Percutaneous collagen induction therapy (PCI) is a method that mechanically stimulates the growth of fibroblasts and blood cells by creating fine micro channels in the epidermis and dermis, thereby stimulating the skin and increasing the level of collagen and elastin in the skin. Due to the fact that this method is one of the most uncomplicated methods of rejuvenation in the world, it can be used for all skin types with any skin color and has a very short recovery period and has found many fans today. This method is suitable for treating acne scars, rejuvenating and clearing the skin, open pores, treating freckles on a variety of skin types.
In this method, using Cosmine, which has a cartridge containing 12 very fine needles, holes with a depth of 0.25 to 2.5 mm and a speed of 20 to 100 beats per second are created in the skin. Due to the fact that micro needling increases the permeability of the skin by up to 90%, different drugs can be used at the same time according to the needs and conditions of the patient’s skin. The number of treatment sessions based on the patient’s needs is between 3 and 5 sessions and every 4 weeks.
Duration of action
This will take 30 to 45 minutes.
This treatment is performed under local anesthesia.
Inpatient / outpatient status
Micro needling does not require hospitalization.
Possible side effects and complications
So far no serious Possible side effects from micro needling have been reported. Possible side effects are transient and include:
- Swelling and redness: which resolves within the first few days after treatment.
- Hyperpigmentation: If the patient is exposed to the sun in the first days and weeks after treatment, dark spots may appear on the skin. Using sunscreen with at least SPF30 is effective in preventing this complication.
- Itching and burning: This complication is very rare, and is caused by possible sensitivity to the metal of needles and medications, and is controlled with the necessary treatments.
- Keloids: It occurs when the skin is prone to scarring.
Contraindications to the use of micro needling
- Pregnancy and lactation.
- Herpes or any other infection in the area.
- Active acne.
- Taking anticoagulants.
- History of epilepsy.
- Recent history of Roaccutane consumption.
- After laser treatment, microdermabrasion and IPL should be at least 1 week apart.
However, micro needling does not require hospitalization, and the patient is able to return to daily work immediately after surgery; But the following precautions are essential during the first days:
- Use a healing cream prescribed at regular intervals
- Avoid contact with the sun and use sunscreen regularly
- Do not use cosmetics for up to 48 hours after treatment
- If you have a history of herpes and you have been prescribed a preventative medication, be sure to complete the course of treatment.
For a wide range of skin types, micro needling treatment is a safe and effective way to activate cell regeneration. However, in many cases, after the first treatment session, the effectiveness of the treatment is visible, however, 3 to 6 sessions of treatment may be recommended.