One of the major skin concerns many of us have is ageing and finding ways to slow down the ageing process. One way is to stimulate collagen production which helps to plump up skin and minimise fine lines.
There are many treatments that can do this including lasers which can be invasive and may require downtime, something that as busy people we do not tend to have. So, what else can we do that has a stimulating effect but also will not impact on our busy lives? The answer is Microneedling, often called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT).
This treatment has been around for a long time and there are many variations out there from use at home rollers, beauty clinic treatments as well as medical needling. While home rollers have a minimal penetrating depth of up to 1mm, depending on the brand, anything over this should be conducted in a more clinical setting by a qualified dermal clinician. At Silkwood Medispa, we can go as deep as 2.5mm meaning we can treat more severe skin conditions such as acne scarring.
CIT creates micro-channels in the skin which act as a controlled wound. When a wound heals, the body will send in white blood cells to clean up the wound and growth factors to stimulate new collagen. It is this remarkable ability to stimulate growth factors which is at the core of microneedling. By cleverly creating controlled micro-channels we are effectively encouraging the body to break down old collagen and stimulate new collagen production.
By adding hyaluronic acid, we are also increasing hydration levels and encouraging the skin to heal faster. The great benefit is that acne scars can also be targeted. Acne scars are depressions that have not formed properly during the healing phase as there was not enough collagen deposition to fill the void. By using medical grade microneedling you can help break up the old scars and stimulate new production thus plumping up the void and minimising the scar.
This principle is also effective for stretch marks as well as some pigmentation. As elastin is also stimulated in the process it may help minimise pore size and rejuvenate the skin. Treatments can be spaced 4-6 weeks apart and up to 5 sessions will be required to provide adequate benefit. Check out the clip below for an idea of how the procedure works. Call us on (02) 9387 3900 to book an appointment.