You've probably heard the term "microneedling" flying around, maybe even its bigger name of "collagen induction therapy" (CIT)... Or less commonly, dermaneedling. It's been popping up all over social media, the claims and before & afters have been outstanding, and we know you have questions! We offer microneedling here at Beautiful U Medi-Spa and are big fans of it.
So what is it, what does it do?
Microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy, a minimally invasive procedure meant to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars by helping stimulate your skin's natural collagen and elastin production.
The sterile tips used for the service are disposable, thrown out after each client, to help keep the procedure as sanitary as possible and minimise the chance of cross-contamination and infection. Each tip has between 6-12 needles that create microchannels in the epidermis and dermis without causing ablative damage. They can be used at varying depths and no two peoples' treatments are the same – it is entirely dependant on your skin's current state and a technician need only go as deep as needed to see pin-prick reactions, so it's important to see someone who understands what they're looking for. To minimise client discomfort, we use a superior, prescription strength topical numbing cream used by doctors during invasive procedures.
These teeny, tiny punctures close shortly after treatment and trigger the body's natural wound healing process, activating fibroblast cells, which create collagen and elastin. It also helps your skincare products absorb better for better results after treatment.
Collagen is responsible for keeping your skin strong and firm, while elastin is responsible for your skin's elasticity and its ability to bounce back. As we age, we lose both of these and it makes it much harder for our skin to naturally repair itself from traumas causing scarring, and those lovely fine lines we all love to see in the mirror so much.
Who's it good for?
Microneedling is great for:
Fine lines & wrinkles
UV damaged skin
Large pores & scars
* Due to the nature of stretch marks, they do tend to be a little trickier to get results for
We recommend most clients get a series of 3-6 treatments for best results, depending on what they have come in to treat and their desired results. Each treatment is spaced 4-6 weeks apart, depending on the intensity of the treatment prior.