Prior to treatment, it is often recommended that patients apply Vitamin A and C creams to the area for up to four weeks. During the treatment a series of fine, sharp needles are introduced to the skin following the administration of a local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort. The needles are attached to a single use, sterile roller or to a needle plate at the end of a pen-like device which is moved over the surface of the skin to create microscopic channels. These minute punctures close over almost immediately and the damage encourages the body to produce new collagen and elastin, in turn generating new skin cells to repair itself. The end result is that skin becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful.
Treatment can typically take between 10 minutes and one hour, depending on the size of the area being treated and pain should be minimal, although some patients experience a small level of discomfort. Recovery tends to take between 24 hours and three days, with most people able to return to work the following day. It can take between four and eight weeks before noticeable improvements are seen and a gradual enhancement can be expected over the following months. Although one treatment can produce noticeable results, a programme of two to five treatments is often recommended for optimum results.