Medical Skin Needling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) and Micro-Needling, is considered to be a relatively new concept within the range of aesthetic treatment options available for skin rejuvenation. It is aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring such as that caused by acne or chickenpox.
This is achieved by introducing a series of fine, sharp needles into the skin following the administration of a local anaesthetic cream which will reduce discomfort. The needles are attached to a single use, sterile roller which is moved over the surface of the skin to create many tiny channels or columns at various depths of penetration. In the case of medical rollers this is within the papillary dermal layer of the skin where collagen and elastin fibres are located.
What happens during a Medical Skin Needling treatment?
Careful discussions regarding your reasons for wanting treatment are very important before you begin the treatment. You must also ensure that this treatment can deliver what you want and how you would like to look afterwards. A medical history will be taken to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have treatment. You will be asked to read detailed information and sign a consent form which means that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with the treatment. With your consent, photographs may be taken for a “before and after” comparison.
Treatment sessions with medical grade rollers take between 10 minutes and an hour depending on the size of the area being treated. Pain should be minimal due to the application of the topical anaesthetic, however you may still feel some discomfort.
It can take between 4-8 weeks before visible signs of skin regeneration are seen and the process will continue over the following months, providing a gradual enhancement. A single treatment can produce noticeable results, however, a program of 2-5 treatments spaced at least 6 weeks apart is often recommended to achieve optimum results. The specific number of sessions required will depend on the area you would like to be treated and the severity of the concern, as well as the level of natural response from your body.
A single treatment can produce noticeable results, however, a program of 2-5 treatments spaced at least 6 weeks apart is often recommended to achieve optimum results. The specific number of sessions required will depend on the area you would like to be treated and the severity of the concern, as well as the level of natural response from your body. Should you wish we at Future Hair & Beauty are happy to advise you further on the above treatment.
What should you do after a Medical Skin Needling Treatment?
It is very important that you follow the advice of your nurse carefully after any treatment to help make the procedure as successful as possible and to reduce the risk of complications.
Post treatment advice may include:
Using tepid water to cleanse the face for the first 48 hours following the treatment and drying the area gently without rubbing Ensuring that hands are always clean when touching the area treated to avoid infections Not applying conventional make-up products to the skin for the first 12 hours following treatment, although some mineral based make-up products are able to be applied. Applying the prescribed skincare products given to you by your practitioner according to the regime specifically designed for you Using a cosmetic roller 1-2 times per week in conjunction with the regime of topical products Applying a broad spectrum sunscreen product with a high SPF immediately after treatment before leaving the clinic and when going outside following treatment