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Medical Skin Needling
Medical Aesthetics Medical Skin Needling
Medical Aesthetics Medical Skin Needling
Medical Skin Needling (Collagen Induction Therapy)
The principle behind Medical Skin Needling (MSN) or Collagen Induction Therapy is simple: to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. Under topical anesthesia, a sterile medical roller with very fine needles is used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your own body to produce new collagen. These channels also improve the penetration of topical products. Results can last as long as 5-10 years or more.

MSN is ideal for non-surgical and non-ablative treatment of various skin conditions such as aging (wrinkles, stretch marks), scarring (acne, surgical), and hyperpigmentation.

Clinical studies have shown MSN to be as effective as ablative treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, and chemical peel and just as effective as non-ablative treatments like IPL and Fraxel in stimulating collagen and elastin production to thicken the skin thereby erasing wrinkles, stretch marks and smoothing acne scars.

Conditions treated with MSN

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Acne and surgical scarring
  • Stretch marks (striae)
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hair loss prevention / restoration

How does MSN work
MSN or Collagen Induction Therapy works by stimulating the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring such as that caused by acne or chicken pox. It have also been successfully applied to the indication of hair restoration in cases of alopecia.
This is achieved by introducing a series of fine, sharp needles into the skin following the administration of a topical local anaesthetic to reduce discomfort. The needles are attached to a single use, sterile roller which is moved over the surface of the skin to create many microscopic channels or columns, approximately 0.07- 0.25mm wide, at various depths of penetration (2-3mm). In the case of medical rollers this is within the papillary dermal layer of the skin where collagen and elastin fibres are located.
This controlled damage to the dermis encourages the body to produce new collagen and elastin which generate new skin cells to literally repair itself, thus the skin becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful. Although primarily used on the face, this procedure can be carried out anywhere on the body, such as on stretch marks on the thighs and abdomen, and generally on all skin types.
Cosmetic rollers for home use reach a much shallower level in the epidermis (about 0.3mm) where they aid absorption of topical ingredients. These minute punctures close over almost immediately as the skin heals.

The procedure
Skin preparation with the application of vitamin A and C creams is recommended for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the procedure. A similar skin care regime will also be recommended for up to 6 months post-treatment to aid the healthy production of the new collagen and the rejuvenation of the skin.
Treatment sessions with medical grade rollers take between 10 minutes and an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Pain should be minimal due to the application of the topical anaesthetic; however you may still feel some discomfort.
Following the treatment, you will be given a cosmetic version of the roller to use at home for the next three months, in conjunction with the topical skincare regime to enhance the final results.

After the procedure
Usually the skin appears pink or red in appearance for a couple of hours following the treatment, much like a sunburn, with some minor superficial bleeding (petechia) and sometimes bruising, depending on the treatment level, the length of needle used for the particular indication being treated and the number of times it is rolled across the treatment area. The skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. This should normally resolve in 24 - 48 hours.
Side effects or risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include:
minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases, milia (small white spots) and hyperpigmentation (darkening of certain areas of the skin) which can occur only very rarely and usually resolves after a month. If you have a history of cold sores, this could possibly flare up after treatment.

Recovery may take 24 hours or up to a few days. Most patients are able to return to work the following day. Recovery time depends on the treatment level and the length of the needles.

It can take between 4 and 8 weeks before visible signs of skin regeneration are seen and the process will continue over the following months, providing a gradual enhancement.
A single treatment can produce noticeable results, however a programme of 2 to 5 treatments performed every 2 months is often recommended to achieve optimum results, in conjunction with the home regime.

Medical Skin Needling Contraindications
Medical skin needling treatment is suitable for most skin types. However, It is not suitable for patients who:

  • Have been treated with Roaccutane within the last 3 months.
  • Have open wounds, cuts or abrasions to the skin.
  • Have received radiation treatment within the last year.
  • Have a current outbreak of herpes simplex (cold sores) or any other infection or chronic skin condition in the area to be treated.
  • Have areas of the skin that are numb or lack sensation.
  • Are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.
For further details concerning your personal treatment, you can arrange a consultation with a Medical Aesthetics Physician.

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