Medical Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is safe and effective for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks.
SkinPen® Precision comfortably creates thousands of micro-injuries in the skin to trigger the body’s natural wound healing process. This process results in skin remodelling and repairing the injured tissue producing organized healthy dermal tissue including Collagen and Elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with a softening and reduction in lines, wrinkles and textural irregularities.
The benefits of micro-needling are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of ageing. SkinPen® also has a very positive effect on hyper-pigmentation, scarring and stretch marks and generally creates a refreshed and brightened look to the skin. The healing response which begins immediately upon the treatment kick-starts a healing process that lasts for several months, and up to a year. This natural healing process is where all the magic happens.
Topical numbing cream is applied 30 mins prior to each treatment. The sensation associated with the SkinPen® ranges from sandpaper being moved across the skin, to more sensitive rapid pinching and mild irritation. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle tip reduces discomfort and makes the treatment more tolerable.
Immediately after the treatment, the skin will be quite red and some minor swelling and bruising are also possible. Most people experience the sensation of mild heat similar to a sunburn for 24 to 48 hours. The total healing time depends on the depth of needles used and the number of overlapping passes based on skin condition. On average, patients experience mild redness and swelling over the first 2 days with some residual dryness or mild peeling occurring on the 3rd day. Some patients and areas being treated heal completely in as little as 24 hours.
Treatment plans typically consist of a series of 3 to 4 sessions with treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced sun damage, stretch marks or deeper acne scars it is recommended to receive 4 to 6 sessions at 4 to 6-week intervals.
After healing post-treatment patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen and elastin production continues.
Further benefits can be achieved and maintained through home care products and follow up treatments every 4 to 6 months depending on the condition of the skin.