Hundreds of tiny needles piercing my skin? Ouch! That was my first thought when I heard of the procedure known as Skin Needling aka Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or Micro Needling.
For a long while I had been trying to fade away red marks on my skin (inflicted upon myself by picking at spots I shouldn’t, but we all do that…right?). I’ve cleansed, toned, exfoliated, moisturised and serumed my way trying to rid my skin of these marks! These products certainly helped to a degree but my skin hit a plateau and all the pigmentation fighting ingredients were no longer doing their job. I needed something more aggressive! So I turned to skin needling.
What is Skin Needling?
Skin Needling is a natural treatment used to smooth wrinkles, improve skin texture, soften fine lines and reduce the appearance of or even eliminate scars. It involves the manual use of a skin roller that has around 200 tiny surgical steel needles attached to it. The needles range in length from 0.5mm to 1.5mm. Scarring is treated with needles up to 2mm. Longer needles are used when the approach and penetration to the skin needs to be more aggressive. The roller is applied directly to the skin and the goal is to puncture the dermis to stimulate collagen and elastin production, smooth skin and reduce scarring and marks through the skin’s natural healing process. The procedure can be used all over the face, neck, décolletage and hands.
Treatments are usually spaced 5-6 weeks apart and a minimum of 3 treatments is required for optimal results for rejuvenation of an area. A minimum of five to six treatments are generally needed when treating heavier scarring.
Results are gradual but minor differences can be seen in as little as one treatment. Overall the gradual improvement of your skin and texture will continue to be produced over 6-8 weeks and with each treatment you will see more and more of the benefits.
What is Skin Needling suitable for?
– Acne Scarring and non-acne related scarring.
– Fine lines, nasolabial folds, smokers lines, enlarged pores.
– Dull and uneven skin tone.
When is Skin Needling not suitable?
– On raised lesions, moles, warts.
– Active acne breakouts.
-Within 2 weeks of dermal fillers or botox.
– During pregnancy or breastfeeding.
– Certain medical conditions such as Diabetes will need a medical certificate.
– Certain medications may reduce healing time. Consult with your skin therapist first.
After the treatment your face will look like you have been sunburnt and over the course of a week your skin will become drier and spots will start to flake. You may also experience some breakouts as everything that is below the surface of your skin can be brought to a head.
Be sure to stay away from active ingredients in skincare products for the first 48-72 hours after your treatment. After that you can go back to your normal skincare regime. Your skin will drink up the free-radical fighting ingredients even more after your skin needling procedures!
How was my first treatment?
Well, I won’t lie. It did hurt me! The numbing cream didn’t do its job as well as I thought it would or should! My face looked like a tomato afterwards. For the Sex and the City fans, remember that episode where Samantha has a chemical peel and she has to go to Carrie’s book launch party? Yeah, you’ll look like that! So it’s best to have this procedure done at night like I did. My skin was quite dry for the week following, plus a few little breakouts, but nothing worse than what I would usually experience with a normal break out.
I noticed results within the first few days as the redness from my scars had faded a lot! I have 3 more sessions to go and while I’m a little nervous to have the needles pierce my skin, it isn’t something I would shy away from repeating. At least I have another month to psych myself up for the next round!
As with any cosmetic procedure, it doesn’t come cheaply and maintenance is key, but it’s well worth it. It will set you back around $200-300 for one treatment but most skin clinics offer packages of 3 sessions which works out to be cheaper.
Investing in your skin is the best thing you could do for yourself. The long term benefits will prove it to you. Even if it means tiny little needles piercing your face!
After all, pain is beauty… no pain, no gain!
Have you tried skin needling? Comment below to let us know what your experience was like!