~ Skin Needling (Collagen Induction Therapy) ~
Needling is a technique used for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, laser scaring, stretchmarks, acne scars, chicken pox scars, pitting in the skin from pimples or injuries, surgical scars, or hypopigmented areas. Skin needling is for all areas of the body. Needling rejuvenates the skin and helps your body fill and soften wrinkles and other scarred areas naturally by producing natural collagen without the use of chemicals, lasers or injections every 6 months.
Needling provides less damaging effects to the epidermis. This procedure can be repeated several times because of the collagen build up in the treated areas making the dermis thicker instead of thinner. Other procedures like Chemical Peels, and Laser treatments remove the healthy top layer of skin (epidermis). These treatments although effective, can cause side effects including hypopigmentation (color loss), hyperpigmentation (darkening), thinning of the skin, or sensitivity. Because needling does not remove the epidermis like other resurfacing procedures. The healthy skin between the lines and wrinkles go untouched.
Needling uses no artificial fillers and causes minimal trauma to the dermis hence needling produces results in a shorter period of time than other resurfacing techniques. Recovery time for needling occurs within a few days. Most people return to work the next day. The skin will appear red like cat scratches.
The skin should be assessed prior to the client’s first treatment. The use of skin treatments and/or products both pre- and post-treatment will enhance the client’s results dramatically.
Sun worshipers and men that have not been on a regular skin care regime would receive greater benefits if they have any of the treatments listed below prior to their
Skin Needling procedure.
Several options are available to the clients Pre-Treatment are:
Peels – AHA’s, Glycolic, Salicylic, Malic, Enzyme Peels or Jesners
Retin A, Retinol, Renova
Anyone that is prone to herpetic outbreaks needs to be on an antiviral medication prior to their Skin Needling procedure. This applies to each additional procedure as well.
For clients that bruise easily, it is advised to consider taking Arnica Montana, Bromaline, or any other anti-inflammatory and anti-bruising product 1-2 days prior to each Skin Needling session and 2-3 days post procedure.
Post Treatment Management
Mineral makeup can be used after the skin has healed. If you use makeup on broken skin, the risk of bacteria entering the procedure area, as well as the makeup filtering its way into the open tissue, can be detrimental by causing darker pigmentation.
After the skin has healed, the use of AHA’s will help to keep the top layer of skin softened and sloughed off resulting in younger looking skin.
For the first few days our clients use a very light coat of Petroleum directly on the treatment area. This will not only keep the area from scabbing but will keep the skin soft and supple.
Using topical Vitamin C, A or E and Collagen producing products are also fantastic for the skin.
Turning Back the Hands of Time
Our clients report smoother, softer feeling and looking skin after each treatment; noticing creams and lotions penetrate their skin more easily, and their fine lines and wrinkles have softened considerably.
Clients with other concerns, such as acne scaring, scars from surgery or injury, do not notice the depressed area. The body’s natural collagen is masking the imperfection of the scarring process after each treatment, while it regenerates the natural collagen.
We have clients that have seen immediate, long-lasting results, and other clients noticed an improvement gradually over an 8 week period. One of our acne clients said he noticed results 3 months post procedure and his skin kept looking better and better.
Each person’s results will vary as their body’s NATURAL collagen and elastin regenerate.
Post Procedure Appearance includes:
Day 1 and 2 – Depending on how deeply the technician inserts the needle into the
epidermis, the tissue may be slightly to moderately swollen, tender, red and bruised,
with a slight lymph discharge from the treated areas. Minor itching may occur and the ‘needled’ tissue may exhibit the appearance of ‘cat scratches’.
Day 3 – The treated areas slightly crust and remain faintly pink to red.
Day 4---The redness and crusting have diminished.
Day 5---There is barely any evidence of a procedure.center of the wrinkle after the procedure. With bigger areas like acne scars or other small scars the area will look red and some swelling occurs in the treated area.
Although results may be noticed in a few days collagen will continue to be deposited into the dermis for 6 to 9 months after the initial procedure causing the skin to tighten and appear smoother.
It may only take one procedure to receive the achieved results to smooth and soften wrinkles and fine lines. Deeper wrinkles may need more treatments.
Contraindications for Skin Needling:
Anyone who is darker skinned and hyper-pigmented will need to use a lightening skin treatment for 2 weeks prior to their treatment appointment.
If you have ever had a keloid (raised scar) you would not be a candidate for Skin Needling.
Raised moles or warts or any raised lesions is not treatable with Skin Needling.
Clients not accepted for Skin Needling:
People who are in poor health and are under a physicians care are not good candidates.
People who have a slower healing time for instance uncontrolled Diabetics are not good candidates.
If you have had an invasive laser treatment you would not be a good candidate.
People who are on blood thinners are not good candidates.
Anyone who has a scar that is less than 6 months old are not good candidates.
If you have had Botox, facial fillers, in the past 4 months in the lips or face you would not be a good candidate.
Any facial surgeries in the past 6 months you would not be a good candidate.
Anyone who has had PERMANENT fillers, such as Dermagen or Shark Cartilage injected in the past 6 months would not be a good candidate.
Anyone who is prone to herpetic outbreaks would not be a good candidate unless they are on antiviral medication prior to Skin Needling procedures.
Individual results vary depend on their body's ability to regenerate the natural collagen and elastin.
Follow Up Procedures:
Treatments can be repeated at 6-8 week intervals depending on the desired results and the condition of the skin.
results vary between patients, with some acheiving 75 % - 90%+ improvement in scarring however, all patients acheive some improvements.