Skin Needling, also known as Collagen induction therapy or Micro-needling, is based on the ability of the skin to self-repair when a wound occurs. Skin needling creates microscopic pinpoint “wounds”. The body responds by creating new elastin and collagen.
It is a safe, heat-free treatment that is successfully used on all skin types and colors.
What Is Skin Needling?
We use Dermapen skin needling, which uses a handheld powered pen that holds sterile needle cartridges. The tiny polished needles pierce the skin at predetermined depths depending on the results you want to achieve.
- Shorter needle penetration can enhance product penetration and smooth superficial skin.
- Longer needle penetration can be used to create collagen response more deeply such as when treating acne scars.
The pen is moved quickly across your skin and treatments usually don’t take more than 20 minutes.
What Does Skin Needling Treat?
Dermapen skin needling works to naturally stimulate collagen creation to help tighten and lift the skin.
It helps with:
- Acne scarring
- Trauma scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Accumulated photo damage and roughness
- Sluggish skin, loss of firmness
- Hyper pigmentation
Skin needling causes minimal damage to the skin penetrating the deeper dermis skin. The damage from the micro injuries causes the immune system to respond and repair the skin resulting in reduced wrinkles or scars.
Is Skin Needling Painful?
Typically, Skin Needling is a little uncomfortable with depths needed for scar revision, but this is managed easily with a topical numbing cream placed on the skin prior to treatment. Lighter treatments are compared to brushing sandpaper across the skin.
The true results of your Skin Needling treatment will be apparent approximately 3-6 months post treatment as your skin regenerates and continues to produce new collagen and elastin. Most clients report an improvement in their skin texture and clarity within a 6-8 week period. This improvement is compounded after consecutive needling treatment.
How Will My Skin Feel After Treatment?
Light treatment levels: Depending upon the depth of the needles used, you may feel as though your skin is warm or hot – and sensitive. Light superficial treatments leave the skin red for a day or two.
More aggressive levels: Treatments aimed at changing the skin at deeper planes as in acne scarring may experience some swelling, pinpoint bleeding (stops almost immediately) and the tiny pinpoints dry and then slough off.
Interesting Back Story on Skin Needling
Skin needling (also called Natural Collagen Induction Therapy) was pioneered by a Swiss-French dermatologist called Dr. Phillippe Simonin. He found that facelift patients who had undergone camouflage tattooing after surgery to hide scars showed substantial improvement in how their scars looked.