You don’t need to go very far before coming across adverts for skin needling (also called Microneedling, Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI) and Collagen induction therapy (CIT)). The word “microneedling” in fact is currently the most popular search term on Google in the non-surgical rejuvenation category. This should tell you one thing: the ‘good news’ about skin needling benefits is spreading like wildfire and women and men are flocking to experience this very promising skin-regenerating treatment.
Speaking of promising, skin needling claims are consistently confirmed and validated through clinical studies and the testimony of happy patients who are thrilled with their results. These include the amelioration of scarring (ranging from acne and stretch marks to deeper surgical scars), reduction in lines and wrinkles and improvements in skin laxity. Additionally, the desire for smoother skin, smaller pores and finer texture are some other reasons why people seek out skin needling. After a series of 3-4 sessions you can too expect beneficial changes in your skin’s overall health and appearance.
What exactly is Skin Needling and how is it Performed?
Skin needling is not a new concept. Back in the 50’s it was discovered that stimulating the skin with microscopic needles resulted in significant changes in skin quality, firmness and thickness. This discovery remained dormant for the most part until making a comeback in the late 80’s by way of manual techniques and mechanical devices such as the dermal roller. The hidden secret once revealed ushered a wave of cosmetic interest in skin needling for addressing a multitude of skin issues.
Skin needling has come a long way in the last several years. Today it’s a very precise and high-tech procedure. The treatment is performed using an automated “pen” which deploys 12 tiny needles at lightening speed through the dermal layers. The needle depth is adjustable between 0.5 mm or 1.0 mm to account for the desired results and comfort level in sensitive areas such as around the eyes, nose and lips.
To improve the patient experience and make them as relaxed as possible, a topical anaesthetic is applied 30-40 minutes prior to starting the treatment. As the skin needling pen traverses the epidermal plane most people report nothing more than a gentle “scratching” sensation, similar to being grazed with sandpaper. Overall it’s a very comfortable procedure.
How Skin Needling Benefits Boosts Collagen and Improves Your Appearance
Two factors are at work during and after skin needling which make it so effective at skin rejuvenation and resolving imperfections such as scars, texture issues and the signs of aging.
The first is neocollagenesis, a fancy word scientists use to describe the biological process your body undergoes when producing new collagen. After the tiny needles create microscopic punctures in the skin, the subsequent healing process is accompanied by a robust boost of collagen. It’s this formation of new collagen that’s responsible visible skin improvements.
The second skin needling benefit occurs immediately after the procedure. The micro-channels mentioned earlier create a direct path for active ingredients to penetrate to the deepest layers of the dermis to deliver even more targeted anti-aging results. Some popular adjunct skincare products that may be applied post skin needling are vitamins, antioxidants, hydrating serums and skin-brighteners.
Who is the Perfect Candidate for Skin Needling?
Most women and men are good candidates for collagen induction therapy because it’s minimally invasive, doesn’t cause significant skin trauma and has little downtime. Another big advantage of skin needling compared to other therapies such as laser is that it can be used on most skin types and ethnicities. Even the most sensitive areas of the body such as neck and tummy can be treated with modern microneedling devices.
There are certain skin conditions, however, which are contraindications for skin needling. It’s best to wait until your complexion clears up before seeking treatment if you have any of the following: eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, solar keratosis, raised moles or skin tags, warts or herpes, active acne or if you’re prone to keloid scarring. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re a good candidate for skin needling you may want to schedule a consultation with your dermatologist to properly assess and diagnose your skin.
What to Expect After Skin Needling
Most people find that the recovery time after skin needling is very minimal. You can expect the treatment area to be red and slightly swollen for 24-48 hours post treatment. During this time you’ll be advised to avoid using any irritating beauty products such as acids, retinol or skincare that’s highly perfumed or synthetic. Your skin will be extremely sensitive to the sun and UV rays, so using a full-spectrum sunblock is a must for at least one week after the procedure.
As your skin heals you may experience some light flaking, itching and roughness. This is perfectly normal and only lasts several days to a week. After two-three weeks you’ll notice improved freshness, vibrancy and glowing skin. Approximately 30 days after treatment you’ll see a visibly smoother, plumper and more youthful-looking complexion.
For the best possible results you’ll be happy with, experts recommend a minimum of three treatments spaced four weeks apart. This allows your skin to build up your collagen levels without interruption, compounding the skin-enhancing effect with every session.
Contact us now at Restoration Clinic in Mt. Hawthorn, Perth to experience this skin treatment: (08) 9025 3218