Skin needling, or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a cosmetic procedure that utilises a specialised device with small needles to create tiny punctures on the skin's surface. This technique prompts the skin to initiate its natural healing process, which leads to the production of collagen and elastin. This, in turn, helps to improve the texture and appearance of the skin, resulting in a more youthful, smoother, and firmer complexion.
Skin needling creates tiny punctures on the skin's surface causing micro trauma. This process triggers the skin's natural healing process. As the skin heals, it produces new proteins (collagen and elastin) which can help to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and other skin imperfections.
Skin needling has many benefits, including reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars which lead to improvements in skin texture and tone. Skin needling can also be used to reduce the visibility hyperpigmentation and rosacea as the healing process can improve circulation and reduce inflammation.
Skin needling may cause mild discomfort, but it is generally well-tolerated. The level of discomfort varies depending on the depth and intensity of the treatment, but most people describe it as a mild pricking or stinging sensation.
Skin Needling is generally considered safe when performed by a trained professional. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks, such as infection and scarring.
The duration of the skin needling procedure varies depending on the size of the treated area and the depth and intensity of the treatment. Generally, the procedure takes around 30 to 60 minutes.
The number of skin needling treatments required to see results depends on the severity of the skin condition being treated. Generally, a course of 3 to 6 treatments is recommended for optimal results, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
The recovery time after skin needling is minimal, with most people experiencing mild redness and swelling for a few days. Some people may experience flaking or peeling of the skin, which is a natural part of the healing process. It is essential to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your clinician to ensure proper healing and avoid complications.
Skin needling is suitable for most skin types, including aging skin, acne-prone skin, and skin with scarring or hyperpigmentation. However, it is not recommended for people with active infections or inflammation, a history of keloid scarring, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding.