Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) was introduced to Australia over 10 years ago and since then it’s been growing more and more popular each year. With majority of our clients fitting a course of CIT in to their yearly skin care regime it is also certainly something we love having done too – at least twice a year!
As you know, skin problems are more than just the outer layer, so it excites me that this treatment can target areas and depths that I just simply can’t on my own.
Here are the 5 most common misconceptions of skin needling that might be stopping you from having a go.
1. Skin needling is only effective for wrinkles
False! Sure, the treatment works on an anti-aging level to create smoother skin but it has been shown to be effective for so much more!! For example – correcting acne marks, pits and scars. Microneedles stimulate collagen production and potent collagen stimulating topicals and retinoids are able to penetrate to the deeper levels of skin. The result is – major improvement, fast!
Skin needling also improves skin texture and pigmentation, it tightens skin, and fades scars and stretch marks. And you can treat most of your face & body.
2. Skin needling is painful
False! A topical anaesthetic is applied before treatment so the discomfort is completely minimised. Most of our clients describe it as a “slight scratching” sensation. Skin needling is an effective alternative to cosmetic surgery, laser resurfacing and chemical peels. These procedures come with the risk of burning, scarring and hyperpigmentation, whereas treatment with our needling pen is effective, comfortable and affordable, with minimum downtime.
3. Only non-dark skin types benefit from skin needling?
False! Absolutely NOT! Provided the skin is treated appropriately, skin needling treatments are suitable for all skin types and tones. Some skin types do need to be prepared by a professional beforehand, so we would always recommend seeking professional advice, ensuring any treatment is tailored to your skin’s specific needs.
4. All home rollers can trigger collagen production
False! Some rollers on the market use lower quality needles that are just not sharp or strong enough to break the top layer of skin to stimulate collagen production. This can lead to poor results and even skin scarring. Cheaply manufactured rollers can also scratch your face and cause unwanted effects such as bleeding and marking/scarring.
It’s recommended that a trained professional conducts each treatment to obtain maximum effectiveness without the risk of pain, discomfort or complications if you go for a deeper penetration. While home rollers can effectively assist in enhanced active ingredients delivery.
5. Treatment cost is very high.
False! Skin needling prices reduced significantly recently. One session will take you back only $299 (and will give you a follow up Peel and a home roller too check here). Packs are also available with considerable savings.
Treatments should be done approximately every 4-6 weeks and the number of sessions needed will vary from person to person, depending on what you want to achieve. For example, surface rejuvenation and fine wrinkles will only require treatment once or twice, whilst to acne scars, deeper wrinkles or large pores can require four to five sessions.
Each session takes about 60 minutes, so it’s easy to schedule multiple treatments. After 3-5 days, skin will usually start showing signs of rejuvenation, from the reduced appearance of wrinkles to tighter pores, firmer-looking skin and all round skin luminosity. It is at around this time you may also experience some flakiness and it’s the best time to come in for your follow up peel.