What is skin needling?
Skin needling, also known as microneedling therapy, or collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves pricking the blood vessels under the outer layer of the skin with the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. The procedure causes bleeding so that platelets (which are responsible for the regeneration of tissue and the build up of collagen and elastin in the skin), are released from the blood vessels. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. As a result, there is significant improvement in skin texture and firmness, stretch marks and lightening of pigmentation.
Among the earliest theories behind skin needling started with tattooing in the early 1990’s, where tattoo guns were used without ink to treat post surgical scars. Using these advancements, Dr Des Fernandes, invented and pioneered the first ever skin needling roller for treating wrinkles and introduced it to a stunned World at the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) congress in Taipei in 1996.
Having identified that tattoo needles were not deep enough, and in some cases the needle holes were too close together, he developed a roller fitted with 3mm-long needles to penetrate the skin safely and effectively. Since his significant invention, the practice of skin needling has grown dramatically with skin clinics offering the procedure as well as a variety of at-home devices on the market. There have been many others who have tried their best to replicate his devices worldwide, however Dr Des continues to be at the forefront of this skin treatment.
Skin needling is not without its critics, but Dr Des ensures that the procedure is not dangerous and its techniques have become internationally recognised as the safest, MOST EFFECTIVE way of treating lax skin, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.