Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally invasive rejuvenation procedure to improve scars, boost collagen, reduce pore size, tighten and thicken skin and improve stretch marks while reducing pigmentation and wrinkles. Microneedling creates microscopic punctures in the top layer of your skin, triggering collagen and elastin production.
As collagen production naturally slows down with aging, Microneedling Collagen Induction Therapy helps to increase your body's ability to naturally firm loose skin and improve texture. By promoting collagen growth, microneedling may help to reverse the signs of aging by fading acne scars, reducing wrinkles and making the skin look refreshed.
The procedure takes about an hour with numbing cream applied to the pre-treated area. Redness typically subsides within a few hours and disappears within 24 hrs.
According to a 2008 study, skin treated with four micro-needling sessions, spaced one month apart, produced up to 400% increase in collagen and elastin, six months after treatment.
Microneedling benefits the skin by its ability to stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, which is the key to new, youthful-looking skin. 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. Because the body utilizes its own natural healing mechanisms, the results are very natural. The procedure has minimal downtime so it's often recommended as part of a maintenance program for people trying to ward off signs of aging.
"It works the same way as my lasers, only you're injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light. Believe it or not, microneedling benefits caught the eye of skincare fanatics interested in anti-aging" Dr. Sejal Shah
In a 2009 study, nearly 100% of acne-scarred participants reported a marked improvement in the visibility of their acne scars. Microneedling compares to the fractional laser treatments when it comes to resolving acne scars. A head-to-head comparison published in the Journal of Dermatalogic Surgery in 2016, found both treatments to be comparable and effective, but credited microneedling for being better tolerated, fewer side effects and less downtime.
Collagen is arguably the most vital way to improve the look of skin and goes far beyond just reducing wrinkles. By stimulating collagen growth with microneedling, you can also reverse sun damage and discolouration including hyper-pigmentation that comes with melasma. A 2015 study showed microneedling to be a promising treatment for the blotchy, brownish facial pigmentation that come with this chronic condition.
A 2015 study in the International Journal of Dermatology, confirms that microneedling is a new way to achieve "skin rejuvenation, tightening and scar remodeling."
Did you know only 4-8% of your expensive serums actually penetrate into your skin? This is another benefit of microneedling. Studies confirm, microneedling boosts the absorption up to 1000%. The treatment can actually help topical medications penetrate skin more efficiently allowing you to reap the full benefits of your skincare. This makes sense considering microneedling creates thousands of invisible holes in your skin that are ready to absorb products in a way clogged pores can not. Products that penetrate better, work more efficiently.
Finally, the awesome news! Microneedling benefits are not exclusively for the face. It can be done on any area of the skin that needing repair - particularly areas that display stretchmarks or scars like the legs, chest, back and butt. As few as 4 - 6 sessions could make a difference in these problem areas.
There is very little downtime, although expect your skin to look and feel moderately sunburned for 24 hours. For a day or two, you may experience some light flaking of the skin which is the skins natural exfoliation process. After a week, you'll see a brighter, more smooth looking skin. It is recommended you wear sunscreen whenever outdoors and refrain from makeup for first 48 hours.
To lessen the skin sensitivity, a topical numbing cream is applied for 20-30 minutes prior to treatment. Treatment times are typically 1 hour unless combined with laser therapy.