Automated microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is used for treating the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance.
During this procedure, a microneedling pen is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Microneedling creates superficial micro-channels which can be used with topical gels, serums or PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to help improve the appearance of the skin. The skin’s repair process results in the improvement of the appearance of the skin. Minimal downtime is expected. Patients typically experience 2-4 days of skin redness and mild swelling.
The benefits of microneedling can include a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This results in younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Microneedling may also have a positive effect on the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, scars and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.
Microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or the “PRP Facial”
The PRP Facial uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in conjunction with microneedling to improve skin texture, tone, and discoloration. A small blood sample is taken then carefully separated into plasma serum rich in platelets. Once the serum is prepared, it is then applied topically to the problem area and a microneedling device is used to push the serum into the skin at various depths. Minimal downtime is expected. Patients typically experience 2-4 days of skin redness and mild swelling.
With these procedures, patients typically start with a series of 2-4 treatments and then receive maintenance treatments as needed, typically 1-2 times a year.