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Medical Micro needling is a treatment that constitutes a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). It is also referred to as a non ablative skin treatment. This means that the deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer of skin. It is designed to treat various skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, light scarring from acne and photodamage, and to improve skin colour and other skin texture changes.

As mentioned previously, microneedling is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). The idea behind CIT is similar to that of many other non-surgical skin-tightening procedures in that it aims to create a controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface, thereby inducing the body to respond through the formation of new tissue layers of elastin- and collagen fibres (neo-collagenesis) as well as new capillaries for an improved blood supply (neoangiogenesis) in the treated area. The skin plumps and thickens in response to this stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of scars, and fine lines and other skin texture changes. In addition to CIT, the channels made from the micro-needles allow topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively through the top layer of skin.

It improves the thickness of the dermis as well as the epidermis. This in return improves skin texture and reduces wrinkles.

It also has a positive effect on hyperpigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation. Disfiguring scars, especially acne scars, can many times be improved. New collagen fibres can elevate the depressed scar tissue. An improved blood supply (neo-angiogenesis) into the previous fibrotic scar tissue harmonise and blendss the pigmentation with the periphery skin.

Approximately 75% of the dermis is made up of collagen. In healthy skin it is arranged in bundles known as a “basket-weave” formation, which provides the overall skin with its strength and prevents tearing and breakdown. Being that collagen decreases as we age, the skin tends to become thinner and sag as we get older.

Elastin maintains the skin’s tension and extensibility and composes approximately 5% of the skin’s formation. Elastin fibers can diminsh, breakdown and lose their normal structure with aging. In skin which has been overexposed to UV rays or sun exposure, elastin increases and becomes thickened and therefore loses it’s normal structure. Fibroblasts are the controlling dermal cells; Micro-needling activates, through specific interactive signaling, neuro-dermal layers which produces new collagen and elastin fibers.

Dr Anjana Bhana
(BDS WITS 2005) Pr No: 0392421
Cell: 083 302 2660

Born to Shine Magazine - Edition 10 (December 2014 - March 2015)