Micro-needling (CIT- collagen induction therapy).
As we age, our collagen production begins to become non-existent, so it is up to us to keep our collagen train running. Micro-needling is THE single best treatment that we can utilize. We use the SkinPen precision plus system for this procedure. The SkinPen is a hand help motorized pen which has a tip with small, sterile meso-needles that are used to penetrate the skin to produce micro-injury and mirco-channels. Creating these micro-channels and causing micro-trauma we are accomplishing two things. First, by creating trauma to the skin, our bodies natural reaction is to start the healing cascade, which is when the body send growth factors and hormones to the area of injury to help heal, and… you guessed it…. Produce collagen!!!. The micro-channels act as ( you guessed it) channels to allow penetration of products, wether it is the SkinPen infusion system or PRP. Have acne scars? Combining this treatment with our VI chemical peel will yield you results that you have been waiting for! Just remember, time and patience is your friend as these treatments need to be done in series of at least 3 and have to be spaced out.
What is Micro-needling?
Micro-needling, or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is a procedure that stimulates collagen production through creating micro-trauma with a motorized pen topped with tiny meso-needles. Micro-needling can help to improve skin tone, texture and to help treat acne scars and break up pigment related issues, such as Melasma.
Once the microchannels are form, they act as a highway to allow deeper penetration of other products and/ or treatments. The most common forms of treatments to add to your micro-needling session include hyaluronic acid serums, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and now, Exosomes.
Does Micro-needling hurt?
Micro-needling can be slightly uncomfortable as you come to the end of your treatment. A topical numbing agent is applied to your face and left on for 30 minutes to make the procedure as painless and comfortable as we can for you.
Is there downtime with Micro-needling?
The downtime associated with Micro-needling is generally 48 hours. If you received a treatment that was a little more aggressive, then possibly 72 hours. Immediately after the treatment you do not want to put anything on your face unless there is something specific that your provider has sent you home with. It is important to avoid sunbathing, swimming, exercising, and sweating for 24-48 hours. The micro channels that are created are open for up to 24 hours, so we do not want you to do anything that can increase the risk of infection by bacteria entering those open microchannels. Your face will be red and feel like a sunburn for a couple of days, but once healed, your skin will be left feeling tighter, plump, and youthful.
How long does the appointment take?
You will want to plan for a solid hour of being in the office. We want to give you time for the numbing cream to kick In and make you as comfortable as possible.
How many treatments do I need?
It is recommended that if you are doing it for the first time, to complete a series of 3 treatments about 4-6 weeks apart. Doing this helps to really drive home the production of collagen and elastin through the remodeling phase of the skin. It would be determined based on your assessment and discussion with your provider what the best treatment plan would be.
Is there maintenance?
Yes, and every individual is different. As we age, our collagen production decreases, so we much consider age of the patient, integrity of the skin and patient’s goals.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
You will want to make sure that your skin does not have an active burn. Also, you want to avoid NSAIDS, ASA Fish oil 3 days prior to your treatment. If you have recently been treated with corticosteroids, you will want to be off treatment for 2 weeks before your micro-needling appointment.