Microneedling/ Collagen Induction Therapy
Microneedling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or medical skin needling, is a sought-after treatment, with celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Demi Moore swearing by its anti-ageing benefits.
The procedure, which can take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes, claims to fight the signs of ageing, and reduce skin laxity by stimulating the body’s own collagen production. Using precision needles, the therapist makes thousands of micro-channels in the skin, which causes the body to think it’s being attacked. It then sends new fibroblast cells, collagen and elastin to the surface of the skin, which plumps out fine lines and wrinkles as well as decreasing any scarring. The body heals itself and there are no chemicals involved.
Needle lengths start from 0.25mm and therapists can use anything up to 1.5mm, with 2mm and above generally classed as medical.
A solution is also applied to the skin, containing hyaluronic acid, minerals, vitamins and peptides, which stimulates cell proliferation and so reduces the skin’s contours and improves elasticity. The Microneedling combats the following skin conditions:
Lines and wrinkles
Loss of volume
What to expect after
The inflammatory effect of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 48 hours. Redness or sensitivity may possibly be present and last up to a few days after your first peel. Use only your hands to pat dry no earlier than 4 hours after peel, gently washing with a gentle cleanser, cool water.
It is highly advisable that you do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil because these will interfere with the body’s natural inflammatory process that is serious for your skin transformation. The use of over the counter pain medications that are not anti-inflammatory are recommended only as needed for any discomfort. Eating fresh pineapple helps heighten the healing process as well as help with any skin discomfort.
Peeling may start 2-5 days after peel. Do not pick or scratch at treated skin but instead keep moisturized. It is highly recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise or sweating for 24 hours due to open pores. Cool compresses help alleviate discomfort after peel if excessive discomfort, burning, redness, or swelling is persistent. Avoid sun exposure for a minimum of three days up to ten days.
4. Inside of two days following your Micro-Needling procedure, you can expect to discern skin dryness and flaking due to an increased turnover of skin cells. It is during this period that skin moisturizer may be applied.
The use of the roller around the eyes by your medical professional may cause a little micro bruising that can easily be covered with makeup. You can expect to see your skin start shedding the skin layers that would regularly shed a week later, but the process brings this skin to the surface quicker and it is during this brief process that your skin will shed and be dry.
Last but not least, you can expect results. Micro-needling is a sought after Hollywood treatment for a variety of skincare problems including improving the overall appearance of skin. So expect to have glowing skin after the recovery period of your very first treatment!
Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until the desired results are achieved.
WHAT TO DO AFTER MICRO NEEDLING PROCEDURE
DO NOT EXPOSE YOURSELF TO THE SUN
After you have undergone your microneedling procedure, stay out of the sun and do not apply any sunscreen, due to the toxins that may be contained in the lotion. Post procedure, the skin channels are completely open, and any toxins contained in topical applicants may be harmful to you.
DO NOT USE ANY “ACTIVE INGREDIENT” SKIN PRODUCTS
Post procedure, avoid any skin care product that has active ingredients. These commonly include things like Alpha Hydroxyl Acids, Retinol and other similar agents. The skin will be highly sensitive and these products will only irritate the it further.
USE COLLAGEN STIMULATING PEPTIDES
As microneedling serves to stimulate the production of collagen, the skin needs higher amounts of collagen than normal to recover optimally. Collagen Stimulating Peptides assist in that process, further aiding in the stimulation of collagen production.
AVOID THE USE OF MAKEUP AFTER TREATMENT
It is imperative that you let your skin “breathe” and recover for 24 hours after the procedure. The skin channels are open, and using a makeup brush can penetrate the pores, especially if they are very thin, causing further irritation. Using a makeup brush that has been used before can contaminate the skin and, consequently, lead to infections. Wait 24 to 48 hours before you apply face makeup to give your skin the necessary recovery time.
USE A COOLING FACE MASK
After you have undergone microneedling, you may experience some skin inflammation or redness. Using a cooling mask will help reduce the inflammation or redness of the skin, giving you more comfort.
USE AN ANTIOXIDANT SERUM
Antioxidant serums have properties that assist in healing the skin. Serums assist in soothing the skin and further reduce irritation.
As you sweat the pores of your skin will reopen, and the bacteria on your skin may enter the skin