Safe and effective treatment option
for acne scars/ stretch marks and deep wrinkles.
Also know as dermaroller, skin micro needling or collagen induction
therapy. The quest for the perfect anti-ageing treatment has included
chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, ablative and non-ablative
lasers, intense pulsed light and light-emitting diodes. Collagen induction
by micro-needles has recently resurged in popularity after introduction
of medical roller devices by various companies in Europe, North America
and the far east. This process is similar to nappage technique of mesotherapy
where multiple superficial injections are made for "mesoglow"
What is it?
It is the process of stimulating collagen synthesis without destroying
the skin's epidermal barrier. Microscopic holes are created in the skin,
these heal within hours but set into motion a cascade of changes responsible
for inducing growth of new collagen fibres which result in skin plumping
and skin tightening.
How did it originate?
Some surgeons used skin needling to successfully induce skin plumping
and reduce appearance of scars and wrinkles. It was also observed that
tattooed skin was smooth so a tattoo gun was used without ink and was
observed to provide beneficial effects.
There is a similar technique in practice of mesotherapy but here no
medication is injected into the skin.
How does it compare to fractional CO2 lasers, active fx, fraxel,
smartxide DOT etc?
We believe that CO2
are most effective devices for skin resurfacing, wrinkles and scars.Collagen
induction therapy by medical micro-needling is an attractive option
which provides less down-time and can be repeated. The major attraction
and advantage of this procedure is lack of complications especially
pigmentary changes so it is particularly useful for patients of darker
skin types such as asian, indian and mediteranian. It is also cheaper
than fractional laser resurfacing procedures which also require repeat
treatments. Another advantage of PCI is preservation of protective epidermal
layer of skin. Percutaneous collagen induction uses needles to provide
microscopic penetration into skin, unlike lasers these zones close quickly
as there is no tissue vapourisation. As a result risk of pigment alteration
is less than lasers, recovery is quicker and pain and heat sensation
What can it be used for?
For skin tightening on face, neck, cleavage, arms, buttocks, thighs
For reducing fine wrinkles and signs of skin ageing
Scars from trauma
Who should not have it?
Active skin infections, active acne or cold sores
Skin cancers and warts
Patients on anticoagulants such as warfarin
Patients on chemotherapy, corticosteroids or radiotherapy
Hepatitis or HIV
History of keloid scarring