Microneedling / Collagen Induction Therapy
ABOUT MICRONEEDLING/COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY
Microneedling, or Collagen Induction Therapy (CID) is a non-surgical form of anti-ageing skin therapy, used to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and generally to rejuvenate the skin. It works by stimulating collagen production in the skin.
As we age, and with exposure to the sun, our bodies produce less collagen, resulting in signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. By stimulating the production of collagen and elastin with microneedling, these signs can be reduced or eliminated.
Microneedling is a popular, low-risk, and lower cost alternative to more invasive anti-ageing procedures like botox, fillers, and even laser treatments. What’s more, the results are longer lasting because the process encourages the body to produce its own healing agents.
What can Microneedling help with?
Generally, microneedling helps reduce the signs of ageing and scarring. It will help to “pad out” scars or large pores. It’s usually used for:
- Acne scarring
- Fine lines
- Deep wrinkles
- Loose skin
- Skin texture
- Pore size reduction
- Brown spots
- Stretch marks
- Pigment issues
- Skin tightening
- Tissue regeneration
What’s the procedure for Microneedling?
A small machine with tiny, stainless-steel needles is applied to the skin to create micro-punctures. The body is then forced to produce collagen and elastin in order to heal the “injury”. As it heals, you are left with smoother, tightened, more youthful skin.
The needle length varies depending on the thickness of the skin, but the procedure is generally considered painless. On thicker skin or deeper lines that require a little more penetration, a numbing cream is applied. The whole process usually takes around 1 hour with 30 minutes of “needle” time, but can depend on the size of the area.
Is Microneedling painful?
Compared to many other skin rejuvenation procedures, microneedling is generally considered a comfortable procedure. Pain tolerance varies from person to person, so Emma will check in with you throughout the procedure to monitor your comfort.
Historically the process involved drawing some blood with the needle points, but it has since been found that results are better with lighter needling. The needles used are so thin and small that they won’t even draw blood.
Deeper lines or wrinkles in areas like the forehead will be done manually rather than with the machine. In these cases, numbing cream is applied to the area for your comfort.
It isn’t painful, but may be a little uncomfortable in some areas.
Who is Microneedling suitable for?
Anyone can undergo the procedure, as long as you don’t have any active infections or lesions in the area, and you don’t have pre-existing problems with skin healing.
What are the risks of Microneedling?
Overall microneedling is considered a low-risk treatment with a quick recovery time. It’s commonly considered more effective than other, more aggressive and higher risk treatments.
However, as with any treatment, there is always a small risk of bleeding, bruising, and minor infection. Emma will advise you on how to avoid these outcomes.
How many microneedling sessions will I need to see results?
You’ll see great results instantly after your first session, and may not need any further sessions. Collagen will grow at around the 6 week mark, and your skin will continue to improve for 6-12 months.
For deeper scarring or wrinkles, sometimes more sessions are required. Everybody’s skin is different, so Emma will advise you if you need further sessions to get the results you want. However, you will see an improvement right away.
If you need more than one session, they’re usually placed around one month apart, but timeframes are flexible with this treatment.