Also known as Microneedling or CIT, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that’s used to treat skin concerns via collagen production. This treatment may help those looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, pigmentation issues, acne scars and stretch marks.It’s also used in certain anti-aging procedures.
CIT works by encouraging your skin to make more collagen. The idea is that pinpricks from the procedure cause slight injury to the skin and that the skin responds by making new collagen-rich tissue.
This new skin tissue is, in turn, more even in tone and texture. It’s normal for the skin to lose collagen via age or injury. By encouraging the skin to make new tissue, there may be more collagen to help make the skin firmer, too.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR CIT/MICRONEEDLING?
Women and men of all ages and all skin-types who seek fresher, healthier-looking skin may use Microneedling. It benefits those with hyperpigmentation, acne scars, or fine lines and wrinkles.
It may not be the best option if any of the following apply to you:
You are pregnant
You use Accutane for acne (off for a year)
You have certain skin conditions, such as facial eczema or rosacea
You scar easily
You have a history of poor wound healing
You have undergone skin radiation in the last 12 months
Your skin has broken capillaries (telangiectasia)
You experience active acne flare up (inflamed and cystic)
HOW LONG DOES A CIT/MICRONEEDLING PROCEDURE TAKE TO PERFORM?
Microneedling is a non-surgical, in-office procedure that is performed in about 60 minutes.
ON WHAT AREAS OF THE BODY CAN CIT/MICRONEEDLING BE USED?
Microneedling can treat the face, neck, back, arms, legs, décolletage, and abdomen.
HOW MANY CIT/MICRONEEDLING TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY TO SEE RESULTS?
Microneedling results vary between individuals and the type of skin care concerns being addressed. A series of three to six treatments spaced about four to six weeks apart may be recommended to achieve maximum results.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME WITH CIT/MICRONEEDLING?
The downtime with Microneedling depends on the depth of the repair process required. It is typical for patients to have some slight redness, much like a mild sunburn, for two to four days following the procedure. Many patients heal completely in about 24 hours.
IS THERE ANY POST TREATMENT NECESSARY?
Use of sun block is recommended. There will be some mild peeling or redness after the treatment. A home care regimen for you to follow will be explained to you to maintain the benefits of the treatments.
HOW IS ADDING PRP DIFFERENT FROM REGULAR MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that’s primarily used to minimize the signs of aging. During a standard session, our provider will use a device to prick the skin with needles and stimulate new collagen production. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be added to the session for an additional cost. Microneedling with PRP is said to create more tightness in the skin and speed the healing process along.
WHY ADD PRP TO MY TREATMENT?
Traditional microneedling is used to treat everything from age spots and wrinkles to scarring and other forms of hyperpigmentation. PRP injections may boost these effects and help you achieve your desired results faster.You may have seen online photos of a celebrity or influencer’s face covered with blood after this procedure. This is where the nickname “vampire facial” comes from. However, these pictures show an older method of applying whole blood to the skin while micro-needling. With recent advances in treatment, only the PRP from the blood is applied to the face (a gold colored plasma). The result is a milder pinkness or redness on the face. You may be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you’re in sound health and looking to treat minor signs of aging.
WHO IS THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR PRP HAIR RESTORATION?
The best candidates are individuals that have recently noticed hair loss; it can be effective but is more challenging to wake up hair follicles that have been dormant for a long time.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?
It depends on the individual, but typically we recommend a treatment every three to four weeks for the first four months. After this, maintenance is required every three to four months for up to two years.
IS THERE ANY PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH THE TREATMENT?
We use numbing cream, so pain is minimal.
IS THERE ANY DOWN TIME AFTER THE PRP HAIR RESTORATION TREATMENT?
No. Patients may resume normal activity directly following treatment.