REASONS FOR CHOOSING SKIN NEEDLING / SCAR RELAXATION / MELANOCYTE RESTORATION
- Wrinkles on the face, neck, hands or body
- Stretch marks
- Scars from surgeries or injuries
- Scars from chicken pox or acne
- Scar tissue that is tight or impairs movement
- Hypopigmentation (white spots)
Skin needling, or collagen induction therapy, is a unique process which stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. Using a sterile needle grouping, the technician gently inserts the needle into the epidermis and top layer of the dermis, signaling the brain to send collagen to the injured site for repair. This signal creates an abundance of collagen, thus plumping up the injured area and creating a softer, subtler appearance of wrinkles, acne scars and other depressed areas.
Scar relaxation is the process of releasing the tough, fibrous bands of collagen in contractured, or scarred tissue. A sterile needle grouping is inserted into the dermal layer of tissue, signaling the brain to break down the fibrous bands of collagen in the scar. Results range from softening of the scar’s toughness and texture to increased range of motion. In most successful cases, clients have regained total range of motion, depending on the number of applications and severity of the contracture.
Melanocyte restoration is the process of regenerating the skin’s melanin production in hypopigmented areas (white spots) by stimulating the melanocyte cells. A sterile needle grouping is inserted into the epidermis and top layer of the dermis, signaling the brain to send melanin to the application site in order to repigment areas lacking color. The client must expose the treated area to the natural sunlight or tanning bed for 30 minutes the day of the procedure. The results can range from pink to brown melanin repigmentation, depending on the number of applications a client receives.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’ve never heard of skin needling? Is this a new procedure?
Susan Church CCPC, pioneered skin needling in 1990. More recently, prominent South African Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Des Fernandes delivered a paper about his results with skin needling, which showed improved collagen production, scarring, texture and ageing. The paper “Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy: an Alternative Treament for Scars, Wrinkles and Skin Elasticity,” was published in Journal of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery in 2008 and, in a study of 480 patients, showed significant effectiveness of “skin needling” in treating wrinkles and scars without the tissue damage and scarring frequently observed with laser treatments and chemical peels.
How does skin needling compare to laser treatments?
Needling stimulates the effects of those from laser resurfacing, but without the harsh damage to the epidermis. It is also much more economical.
Is skin needling the same as using dermarolling products?
It is similar, but needling, when performed by a professional, is much more effective since the technician can target the specific areas.
Is skin needling an alternative to collagen fillers?
Yes, skin needling is a natural alternative to synthetic collagen fillers. To look your best, we recommend clients consider having Botox to paralyze their muscles and therefore enhance the skin needling results.
What kind of recovery can I expect from skin needling?
The area should not be exposed to the sun, tanning bed, heat, hot water or sauna for 5-7 days. It is extremely important to protect your skin with at least SPF 30 at all times. The skin will appear to have red ‘cat scratches’ for a few days following each session. Mineral makeup can be worn the day after the needling application. The treated areas should be kept moist with A& D or like product 3-7+ days post treatment or until the scabs fall off.
What kind of results can I expect from skin needling?
Most people see results within the first few days of each treatment and continue to see results up to 3 months post treatment. Results can last for years. Individual results vary as each body’s regeneration is unique. The daily use of topical products such as; Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamins C & E and/or 25% Hyaluronic Facial Enhancer will help boost collagen and regenerate the tissue after each needling session.
Is there a certain type of scar it won’t work on?
It won’t work on keloids, dark or red scars. Also, the scar must be a minimum of 6 months old.
How many sessions are needed for skin needling, scar relaxation and/or melanocyte restoration?
The treatment usually requires 1-3 sessions in 4-6 week intervals.
Is it painful?
The procedures are semi-invasive. A topical anesthetic is applied to the area prior to the treatment. Most clients feel very little discomfort, if any at all.