Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as medical skin needling, dermal needling or micro-needling, is a minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment designed to improve the skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as scars on the face and body. Micro Dermal Needling works using a specialised electric stamping device (unlike a manual handheld roller), which creates ‘micro wounds’ in the dermis of the skin, that stimulates the body’s natural collagen production by generating a wound healing response. Over time a thicker layer of tissue will develop which ‘fills in’ the cavities left by atrophic scars and wrinkles.
As with all cosmetic treatments, the ideal candidate should have realistic expectations and be in generally good health. The treatment is suitable for all skin types, unlike some laser or chemical peels procedures. There are some skin contra-indications that should be discussed like active coldsores or impetigo beforehand , so a consultation needs to precede the appointment to ensure that you may be a suitable candidate for Collagen Induction Therapy:
Before you undergo this invasive cosmetic treatment, it is important to have a consultation with Nik of Mojo Beauty, a qualified beauty therapist to ensure you are suitable for treatment. This will be your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the procedure and for her to explain the pros and cons. A medical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form to make sure you fully understand what the procedure involves and any associated risks and complications. Once your therapist has decided you are a suitable candidate, your treatment can go ahead:
The Dermal Needling Procedure
The skin is cleansed with Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse twice to sterilize and prepare it.
A topical anaesthetic, Emla Gel, is usually applied before treatment to minimise any pain and discomfort.
Hydrating serums are then applied to the skin to empower and help the machine slide.
The tip of the micro needling device will glide over your skin creating stimulating channels. The length of the needles used on the micro needling pen for Collagen Induction Therapy will vary. The longer the needle, the deeper into the skin it will penetrate, and the more dramatic results you will see.
Your treatment can take up to 1.5 hours, depending on the area you are having treated. After your Dermal Needling Treatment, you will notice a reddening of your skin and some sensitivity, this is normal. This indicates that your skin is injured and will invoke a wound healing response and the redness will fade away within 2 days. You may also get some bleeding and bruising, however this should be minimal and will depend on the length of the needle used during your treatment. The downtime with this treatment is very quick and you should have recovered between 24-72 hours.
As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound. The micro-channels created spontaneously close after 10 minutes so that epidermal barrier integrity remains intact. The needles injure superficial dermal collagen strands and small blood vessels triggering a controlled cascade of inflammation including the release of platelet-derived growth factors transforming growth factor-alpha and beta (TGF β-3), connective tissue activating protein, connective tissue growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor. These lead to the production of new collagen, elastin, and capillaries.
Neo-vascularisation and neo-collagenesis lead to thickened skin and a reduction of scars, with improved skin texture, firmness, and hydration.
To ensure the right healing environment, for 2 days post treatment YOU MUST AVOID using AHA’s (glycolic acid), any Retinol (vitamin A) including Medik8 Retinols or anything acidic or “active” ingredients. If you’re unsure about your skincare products, please ask Nik at Mojo Beauty.
For the next 24 hours,Nik suggests that you only use a soothing Medik8 Calmwise cleanser, and Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Intense to help hydrate as your skin will become very dry. Ensure that you use Medik8 Physical sunscreen if you'll be in the sunshine as your skin will be compromised and vulnerable for a few weeks afterwards.
Avoid sweaty exercise and sun exposure for 72 hours post-treatment.
Nik at Mojo Beauty will encourage you to use active specific cosmeceutical grade skincare such as Medik8, to enhance your treatment results.
Because the results of dermal needling rely on kick-starting your body’s own collagen production, it can take up to eight weeks before you start to fully see the benefits. A series of between four and six treatments is usually recommended to achieve maximum results.
Face (not including neck)…. $225 per/treatment
Face, Neck, Decolletage (below the neckline the area that reveal or emphasises cleavage)… $275 per/treatment
One isolated area like, Backs of hands …. cost $159 per/treatment
Out of courtesy, we kindly ask that you provide a minimum of 24 hours’ notice if you wish to change or cancel your appointment. We reserve the right to charge full price for no shows, cancellations and changes made with less than 24 hours’ notice.
Humans are visual and social creatures. It makes sense thus that, historically, we have been collectively preoccupied with beauty. Someone’s appearance is the first thing we notice about them upon meeting them. The nature of beauty itself has been the focus of Aesthetics. People have been using makeup, skincare and cosmetics since ancient times: the Egyptians use of dark eyeliner is present in everyone’s mind through their paintings and deities, while most know that Victorian women often fainted not because of their demureness, but because of the wide-spread use of lead based creams to “improve complexion” together with constricting girdles. For the most part, these rituals were conducted by women, and were relatively secret: one had to uphold the idea that beauty was natural and effortless, not an artifice.
Growth in the beauty industry, however, has boomed in recent years, in a trend that many link to a broader generational trend of attention to physical wellbeing. Millennials are often quoted as being the main drivers behind the growth of the beauty segment. There have been many articles written on this trend, citing everything from the ageing of the millennial demographic to a focus on “self-care” as a coping method against a difficult political and economic climate. And the beauty industry is notably anti-cyclical. Consumers will still purchase luxury items in an economic downturn and will prioritise beauty treatments, skincare and cosmetics over other items and this is a rated as a necessity to them.
Some companies found a gap in the market: they created new shopping 'experiences' for consumers, mainly women, who are given additional choice beyond going to the mall or purchasing beauty products at a pharmacy or supermarket. They importantly stocked products at different price points, from elite brands to store own-labels and had the chance to have their chosen product professionally applied to their face. A total day out and beauty excursion for some young girls and their friends.
Another significant change that propelled the beauty industry forward has been the rise of social media, in particular of image-based social network Instagram. Obviously, a visual medium is optimal for a beauty brand: it fully allows it to explore the visual potential of its products. Not only, but Instagram has enabled brands to cultivate a stronger image, interact with consumers in a more direct way, as well as creating an entirely new marketing category, that of influencers, which, in turn, have at times turned into fully-fledged entrepreneurs.
mostly written by N Ketabchi
Prior vocation was Social Work for 10 years. I am passionate about empowering people & advocating for positive change. Beauty & Massage Therapy also enables me to do this in another way. Win Win