Dermarolling, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), are minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedures. Medical Micro-needling is performed using a small hand held instrument containing many small needles. When these needles puncture the skin they trigger the body’s natural healing response which in turn produce new collagen and elastin.
The growth of collagen triggered by Medical Micro-needling has many wonderful benefits. It will improve skin texture and reduce the size of visible pores on the face within two weeks of the first treatment. With repeated treatments the skin becomes thicker and healthier, fine lines fill in and wrinkles become reduced in depth – an effect that is usually visible after 3-4 treatments. Medical Micro-needling will also heal scars – from acne to disfiguring surgical scars to stretch marks – filling them in with new collagen, which usually requires at least 6 treatments. Finally, Medical Micro-needling can also tighten sagging skin around the eyes and jaw line – one of the only treatments available aside from surgery that can reliably deliver this result!
Professional Micro-needling is considered to be one of the safest skin treatment procedures in aesthetics, delivering results similar to deep fractional lasers without the downtime, pain, or risk that can be associated with those procedures. Medical Micro-needling is much less damaging to the skin, which means it can also be used on areas of skin that may not suitable for deep peeling or laser resurfacing, such as the around the eyes, the mouth, the hands, and the chest.
Medical Micro-needling should not be confused with the myriad of home care micro-needling devices. Home skin needling devices are limited in how deeply they can penetrate the skin. They typically have shorter, finer needles of approximately 0.25-mm depth. These may be used two to three times per week for reducing pore size and oil production. However, Medical Micro-needling devices can penetrate up to 12 times deeper into the skin and require prescription numbing creams – leading to a totally different level of results.