Micro-Needling Science-Based Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

Outstanding treatment that helps promote the growth of new collagen delivering immediate and progressive results.

As we age, our skin’s ability to produce collagen diminishes, and depending on our lifestyle from too much sun to unhealthy habits, collagen breakdown can leave us looking much older than our years. Good news is that your skin has the power to regenerate collagen through needling.

Micro-Needling originally termed collagen induction therapy (CIT), or percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation treatment. At Pure Skin Care we utilize a Micro-Needling device that uses 9 small 33 gauge needles to create microscopic channels into the dermis of the skin stimulating your body to produce new collagen.

Micro-Needling helps:
• minimize wrinkles
• tighten sagging skin
• reduce acne scars
• minimize stretch marks
• break up pigmentation and sun damage
• thicken thin capillary walls

In 1997, South African plastic surgeon and founder of Environ skin care products, Des Fernandes, MD, began to explore the idea of increasing collagen production by inducing bleeding in the skin via hundreds of tiny pricks. Using devices with needles one to two millimeters long we could pierce the dermis (which generates collagen and elastin) while leaving the epidermal layer relatively intact. “Unlike with ablative lasers, there’s no risk of scarring,” says Matthias Aust, MD, a plastic surgeon in Hannover, Germany. “And in addition to stimulating fibroblasts to make collagen and elastin, needling also releases growth factors, which non-ablative lasers don’t do.”

In a study authored by Aust published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, he observed a considerable deposit of collagen and elastin in the skin six months post-treatment, as well as a 40 percent increase in the thickness of the epidermis. And while trauma to the skin can often induce pigmentary changes, a second study by Aust, demonstrated that percutaneous collagen induction (PCI) doesn’t activate the melanocytes that are responsible for hyper-pigmentation. “One advantage is that, unlike lasers or chemical peels, skin needling can be applied to any skin type, even sensitive,” says New York City plastic surgeon Philip Miller, MD, who frequently lectures on PCI at meetings of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. According to Aust, since a single dose of PCI thickens skin, it may actually make treated areas less sensitive, including to UV light.

The treatment has also been shown to help reduce the appearance of certain scars. “Needling can create collagen to fill depressions or smooth out scars that are raised,” Miller says.

How does Micro-Needling work?
When gardeners regenerate an aging lawn, they aerate with a spiked wheel to draw out small plugs of dirt, which allows oxygen, water, and other nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. Micro-Needling uses the same premise – a handheld device embedded with tiny steel tines is used on the face or body to spur collagen formation and increase penetration of topical serums. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin and fainter scars and stretchmarks.

What happens during treatment?
After your skin is cleaned, a topical numbing cream is applied and left on for 20-30 minutes. After the skin is numbed, the Technician will gently move the device over your skin to puncture the epidermis layers of the skin and create minute sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds close within 3-5 minutes, but that’s enough to stimulate new collagen deposition which may last for up to a year. Essential vitamin and peptide based products are then applied to the skin for deep penetration.

Is Micro-Needling painful?
Every person’s pain level is different, but most people feel a little discomfort. Prior to the treatment a topical numbing cream is applied to ensure that very little discomfort is felt during the treatment.

What will my skin look like after a treatment?
You may experience some soreness, redness similar to a moderate sunburn. There may be some slight swelling and skin tightness. The redness and swelling will begin to subside 24-48 hours after the treatment. By day 3-4 the skin takes on a pink color and there is little evidence that you have had a procedure. On the 3-4 day you may experience skin peeling.

How long until I see results?
This varies from person to person. Some client’s noticed a brighter, smoother skin within 2-3 days of their first treatment. However, it can take up to six weeks before visible signs of regeneration and repair are seen and the process will continue over 6-8 months when the collagen has fully remodeled. Changes become more subtle as time passes but usually plateau around 6-8 months.

Am I suitable for Micro-Needling?
Collagen Induction Therapy is suitable for all skin types and can be safely performed on all skin colors and types. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (pigmentation of the skin as a result of skin trauma) as the melanocytes remain, like the dermis, intact during Micro-Needling. This is the major distinguishing safety feature when comparing Micro-Needling and other invasive procedures that are used to treat deep lines and depressed scars, i.e. laser resurfacing, deep chemical peels and dermabrasion.

Contraindications and precautions
You cannot be micro-needled if any one of these conditions exist
• Pregnant or breast feeding
• Allergic to surgical grade stainless steel
• Active acne
• Accutane (isotretinoin) usage within six months
• Open wounds, cuts, or abrasions on the skin
• History chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
• Stretch marks less than 6 months old
• History of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing
• History of facial actinic (solar) keratosis
• Exposed to a tanning booth or extended sunlight within the last 24 hours
• IPL, Laser, Fraxel treatments within 28 days
• Current skin infection, condition, herpes simplex in the area to be treated
• Facial Botox within the last 7 days
• Dermal Fillers within the last 28 days
• Medications containing retinoid or Vitamin A derivatives within 72 hours
• Moderate facial peel with the last 14 days
• Deep facial peel with the last 28 days

Can I use Micro-Needling on darker and/or more sensitive skin types?
Micro-Needling can be safely used on all skin colors and types.

Does Micro-Needling cause hyper-pigmentation?
Not if post care treatment is followed correctly. As always, you must use a sunblock, particularly 7-10 days after treatment.

Face 60 minutes $250
Face and Neck 90 minutes $350
A series of 4 per year is recommended.
Consultation 30 minutes $25 redeemable in your next facial treatment. Valid for 8 weeks after consultation.