Medical Microneedling

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)

Medical microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a technology that has been around for a long time. It is a skin rejuvenation technique that can be used on the face and body. This treatment causes micro injuries to damaged skin and stimulates a biological healing response. As the skin heals, newer and healthier cells take the place of damaged cells. This treatment can be used to improve acne, acne scars, other scars, skin texture, pore appearance, stretch marks, wrinkles, and even hyperpigmentation.

The Advantages of Microneedling

Studies have shown that medical microneedling is just as effective as chemical peels, fractional laser therapy, and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. Some of the advantages of this technology include:

  • Quick treatment sessions
  • Adjustable needle depth
  • Minimal pain or discomfort
  • No side effects
  • Lightweight device
  • Easy to use

The latest in microneedling systems is the Dermapen®, which offers distinct advantages over other microneedling roller systems. These advantages include:

  • Disposable needles for a lower risk of cross infection
  • Faster than manual microneedling systems
  • Lower cost than other microneedling systems
  • Less tearing of the epidermal skin layers
  • Vibrating function enhances effectiveness by increasing the absorption of topical skin care products

How Microneedling Treatments Work

Microneedling treatments work by creating tiny wounds in the skin and breaking the blood vessels immediately below the surface of the skin. The body then releases platelets and produces growth factors that promote more collagen and elastin to repair the skin. Blood supply to the area is increased, new melanin is introduced, and more collagen begins to form. Fresh, new cells are generated in the treated area, replacing the damaged cells and improving the appearance and texture of the skin.

Microneedling is incredibly effective as an anti-aging treatment and can significantly improve the texture and appearance of damaged skin. While some scars and stretch marks can never be eliminated entirely, skin needling is the best treatment to improve skin quality in these cases. Ongoing or repeat treatments are safe to continue repairing the skin to a cosmetically acceptable level.

Your Treatment Options

Dermapen® Microneedling

45 minutes • $250

The Dermapen® needles create small wounds in the skin, and the skin responds by producing new collagen and fresh, new cells. This technology successfully improves acne scarring, skin texture, pore appearance, stretch marks, melasma and pigmentation, and the appearance of wrinkles. Dermapen® is recommended as a series of four to six treatments for the best results. This treatment can be performed by your aesthetician and may be used on the face or body.

Dermapen® Microneedling with DF Machine Treatment or Roll CIT

75 minutes • $350

Following a Dermapen® microneedling treatment, maximum benefits may be achieved through treatment with the DF vitamin infusion or self-treatment with the Cosmetic Roll – CIT. Topical ENVIRON® products containing high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants are used to equip the skin with the nutrients it needs to promote a stronger healing response. The infusion of these products into the skin allows for maximum stimulation of collagen and overall better results.

Surgical Needling

By Doctor’s Consultation Only

This treatment uses surgical needles to create temporary channels in the dermis of the skin. This stimulates the body’s own repair response, including the production of natural collagen and important growth factors. Used for both acne and anti-aging, surgical needling significantly reduces scarring and improves the elasticity and thickness of the skin. This procedure is performed by the doctor only.

Ultimate Eye Treatment using the Focus CIT

30 minutes • $35

This ultimate treatment combines a microneedling focus kit, a gentle peel, and an infusion of vitamin A, vitamin C, and peptides to rejuvenate the eye area. This treatment can address tired eyes, crow’s feet, and dark circles by de-puffing, brightening, rehydrating, and firming the delicate skin around the eyes. It is most often used in combination with other treatments such as acne facials and anti-aging peels.

After Your Treatment

After your microneedling treatment, you will notice a few changes to your skin. Immediately after treatment, your skin will feel sensitive to the sunlight. You should stay out of direct sunlight for at least 24 hours to avoid lasting damage to your skin. You may notice that your skin feels tighter and firmer. It may also look a little red as if you’ve been out in the sun too long. Your skill will soon return to its natural color and will develop a more youthful tone, texture, and appearance.

In addition to minimizing sun exposure, there are a few things you should do to ensure that the treatment is 100 percent successful. During the first 24 hours after you’ve received this treatment, you should only use skin products that are non-comedogenic or specifically created to be used alongside a skin needling treatment. This includes makeup, sunblock, sunscreen, and any other product that can cause skin irritation. Any topical product that can be absorbed through the skin should be avoided. Alcohol-based products will dry out your skin, so they should be avoided as well.

At the Spa at Spring Ridge, we offer medical microneedling and a wide range of other aesthetic treatments to revitalize your skin and refresh your appearance. To learn more, schedule your personal consultation with us today. Please call (610) 880-8265 or complete our online contact form to request your appointment.

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