From accidents to acne to aging, microneedling offers a reasonable alternative to lasers and surgery. Sun damage, smoking, heredity, hormones, volume loss including fat loss, impaired microcirculation from the effects of smoking and nicotine, gravity, aging and repetitive expressions such as smiling, squinting and frowning are some of the causes linked to wrinkles.
Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin.
Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size and stretch marks. PCI, CIT, or microneedling therapy has proved to be a simple and fast method for safely treating wrinkles and scars. Because the epidermis remains intact, the procedure can be repeated safely and is also suited to regions where laser treatments and deep peels are not typically performed. The procedure is well tolerated by patients with minimal downtime and can be easily personalized by going deeper on some areas where skin damage requires a more aggressive approach. The number of needling sessions depends on the individual skin condition. 3 to 4 treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of 5 treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments it typically recommended.
Wrinkle needling stimulates fibroblasts and collagen deposition and helps remodel and diminish the wrinkles. You will need to repeat the procedures every 30-60 days. Plan on treatments every 6-9 months after you’ve got the wrinkles under control.