Skin needling is known by various names in the medical and cosmetic industry, including Dermal-rolling, Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI) and Collagen Induction Therapy to name a few.
The definition of skin needling can be explained as tiny needle punctures that, depending on the length of needle used, are made through the outermost layer of the skin to create microscopic breaks in the blood vessels immediately beneath the surface of the epidermis ( top layer os the skin).
Today, needling has been scientifically proven to work with the skin’s natural functions to stimulate regeneration leading to an overall improved appearance of the skin. In an ideal skin- regeneration situation the aim should always be to keep the epidermis ( top layer os the skin) intact at all times, to encourage natural collagen and elastin synthesis as well as to stimulate the release of the body’s own skin related growth factors. Ideally, there should be no damage to the skin and needling represents the perfect solution for this challenge.
Environs’ founder Dr Des Fernandes first started experimenting with needling in 1994 and designed what we know as today’s roller in 1997 on a flight to Cape Town. There are also automatic Medical Needling devices available , Dermapen is what we prefer to use at Pour Moi Skin and Beauty .
What are the different types of needling and how are they different?
Depending on the indication, a variety of needle lengths can be used.
Cosmetic needling is perfectly designed to use daily, as part of a professionally recommended home regime to aid the absorption of topically applied, vitamin enriched skin care products.
Medical Dermalneedling is performed by trained skin care professionals. The client’s skin needs to be prepared on Vitamin A, C and E for a minimum of three to four weeks in order to get the best results. Strict home care and treatment protocols need to be followed by both the practitioner and the client.
What are the beneﬁts?
Cosmetic needling is for the skin savvy consumer to use in the comfort of their own home. This form of needling, allows for enhanced product absorption leading to improved results.
Medical Dermal needling is based on repeated puncturing of the skin’s surface with fine needles microscopic breaks are created stimulating the release of blood platelets which release a series of growth factors and initiates the wound healing process. A new, natural collagen and elastin network and a thicker epidermis can be expected as a result, with very little down time.
What are the effects of needling?
Stimulates the production of collagen & elastin, as a result the skin becomes smoother and tighter.
Keratinocytes migrate rapidly across the edipermal defect and then proliferate, as a result the skin becomes thicker.
Who is it suitable for/indications?
Dermal Needling is the ideal treatment method for the improvement of skin appearance, texture and quality. It is safe and effective and can be used on all skin types .
Ageing, fine lines and wrinkles.
Reduce pore size
Scarring, including mild to moderate post-acne scarring and surgical scarring.
Hyper- and hypo pigmented scars.
Post-operative – assistance with healing.
Laxity (skin Tightening)
Telangiectasia, vascular conditions.
For best results the skin should be treatment should be continued with daily use of Cosmetic roller combined with Vitamin A,C and E rich skin products.
(Sourced from Professional Skin and Beauty and Dr Des Fernandes)