Micro-needling. The name sounds a little scary — maybe painful too. So what exactly is it and how can it help my skin?
Micro-needling is done with a small, hand-held tool called a derma roller, a device covered with numerous closely spaced tiny sterile needles. As the technician rolls it across the skin, the derma roller makes tiny holes in the skin’s top layer. Although it sounds like it could be painful, the light pressure used usually ensures that any discomfort is minor, and a topical anesthetic is often used to minimize it further. The technical name for the procedure is Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT.
What Does It Do?
Micro-needling creates what are known as “controlled injuries” beneath the surface of the skin. In response, the body produces collagen to repair the damage, resulting in a plumper, smoother surface layer. It minimizes the appearance of fine lines, scars from acne or injuries, and stretch marks.
Is It Effective?
Studies have shown that CIT is especially effective in treating scars (even fairly deep ones) when combined with 15% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel. Its skin-smoothing and firming abilities have also been shown to be effective, especially when combined with Vitamin C.
Micro-needling is available in a plastic surgery office, and usually involves a series of treatments. There are home units available, but it’s preferable to be treated in your dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office since there are a number of factors to consider before you proceed, including making sure that you don’t have any skin conditions that might get worse with the procedure.
If you live in or around Dayton, Ohio, contact us for more information about this procedure.