Skin needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is a non-surgical method of skin rejuvenation. This aims to improve the overall skin appearance and is used to treat a wide range of conditions – from wrinkles and fine lines, pigmentation, stretch marks, acne scars, sun damaged skin, uneven skin tone and even thinning hair! It would not be far-fetched to say that skin needling is a wonder treatment trusted by dermatologists and patients alike, not just in Melbourne, but across Australia.
As its name suggests, skin needling entails making multiple micro-puncture wounds on the surface of the skin, using a specially designed derma roller with very fine needles. The micro wounds that are caused get the natural repair mode of our skin to kick in, and work extra hard to give us fresh, new skin. While this definitely doesn’t come across as relaxing, the process isn’t as painful as it sounds, and as it is minimally invasive, there is little downtime required. To make it even more comfortable for our clients, we use a topical anaesthetic prior to the procedure.
What is collagen and why is it important?
Collagen can be said to be one of the building blocks of our skin. This is a type of protein, which when combined with elastin and hyaluronic acid helps keep our skin supple, and is responsible for its repair and renewal. Ageing and other environmental factors can impact the pace of production of collagen and elastin, which in turn has an effect on how soon our skin renews itself. The micro wounds inflicted by skin needling triggers of production of new collagen and elastin, thus quickening the pace of skin repair and renewal at the cellular level.
The real magic of skin needling
Skin needling is different from most other cosmetic skin rejuvenation treatments in the sense that it doesn’t require any external stimuli, but instead, stimulates the skin’s innate collagen and elastin production ability to trigger new cell renewal and healing. This culminates into younger, smoother and radiant skin free of scars, blemishes and pigmentation in just a few sessions. It is no different than experiencing a re-birthing of sorts when it comes to your skin. The absence of harsh chemicals and invasiveness minimizes the chances of experiencing side effects, making skin needling suitable for most skin types.
What makes one a good candidate for skin needling
Unlike some other cosmetic treatments like chemical peels and laser, skin needling can work on all skin types and there are no major side effects from the procedure. So, if you happen to have any of the following skin conditions, you can explore the option of skin needling:
- Fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet
- Any type of scarring (acne, surgery, chickenpox)
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Stretch Marks
- Lax skin
At Victorian Laser & Skin Clinic, we love to help our clients put their best face forward. And if you would like to know more or experience this wonder treatment, feel free to call us at any of our branches in Melbourne, Hawthorn, Mt. Waverly or Viewbank for a no-obligation consultation.