Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) - is a facial rejuvenation treatment that uses a device known as a “dermaroller” that features a series of tiny needles that gently penetrate the top layers of the skin.
The “micro injuries” caused by microneedling work to rebuild the skin by encouraging the production of new collagen and skin elastin -- these work to stimulate and heal the skin -- resulting in a smoother appearance and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Why is it sometimes necessary to “revise” a microneedling treatment?
The most common reason that we are given by our patients to revise a microneedling treatment is that the results of their initial treatment were simply not significant enough to produce the improvement they were seeking. For example, acne scarring or large pores may still be quite evident a few months after the treatment. Or fine lines and wrinkles are still obvious around the mouth.
Revision is quite common with microneedling because everyone has different skin and different problems. That is why we will create a customized treatment plan specifically for you and your skin during your initial consultation.
Depending on your skin type, condition, or desired outcome, you may need additional treatments and/or the use of supplemental treatments that work alongside microneedling, these may include:
- Platelet Rich Plasma: Depending on your skin’s condition and desired results, we may recommend using a combination of microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment. The PRP gives your skin an added stimulus to boost collagen production along with the use of the nutrient-rich platelets -- making for a powerful combination. Read more about PRP here.
- Vitamin C skin serum: Microneedling also creates “micro-channels” for deeper absorption of topical skin care products, such as Vitamin C.
- Topical retinoid therapy:
How many microneedling treatments will I need?
Everyone is different, but typically, you will notice visible improvement after the first or second treatment. More noticeable results will be evident after 3-5 treatments spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart.
Your skin will continue to gradually improve over the next 6 to 12 months with proper skin care regimen. Results, of course, will vary for everyone, depending on your skin’s condition.
Repeat treatments of up to 3-5 treatments maybe necessary for those with deep acne scarring, enlarged pores, or skin hyperpigmentation.