Tell me all about Skin Needling!
Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy is a minimally invasive clinical treatment for skin rejuvenation and cellular restoration. We utilise microscopic needles to penetrate the skin within the epidermis and dermis. This creates a controlled skin injury of micro-channels in the skin.
These micro injuries during the treatment allow active ingredients to penetrate to the deepest layers of the skin. This then provokes wound healing response, causing an overdrive of cellular communication to produce growth factors, stimulating the production of elastin and collagen in the dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed which increases the blood circulation to the skin. This neovascularisation and neocollagenesis following treatment leads to a reduction of scars and skin rejuvenation, with improved skin texture, firmness and hydration.
Skin needling can be effectively used for a myriad of reasons! We can use this to treat acneic/problematic skin, reducing the appearance of enlarged pores and scars caused by acne. It can also effectively address dyspigmentation such as melasma or age spots and rosacea. Due to the increased collagen aggregation, skin needling can help fade exisiting stretch marks, surgical and thermal burn scars. Additionally, this will also help improve the tightening of the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. What is not to love about skin needling?!
What to expect..
Prior to skin needling treatment starting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns with your practitioner. From here, we will assess your skin and based upon your goals, a treatment plan will be devised. Depending on your concern, your clinician will select specific active ingredients to be infused giving you targeted skin results. You will also have the option to include a chemical skin peel with your treatments. These peels will further improve your results, however may not be appropriate for all skin types. We can apply complimentary numbing cream for comfort, however this may reduce the effect of the active products.
The total skin needling treatment will take approximately 30 – 45 minutes depending on infusions. Immediately after, your skin will be pink and glowing. This will subside over the next day. We recommend that you stay out of direct sunlight and avoid any active ingredients in your skin care for the next 24 hours. This is due to increased thermal sensitivity of the treated area. Any anti-wrinkle, dermal filler or micro-dermabrasion treatments should also be avoided for 2 weeks post your treatment. Skin needling can be performed every six to eight weeks, allowing the maturation of new collagen and elastin cells to occur.