Skin Needling

Collagen Induction Therapy for the Face and Body

Overview of Collagen Induction Therapy

Collagen Induction Therapy has many, many names, including Skin Needling, Dry Needling, Needle Dermabrasion, and Dry Tattooing, all used to describe a tattoo procedure where the healing process results in wrinkle and scar remodeling.

It is a simple and safe method that consistently delivers lasting results.

How does Collagen Induction Therapy work?

Collagen Induction Therapy procedure works by stimulating your own body’s collagen. By needling microholes into the skin, your body will start to naturally regenerate the area, working below the surface in the dermis. New skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced.

It improves the thickness of the dermis as well as the epidermis. This, in return, improves skin texture and reduces wrinkles. It also has a positive effect on hyper- and hypo-pigmentation by creating new collagen fibers, improving blood supply, and evening out pigmentation. It will only take up to a few weeks before visible signs of regeneration are seen and the process will continue over the following 6-12 months, providing you with a gradual and long lasting enhancement.

Scar Reduction Therapy for the Face and Body

Overview of Scar Reduction Therapy

Scar Revision procedures may reduce acne scarrings, such as pits, boxing scars, or rolling scars; surgical scarring; burn scars; and trauma scarring. It is similar to the Collagen Induction Therapy, but uses marine cells to aid in the healing process.

How does Scar Reduction Therapy work?

Scar Reduction Therapy works by releasing old fibrotic scar tissue deep within the skin.  Scar tissue is what creates visible scars on the skin’s surface. By needling microholes in the scars and surrounding tissue, the scar tissue is broken down. The treatment will repair the skin naturally, working below the surface in the dermis. This takes time as new collagen and elastin fibers are formed, softening scars, generating new skin cells and enhancing blood supply. A serum is used in conjunction with the treatment to accelerate this regeneration. 

Results can be seen within as little as a few weeks, with scars improving 70-80%.

Skin Needling Concerns

Is Skin Needling Safe?

Yes, all forms of Skin Needling are safe and suitable for all skin types, including thin skin and previously lasered skin. There is no ablation to the epidermis, therefore, a simple and natural response of collagen is induced.  All skin types that have uneven pigmentation may be corrected.

Why Skin Needling?

Skin needling stimulates new tissue formation while structurally maintaining the skin. The skin does not get damaged. Skin needling requires less downtime than most laser treatments, with comparative results.

Why do I need a consultation prior to treatment?

As with any of our procedures, we offer a free consultation, to see if our Skin Needling treatments are right for you. During the consultation, we will explain the entire process, advise you of pre- and post-care instructions, and go over the cost of the treatment. If more than one treatment is suggested, we will determine timeframes as well.

Are Skin Needling treatments painful?

Tolerance levels vary for all. We use pharmaceutical grade, compounded numbing creams created for our company during all of our procedures. The topical anesthetic numbing creams are applied to the skin, prior to all treatments. Most clients say they felt no pain or a slight sensation that was minimal and tolerable.

Is Skin Needling/CIT  permanent?

Skin Needling treatments are very effective and long lasting.  Results may last for several years and Skin Needling will provide significant benefits to concerned skin.  However due to a combination of factors such as life style and free radical damage, maintenance treatments may be recommended.  It is important to avoid excessive sun exposure and apply SPF 30+ sunscreen daily during and post treatments.

What can I expect after my treatments?

You will see real results during your treatment course. Your skin may initially look red a couple days post treatment and then shortly after the redness will start to minimize. The results will become more impressive with each successive treatment. Your skin’s overall texture and complexion will also improve throughout the treatment course.  Clients are continually experiencing great results and value from Skin Needling treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

For best results, on average we recommend completing 1 to 3 treatments. As the condition of skin, severity of scars and individual expectations will differ the number of treatments required may vary.  Maintenance treatments may be recommended to be performed on the area for some clients based on the skin’s color, condition and personal lifestyle.

How do I know when to come in for my next treatment?

On average we recommend treating the area 6 – 8 weeks apart. You will be scheduled for a 6 week assessment.  Based on your individual progress, follow up treatments may be recommended if needed to reach your desired result.  Additional appointments will be scheduled at that time.

How will I look in between the treatments?

If experienced, the inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within 1-=24 hours on average, from redness to pink skin. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend healing ointments, serums, peptides, or hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc-based sunscreen. We also recommend the use of mineral-based make-up to conceal redness during the healing process. This can be applied as early as the day after. Oxygenates can be used immediately following your treatment.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Immediately following a Skin Needling treatment, clients may experience slight reddening or swelling of the skin, similar to a mild sunburn. This effect is very normal and will disappear shortly after in most cases. Damage to the skin is very rare.  As the microholes close within minutes, and the treatments are performed under clinical conditions, post-procedure infections are very unlikely.

Will my medication affect my treatment?

Certain medications may affect your Skin Needling treatment if they are photosensitive, such as Accutane and Retin A which may cause hyperpigmentation. If you are taking any medications, it is best to inform us during your consultation to ensure that you will receive the best possible treatment results.  

Skin Needling Before and After Care

How should I prepare before for my treatment?

To minimize the possibility of adverse skin effects, we recommend avoiding the following activities for at least 2 to 4 weeks prior to your treatment:

  • Sun exposure: Please apply SPF 30+ sunscreen daily
  • No spray tanning
  • No topical fake tanning lotion of any kind
  • No use of exfoliating creams or scrubs
  • No topical AHA’s (Alpha HydAcidsacids), Glycolic Acids, Retinol, or any cream with anti-aging properties
  • No Dermal Fillers and/or Cosmetic Injectables (2 weeks prior)
  • No Accutane (one year prior)

Please Note: For optimum treatment results to be achieved, paramedical skin care may be recommended to be used a few days prior to treatment. You will be advised during your initial skin consultation.

How should I care for the procedure area afterward?

You will be advised of the proper post treatment care instructions during your consultation and again in writing at the end of your treatment. In most cases, once the redness has calmed down, you are able to resume your normal activities.  It is best to treat the area with care as you would a sunburn.

It is advised to avoid the following until the redness has calmed down:

  • Sun exposure: Please apply SPF 30+ sunscreen daily
  • No spray tanning
  • No topical fake tanning lotion of any kind
  • No use of exfoliating creams or scrubs
  • No topical AHA’s (Alpha HydAcidsacids), Glycolic Acids, Retinol, or any cream with anti-aging properties (for 2 weeks)
  • No Swimming pools and spas with multiple chemicals/ chlorine
  • No Activities that cause excessive perspiration
  • No Dermal Fillers and/or Cosmetic Injectable (three months post)

Please Note: For optimum treatment results to be achieved, paramedical skin care may be recommended to be used post treatment. For example:  An anti-inflammatory cleanser to soothe, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, copper to help heal.

What should I avoid in between treatments if I need more than one?

If more than one treatment is needed for your desired results, we recommend limiting both sun exposure and artificial tanning of any kind during the length of your treatments.