Skin Needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy aims to stimulate the skin’s own collagen and elastin production to restore firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks and some scarring.
Developed by pioneering Plastic Surgeon and Medical Director of Environ Skincare, Dr Des Fernandes, the in-practice skin needling procedure using the Environ Roll-CIT™ involves using a sterile roller covered with fine, sharp needles that, when rolled over the skin, make microscopic channels into the skin’s dermis. This “injury” triggers more collagen and elastin production, which makes the skin thicker, plumper and more youthful-looking.
The procedure, overseen by Mr Kode, usually only requires use of a topical local anaesthetic cream and can be performed anywhere on the body. While suitable for most skin types, it is not recommended for skin prone to keloid scarring. Depending on the area treated, a skin needling procedure may take around 30 minutes. Skin Needling is one of the few procedures that actually work on stretch marks.
The rollers used in this medical grade Skin Needling reach deeper into the skin layers than rollers available for at-home use and can only be used by a trained professional. Following treatment, your skin will be red and swollen and you may have some bruising. Over the next day or two, scabs and flakey skin will form and fall off in the following week. To avoid scarring, it’s best not to pick at the skin or use exfoliants. Daily use of an SPF 30+ sunscreen is vital, as is keeping the skin moist. Skin needling results are cumulative, so depending on the condition, a number of treatments may be beneficial. Results are generally noticeable after around three months to a year as collagen and elastin renewal takes place.
To obtain optimum results, it is essential to pre-prepare the skin with topical retinoids for a minimum of six weeks before treatment, and continue afterwards.
Skin Needling may be recommended as part of an overall Cosmetic Rejuvenation program. For a consultation regarding your specific needs please contact Mr Kode’s team at Launceston Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Unit.