SKIN NEEDLING OR COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY
It is suitable for most people and particularly useful in improving conditions such as:
- Lax skin, fine lines and wrinkles
- Premature ageing
- Sun damaged skin
- Acne scarring
- Stretch marks and scars
- Thin Skin
- Hair restoration (thinning hair)
Only the highest quality dermal rollers are used and treatments will only be performed by trained medical practitioners. Usually a course of three treatments is recommended for optimum improvement with periodical treatments in the following years to ‘top up’ the natural regeneration and repair that has taken place.
How does the treatment work?
The goal of treatment is to optimise skin health by keeping’ healthy skin’ which will have a strong barrier defence function, even colour, rich in structural support (collagen and elastin) and well hydrated. When skin is healthy it will look its best and so will you.
Dermal needling is based into two categories Cosmetic and Medical needling based on the length of needles and depth reached into the skin. Both rollers use very fine needles to make channels into the skin layers by rolling a specially designed device (needles on a small drum) to stimulate a controlled injury to the skin. It is from creating this ‘inflammatory response’ that causes skin regeneration to take place.
The key goals are:
To balance ‘cell function’ in the skin layers to assist in accomplishing smooth, plump, firm and evenly pigmented skin (colour).
To keep the ‘skin barrier’ defence working effectively so that it continues to provide a protection from sun damage, free radicals and pollution etc.
To keep a ‘strong connection’ between the two layers of skin epidermis–dermis if they become separated wrinkles will form and there will be loss of support for the epidermis (top layer of skin).
To stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin
Topical products can be applied onto the skin before, during and after the treatment to rejuvenate and enhance the results. For restoration of skin it is essential cells are provided with the vitamins and anti–oxidants needed. Our focus will be on protecting, restoring, regenerating and repairing the skin.
Cosmetic rollers (0.2 and 0.3mm) these needles cause superficial micro– injury to the skin and will help with increasing nutrients to the skin allowing 80% more product to be absorbed compared to just 7–10% if products were just applied topically without using a Dermaroller. Also there is stimulation of an epidermal growth factor that increases cellular turnover which will help thicken and plump up the skin.
Medical rollers (0.5 – 3.0mm) these size needles can only be used by medically trained practitioners. Depth of penetration in the skin is deeper and can influence selective cells to stimulate the release of growth factors and normal collagen rather than scar collagen, as well as performing all the functions of the cosmetic roller as well.
All dermaroller’s used are for single use only, sterile and will be appropriately disposed of in a sharps bin.
Contraindications to a treatment:
- An active skin infection or conditions
- Active acne with papules and pustules
- Skin cancers, solar keratoses
- Pregnancy and breast feeding
- History of keloid scars
- Allergy to local anaesthetics
- Immuno–suppression such as having chemotherapy, radiotherapy, high doses of steroids, uncontrolled diabetes etc
- On Roaccutane–must have stopped medication for at least 6 months
- Recent ablative dermal procedure– Laser, IPL etc
- On anti–coagulant therapy– warfarin, asprin
Cautions to be considered and discussed:
There are a few common drugs and supplements that can cause photosensitivity and whilst needling is not reported to increase hyperpigmentation it is one of the hardest things to treat, so it would be prudent to limit factors within our control. A melanin suppressant– pigment control product may be advised.
Prior to any treatment being performed a detailed medical history and skin analysis will be undertaken to assess suitability. A treatment plan will be discussed and risks and benefits of the procedure also pre–treatment photographs taken for documentation of progress.
Preparation of the skin prior to treatment:
Ideally you will be using an anti–ageing skincare regime for two weeks to ensure optimum results from the procedure. Healthy skin will respond better and results will last longer. Home care products should include a cleanser and toner as well as creams or serums containing ingredients such as: topical vitamin A, C, antioxidants, copper peptides, growth factors and the use of a daily sunscreen.
A topical anaesthetic cream will be applied to the skin to numb the area being treated making the procedure as pain free as possible. Before needling commences the skin will be doubly cleansed using a skin disinfectant and the procedure performed under sterile conditions. It will normally take 30 minutes for the anaesthetic to work and 20–30 minutes to perform the Dermaroller treatment. A structured approach is used when rollering the skin and a small area only is treated at any one time before moving onto the next section. Following completion of the treatment the skin will be cleansed with a saline solution and an oxygenating & Vitamin E recovery cream will be applied. If you will be in the daylight immediately after then a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF 50 will be applied before leaving.
Immediately after the treatment you will look as though you have moderate sunburn and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. This will start to subside after 1–2 hours and normally recover within the same day with only slight redness the following day.
Risks are minimal as the procedure is minimally invasive; there is a small risk of infection of the treated skin although this is not expected due to the sterility of the Dermaroller medical device and the procedure being performed by using a sterile technique. The procedure can cause areas of bruising although this is not expected to occur, the eye contour being the area at most risk.
- Use tepid water to cleanse the skin for the next 48 hours and dry gently, always making sure the hands are clean when touching the area
- It is recommended that make–up is not applied for 12 hours after the procedure, although a specialist mineral make up may be suitable
- Continue to use the calming and soothing cream until the redness subsides
- You must use a sunscreen with an SPF 50 for a minimum of two weeks post–procedure
- You can resume the recommended anti–aging skincare regime once the redness has go
Results can vary and a course of three treatments six weeks apart are normally recommended. However from one week onwards up to the next six weeks improvement in texture & skin tone, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles can be seen. In the treatment of acne scars and other types of scarring it may be necessary to extend treatment therapy
We offer the latest technology in skin needling–the advanced electronic micro–medical skin needling.