Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
In relation to the treatment of scarring, the results of a study done evaluating the effectiveness of microneedling were as follows-
” Out of these 36 patients, 34 achieved a reduction in the severity of their scarring by one or two grades. More than 80% of patients assessed their treatment as ‘excellent’ on a 10-point scale. No significant adverse effects were noted in any patient.”
J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2009 Jan-Jun; 2(1): 26–30.
Professional skin needling is considered to be one of the safest skin treatments.
Skin needling is effectively used for:
- Reducing scars (including hypertrophic scars) caused by acne, surgery or thermal burns
- Fading stretch marks
- Reducing fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Dyspigmentation e.g in melasma
- Tightening sagging skin.
Anna-Marie Lewis, of the Bexley Clinic has a particular interest in this area. The Bexley clinic is ideally situated for Eltham, New Eltham, Chislehurt, Bromley, Bexley, Bexleyheath, Welling and surrounding areas. Please contact the Bexley Clinic for more details.