Micro needling is a hot topic right now and for a good reason, it is one of the most effective ways to stimulate collagen production in the skin to promote a healthy glowing skin and slow down the aging process. It has been given many different terms such as needling, derma rolling and collagen induction therapy (which is how we refer to it) but they are all essentially the same thing.
There are 3 Different Types of Needling.
They are the three different levels that the needles penetrate the skin.
- Cosmetic needling is that the type that you can do at home yourself and penetrates 0.1-0.2 mm into the skin.
- Medical needling is done as an in salon/ clinic treatment and requires a topical anaesthetic and experience practitioner to carry out the treatment.
- Surgical needling is usually done with full anaesthesia and is typically used to treat deep thick scars or burn scars, it is also used on areas of the body such as abdomen or breasts.
The needles are attached to a sterile roller which is moved over the surface of the skin to create many microscopic channels or columns. These minute punctures close over almost immediately as the skin heals. During your salon treatment the skin will bleed as a result of the depth of penetration, however this does not happen with the home kit. The treatment itself although not painful due to the topical anesthetic, is mildly uncomfortable. Any discomfort that is experienced is definitely worth it though as this treatment will not only stimulate collage and elastin but it will help your products penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin quicker. This is great news, getting active ingredients such as Vitamins A and C, peptides and hyaluronic into the deeper layers of the skin is going to allow you to see the changes that you want.
This treatment is great for treating acne scarring, lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, tighten skin and photo-aging.
Not all treatments are equal though, so it is important to do your research before you decide on where to have it done. At Akina we encourage all of our clients to pretreat their skin with Vitamin A for at least 3 months prior to the initial CIT treatment. This will give you a much better result over all. If you haven’t got the patience to do three months, we do insist at least 3 weeks of Vitamin A topically beforehand. The longer you are on Vitamin A prior to your first treatment, the better and faster your skin will heal. The other thing we have found aids results is the length of time between treatments, we recommend 7-10 days max between treatments for optimum results as this is the time period that the level of growth factors increase and peak.
During the in salon treatment your therapist must draw blood, if they don’t you are not getting the best treatment. Treating the skin with a light based treatment such as Omnilux, IPL or Laser afterwards can enhance the results. Equally the Environ Vitamin Facial can increase the overall result if carried out in between CIT sessions. Post treatment your skin can look like a sunburn for a day so timing is important. This however tends to reduce as you have more treatments.
We recommend a course of 6 treatments done over a 6-18 week period.