Clinical Skin Needling / Dermapen
COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY (CIT)
Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is an advanced natural treatment to improve your skin texture, smooth wrinkles, fine lines & soften scars. It is suitable for all skin types and all areas of the face, neck, décolletage, abdomen and hands. Skin needling is performed with a surgical grade instrument with stainless steel micro needles ranging from 0.5mm to 3mm in length, performed by our Medical professional & Cosmetic Registered Nurse Kellee. Scaring is treated with needles up to 2-3mm.
Hyaluronic acid & a peptide gel is used during the treatment to help hydrate the skin & minimise fine lines. This can be purchased after your treatment to enhance your results. The treatment promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter. Creating only microscopic punctures in the epidermis, skin needling is minimally invasive with little damage to the epidermis which means the collagen production is significantly quicker than some other more aggressive treatments.
WHAT SKIN TYPES ARE SUITABLE FOR THIS TREATMENT?
fine lines, dull skin, enlarged pores
acne scars, chicken pox scars and surgical scars (more than 6 months old)
naso-labial lines and smokers lines
rejuvenation of hands , neck and décolletage
Orbital Region wrinkles (Eye Area)
peri oral rhytides (smokers lines/upper lip wrinkles)
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Generally a minimum of 3-4 treatments are required to achieve the optimum rejuvenation of an area. (Dull skin, open pores, fine lines & wrinkles,anti aging) These will be spaced 4 weeks apart. When treating scarring, at least 5-6 treatments would generally be required. The treatments are performed 5-6 weeks apart.
WHEN WILL WE SEE RESULTS?
The first week after the treatment you may get some skin peeling which helps lighten pigmentation or scarring and the skin looks more hydrated.
The results are gradual as collagen re- production takes time, most clients report a gradual improvement in their skin colour & texture over 6- 8 week period. That improvement is compounded as each consecutive treatment is performed. So it is really important to apply cosmoceuticals at home & commit to your treatment plan to see the best results
WHEN IS SKIN NEEDLING TREATMENT NOT SUITABLE?
the treatment should not be performed within 2 weeks of having an injectable dermal filler or botox.
the treatment is never performed on raised moles, warts or lesions
during pregnancy (when breastfeeding the treatment is allowed)
medication (some medication may reduce healing time, please advise your therapist on anything you may be taking)
the treatment will not be performed if the client has an active herpes or acne breakout, however, once resolved the treatment can go ahead after 2 weeks
medical conditions( i.e. diabetes) need medical certificate
THE SKIN NEEDLING TREATMENT EXPLAINED
The skin is cleansed (and quick Microdermabrasion is done depending on skin condition) & numbing cream is applied for 20-30 minutes. This minimizes the discomfort and most clients’grade discomfort as 2-3 out of 10 at the most. (With the use of dermapen 3 we often do not need to use numbing cream. ) Mostly round bony or thin skin areas such as lip, forehead and eyes. Panadol only may be taken prior to treatment.
The skin is thoroughly treated in such a way that each area is needled about 15 to 20 times. An even flushing is the best indication for a perfect medical grade treatment. Your skin will appear flushed (pink to red) which may last for 12 to 24 hours on average. Most clients are able to return to work that same day with the help from some mineral make-up.
The treatment takes approximately 45 minutes. In total allow 60 mins for your appointment. Please arrive with no makeup on.
Recommended treatment programme (for best results)
Pre & Post treatment instructions
For patients that bruise easily, it is advised to consider taking Arnica another anti-inflammatory and anti-bruising product 1-2 days prior to each skin needling session and hurodoid ointment post procedure.
Pre Skin Needling Home Care Routine of cosmoceuticals recommended by Dermal Therpist/ Cosmetic Nurse Kellee
Prior to skin needling it is advised to prep the skin with active ingredients to maximise the benefits from each treatment. We recommend a minimum of 14 days prior to needling to start with Dermalogica Skin Brightening Skin treatment containing cosmeceutical ingredients to strengthen your skin, this is imperative for skin types that keloid. If you have pigmentation issues this will enhance your results in a beautiful way.
POST TREATMENT MANAGEMENT
For the first 48 hours:
do not use glycolic acid, retinol and acidic skin care with “active” ingredients (for 5 days)
do not touch or rub the face
do not use spray tan products
sun exposure is not advised for 12-24hrs
50plus suncream is imperative for first 2 weeks
POST SKIN NEEDLING HOME CARE ROUTINE
After care is vital to continue the results of your needling. We recommend you continue with Dermalogica Skin Brightening serum, vit C serum and our Cosmetic Nurse will commence you on a vit A when your skin is ready. 50 plus suncream is imperative. If you expose your skin to the sun without protection you will only damage the skin.
Micro needling is Great for all skin types. Often laser is not suitable for darker skin types & people that keloid scar, however CIT is perfect for these skin types with great results.
What are the side effects of a skin needling procedure?
Over 220,000 skin needling procedures have been performed worldwide without any recorded incidents. Side effects are minimal, including mild swelling, mild bruising and peeling.
Risks of post-op infections?
Channels close within minutes, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post-op infections are very unlikely. To ensure the right healing environment, for 5 days don’t not use glycolic acid, retinol, acidic skincare or “active” ingredients.
What is the down time after a skin needling treatment?
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from the redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 24 hours on average. Most clients are able to return to work the same day with the help of some Mineral Makeup. It is imperative to protect the skin with sun screen SPF30+.
PRP with micro-needling?
PRP (otherwise commonly known as vampire facial) is your own bodies plasma, to enhance your results & reverse the aging process this treatment is available in conjunction with CIT. Our nurse will take your blood & then extract the plasma from this & an Infusion of your own bodies growth factors and platelets are applied to the treatment area. These two treatments combined give amazing anti aging results.
See PRP for further info. Some people may not be able to have this treatment due to health reason’s. Book in for a consultation with Our Cosmetic Nurse Kellee to ensure that you are a candidate for this treatment.