What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a procedure that improves the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks by stimulating your skin’s natural ability to repair itself. Microneedling uses tiny, sharp needles to create hundreds of micro-channels in the superficial layers of the skin. In response to these micro-injuries, your body releases growth factors and cytokines, which trigger the wound-healing process. During this process, the body produces more collagen a fibrous protein that contributes to the structural integrity of the skin resulting in thicker more youthful-appearing skin.
The concept of Skin Needling is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. Immediately after an injury to the skin our body reuses the damaged collagen and elastin fibers as well as other damaged skin components to produce new ones. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin.
This process has two major benefits. It effectively stimulates collagen formation at the same time as providing a clear channel for topical serums to be absorbed more effectively through the top layer (epidermis) of skin. Dermal needling creates a very minor (almost microscopic) trauma which lasts for a short period of time and does not result in bruising or swelling in the treated area.
Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy) is intended to smooth wrinkles, even pigmentation and improve depressed acne scarring.
As the technician moves across the skin with the device, it makes pin point punctures into the dermis – most of which are simply temporarily opening your pores. Your body perceives this as damage, which triggers the release of growth factors that, in turn, stimulate the production of elastin and collagen. The human body is designed to react to any injury by initiating the healing process, but usually it will just mend as far as it has to keep you in good health – which is very different to healing to a cosmetic level. By persistently triggering this healing process, you encourage your body to keep repairing until the job is done.
Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy) may be conducted safely on all colors of skin and all types of skin. The epidermis and melanocytes in the basal area are not damaged, so there’s no possibility of post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.
There is no downtime with this treatment. You will be a little pink or red for the first 24 hours when the procedure is performed properly. If you see other people leaving with bloody faces, they are not receiving any benefits because the skin was overstimulated as a result of extreme trauma. CIT should not be a painful, bloody mess.