As skin ages, the production of collagen and elastin slow significantly. Over time, facial tissues can become lax and wrinkled, looking dull and even unhealthy. Years of sun damage, acne, smoking, and genetic disposition can magnify these issues. At the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation, Dr. Leonard Miller has developed a simple procedure to diminish stubborn lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and stretch marks dramatically improves one’s appearance. Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy (PCIT), sometimes referred to as medical microneedling, is a safe, noninvasive way to rejuvenate the skin without the harsh, damaging side effects of traditional procedures. This unique, cutting-edge technique can quickly restore a youthful appearance, without any downtime.
Medical microneedling can correct:
- Mild to moderate acne scars
- Surgical scarring
- Fine lines and deeper creases
- Large pores
- Poor skin texture and looseness
- Crepy Skin
- Stretch marks
About Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutting-edge Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy was first introduced into the United States by Dr. Miller. Through his unsurpassed experience in noninvasive skin rejuvenating techniques, Dr. Miller understood that the tiny needles of PCIT could create breaks in the skin surface and kick start the body’s natural collagen production. This distinctive medical microneedling technique is safe for all skin types and ethnicities, without the damaging side effects seen with harsher laser treatments. The noninvasive procedure is gentle on skin, ensuring fast healing and superior cell regrowth for long-lasting results.
Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy combines an automated roller, with up to twelve fine needles, and rejuvenating topical therapies. With PCIT, Dr. Miller can adjust the needle depth to customize each procedure. Thin skin, such as the delicate tissue under the eyes, will require shorter needles, as opposed to areas of thicker skin, like that of the cheeks, lips, forehead and décolletage. Medical microneedling can be used on almost any area of the body where there are scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, or crepiness. The most common locations for PCIT include the forehead, around the eyes, mouth, belly button, breasts, and abdomen. In fact, any area of the body can be treated.
The Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy Procedure
Dr. Miller’s medical microneedling is performed in one of the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation’s comfortable, private treatment rooms and takes less than an hour. To ensure patient comfort, an analgesic cream, with or without local anesthesia, will be used prior to treatment. Next, the sterile needler with its tiny needles will be passed over the targeted area. The treatment will create shallow microinjuries, at a predetermined depth, in the surface of the skin. A dermal roller may also be used when deeper treatments are performed to achieve more dramatic results. However, the recovery period will be longer in this situation.
Medical Microneedling Recovery
There is no downtime required following a light PCIT session. However, it is common for the skin to look pink for the first 24 hours. Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy may be superficial and gentle or deeper and more injurious depending on the condition of the skin being treated. Ointments and cleansing may be required up to five days with redness of the area up to a month Side effects of PCIT are rare, but in a few cases, pinpoint bleeding and pigmentation changes can occur.
Dr. Miller will explain the proper skin care routine to be used during the PCIT recovery. A mineral foundation may be suggested during the initial healing period, so as to keep the skin free of bacteria. By the fourth day after a microneedling treatment, patients can resume use of their normal makeup products.
Results from Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy
Some patients will see results from PCIT just a few days after their first treatment. In one to two weeks, as the body begins to produce collagen and elastin, the skin will start to look firmer and tighter. As new skin cells come to the surface, over the next several months, the tissues will become smoother, tauter, and healthier in appearance.
Depending on the area being treated and the level of correction desired, between one and six PCIT treatments will be recommended by Dr. Miller. Patients with moderate to severe sun damage, deep acne scarring, or extensive stretch marks will require at least six microneedling sessions. These should be spaced about four weeks apart, to give the skin time to heal between treatments.
The benefits from a series of medical microneedling treatments can last up to a full year. To maintain ideal results, PCIT can be repeated at this time. Dr. Miller will recommend a daily skin care regimen to extend the results of medical microneedling.
The Cost of Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy
The exact price of your PCIT will depend on several factors, including the area being treated, the condition of the skin, and the extent of correction. During the consultation appointment, Dr. Miller and his aesthetician will determine the number of recommended microneedling sessions, and determine the cost of treatment.
Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy is not covered by insurance. The Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation accepts cash, credit cards, and health care financing through Prosper Healthcare Lending. Speak with a patient coordinator for more information on payment options.
Medical Microneedling in Boston
Dr. Leonard Miller is one of Boston’s top cosmetic surgeons, bringing patients cutting-edge surgical and noninvasive treatments. Over the years, the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation has been the recipient of multiple awards, including recently being named in Boston magazine’s Best of Boston® 2016. To get more information on percutaneous collagen induction therapy, or to schedule a new patient consultation with Dr. Miller, contact the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation at (617) 735-8735.
Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy FAQ
What is Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy?
Also known as microneedling, Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy is an innovative treatment to rejuvenate the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. Very small needles, in a single, sterilized applicator, are passed over the skin to create a series of controlled ‘micro-injuries’. As the tissue heals, the body’s natural production of collagen and elastic are increased, resulting in healthy, smooth, skin.
How many microneedling treatments will I need?
The number of medical microneedling treatments needed will depend on the target area and the extent of correction needed. On average, between one and six PCIT sessions are recommended, spaced approximately four weeks apart. During the consultation appointment, Dr. Miller and his aesthetician will determine the number of treatments needed to achieve optimal results.
When will I see the benefits from my microneedling procedure?
Some patients see benefits from PCIT in only a day or two. However, the results from medical microneedling normally take from one to two weeks to appear, as the skin heals and collagen production begins. These results will continue to improve over the next several months.
Does medical microneedling hurt?
Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy is not considered painful. However, to ensure patient comfort, Dr. Miller will apply a topical numbing cream and when needed, a local anesthetic, prior to the microneedling procedure.
What are the risks associated with Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy?
Dr. Miller has decades of experience with nonsurgical skin rejuvenation and has personally developed his own medical microneedling techniques to ensure the safest, most effective results. While extremely rare, risks of PCIT include pinpoint bleeding, pigment changes, and scarring.