What is skin needling? Skin needling or Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI), involves the puncturing of the skin with a needle-like device to induce new collagen for the purpose of skin rejuvenation. Skin needling is a non-invasive solution if you are concerned with acne or burn scars, stretch marks, signs of premature aging or hyperpigmentation.
How does it work? The technique involves a controlled injury to blood vessels which involves a number of complex cellular changes. When the device is rolled over the skin, it creates tiny punctures just under the surface of the skin that trigger a healing action in the skin. Blood and other important healing components are rushed to the injury sites, which leads to the increased production of collagen and elastin. This process thickens the skin, fills in acne scars or enlarged pores, and evens skin tone.
Does it hurt? Topical Anesthetic will minimize discomfort. Some patients don't feel any pain and some feel only discomfort.
What are the indications? specific lines and wrinkles, full skin rejuvenation, post acne scarring, atrophic scarring (chickenpox or trauma), raised fibrous scars, reduction of enlarged pores, reduction in stretch marks.
Contraindicated for people: with active acne or active skin infections, who have used Accutane (Isotretinoin, Roacutane) in the past 12 months, with a tendency to keloid scarring, with diabetes, that react to nickel (present in the rollers to prevent corrosion), with active Herpes Simplex, who are pregnant, undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, who use blood thinners.