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful. Although primarily used on the face, this procedure can be carried out anywhere on the body, such as stretch marks on the thighs and abdomen, and on all skin types, including dark skin.
Does it hurt?
Short answer – it’s virtually painless.
Depending on the area of your face or body being treated and the type of device used, (i.e. needle length) the procedure is said to be well tolerated and in some cases virtually painless; feeling like a mild prickling sensation. However, in the case of medical grade rollers, your practitioner will apply a topical anaesthetic to your skin prior to treatment to reduce any potential pain or discomfort.
The skin will be pink or red in appearance for a couple of hours following medical skin needling treatment, much like a sunburn. There may be some minor bleeding and bruising, depending on the aggressiveness of the procedure i.e. the length of needle used for the particular indication being treated and the number of times it is rolled across the treatment area. The skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. This should normally resolve in 12 - 48 hours
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the appropriate course prescribed by your practitioner, you may require anywhere between 3 to 8 treatments with 6 to 8 week intervals between each visit.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects or risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. Hyper-pigmentation (darkening of certain areas of the skin) can occur very rarely and usually resolves after a month. If you have a history of cold sores, this could possibly flare up after treatment.
What should I do after treatment?
It is very important that you follow the advice of your practitioner carefully after treatment to help make the procedure as successful as possible and to reduce the risk of complications.
Post treatment advice may include:
using tepid water to cleanse the face for the first 48 hours following treatment and drying the area gently without rubbing;
ensuring that hands are always clean when touching the area treated, to avoid infections;
not applying conventional make-up products to the skin for the first 12 hours following treatment, some mineral based make-up products are able to be applied as recommended by your practitioner;
applying a broad spectrum sunscreen product with a high SPF.
Who should not undergo this procedure?
Medical skin needling treatment is suitable for all skin types, including dark skins.
However, it is not suitable for clients who have:
used Roaccutane within the last 3 months
open wounds, cuts or abrasions to the skin
had radiation treatment within the last year
a current outbreak of herpes simplex (cold sores) or any other infection or chronic skin condition in the area to be treated
areas of the skin that are numb or lack sensation
Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing