Skin Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy – CIT) is an exciting treatment to improve skin texture, smooth wrinkles, fine lines and soften scars. It is suitable for all skin types and all areas of the face, neck, décolletage and body promoting the natural production of collagen and elastin, making the skin look and feel visibly smoother and tighter.
Depending on the indication, a variety of needle lengths can be used. Environ has two different types of needling: Cosmetic (0.1mm - 0.2mm) and Medical (1mm – 1.5mm).
Cosmetic needling is designed to use daily, as part of a professionally recommended home regime to aid the absorption of Environ's topically applied, vitamin enriched skin care products.
Medical needling is performed by trained skin care professionals. The client's skin needs to be prepared on Vitamin A, C and E for a minimum of three to four weeks in order to get the best results. Strict Environ home care and professional treatment protocols need to be followed by both the practitioner and the client to achieve optimum results.
Appropriate skin preparation is essential to achieve optimum results from your Skin Needling treatment. Clinical trials have proven that results are increased by 40% in skin that has been adequately prepared with a systematic combination of oil based Vitamins A and C for a minimum of four weeks prior to commencing needling treatments.
When your skin starts repairing itself it turbocharges your body's natural ability to produce collagen and elastin, which provides that firm plumpness.
The procedure starts with your face being cleansed and anesthetised with topical cream and has minimal downtime. The treatment can be tailored to the specific needs of the client and can result in just a few hours of redness, mild swelling and erythema (red patches), depending on your tolerance levels, these symptoms can last for one to two days.
The number of sessions depends on the skin condition, but typically you're looking at 3-6 treatments in 4-6 week intervals with maintenance treatments every 6-9 months. You can top up your treatment using an at-home device as well.
With in salon treatments the final results might not be noticeable until you hit the three to twelve months mark as boosting collagen and elastin within the dermis takes time. However, as with most treatments it depends on the individual.
It can be used on all skin colours and skin types, however it should be avoided if one has an
In 2008 Dr Des Fernandes published a retrospective analysis *, in conjunction with some German colleagues, looking at 480 patients with fine wrinkles, lax skin, scarring and stretch marks treated with percutaneous collagen induction using the Medical Roll-CIT™. Most patients had only one treatment, but some had as many as four. They had all been prepared with topical vitamin A and C creams four weeks preoperatively. Results showed that patients rated their improvement at between 60 and 80% better than before treatment. Histological examinations were carried out in 20 patients and showed a considerable increase in collagen and elastin deposition at 6 months postoperatively. The epidermis demonstrated 40% thickening of stratum spinosum and normal rete ridges at 1 year postoperatively.
* Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy: An Alternative Treatment for Scars, Wrinkles, and Skin Laxity. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Apr. Matthias C. Aust, Des Fernandes, Perikles Kolokythas, Hilton M. Kaplan, Peter M. Vogt. Hannover, Germany; Cape Town, South Africa; and Los Angeles, California.