Collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling, is a non-surgical procedure that uses your body?s own wound healing process to encourage cellular turnover and collagen production. Microneedling is performed with a handheld device, and it involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles to create microscopic channels within the skin. By stimulating collagen regeneration with microneedling, the newly formed tissue gets replaced with stronger collagen and elastin to create a more youthful and firm skin.
The major benefits of microneedling include:
Microneedling has been around for decades and has been advancing with the times becoming a mainstream procedure for many aesthetic practitioners.
Medical microneedling has been widely used in aesthetic medicine for many years and the first recorded use was in 1905. A German dermatologist, called Ernst Kromayer, first reported controlled resurfacing of the skin and his technique involved the use of rotating wheels and rasps, which were used to treat acne scars, birthmarks and areas of hyperpigmentation.
By 1995, a new technique was discovered by Dr Desmond Fernandes for the treatment of wrinkles and scars with the use of hypodermic needles and also developed a small needle stamp to induce collagen production, which later led to the development of our modern microneedling devices.
Skin needling techniques have become internationally recognized as the safest, most effective way of treating lax skin, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.
An initial consultation with you and your therapist will determine your skin concerns and goals. Your practitioner will discuss with you the most suitable treatment plan taking into consideration your concerns, recovery time and goals for the treatment.
The skin is then cleansed to remove any make-up or impurities from the surface of the skin. Before the procedure a topical anaesthetic cream is applied over the entire surface area which is left on for 20 minutes. The anaesthetic cream is then removed with antiseptic to ensure that the skin is clean and ready for the microneedling treatment. A serum is then added to the skin as a lubricant to help the needles glide. The serum aims to reduce post-treatment redness and helps for a quicker recovery. Following the procedure, the final step is the application of sun screen protection. Most clients experience little to no pain throughout the whole process.
After the treatment, the skin will look red, like a mild sunburn, and slightly inflamed.