Micro Needling and Skin Care

Microneedling, known to some as Skin Needling, or Microneedle Therapy, was originally created by a South African Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Desmond Fernandes. Microneedle therapy was to provoke your own skin cell regeneration and collagen production. Think of this process as a very intense skin needling treatment done by a skin care doctor.

People refer to Microneedling as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), and it involves using a hand-held skin roller which has multiple, fine pointed spikes on the surface of your skin. This skin roller has needles from 1mm – 3mm in length, and the spikes only puncture only the top layer of the epidermis. This action restores the skin’s natural wound healing process by creating small tears in the skin that helps to create collagen and elastin.

The small tears in the skin stimulate collagen in the epidermis and break some of the blood vessels under the surface of the skin.This promotes the development and production of collagen and elastin. These critical elements are what revitalizes your visible skin.

The microneedle therapy technique occurs at a microscopic level and the outward trauma effect in negligible. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to use a numbing product before therapy to minimize any uneasiness.

Microneedling can be performed on all skin colors and types. Outcomes that can accrue are minimized stretch marks and hair loss. Skin needling can be repeated every 6-8 weeks as long as the epidermis is healed; best of all, collagen formation can continue for up to 12 months after one treatment.

Precautions

If you wish to undergo Micro-Needling treatment it is important to first consult a doctor as not everyone is a suitable candidate for it. It is not suitable for those who:

  1. Have used isotretinoin within the preceding 3 months
  2. Have open abrasions, cuts or wounds on the skin
  3. Have undergone any radiation treatment over the past year
  4. Have any skin condition/infection like herpes simplex
  5. Are breastfeeding or pregnant
  6. Have a history of hypertrophic scars, poor wound-healing or keloid.

It takes around 6 weeks for collagen synthesis to take place and around 6 months for the complete effect of the treatment to show through, patients will be able to see a difference in the appearance of their skin right from the time the first treatment is carried out. Some will also feel that the fine lines have vanished after the first treatment.