Microneedling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a small hand held device that contains tiny microneedles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create tiny micro-wounds. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
This is a simple and fast method for safely treating wrinkles and scars. Because the epidermis remains intact, the procedure can be repeated safely and is also suited to regions where laser treatments and deep peels are not typically performed. Now becoming widely used as a treatment for sun damaged skin to improve the skin’s appearance and quality, and to improve surgical scars and acne scars.
The procedure is well tolerated by patients with minimal downtime, and can be easily personalized by going deeper on some areas where skin damage requires a more aggressive approach.
Best results are obtained when done in a series of 3 to 6.
Microneedling can be paired with topical peptides, powerful antioxidants, human growth factors, and PRP (platelet-rich plasma).