Microneedling, also called Medical Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is an aesthetic medical procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles (microneedling the skin) in order to induce production of new collagen ie the skin plumps and thickens in response to the microneedling.
This non-ablative treatment allows us to treat the deeper parts of the skin without removing the top layer of skin. It is designed to treat various skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, light to moderate scarring from acne and photo damage, and to improve skin colour and other skin texture changes.
It can be used on all skin types and is a valuable tool to treat a variety of skin concerns such as:
The number of treatments depends on the skin condition being treated and the extent of the damage. Most people will begin to see benefits even after the first treatment with consecutive treatments spaced every 4-6 weeks. For collagen induction and minor skin textural issues, at Skin Method Vancouver we recommend a series of 3 treatments. More severe cases of acne scarring or deeper static wrinkles 3 to 6 sessions are normally required.
Microneedling is a form of Collagen-Induction Therapy which helps control signs of aging in a natural process. It builds collagen, increases cell turnover, firms and strengthens the skin, minimizes the appearance of large pores, smooths texture and uneven skin tone, minimizes acne scarring, lightens pigmentation, softens fine lines and wrinkles. Treatments are recommended to do every 4-6 weeks regularly for targeting specific concerns, then can be done 3-4 times a year for maintenance along with other treatments.
Usually, downtime depends on the severity of the treatment such as needle depth, number of passes, and targeting specific areas. Some areas of concern might need more aggressive attention to achieve better results. It’s normal to be red and have some swelling post-treatment for 2-3 days. After the redness subsides, there’s an increase of cell turnover that happens which then leads to dry skin and flaking for up to a week. Every skin has a different response and reacts differently to treatments and downtime. It’s always best to follow pre and post instructions from your skincare professional to ensure proper healing of the skin.
Microneedling is one of the best treatments to help minimize the appearance of pore size. It works to build collagen and elastin in the skin and also firm the surface of the skin. This helps to tighten the skin which leads to the appearance of large pores to look smaller. The size of your pores will never change, however, regular treatments of Microneedling and some Laser treatments can help treat and keep pores looking less visible.
A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin prior to treatment to reduce discomfort and the procedure is pain-free.
The depth and speed of the procedure is individual per patient issues. We needle with a powerful epidermal growth factor serum to obtain the best results possible. While these microchannels in your skin are open and in an intensified wound-healing state, the epidermal growth serum aids in the repair and remodeling of the dermis.
The downtime post-procedure is minimal, typically a patient may experience redness and minor swelling for 12 to 48 hours afterward, akin to a minor sunburn.
Usually, you will notice some improvement in the texture, tone, and vitality of your skin after the first or second treatment. More significant results will occur after 4 to 6 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart. Collagen remodeling takes place over time. Skin will continue to improve over the next 6 to 12 months post-treatment with a proper home care regimen. Microneedling creates permanent and dramatic reparative changes to the skin, results will vary in each patient.
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