Micro needling or skin needling originally termed collagen induction therapy (CIT), or percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure.
Micro needling involves the production of thousands of controlled microscopic needle incisions in the papillary and reticular dermis. Using specifically designed and manufactured sterile devices, the goal is to puncture the stratum corneum and induce a controlled injury response within tissue through a physical and mechanical mechanism.
Micro needling relies on the principle of neocollagensis (new collagen production) and neovascularization (formation of functional microvascular networks with red blood cell profusion) that occurs as a result of the release of growth factors following needle piercing of the stratum corneum.
Clients who undergo a course of micro needling see a 60-80% improvement in their skin.
A study looking at the effect of micro neelding on facial scarring demonstrated a 1-2 grade reduction in scar severity in 89% of patients.
Most subjects report an improvement significant in acne scar severity and overall aethestic appearance of the skin.
Micro needling treats all skin types, without the risk of associated side effects such as hyperpigmentation.
Minimal aftercare for the patient.
This is a quick treatment/ lunch time procedure which can be used safely on most body areas.
Although micro needling was initially proposed as a treatment for acne scars and wrinkles, its use has spread and it has shown to be an effective treatment for a range of conditions, making it a versatile tool!
Clients with acne scars, traumatic scars such as post surgery, lacerations or chicken pox, are the number one candidates for this treatment. Micro needling is more safe and more effective than laser treatments. Micro needling is the top choice for scarring.
Global skin rejuvenation, lines and wrinkles, improvements in tone and laxity of skin.
Mild Rosacea (vascular for only).
Skin tightening after weight loss.
After Botox you must wait 7 days before micro needling.
After fillers you must wait 28 days before micro needling.
Although the treatment is safe for all skin types, there are certain medical conditions that exclude you from having this treatment. These include: active acne vulgaris, rosacea, active skin infections, raised keloid scars, actinic keratosis and other non-melanoma & melanoma skin cancers, eczema, psoriasis, sebaceous hyperplasia, cold sores or shingles, or open wounds.
Micro needling is well tolerated by patients. Before the treatment we apply a topical anesthetic cream to the area which will be treated. The anesthetic cream numbs the skin and makes the treatment very comfortable. The treatment of the entire face will take about 1 hour.
After the procedure your skin will show signs of redness and erythema and will appear to have a moderate sunburn. There may be some slight swelling. The redness and swelling will begin to subside 24-48 hours after the treatment. By day 3 the erythema and swell subside and the skin takes on a pink color and there is barely and evidence the procedure has even taken place. During the first 3 days you will also experience some skin tightness, dryness, and mild sensitivity to touch on the areas that have been treated. All of our treatments come with a Patient Recovery Kit which includes the proper skincare products for after your micro needling session.
Each micro needling course is different, depending on your individual needs. We suggest a typical course is 1 session every 3-4 weeks for 4-6 months. You can expect to continue seeing results for up to 1 year after the last treatment as your skins' matrix regrows new collagen.