Microneedling Therapy also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), and Percutaneous (through the skin) Collagen Induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of the AcuMicro Needle Pen.
The AcuMicro Plus+ pen used at my office almost doubles the RPM of other microneedling pens, oscillating at 18,000 RPM. High RPMs allow for more effective treatments overall and for larger areas such as the scalp or body to be treated with ease. The mechanical action of the pen allows the needles to puncture the skin and create a controlled injury at a specific depth. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the bodies natural healing process to fill these micro wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed for improved blood supply.
With Microneedling, the top layer of the skin is parted without being damaged, leaving the skin intact. It does not “burn” your skin like peels or more invasive lasers. There are 12 small needles on each single-use sterile microneedling head. The needle penetration depth can be adjusted from 0.25mm to 2.50mm into the skin depending on the area of the body and the skin condition being treated. Using skin needling consistently will trigger the body's repair processes until the desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved.
Microneedling results in the production of new collagen and elastin, improvement in skin tone and texture, firmness as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
Nanoneedling uses the same oscillating technology, but this method uses 81 smaller silicone tips. This technique is used for thinner, more fragile skin such as under the eyes.
Microneedling is used in combination with Hyaluronic Acid and other serums to hydrate and heal the skin.
The micro-channels created by the needles allow for deeper penetrations of topical serums for more effective results. This procedure can increase the skins ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3,000%.
Please watch this video from U.S. Dermatology Partners for an overview of how microneedling works. Keep in mind that the AcuMicro Plus+ pen that I use works at 18,000 RPM, not 6,000 RPM like the pen used in this video. Note: platelet rich plasma (PRP) techniques, botox, and injection therapy are not used at my office. Only natural herbal serums and hyaluronic acid are used on the skin.