Collagen Induction Therapy
(microneedling) and Scar Treatment
Collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling, derma rolling, or skin needling, is a cosmetic procedure that involves pricking the skin multiple times using a specially designed device with needles to induce regeneration.
Clients with skin type 3-6 on the Fitzpatrick scale must prepare their skins by using a pigment inhibitor at least 2 weeks prior to the treatment. This will decrease the chance of hyperpigmentation that could occur after the procedure. This is not optional.
Common skin disorders where the use of dermal needling shows improvements are:
- Premature aging,
- Thin skin density,
- UV Damage,
- Epidermal density and strength
What is the procedure like?
The skin is prepared and a topical anaesthetic is applied. If the client has a high pain threshold then the latter is omitted.
In a controlled manner, and in circular motions, a rotary device with multiple needles is then used to prick the area being treated (I do not exceed 1mm needle depth into the skin, unless I’m treating a scar). Hyaluronic acid (HMW-HA) is my preferred gliding medium as it is naturally produced by the body and therefore not deemed to be “foreign”.
Expect to look red faced for a few hours after the procedure, a direct result of increased blood flow to the face. That’s the objective! It’s VERY important to avoid the sun as sunblock cannot be applied to the skin the same day of treatment. Sunblock with minimum factor 30 must be applied the day after and daily thereafter. Expect your skin to start peeling from day 2-3. Do not be tempted to pull at them as it will lead to scarring. Microblading can be done 4 weeks apart. I recommend 6 treatments in a year. This is a “long game” so slow and steady wins the race…
Microneedling is a fairly straightforward procedure with minimal risks. Clients are however required to provide a full medical history in order to determine suitability as candidates for the treatment.
Microneedling for Scar Treatment
Scars are excess accumulation of collagen. There are 2 types:
⦁ Keloids scars
Grow beyond the border of the original injury. May occur up to a year after the injury. Do not resolve spontaneously. Familial and more common in darker skin types
⦁ Hypertrophic Scars
Are limited to the original would area. Forms soon after the injury. Tend to regress spontaneously
How does needling correct scars?
It breaks down the scar mechanically with the use of a needled rotary device
Cost: Determined at consultation as a few treatments 2 weeks apart will be required