Microneedling; A Brief Overview For Aestheticians


I don't know about you, but to me it seems like I'm hearing about microneedling popping up as the hot new treatment in the spa world.  The truth is microneedling, sometimes referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT), skin needling, or dermal needling, has been around for decades. 

Being in the industry for 10 years now, I've received several different types of treatments ranging from injectables, light and laser treatments, chemical peels, and more specialty facials than I can count.  I believe that if you are going to be consulting with others about a particular treatment it is important to experience it yourself as well.  (Plus, who doesn't want to have healthy skin and look their best??)

That's why when I was in Boston on business last month I dropped in to Bella Sante in Lexington and had Nicole do a treatment for me and walk me through the process.  Nicole, a medical aesthetician at Bella Sante, is one of the most knowledgable aestheticians I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  She is like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to skincare ingredients and I trust her completely when it comes to my skin. 

Check out this short video of Nicole performing a microneedling treatment on me. 

**Please note that this is in no way meant to be a training on microneedling - this is meant to give a brief overview for aestheticians who are curious about offering or receiving this treatment**

The entire treatment took about 50 minutes and my skin was pink and blotchy for about 24 hours.  About 4 days post treatment there was a noticeable difference in the overall texture of my skin, especially on the forehead.   

A series of treatments is recommended for best results and should be received 4-6 weeks apart.  

Be sure to check your state board to learn the laws in your state regarding your ability to perform this treatment.  THIS ARTICLE from SkinInc, although very brief, talks about the way that the FDA categorizes microneedling.  

Dr. Lance Setterfield is also looked at as an industry expert on dermal needling and has written a very well reviewed book on the subject called The Concise Guide to Dermal Needling.  

Have you tried this treatment or are you offering it at your spa?  I'm curious to know your thoughts - let me know in the comments section below. 

Daniela Xo