Collagen Induction Therapy – also known as microneedling – tightens, lifts and rejuvenates the skin. It’s a long-standing method of reducing fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and surgical and acne scars that’s enjoying a well-deserved resurgence in popularity.
A small, pen-like handheld device is used to cleverly use the body’s natural healing and defense mechanisms to improve the quality and appearance of the skin. As it moves across the targeted areas 12 tiny surgical-grade steel pulsating needles, which are disposable or one-time use per client, gently puncture the skin’s surface. The body responds by sending a cascade of collagen and elastin fibres to heal and repair the injured area; remodeling and redensifying the skin over a course of 4 to 6 weeks. Microneedling is effective at:
- improving the colour and texture of stretchmarks
- softening and improving the appearance of wrinkles,
- smoothing out lines around the mouth area,
- treating uneven pigmentation of the skin,
- reducing the colour and appearance of acne and surgical scars.
Based on the area targeted for treatment, we generally recommend a course of sessions for best and lasting results.
At La Derma, all Microneedling treatments use a topical anaesthetic and a hyaluronic acid-rich serum to help the microneedling device glide easily across the targeted area as well as aid in the improved appearance of the skin. After the treatment, depending on what is best for each individual, we apply a soothing, regenerating serum or mask to the face.
Microneedling Vancouver Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit from Microneedling treatments?
All skin colours, ages and all skin concerns can benefit from Microneedling treatments. It is safe and effective and can even be used by pregnant women and on people who have pins, plates and pacemakers in their bodies. Microneedling is well-tested and effective.
In some cases it is a better option than fractional laser. When you book a consultation with us we can help you decide what treatment is best for your needs.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of sessions depends on what type of skin concern is being treated. After an initial assessment, we will be able to recommend how many sessions will provide the best outcome for each individual’s skin needs.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes. Microneedling is a sterile procedure that uses 12 tiny surgical grade steel needles to briefly puncture the epidermis, penetrating the dermis and promoting pin point bleeding of the skin. It is a controlled injury that works by safely engaging the body’s own healing response to repair and improve the quality of the skin. The cartridges of surgical needles are disposable or a one-time use per client.
Is the treatment painful?
Depending on the type of skin concern being targeted and the settings used on the Microneedling device, there can be mild to medium discomfort during the treatment. However, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the skin beforehand to help reduce any feelings of discomfort.
What should I expect after the treatment?
In most cases, the skin may look mildly swollen and pink for 1 to 2 days after the treatment; however, with more aggressive treatments, there occasionally may be some slight bruising. We provide specific aftercare advice to each individual in order to maintain the positive effects of the treatment and to avoid any irritation. A soothing regenerating serum or mask as well as sunscreen will be applied immediately afterwards to minimize the redness.
Anyone using blood thinning medications such as Warfarin, large amounts of aspirin / omega oils, should first consult with their doctor before undergoing a Microneedling treatment.
Anyone with a history of or a current breakout of cold sores should get a prescription of Valtrex for use before, during and after treatment.
Anyone with reduced blood clotting ability/haemophilia should NOT have this treatment.