What Is Microneedling?
Collagen Induction Therapy, also known as Microneedling, is the process of pricking tiny holes into the top layers of the skin using either a Dermapen or a Dermaroller. This process causes micro-injuries in the skin, causing collagen and elastin to start producing.
This production takes place as the skin starts to heal itself from the procedure. The results from this treatment include plump skin, as well as the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling can also improve acne scars, stretch marks, alopecia, skin tightening, hyperpigmentation, and other skin conditions.
Basically, microneedling allows for both collagen/elastin production and allows for products/serums to penetrate the deeper layers of your skin. This ensures that your skin is absorbing all of the nutrients you are feeding it.
Who Can Deliver a CIT Treatment?
Be very cautious when considering receiving a microneedling treatment. Most states forbid estheticians from performing this service unless they are under direct supervision of a medical professional. Any needle sized over 0.3 mm or longer is considered Class Two or Class Three medical device.
As long as a needle is under 0.3mm long, and the device is advertised solely for cosmetic purposes, then an esthetician may use it. However, it is recommended for estheticians to be safe than sorry.
What to Expect During the Procedure
It is common for Dermatologists to use a 1mm length needle during a microneedling service. This treatment will reach all the way down to the dermis.
- Numbing cream is applied to the treatment area
- Dermapen is applied or Dermaroller is rolled in different directions across the face to create micro-holes in the skin
- 20-30 minute procedure
This procedure may leave your skin red for a few days. This is common as your skin is recovering from the micro-injuries. Expect to receive a series of these treatments in order to get the most benefit.
Skin Type and Contraindications
While micro needling is safe and effective for all skin types, it is important to be aware of the contraindications that come with it. If you are experiencing a breakout or have conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, it is not recommended you receive a microneedling treatment.
It is always best to talk to your dermatologist if you are curious about this treatment. Even with conditions such as psoriasis (which can worsen in the injured areas), they will know your skin best and will give you their best advice.
Microneedling and Dermarolling Contraindications
- Breakouts, inflamed, or irritated skin
- Skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis
- Diabetic clients
- Rosacea Inflammation/breakout
- After a botox treatment or any injectable fillers
- Keloid scarring
- Avoid skin tags and moles
- Avoid any raised lesions
- As with all treatments, do not receive microneedling on open wounds/active lesions such as herpes
Risks Associated with Microneedling and Dermarolling
- Spread of infection from rolling over acneic skin/ blemishes. For best results, make sure your skin is clear before treatment.
- A bad skin reaction caused by using the wrong products or rolling over the inflamed/irritated skin.
- Using Vitamin C serums post treatment
- At-home treatments not properly performed (scarring)
- At-home treatments with dull, dirty needles (infection)
Microneedling is a very intriguing procedure, but it is one that should not be performed at home. Although the rollers accessible to the public are the shorter lengthed versions, a lot of damage can be done if you are not properly trained.
You may end up scarring your skin or giving yourself an infection. You can even end up with hyperpigmented skin.
Interested in microneedling? Talk to your dermatologist to see if microneedling is a good option for you. They will tell you exactly what your skin needs.
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