Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a process that uses tiny, sharp needles to create a microscopic wound in the skin that induces collagen renewal and reparative processes, by stimulating your skin’s natural ability to repair itself.
It has become very popular all over the world due to its easy accessibility, low cost relative to other procedures for wrinkles, scars and overall texture of the skin, excellent safety and low downtime.
Two different methods can be employed; rollers can be used that go over larger areas at once or a motorized pens can be used.
The advantage of the pen is that it has variable depth, is less tiring for the operator and is more precise as the depth is less dependent on the pressure applied to the skin. The pen has a disposable hand piece and the rollers are one use only. The micro-injuries you create stimulates the body’s natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging. It works the same way lasers do, only you’re injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light
It is great for the following people:
- Overall rejuvenation for maintenance or mild textural issues and wrinkling
- Rejuvenation for people who have more moderate aging changes but can’t afford more intense lasers , and
- Its great for acne scars
What it isn’t good for:
Redness and pigmentation issues. There are some pigmentation issues it could help with but these are very limited and not common. I am well aware that microneedling is popular and has widespread coverage in social media and the press and we sometimes overlook it due to the fact that we are fortunate to have so much equipment that gives such great results.
Microneedling is a great procedure that does give measurable results.
Collagen Induction Therapy also referred to as, Medical Micro-Needling, is a breakthrough for the treatment of wrinkles and pigmentation, scars, and folds. The primary appeal of microneedling is its ability to stimulate growth of collagen and elastin, which is the key to new, youthful-looking skin.
In a 2009 study on the effects of microneedling, nearly 100 percent of acne-scarred participants reported a marked improvement. Once again, collagen is arguably the most vital way to improve the look of skin, and this goes far beyond reducing wrinkles. By stimulating collagen growth with microneedling, you can also reverse sun damage and discoloration, including the hyperpigmentation that comes with melasma. A 2015 study showed microneedling to be a promising treatment for the blotchy, brownish facial pigmentation that comes with this chronic condition.
Some doctors would even go so far as to say that the procedure is the most powerful way to stop aging in its tracks and prevent new fine lines and wrinkles from forming. With its ability to trigger the generation of new skin cells, just a few sessions of microneedling will noticeably reduce fine lines, crow’s feet, and deep wrinkles on the forehead.
It’s a bit counter-intuitive, but microneedling doesn’t actually enlarge pores as you might imagine piercing your skin hundreds of times would. Rather, one major benefit of using a dermaroller is that it helps pores appear much smaller. Microneedling stimulates collagen in and around your pores, which causes them to plump and appear shrunken, if not closed. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want smaller pores?
The reason I like microneedling is because of its ability to utilize the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, and because there’s minimal downtime. Here are some benefits:
- Skin tightening, natural collagen induction, lifting and rejuvenation
- Improves wrinkles and fine lines
- Improves acne scars
- Minimizes large pores
- Improves hyper-pigmentation
- Even helps with stretch marks
What to expect after a treatment(this is me after a treatment I did on myself):
Day 1: Possible red appearance with some underlying bleeding, which varies between people
Day 2: The skin may be quite pink and look like it has moderate sunburn
Day 3: Skin may still be slightly pink.
On subsequent days the skin may feel tight and dry.
Your normal skincare program can be resumed after day 5.