Percutaneous Collagen induction Therapy - Microneedling
This technique causes a gradual skin regeneration over a prolonged period and improves the skin appearance and quality. It works by causing increased endogenous collagen production and secretion of endogenous growth factors in treated areas in response to the microneedling. It doesn’t change a persons characteristic features and leaves facial mobility unimpaired.
It is safely used in all skin types and can be used on all areas of the body and all skin types. There is no risk of pigmentation or scarring and it is helpful in improving numerous skin conditions including :
- Photo ageing/fine lines and wrinkles
- Lax skin
- Acne scars
- Striae/stretch marks
- "Train track" appearance of surgical scars
- Fine lines around the eyes and mouth
- Neck and décolletage
- Photo ageing of the hands
- Seborrhoeic hyperplasia
It is recommended that skin be treated with topical Vitamins C & A for a period of at least 3 weeks prior to treatment.
Contraindications to Micro needling include acute infections, active pustular acne, keloid scars & skin cancers. If one gets recurrent herpes,
prophylaxis with Famvir or Valtrex is recommended.
During treatment the aim is to produce micro haemorrhages/pinpoint
bleeding in skin with needle depths of 1.0mm-2.5mm to achieve maximal effect. Certain areas have more delicate skin and petechiae/ small haemorrhages may be more prominent in these areas.
Following a treatment the skin appears red and can have a ‘tight ‘ feeling for 24-48 hours. Petechiae may last 2-3 days & full skin recovery is achieved by 5 days.
Generally, one can resume work or normal activities immediately after treatment - A Friday afternoon procedure ideal.
One should avoid UV exposure, gym, tattooing, other skin products, hot showers, saunas, spray tans and swimming for 48 hours.
This treatment is generally done every 4-6 weeks for a total of 3 sessions.
Scar treatments generally result in a significant visible improvement. The treatment tends to ‘smooth’ out the skin so that the scar merges more with the surrounding skin.
Recent review article published in Dermatologic Surgery in March 2018, concludes that it is a “safe, minimally invasive, and effective esthetic treatment for several different dermatological conditions including acne and other scars, rhytides and striae. Given its expedient post-treatment recovery, limited side effect profile, and significant clinical results, microneedling is a valuable alternative to more invasive procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and deep chemical peeling.”