Micro needling, also known as dermal needling or collagen induction therapy (CIT). It is a non-surgical and non-ablative procedure for skin rejuvenation. It involves the use of a medical-needling device, to create controlled skin injury in the form of micro-channels. This in turn promotes a healing response and collagen production.
Skin needling provides results similar to laser resurfacing but without the thermal heat, which can be destructive to delicate melanocytes. Each microscopic needles puncture the skin to create micro-channels to the dermis. This controlled micro-injury triggers a rejuvenation process and stimulates fibroblasts and growth factors to repair the skin with the production of new collagen and elastin.
The goal of skin rejuvenation is to restore skin back to optimum health. So that skin not only looks younger but actually behaves younger. To accomplish smooth, plump, firm and evenly pigmented skin you need to target 3 key cells (keratinocytes, melanocytes and fibroblasts) and regulate their function. In doing so, you must also preserve the integrity of the epidermis, which is your skins natural barrier defence.
Unlike laser resurfacing, micro-needling does not introduce thermal heat into skin. So it is safe for all skin types and hardly any risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
The effects of collagen induction therapy are two fold. Immediately, the micro-channels that are created help to deliver active ingredients to the deeper layers of skin that otherwise wouldn’t be able to penetrate the surface. Long-term, the platelets and growth factors that are released promote regenerative healing and collagen production continues for up to one year after your last session.
Many people think that dermal-needling or collagen induction therapy is limited to treating lines and wrinkles. However because of it’s ability to normalise skin function and improve cell to cell communication, micro needling can be used to correct a variety of conditions and concerns.
Therefore Micro Needling can be used to treat:
The amount of sessions needed will vary between individuals, however typically 4-6 treatments are required spaced 4 weeks apart. To get the best results from a micro needling treatment it is important to complete the full recommended course, as results are accumulative.
A skincare regime at home consisting of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Growth factors, Hyaluronic acid, Antioxidants & Peptides are recommended to enhance the treatment to achieve the best results.
During the treatment you may expeirence some mild discomfort however it is tolerable and kept to a minimum, with comfort levels checked throughout the treatment.
After the treatment your skin may be slighyl red and flushed in appearence, similiar to a moderate sunburn. Warmth may also be felt and skin may feel tight and dry, however this is alleviated with a soothing hyaluronic acid and post-procedure healing balm.
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There are a lot of misconceptions and untruths around collagen induction therapy, here are just some:
Myth: Deeper needles equal better results.
Fact: Clinical studies have shown that the same amount of collagen is produced in the skin whether you use a 0.5mm or 1.5mm dermal roller.
In fact, a 0.5mm roller has been shown to produce better results in shorter time, compared to using a 2mm roller. This is probably due to the less trauma and shorter inflammatory phase involved with using a smaller needle size. Consequently it also means less pain, discomfort and downtime.
Myth: Micro needling is a magic wand.
Fact: Micro needling itself is merely a tool to create micro-injury to the dermis and trigger the wound-healing cascade. The results are directly dependent on the skins ability to recover from injury. Therefore how you manage the wound-healing cascade is more important than the injury itself.
Myth: Micro needling creates scar tissue
Fact: Incorrect wound healing management creates scar tissue. Using excessively deep needles or carrying out treatment too frequently, can promote scar collagen. However using the right needle size and providing the skin with the correct nutrients post-treatment, collagen induction therapy promotes scarless wound healing, preserving the epidermis and resulting in stronger and healthier skin.
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