Micro-needling is also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT). Micro-needling has been around for over 50 years. The technique has been known to treat hyper pigmentation, dull skin, scars, wrinkles and even stretch marks. Micro-needling involves using sterile, tiny needles to repeatedly puncture the skin. The technique has gained widespread popularity over the years primarily because of its ease of use and minimal downtime.
How is micro-needling performed?
In our office we begin by applying a numbing cream to anesthetize the skin. Once the skin is sufficiently anesthetized, the skin is cleaned and prepped. The derma pen is then skillfully moved over the surface of the skin until all areas are treated. In some cases, Plasma Rich Platelets (PRP) are used to enhance results. The whole procedure takes about 20-30 minutes and is essentially painless. To get full results it is recommended that you repeat the procedure several times to get the most collagen and elastin production.
What to expect after a Micro-needling procedure?
The risk of infection is very small but the procedure should not be performed if you have active acne breakouts.