What is skin needling?

Skin needling is often referred to as collagen induction or percutaneous collagen induction therapy and is a dermal therapy aimed at inducing collagen and elastin production within the skin’s lower levels, whist at the same time refreshing the appearance of the surface of the skin.

Dermal therapies such as skin needling can be used in conjunction with the cosmetic injectable treatments available at Dr Kate Aesthetics and as preventative and restorative treatments to maintain the skins integrity and quality.

Skin needling uses a device (such as DERMAPEN or MDERMA) and is a skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of very fine, medical grade needles which are passed across the skin creating micro-channels. This controlled ‘injury’ initiates the natural healing process of the skin which in turn results in the production of new collagen and elastin and the regeneration and repair of damaged tissue. This visibly improves skin texture and tone.

The formation of micro channels with skin needling also results in improved absorption and enhanced penetration of active cosmeceutical products both immediately after the procedure and in the weeks following.

Skin needling can be used for multiple indications such as:

  • reduction In fine lines and wrinkles
  • improve congestion and oiliness
  • reduce the appearance of pores
  • improve surface texture
  • reduction in acne or surgical scars
  • reduction in the appearance of stretch marks
  • support skin regeneration for tighter, more youthful skin by increasing collagen and elastin

Different grades of skin needling can be used. Smaller needles at a lower depth in the skin care  used for the support of skin rejuvenation and collagen induction. At Dr Kate Aesthetics we generally use deeper needles for a more intensive treatment for deeper scars and lines.   
 
Prior to any procedure we will discuss each patient’s individual concerns and tailor a treatment program according to their desired outcome. A recommended treatment course will be provided and regular follow-up ensured.  

What does the treatment involve?

Following initial consultation the entire procedure will take approximately 45-60 minutes. This is because of the application of a topical aneasthetic (or numbing cream) to ensure no discomfort during the procedure. Once the numbing cream has taken effect the treatment itself takes approximately 15 minutes and involves the passing of a device over the skin which pierces of the skin with fine stainless steel sterile needles.  
 
Often some pressure over the skin may be felt with tiny tickling sensations but the procedure will not be painful due to the use of topical anaesthetic. There will be pinpoint bleeding during the treatment but no bleeding once the treatment has finished.  

Active ingredients such as vitamin A, antioxidants and peptides will be infused into the skin during the dermapen treatment.
 
Immediately following the treatment the skin will appear red and inflammation will be present. Often clients report their face feels sunburnt and in the following 24-48 hours the skin may feel tight and uncomfortable.   Slight flaking may occur. 

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depends on the indication however skin needling is best delivered over a series of 4-6 treatments for general skin rejuvenation. More sessions may be required for more sun damaged and scarred skin.

The treatments are performed at 4-6 weekly intervals to allow for collagen synthesis which takes up to 6 weeks.

Following a full course of treatment it can take up to 6 months for results to become visible due to the production and synthesis of new collagen and elastin. Maintenance treatments can then be performed.  

It is important to complete the treatment plan to see results. Following a treatment plan maintenance treatments every 6-12 months (of one treatment) will help to maintain the skins health. 

Is skin needling safe?

Pin point bleeding will occur during the procedure but should not persist once treatment has completed. The most common side effects of skin needling is increased skin sensitivity and erythema (like sunburn), bruising, crusting and light flaking in the days following. In rare cases grazing, pustules and infection may occur.  

A rare but possible complication if hyper or hypopigmentation however Dr Kate will discuss this with each client and offer appropriate and effective treatment if this were to occur.  
 
Skin needling is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, those who have been on a course of roaccutane in the past 6 months, active acne or inflammatory lesions, active infection or wounds. Precautions must be taken In those taking blood thinning medications (including aspirin and ibuprofen) and in smokers.  

How much does it cost?

Full face $350 (normally $400)

Full face and neck $400 (normally $500)

Full face, neck and decollatage $550 (normally $650)

Package of 4 treatments (every 4-6 weeks) for full face skin rejuvenation/acne scarring/collagen induction $1050 (save $350)

Spot treatment for isolated scarring, skin laxity, minor areas - from $100 for small area