SKIN NEEDLING / COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY (CIT) / SKIN NEEDLING
Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is an exciting new natural treatment to improve your skin texture, smooth wrinkles, fine lines and soften scars. It is suitable for all skin types and all areas of the face, neck, décolletage and hands. Skin needling is performed with a surgical grade instrument with stainless steel micro needles ranging from 0.5mm to 1.5mm in length. Scaring is treated with needles up to 2mm.
Hyaluaronic acid and colostrums gel is used during the treatment to help hydrate the skin and minimise fine lines. This can be purchased after your treatment (see below). The treatment promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter. Creating only microscopic punctures in the epidermis, skin needling is minimally invasive with little damage to the epidermis which means the collagen production is significantly quicker than some other more aggressive treatments.
What skin types are suitable for this treatment?
- fine lines, dull skin, enlarged pores
- acne scars, chicken pox scars and surgical scars (more than 6 months old)
- naso-labial lines and smokers lines
- rejuvenation of hands , neck and décolletage
Generally a minimum of 3 treatments are required to achieve the optimum rejuvenation of an area. When treating scarring, at least 5-6 treatments would generally be required. The treatments are performed 5-6 weeks apart.
The first week after the treatment you may get some skin peeling which helps lighten pigmentation or scarring and the skin looks more hydrated.
The results are gradual as collagen re- production takes time, most clients report a gradual improvement in their skin colour and texture over 6- 8 week period. That improvement is compounded as each consecutive treatment is performed. So it’s really important to apply creams at home and commit and rebook your treatments to see the best results.
the treatment should not be performed within 2 weeks of having an injectable dermal filler or botox.
the treatment is never performed on raised moles, warts or lesions
- during pregnancy (when breastfeeding the treatment is allowed)
- medication (some medication may reduce healing time, please advise your therapist on anything you may be taking)
the treatment will not be performed if the client has an active herpes or acne breakout, however, once resolved the treatment can go ahead after 2 weeks
- medical conditions( ie diabetes) need medical certificate
The skin is cleansed (and quick Microdermabrasion is done depending on skin condition) & numbing cream is applied for 20-30 minutes. This minimizes the discomfort and most clients’ grade discomfort as 2-3 out of 10 at the most. Mostly round bony or thin skin areas such as lip, forehead and eyes. Panadol only may be taken prior to treatment.
The skin is thoroughly treated in such a way that each area is needled about 15 to 20 times. An even flushing is the best indication for a perfect medical grade treatment. Your skin will appear flushed (pink to red) which may last for 12 to 24 hours on average. Most clients are able to return to work that same day with the help from some Jane Iredale mineral make-up.
The treatment takes approximately 45 minutes. In total allow 90 mins for your appointment. Please arrive with no makeup on.
Recommended treatment programme (for best results)
1. Post Skin Needling LED(- Light Emitting Diode -red light )
After skin needling RED LED is an ideal way to continue the regeneration of collagen in the skin as well as the healing on the surface. Ideal in conjunction with each needling treatment $55 20min and in between salon treatment up to 2 weekly to intensify results $110 each 45min treatment.
2. Pre & Post treatment instructions
For patients that bruise easily, it is advised to consider taking Arnica another anti-inflammatory and anti-bruising product 1-2 days prior to each skin needling session and 2-3 days post procedure.
3. Pre Skin Needling Home Care Routine
Prior to skin needling it is advised to prep the skin with active ingredients to maximise the benefits from each treatment. We recommend a minimum of 14 days prior to needling to start with Zo skin Health skin care products by Dr Zeign Obagi of Beverley Hills containing cosmecuetical ingredients to strengthen your skin.
Post Treatment Management
For the first 48 hours:
- do not use glycolic acid, retinol and acidic skin care with “active” ingredients
- do not touch or rub the face
- do not use spray tan products
- avoid makeup
- sun exposure is not advised for 12-24hrs
After care is vital to continue the results of your needling. We recommend you continue with ZO Skin Health growth factor serum and daily power defence containing Vitamin A.
JANE IREDALE Mineral makeup products which are specifically formulated with the highest concentration of hyaluroniuc acid and antioxidants.
Put on your skin SPF 30+.
Home CIT Roller: This homecare roller device is designed to aid in product penetration 100x more efficient than topical cream application therefore leading to fast results, increasing exfoliation and softening fine lines. Great for all skin types.
Over 175,000 skin needling procedures have been performed worldwide without any recorded incidents. Side effects are minimal, including mild swelling, mild bruising and peeling.
Risks of post-op infections?
Channels close within minutes, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post-op infections are very unlikely. To ensure the right healing environment, for 48 hours don’t not use glycolic acid, retinol, acidic skincare or “active” ingredients.
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from the redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 24 hours on average. Most clients are able to return to work the same day with the help of some Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup. It is important to protect the skin with sun screen SPF30+.
Prepaid Course of treatments 10% discount
A course of 3 treatments is usually recommended approximately 5 to 6 weeks apart and need to be booked in advance after your first appointment. Each skin needling treatment costs $500. Prepaid course of 3 treatments is normally $1500 but if you prepay all 3 and book them in you get 10% off (save $150 to put towards your home care skin products)