Microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that helps rejuvenate the skin and minimize the appearance of scars and imperfections.

Dozens, and in some cases hundreds, of tiny needles are pressed against the skin, painlessly piercing its outermost layers. This method of “controlled injury” forces the skin to react by thickening and producing more collagen, the skin’s principle “stretchiness” protein.

This increase in collagen production smooths the skin’s texture, filling in fine lines and plumping the skin.

How Microneedling Works

How Microneedling Works

Creating tiny, controlled puncture wounds in the skin causes the body to respond by producing new collagen and elastin protein. Basically, the objective is to deceive your body into thinking it’s been wounded, which results in a thickening and overall improvement of the skin’s texture and appearance.

Although micro needling is most often used on the skin of the face, it can be used elsewhere on the body as well, namely to treat loose skin after pregnancy. In fact, micro needling can be used on the abdomen, buttocks, love handles, inner thighs and arms, as well as the back of the thighs.

After treating these areas you should notice the following benefits:

  • Thicker, firmer skin
  • Increased smoothness
  • Increased hydration
  • Better micro-circulation in the skin
  • Reduced appearance of common skin imperfections

Micro-needling can be repeated safely every 4 to 6 weeks until you finally reach your desired goals. For collagen stimulation it’s usually recommended that you start with three treatments, separated by a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks. For reducing scars, an average of 3 to 6 treatments is suggested. Ultimately, exactly how many treatments and how long they will take will depend on how your skin responds to the procedure.

Micro-needling at home with a needle shorter than 0.5 mm is considered safe and remarkably painless. There is absolutely no downtime whatsoever, and you can even apply as much pressure as you’re comfortable with. When added to your usual routine, you can achieve impressive results by repeating 3 to 5 times a week. However, we recommend you first find out if at-home micro-needling is right for you by consulting with a medical professional.

Despite some initial redness and possible swelling, immediately after your treatment your skin should already look and feel tighter and refreshed. You might even see a slight plumping effect on your skin as soon as the swelling goes away.

Assuming your treatment involved needles of the appropriate length, your skin should start to increase its collagen production some 48 to 72 hours after your procedure.

Despite this increase, most patients don’t see real, noticeable results for at least 1 to 4 weeks after their first treatment. Full results from the first treatment can take as long as 2 months to appear.

While several treatments are usually required, you’ll likely see scar tissue shrink and a reduction of UV damaged skin, dark spots, and stretch marks after only one treatment. You may also see improvements in the texture of your skin as it grows thicker, firmer and healthier overall.

The new collagen that is produced will remain for a few years, making microneedling a treatment with excellent longevity, especially considering how simple it is. Of course, the effects of aging and sun exposure will still eventually take their toll, and at some point you’ll likely seek future treatments as part of your regular skin maintenance plan.

Treatment costs are as followed:

  • Per Treatment - $150
  • 3 Treatments  -  $400
  • 5 Treatments  -  $600