What is Microneedling?
Also known as Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI) or Collagen Induction Therapy, Microneedling is a therapy which uses extremely fine needles to puncture the skin many thousands of times in order to induce a healing response, stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin within the skin, threby improving its appearance and texture. Microneedling can also be used to improve unsightly scarring and has the advantage over laser and chemical peel resurfacing that it can be used safely in darker skin types.
- Fine lines
- Wrinkles caused by sun damage, ageing and hereditary factors
- Scarring including acne scars
- Dark under-eye circles
- Certain types of acne
- Dull skin texture
- Pore shrinkage
How is Microneedling performed?
Microneedling can be performed in a clinic setting. The skin to be treated is thoroughly cleansed and a local anaesthetic cream is applied and left to take effect. Once the skin is numb, the needling procedure is undertaken with a device, gliding over the skin repeatedly until the entire area has been treated. Application of cosmeceutical products, carried by the needles into the tissues using this technique may further enhance this effect.
What to expect following Microneedling?
There may be some redness, and possibly pinprick bleeding. A flushed appearance may persist for several days. Normal activities may be resumed more or less immediately.
For best results a course of treatments are recommended over several weeks.
Possible unwanted effects
- Cold sores (if susceptible)
- Skin sores
- pimples hives
- cysts or infection