Micro needling: What To Know Before You Try It

Photo of microneedling Locate A DocIf you want to remove blemishes and/or scars or need help with your skin, there are several options for simple, non-invasive procedures available that are not as expensive as plastic surgery. One of those procedures is called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT or micro needling).

The process involves using a special device that’s designed to puncture the skin repeatedly with very small, sterile needles. The repeated puncturing provokes the production of collagen on the skin. And since the process is done at the microscopic level, most patients don’t present any visible facial trauma. Over a period of time this process has positive results with its patients.  Currently, there are several micro needling machines that can be purchased for individual use (such as the Dermaroller), but the treatment can also be done by a trained professional.

Home use is obviously more cost efficient, but may not produce the same or desired results as from a professional. Testimonials from patients say that the at home tool is effective if you’re willing to try, and if the treatment is done by a trained professional, it can be an extremely useful remedy for things like acne scars. However, those willing to try this procedure need to keep in mind that the effectiveness is not necessarily consistent. Like any skin treatment, there are risks involved. The puncturing might cause bleeding, thus, creating the possibility of infection. Before trying any facial treatment you should always consult your doctor. Know what works best for you and take time to get as much information you can.

To read more about facial procedures, check out our resources guide or find a doctor in your local area for a consultation.

Further Reading

  • Plastic surgeons are experimenting with Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) therapy and stem cell fat transfer procedures for facial rejuvenation.

  • Cosmetic surgeons that specialize in rhinoplasty and other aesthetic enhancement procedures often use specialized tools to ensure a more precise surgery. A recent study shows the benefits of an ultrasonic aspirator for rhinpolasty procedures.

  • Many cosmetic surgeons and medical spas offer hyaluronic acid gel-based fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm for filling out wrinkles and lines, and use them for the “liquid facelift” procedure. A new development announced at the American Society of Plastic Surgery annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting in September 2011 is a solid – not gel – hyaluronic acid filler that is instantly reversible. This filler may offer a more precise correction of wrinkles and lines than gel-based fillers, and is an exciting development in the field of minimally-invasive plastic and cosmetic surgery.