What is Skin Needling?
Skin needling is also called collagen induction therapy (CIT). Skin needling is a minimally invasive non-surgical and non-ablative procedure for facial rejuvenation. It involves the use of a multiple needle device, with an automatic oscillating function that gently pierces the skin and stimulates natural collagen reproduction, whilst creating millions of fine micro-channels. These channels can carry up to 80% more topical nutrients, encouraging transdermal delivery of nutrients deeper into the skin, to feed cells in the dermis and basal layer of the epidermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed.
This neovascularisation and neocollagenesis following treatment leads to reduction in wrinkles, improves skin texture and promotes scar or stretch mark reduction.
This procedure is performed by qualified dermal clinicians and we use medical grade needles that can be adjusted in depth, depending on the type and the intensity of treatment that is needed. Here at Geelong Cosmetic & Laser Medical Centre we use the medical grade “Dermapen” for our skin needling procedures.
Skin Needling – Frequently Asked Questions
What skin problems are suitable for this treatment?
- Aging skin
- Vertical lip lines, smokers lines
- Skin tightening
- Rejuvenation of hands, neck and declottage.
- Enlarged pores
- Stretch marks
- Scars (acne, surgical and burns)
How many treatments will I need?
Rejuvenation: 4 – 6 treatments 4 weeks apart
Acne scaring: 6 treatments 6 weeks apart
Stretch marks: 4-8 treatments 4-6 weeks apart
How should I prepare my skin?
For optimal results, prior to skin needling it is advised to prep skin with active cosmeceuticals recommended by your dermal clinician. Continue use of cosmeceuticals is recommended after treatments for minimum period of 6 weeks to maximize the benefits of each treatment.
How long should it take before I see results?
Typically, you will see results after the first treatment. Lasting and more significant results will become visible after 4 to 6 treatments (spaced 4-6 weeks apart). The condition of your skin will improve over the next 6-12 months after a course of treatments, especially when combined with recommended post homecare.
Is the treatment painful?
You may feel some discomfort as some areas are more sensitive such as forehead and around mouth and nose. However, topical anesthetic cream will be applied for 15-30 minutes before the procedure. This will render the treatment virtually pain-free.
What is the downtime after treatments?
Generally no significant down time occurs, but you may experience facial redness for 12-48 hours after the treatment. Most people are able to return to normal daily activities immediately after the treatment. Application of a breathable camouflage will seal the skin and cover any redness for immediate return to work.
What are the contraindications of skin needling treatments?
- Roaccutane use in the last 6 months
- Dermatitis or infection in the area to be treated
- Keloid scars
- Abnormal wound healing