Skin needling is not new, but it is newly popular in the United States. Needling the skin to stimulate new collagen has been used in Europe for at least two decades. Also called Collagen Induction Therapy, microneedling is based on the ability of the skin to repair itself. When in repair mode, the body’s own collagen and elastin production is stimulated to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pores, stretch marks, crepey skin, and scarring such as surgical and acne scars.
How did microneedling come about?
The technique of needling the skin was pioneered by a Swiss-French dermatologist named Dr. Phillippe Simonin in 1980. He found that facelift patients who had undergone camouflage tattooing after surgery to hide scars showed substantial improvement in how their scars looked. Further investigation proved the relationship between the tattoo process using needles and scar improvement.
What is the collagen p.i.n.?
Collagen P.I.N. (Percutaneous Induction Needling) is a method of inducing thousands of controlled micro-injuries into the skin. This triggers the skin’s natural repair process involving generation of growth factors, new collagen and elastin formation and therefore, a thicker dermis with the appearance of softer wrinkles. This process causes much less damage to the epidermis then dermal rolling, lasers or any other ablative treatment. Thus, protecting the skin’s cell growth making for quicker healing and higher rates of success. Depending on the depth of the needle penetration, the Collagen P.I.N. can offer skin rejuvenation levels from the simple enhancement of product absorption to the clinical treatment of scars and wrinkles. The Collagen P.I.N. is the only microneedling device on the market that holds a 36-needle cartridge. This is triple what other devices on the market provide. This feature allows for a larger skin repair response, and a more even bed of collagen, therefore providing much greater and improved results.
Who can be treated and on what areas of the body?
All skin types can safely be treated with the Collagen P.I.N. This is a large advantage to treatment with micro-needling compared to laser ablative treatments that can result in permanent discoloration in darker, more ethnic skin types. Most areas of the body can be treated including:
- Arms + legs
- Abdomen + back
How many treatments will I need?
Some people require a single treatment, once per year, to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most to receive a series of 3 treatments spaced 3-6 weeks apart depending upon your area of correction or concern. Those with deep wrinkles, advanced sun damage, stretch marks, or any type of scars usually require 6 or more treatments to achieve the desired results.
How deep does the collagen p.i.n. go?
Penetration ranges begin at cosmetic depth of 0.5mm to clinical treatment depths up to 3.0mm. No other device on the market goes to this level, which is necessary for acne scarring and body scars. Light penetration, which creates thousands of superficial micro-channels, allows the introduction of targeted treatment serums, such as Vitamin C, to reach beneath the surface where they can be most effective. Vitamin C is critical to collagen formation and also targets the cells that produce pigment in the skin. Combining vitamin C with micro-needling can therefore optimize improvement in texture and pore tightening but also lightening and brightening. Penetration in the mid-range zone can have a positive impact on superficial sun damage and light scarring. Deeper levels are reserved for treating acne scars, stretch mark and for tightening skin and softening fine lines around the lips and eyes.
Will the collagen p.i.n. treatment hurt?
Prior to the treatment, a topical numbing agent will be provided. Most people report feeling very little to no pain at all once the agent has been applied.
How long will it take for me to see results from my treatment?
Many people see results after just one treatment. Individual results vary depending on skin health, but results are cumulative, so your skin gets better each time. Most commonly, positive changes are reported as soon as 1-2 weeks after the first treatment. However, a change, often referred to as a new ‘glow’, is normally noted within a few days after healing. Maximal collagen induction for skin tightening and rejuvenation is usually observed by three to six months.
How long will my results last?
New collagen and elastin formation has been documented to still be present as much as one year later from just a single P.I.N.treatment. However, as our skin ages our collagen production naturally slows down. Your overall results will last longer when using an at home skin care regimen that includes a daily retinol product. See Perfect Face Products for recommendations on products that will support your results from microneedling.
What will I look like after my treatment?
Immediately after your treatment your skin will look moderately red and feel warm or hot and sensitive, such as after a sunburn. Severity of redness will depend upon how aggressive the treatment was performed. Some mild swelling may occur usually on the second day, depending on the level of treatment. “Bronzing” refers to areas where there was tiny pinpoint bleeding during the treatment that darken, dry and then slough off. Bronzing can be experienced day 2-4 after deeper levels of treatment. Because the needle depth is adjustable, your treatment can be customized based on your goals and desirable downtime. Typically, by the fourth day, skin will be returning to normal color and your regular skin care regimen and makeup can be resumed.
Can I wear makeup after my treatment?
Due to the thousands of micro-channels that are formed during the treatment, the skin is extremely vulnerable to application of topical cleansers, creams, serums and makeup following the P.I.N. A post treatment skin care regimen will be provided for days 1-4 following the treatment to help expedite the healing process and minimize the risk of adverse events such as infection, granulomas and allergic reactions. Mineral based makeup can be used while healing. Excessive sun exposure should be avoided for the first 72 hours, and you should refrain from any sweaty exercise for the first 12 hours following the treatment.
How much does the collagen p.i.n. treatment cost?
Collagen P.I.N. treatments can be purchased as a single treatment or as a series of 3 treatments or 6 treatments.
- Single treatment with post treatment skincare regimen – $400
- Single treatment with TCA chemical peel (includes post treatment skincare regimen as well) – $600
- Series of 3 P.I.N. treatments with post treatment skin care regimen $1100
- Series of 6 P.I.N. treatments with post treatment skin care regimen $2100
The post treatment skincare is 100% paraben free, gluten free and vegan. I highly recommend these clean products for post micro-needling, post chemical peels, post laser treatments and for sensitive and dehydrated skin. Included in the regimen is an organic titanium dioxide physical sunscreen that works wonderfully as a make-up primer, or by itself as a foundation during the healing phase and beyond. If you are interested in this innovative treatment for total facial rejuvenation with very little downtime, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Zoe online or directly via email/text.