Sometimes known as cognitive induction therapy (CIT), micro needling is generally used as a form of skin rejuvenation treatment. It may be applied to a variety of marks and blemishes, whether caused by a specific condition or simply a sign of aging, to make skin smoother, firmer and healthier, with an improved appearance and texture. You can find practitioners of micro needling in Markham.

What is micro needling?

Micro needling is a skin rejuvenation treatment based on the application of tiny needles to encourage the skin’s healing processes. It is used to treat a variety of conditions that affect the appearance or texture of the skin. These include wrinkles, scars, enlarged pores, acne, sun damage, stretch marks and hyper pigmentation. Most treatments are applied to the face, but it may also be used on other parts of the body. There are devices, known as rollers, to allow you to practice a form of micro needling at home, but these are generally not as effective as those used by professionals.

How does it work?

The tiny needles used in micro needling are not large enough to cause significant pain or damage, especially with the application of a local anesthetic. The procedure is minimally intrusive and should not leave visible marks. However, even the small injuries they do cause are enough to set the body’s natural healing processes in motion.

In particular, they will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for giving the skin its structure and texture. This will allow healthy new skin to grow over any scars, marks or blemishes. There is some evidence to suggest that micro needling is safer and more effective than some other skin rejuvenation treatments, such as laser therapy.

Is it safe?

You are unlikely to experience more than a mild discomfort during micro needling, with potentially some mild redness or soreness for a few days afterward. For most people, the minimally invasive nature means it will not cause pain or injuries. It is important that you only visit a qualified and experienced practitioner and that all needles are properly sterilized. Follow recommended aftercare procedures, such as keeping hydrated and staying out of the sun.

There are some cases when micro needling may be harmful and should be avoided. These include if you have an open or infected wound at the site, if you have a bleeding or autoimmune disorder, if you are taking certain medications (including blood thinners or steroids), if you are allergic to local anesthetics, if you have a history of keloid or other unusual scarring, or if you have some more serious forms of acne, eczema or psoriasis. If in doubt, talk to a dermatologist. You may also want to talk to your obstetrician if you are pregnant.


There are many potential skin treatments available in many different formats, and some are safer and more effective than others. Micro needling is supported by scientific evidence, and unless you are in one of the groups that are contraindicated (such as if you have an infection or bleeding disorder), it is unlikely to cause you any harm. The stimulation of collagen and elastin production could see your skin’s health improving if you seek out micro needling in Markham.