If you are reading this, you most likely have reached the age where you have started to notice blemishes and fine lines or wrinkles, and possibly have considered micro-needling. South African’s especially are prone to premature skin deterioration because of our harsh sun exposure. With literally 100’s of treatments proclaiming to be the new fountain of youth available in the beauty industry, and a less than desirable economic circumstance, it is quite normal to question whether these treatments really work or not. It is wise to make informed choices because when you are spending money on treatments, you want visible results.
What is micro-needling or collagen induction therapy?
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is a non-surgical skin-tightening procedure. The skin can repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, abrasions, and other physical trauma. When an injury to your skin occurs, the skin destroys old, damaged tissue such as acne scarring and wrinkles. The tissue is replaced with new fresh healthy collagen.
Skin needling is based on this concept and the body’s response to form new tissue layers of elastin- and collagen fibers.
Skin needling is a controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair mechanism by creating micro “injuries”. This initiates result in the skin renewing process and production of collagen.
Who are good candidates for micro-needling?
Treatments are suitable for all skin types, especially individuals with acne scarring, enlarged pores, and moderate to severe wrinkling.
The skin plumps and thickens in response to the stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, and other skin texture changes. Collagen induction therapy results in smoother, firmer, and younger-looking skin.
Channels made from the micro-needles allow topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively through the top layer of skin.
What do the experts say about micro-needling?
“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,” says Sejal Shah, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in New York City. (Micro-needling works the same way lasers do, only you are injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light.)
In a study on the effects of micro-needling published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, nearly 100 percent of acne-scarred participants reported a marked improvement in the visibility of their scars. With at-home micro-needling, a 1.5-mm handheld roller is long enough to improve the appearance of acne scars. For severe acne scars, however, you may need longer needles for maximum results. Professional grade micro-needling devices (used in a dermatologist’s or facialist’s office) can be as long as 3 mm, which will treat deep acne scars that occur beneath the surface of the skin. Research in the journal Dermatologic Surgery in 2016 gives credit to micro-needling for being well-tolerated, with few side effects and less downtime.
What to expect when you are going to a micro-needling appointment.
Recovery after this treatment depends on the length and density of the needles of the rollers used. The skin will be pink or red in appearance for 24-48 hours, much like sunburn with some minor bleeding and very occasionally some mild bruising. The skin may also feel warm, tight, and itchy for a short while. Generally, the inflammatory reaction of the skin is overall usually short and fades significantly after a couple of days on average, depending on the skin colour of the individual. Patients with a more sensitive skin type or older patients may take upwards of one week to fully recover.
It can take between 6- 8 weeks before visible signs of skin regeneration are seen and the process will continue to evolve over the ensuing months providing a gradual improvement. Although a single treatment can provide a noticeable result, ideally however a series of 6-8 treatments spaced about 6 weeks apart, is recommended to achieve optimal results.
Your questions about micro-needling in a nutshell
- Best results are achieved after 6 – 12 sessions.
- Results will last for 8 months.
- Treatment recovery 1 – 5 days
- Low risk and complication spectrum
- Topical anaesthetic will be applied before treatment.
- Procedure Time – 60 mins
- Skin Specialist Therapist
- Back to work next day
Now back to our question: Does collagen induction therapy really work.
Yes! It works and it is money well spent.
Contact our skin specialist therapist for more information on this treatment. We are a beauty clinic situated in the beautiful seaside city of East London in South Africa committed to providing quality beauty treatments to all our clients.