Skin needling is a new treatment added to rejuvenation techniques in beauty industry. While there are other methods for looking younger like botox and fillers, skin needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a minimally invasive alternate and is already very popular in cities like Melbourne.
How It Works?
As the name suggests, skin needling is basically surgical microneedles rolling over your skin puncturing your skin. The process activates your skin’s Collagen and elastin reproduction and thus gives a plumper, firmer and rejuvenated look to the skin. The size of the needles usually varies from 0.5 mm to 2 mm, depending on the area and problem treated. These microneedles make only microscopic punctures on the skin. The rests is done by skin’s healing abilities.
Is It Painful?
It does sound painful but the discomfort is minimised by using anaesthetic creams. However, depending on your skin’s endurance, the discomfort may be a little more. Some kinds of medications can also affect your skin’s endurance and thus it is advised to disclose all information about any medications you’re under.
Immediate effect : immediately after the procedure, you may find your skin flushed, i.e, colored red or pink. It’s a healthy sign. There are very rare chances of developing any kind of infection. However, a little bruising or swelling is common which usually subsides within a day or two.
Long Term Effects : In a long term, the derma needling helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines, scars and gives a smoother, fresher texture to the skin. The collagen and elastin production help give the skin a filled out appearance. The micro puncturing helps in formation of newer, healthier skin. A regular healthy skin care routine prior as well as post procedure along with proper follow up can help get the best results.
In conjunction with other procedures like chemical peels can provide enhanced results for scars and stretch marks.
How Many Sessions?
Typically, there are about 3 to 5 sessions required with a gap of around 3-4 weeks between each session. However, depending on the condition of the skin, you may have to book a couple more sessions. Keep in mind, the whole process takes about 19 to 12 months and is thus a commitment, although the results are usually worth it.
Complications in skin needling are very rare. However, in case of use of bigger needles for more damaged skin, there are chances of skin piercing and bleeding. However, with proper care and careful implementation, these effects can be minimised.
The procedure should not be done on active acne breakouts, or rosacea affected skin. Diabetic patients also do not make suitable candidates. Provide your therapist proper information about any medical condition you may be suffering from so that they can work around it and provide you with best results.
Although hearing or reading about the procedure makes it sound a bit torturous, an experienced and skilled therapist at a quality lush bar or salon can help minimise the risks and discomfort making the experience more pleasant and bring you your good skin days back.