Microneedling — also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) — is a procedure that essentially pokes holes in the skin surface, creating a “micro injury” that encourages the skin to stimulate collagen production. Once the collagen production begins, it fills in fine lines and plumps the skin to create a more youthful appearance.
Because it’s minimally invasive, doesn’t cause significant wounding of skin and isn’t light-based, microneedling is considered safe for virtually all ages and skin types. Doctors discourage having the procedure done when any infections are active or present in the body, however.
After applying an anesthetic cream to your skin, your practitioner will use a special tool to create tiny holes in your skin’s surface. The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated. The sensation is similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin, but because the treatment is short in duration, it is easily managed.
Immediately after the treatment, the skin area treated will be reddish in color. On average, patients have the redness for two to four days; however, some patients heal completely in 24 hours.
Patients notice an immediate glow to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks. Results can continue to improve up to six months after the treatment as collagen production continues.
Microneedling has very few side effects, and they are generally short-lived. If you have dark skin, you may experience temporary hyperpigmentation, and other potential side effects include irritation, redness and the sudden appearance of red spots. Some people may also experience itchiness.
Some patients only require a single treatment once a year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of two to three treatments spaced about six to eight weeks apart. For patients with concerns about deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars, six to eight sessions at six-week intervals are recommended.
Your doctor at U.S. Dermatology Partners can tell you more about what sort of individual results you may expect.
*Results may vary by individual