Micro-Needling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a treatment in which thousands of superficial needle imprints are stamped onto the skin. The needles vary from 1- 1.5 mm in depth and penetrate through the epidermis to the second layer of the skin, the dermis, where collagen is formed. This process promotes collagen production by stimulating the fibroblasts inside the dermis. Collagen, which naturally provides structural support to the skin, diminishes with age, resulting in wrinkles, laxity and other signs of aging.
The beneficial effects of Micro-Needling can be enhanced with the application of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). When the procedure is performed, a patient’s own blood is drawn in the office. The blood is then processed to separate out your own natural growth factors. These growth factors are then applied to the skin during and following Micro-Needling. The channels into the skin created by Micro-Needling then readily absorb these growth factors, resulting in more rapid and robust collagen production. These growth factors include: platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor Beta 1 (TGF-Beta 1) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The effects of these growth factors on the skin have been well established by numerous scientific studies.
A series of four to six treatments is recommended every two to four weeks for superficial needling and at four to six week intervals for deep needling. Downtime is about 24 hours for superficial treatments and about 3 days for deeper treatments.
Micro-Needling is a very safe procedure and, other than temporary redness, side effects are usually minimal.