Micro-needling is an aesthetic procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny sterile probes in order to induce the production of collagen .
Our therapists use tiny sterile probes to injure the skin on purpose, in a controlled, sterile environment. The probes enter the skin vertically without tearing or scratching the tissue. This causes inflammation and triggers ‘a wound healing response’.
The first stage starts immediately after the procedure, which is an inflammatory response to prevent further infection and blood loss. Without this response, no healing can take place.
The functions of the next phase prevent infection, and clean the wound to provide the best conditions for healing:
Phase 3 is known as the Proliferative Phase. During this, the fibroblast cells (responsible for making collagen), gather at the wound and produce new collagen.
The new collagen is not laid down in nice straight lines, instead it is constructed in a random, disorganised fashion. This happens because the body is trying to repair the area quickly.
The skin then contracts to heal the wound.
In the final phase, white blood cells re-jig the disorganised collagen and compact it down into nice, straight, structured lines, giving the skin strength, volume and a more youthful appearance.
The wound healing response is complete.
Collagen Induction Therapy (Micro-needling) is not just a quick fix. To enable the best results it’s important to commit to a programme, allowing the skin chance to remodel and progress through the different phases.
This in turn will stimulate the production of new collagen and the remodelling of old collagen.
Because a topical anaesthetic cream is used before the treatment, discomfort, if any is minimal. It feels very similar to a normal CACI Microdermabrasion treatment.
Due to the nature of the treatment the skin is usually red afterwards however this goes down usually after a few hours.
Best visible results are seen with a series of at least 3 to 6 treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, with a maintenance treatment to boost the skin every 3 months.
There is a continuous and progressive improvement overtime in overall skin smoothness, firmness and elasticity. The complexion becomes brighter over time, especially when combined with specific medical grade creams such as our new ZO Skincare range.
Final results (including remodelling of the skin and complete rejuvenation) are noticeable in 3 to 12 months. Results are dependent on the individual.
If you would like more information on our Micro-Needling/Collagen Induction Therapy Treatment, why not book in for a consultation with one of our Skinpen experts, and we can gladly talk you through each step of the treatment.