What is it?

Skin needling (also known as CIT, or Collagen Induction Therapy) is a technique of skin rejuvenation where tiny holes are made in the skin.  These controlled micro- injuries stimulate a wound healing response which leads to a biological repair action….microscopic injuries lead to a release of growth factors which stimulate your skin to produce new collagen, elastin, and other proteins which help build a healthy skin.

Different serums or your own platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) are added during the treatment to give even better results.  The microchannels caused by the skin needling process allow a much better penetration of active ingredients to the cells that we want to stimulate.

 What conditions is it used for?

Skin needling can be used for a variety of different skin conditions.  Your medical practitioner will adjust the depth and intensity of treatment according to your specific skin needs.

Skin needling can be used to treat:

  • Sun damaged skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Rough and uneven textured skin
  • Hair loss and early alopecia
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Pigmentation
  • Acne
  • Rosacea

Various parts of the body can be treated, including the face, neck, decolletage, scalp, abdominal skin, inner arms and thighs, and knees.  All skin types can be safely treated.

What device is used?

We use a DERMAPEN 4®  for all of our skin needling treatments.  This device has strong and straight needles that allow us to make precise and microscopic injuries in the exact depth that we are targeting.  Other devices often have needles of varying penetration that can tug on the skin or cause scratch marks, leading to variable results and an increase in downtime.

What does a treatment entail?

The treatment area will be cleansed, examined, documented, and photographed.  A topical anaesthetic is applied for 15 – 45 minutes, and then removed before skin is cleaned.  An active serum or your own PRP is applied and the needling process begins.  The DERMAPEN® is moved across your skin in different directions, ensuring you get optimal  penetration of serums and collagen stimulation.  After your treatment, more serum or PRP is massaged onto the skin and left to penetrate for 10-60 minutes.

Is there pain and downtime?

Most people find the treatment very easy or experience minimal discomfort.  Downtime is dependent on the intensity of the treatment and the depth of needle penetration, but most people have very little.  You can expect redness and a small amount of swelling for 24 hours.  Some people may have tiny needle prick bruises.  After that you can expect to feel a dry, tight sensation and some minor skin flaking.  Within 4-5 days you will have full recovery and normalised skin function.

When can I expect to see results?

Your body’s biological repair mechanism starts immediately after treatment and some conditions that we are treating will show results more quickly than others.  Collagen formation and final maturation takes time.  Expect to see results within about 3 weeks and improvement for up to 24 months.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

We recommend at least three treatments spaced  2-4 weeks apart.  Having more treatments will likely give you even better results in the long term.

Is there any specific aftercare?

Taking a Collagen supplement such may help get better long term results.  Use of a mild cleanser and products which do not contain any active ingredients is recommended for the first few days after treatment.  Your treating practitioner will give you proper aftercare and skincare advice.

Healthier, smoother, tighter skin

Fewer lines and wrinkles

Lip lines and lines around the eyes

Hair stimulation

Improvement in pigmentation

Improvement in scars and stretchmarks

Improvement in acne

Stimulates collagen

Ideal for sun-damaged skin

Improves elasticity



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Hyde Park

Tel:  011 788 7910

Email: info@aestheticson5th.co.za