Micro-needling is a treatment that’s a form of Collagen Induction Therapy and is also known as a non-ablative skin treatment. This implies that deeper parts of the skin may be treated without removing the top layer of skin. This treatment is intended to treat fine lines and wrinkles, light scarring from acne, photo damage, and improves skins color and texture.
The skin plumps and thickens in response to this stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of scars, and fine lines and other skin texture changes. In addition to CIT, the channels made from the micro-needles allow topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively through the top layer of skin.
It improves the epidermis as well as the thickness of the dermis. This in return reduces wrinkles and improves skin texture. It has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation. Disfiguring scars, acne scars, can many times be improved. The depressed scar tissue can be elevated by new collagen fibers.
The skin is cleaned and numbed with an appropriate numbing cream. The treatment involves rolling a small hand held roller device that is covered with numerous tiny closely -spaced needles many times back and forth along the affected skin region. The skin is thoroughly needled in such a way, that every skin part is needled about 15 to 20 times.
Each channel goes no deeper than the skin layer and will be approximately 0.1mm in width. An even pattern of petechiae (minute hemorrhagic spots, of pinpoint to pinhead size, in the skin) after the procedure is the best indication the procedure was done effectively
The skin will be pink or red in appearance for 24-48 hours, much like a sunburn with some minor bleeding and for some mild bruising. The skin may also feel tight, warm and itchy for a short while. Generally the inflammatory reaction of the skin is usually short and fades significantly after a few days on average, depending on the skin color of the individual. Patients with a more sensitive skin type or older patients may take upwards of one week to recover.
It can take between 4 – 6 weeks before visible signs of skin regeneration are seen and also the process will continue to evolve over the ensuing months. Although a noticeable result can be provided by a single treatment, ideally a series of 3 treatments spaced about 4 – 6 weeks apart, is recommended to achieve optimal results.