Skin needling, also called micro needling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is the gentlest form of skin resurfacing available on the cosmetic market today. Micro needling is at times considered a preferred treatment over laser resurfacing, since there is no risk of burning the patient. It can be used on the face and neck, providing a patient with improved skin appearance, texture and overall quality
Although most patients are great candidates for micro needling; there are a select few who are not.
Micro needling is minimally invasive, however, it does cause micro injuries to the skin, making it imperative that the skin is free of any of the following disorders:
- Solar Keratosis
- Raised moles or Skin Tags
- Warts or Herpes
- Active Acne
Any of the above disorders are contraindications and can actually worsen a patient’s condition.
Micro needling is a good choice for patients with acne scars, as the results are quite impressive, however someone with active acne should never undergo this procedure, as it can further spread the acne and worsen their condition. Depending on the types of acne scars, deeper scars will require multiple treatments for best results.
It is also important to note that diabetics or patients on blood thinners or anticoagulants are also not the best candidates for any needling treatments.
Micro needling should never be performed over any raised or open lesions as well.
When considering any form of a micro needling or Derma Roller procedure, it is imperative to identify any skin irregularities prior to the treatment.