Just hearing the name of the procedure, you might be hesitant even to talk about it. What is Microneedling? How is it done, and what to expect after the treatment?
Skin needling is one of its common names, and believe it or not, it not as painful as it sounds. The microneedle procedure is a noninvasive approach which means you can experience minimal to no pain at all. The treatment involves a very fine needle (0.5 to 3.0 mm in diameter) that is responsible in micro-puncturing your skin’s outer layer. The uniformed injury will not stimulate the release of collagen (a natural protein that gives strength and elasticity to the skin) that will heal the punctured area. It will now promote the healing process that gives rise to smoother, healthier and younger-looking skin.
In the world of International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), this procedure is known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). As the name suggests, the whole process activates the production of the collagen protein as the body’s initial response from the wounds. The injury that the device creates on the skin is microscopic, which only implies that it does not destroy the integrity of the skin.
This treatment’s theory was introduced to the public on 1952 by a French Doctor. In 1990, another doctor experimented the procedure with the use of no ink tattoo gun to treat a postoperative scar to one of his patients. In the late 1990’s, another doctor introduced the procedure for the use of a roller initially to treat wrinkles. Today, there are a lot of devices, which vary from size of the needle’s diameter to the technique used.
Am I a candidate for Microneedling?
Uneven skin is one of the universal determinants that you are indeed a candidate to undergo for Collagen Induction Therapy. Check out other skin issues that can be corrected by CIT.
- Premature skin aging. The procedure will intensify the effect of your anti-aging cream.
- Fine lines caused by repetitive facial expression or damaged from the UVA rays of the sun.
- Scars that is caused by acne, surgery and wounds but except for the keloid (elevated) scar.
- Stretch Marks can be treated but with more treatment sessions.
- Hyperpigmentation or dark spots (uncontrolled production of melanin) can be treated by peeling out the topmost layer of the skin, and stimulates the healthy melanocytes (cells that produce melanin). New melanocytes will now produce melanin if necessary.
- Rosacea is a condition wherein the collagen are breaking down. With micro-needling, the skin will be strengthened due to activation of collagen formation.
- Big pore sized will be reduced.
- Alopecia or hair loss can be treated with the use of micro needling. The growth factors will accommodate the new hair growth on the head. With the combination of anti-hair fall products, the treatment is proven to improve hair growth.
Acne production will be stopped with the use of skin needling because it promotes rapid absorption of any acne prevention creams.
The benefits of Microneedling
Most Aesthetic Surgeons recommend the use of skin needling to people who do not want Botox procedure since it is the best alternative. Here are the perks that you can get from Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT:
- Scar Removal
- Breaks down of Stretch marks
- Eradicating Wrinkles
- Reduce cellulite
- Smoother skin
- Stronger epidermis
- Skin will look, fresher
Technique used to administer Microneedling
There are two types of techniques in executing the micro needling treatment. The distributed and circled pattern depending on the kind of device used. The roller device will be able to make a distributed pattern, while the derma pen creates the circle pattern. Both devices come with plugged and cordless (with battery).
According to dermatologists, micro needling is one of the most effective treatments when it comes to eradicating skin blemishes such as wrinkles, scars, uneven skin tone, and others. Experts reminded the public to be very vigilant when it comes to choosing a clinic to render this type of therapy. There are reports that some devices need to be handled by experts only.
During and after the treatment
A consultation with your doctor is a requirement before scheduling the procedure to assess the area that needs treatment. Your doctor will make a recommendation as well on how many sessions you need to do to achieve desired results. Based on the previous treatment history of most Aesthetic clinics, they are encouraging their patients to undergo at least three sessions with 4 to 6 weeks interval to acquire optimum outcome.
Before the procedure, the target area will have a topical anesthesia to alleviate the pain caused my microneedles for a maximum of 40 minutes. With the use of either the roller or the pen, the trained device operator will softly rub the device against the skin multiple times targeting 250 microscopic holes without damaging the outer layer of the skin. The body will not activate the release of growth factors that gives way to the production of Collagen. Also, new capillary (tiny blood vessels) will be formed for extra skin cells nourishment. Expect that the skin will appear reddish but will heal after 2 to 3 days.
After the treatment, the affected area may feel very sensitive due to micro wounds, but will disappear after a few days. Your doctor will give you home care guidelines, and what are the normal expectations. There are skin care products that are needed for skin application generously after the treatment, especially the moisturizer cream. Avoiding sun’s overexposure will help your skin to complete the standard healing process, thus promoting the fast recovery of the affected skin.
Side effects of the treatment
Here are the normal after treatment condition that you may experience.
- Inflammation of the dermis may appear which last up to 24 hours.
- The skin may feel supple, and very sensitive
- The skin will be more likely the sun sensitive for a few days
- Itchiness may occur (but very rare) but should only last for a few minutes
- Dryness of the skin