Micro Needling

by Natural_Skin_Care

Microneedling is also known as skin needling or Collagen Induction Therapy. The practice has been around for several years, but not commonly practiced.

Recent TV attention by the Rachel Ray show as well as The Doctors has spotlighted micro-needling for acne scarring, wrinkles, and stretch marks. With new found popularity, many people are eager to learn more about this relatively inexpensive at-home therapy that can finally get rid of their skin issues.

However, it looks painful and many people have questions about its effectiveness. Continue reading to have your questions answered.

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How Does Collagen Induction Therapy Work?

What's the common denominator with stretch marks, acne scarring, and wrinkles? While all of these skin issues occur for different reasons, they all come about because of a lack of collagen. Collagen is the substance that plumps up the skin and gives it  youthful appearance.

Thanks to the aging process, the skin's collagen is lost over time. Other insults damage the skin such as sun damage, acne infections, or folliculitis for example.

When you make small punctures in the skin, it responds by becoming inflamed and will produce collagen as part of the healing process. Micro-needling damages the skin in a minor way and the end result is increased collagen production -- smoother, younger looking skin.

To amplify the microneedling process, serums are used on the skin. These skin care products have active ingredients that work below the surface of the skin for even better results.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Collagen Induction Therapy

Is Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) painful?

Applying a topical anesthetic eliminates most of the pain. You should only feel slight pressure pressure. Some people don't feel they need any at all.

Are there any dangers with Collagen Induction Therapy?

By comparison, laser resurfacing is much riskier. There is much less risk with CIT, and it is safe for darker skin whereas laser resurfacing is not recommended for darker skin tones.

The pin prick marks repair very fast without damaging the surface layers of skin. It's feasible to have a 1000% increase in collagen production.

Of course, individual results have a lot to do with how closely you follow the aftercare instructions.

What is the expected down time?

Under normal conditions, healing time is 1-4 days; however, skin rollers have less healing time (24 hours or less) than digital machines (4 days). Pay close attention to the the aftercare protocol to speed healing time.

What will my skin look like after the procedure?

Your skin will appear to be red and inflamed initially, but this should not last long.

How soon can I return to work?

If you have it done by an aesthetician, it's not uncommon to have the procedure done Thursday, take off Friday, and be back at work on Monday.


How soon can I wear makeup?

You can wear makeup when you are completely healed. Towrd the end of the healing period, some redness might remain, but mineral makeup can easily camouflage it

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Is Micro-Needling Right For You?

Besides your face being red for a brief period there are no reported side effects from micro-needling. Since the punctures close almost immediately, postoperative infections are not a hazard. Another benefit is that micro-needling can also be used in conjunction with other treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels to maximize the benefits of the treatment.

If you've been unsuccessful in reducing the appearance of acne scars, pockmarks, or wrinkles, micro-needling may be a good choice for you. It is cost cost effective compared to other procedures, downtime is minimal, and any health risk is much less than that of other more invasive treatments. Best of all, is your body is repairing itself without the use of any chemical-laden products.

Updated: on 05/13/2014, Natural_Skin_Care
 
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AgingandDisability on 08/20/2013

Looks like a very doable at home treatment.



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