Dermal Needling, percutaneous collagen induction (PCI) or collagen induction therapy (CIT), involves pricking the skin multiple times with a rolling device or electronic CIT pen.

The cosmetic roller or pen makes channels into the epidermis with very fine stainless steel needles. It engages the body’s natural response that induces regeneration instead of scar formation. The process stimulates a natural wound healing response. Each minuscule wound undergoes the natural healing phases of wound healing. The needle only penetrates through the epidermis and does not remove it.

Skin needling is a non-invasive procedure for :

  • The reduction of wrinkles
  • Thin skin density
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Rosacea
  • Loss of adhesion and resiliency
  • Photo ageing
  • Scars, stretch marks
  • Hair restoration

It can also be used on several areas of the body including the face, neck, hands, and arms and is safe for most skin types.

Skin Needling leaves the epidermis intact without damage to the stratum corneum. It promotes scarless healing while encouraging an even deposition of collagen and elastin.

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The most advanced form of facial skin needling, Derma CIT PEN needling technology uses electronically charged automation with an ergonomic oscillating wand. The convertible speed motor and adjustable treatment depths allow for targeted precision that treats multiple skin concerns within the one session. Pen needling treats and successfully reduces the appearance of facial ageing, wrinkle, scar tissue, stretch marks and pigmentation. As with all skin needling procedures, a course of treatment is recommended to sustain long-term results and an obvious skin solution.


Derma CIT PEN treatments create minute fractional channels into the skin’s surface. This triggers an organic healing cascade encouraging natural skin healing, renewal and repair. The skin’s processes are progressively strengthened and normalised promoting intensive regeneration. During the treatment, a slight sting and vibrating effect can be felt as the pen glides over the skin. Unlike other methods of skin needling, pen technology is comfortable with procedural time complete in around 15 minutes.

The ergonomic pen can treat all contours and hard-to-reach areas on the face including the under-eyes and upper lip.

Post-treatment, the skin feels and looks like a mild sunburn with redness lasting up to 2 days.


Derma CIT PEN treatments remain the number 1 procedure to induce new collagen production. Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging contours and tired looking skin are visibly plumped and rejuvenated.

Pen needling also provides the most effective treatment for all types of scar tissue including acne, pockmarks, hypertrophic and ice pick. Damaged tissue is replaced with new collagen deposition to reduce the appearance of indentations and uneven skin texture. Needling also provides a practical solution for hyperpigmentation and age spots. The pen-sized wand allows for effective treatment of the entire facial and neck area. The under-eyes, corners of the nose, brow bone, upper-lip and under the chin are effortlessly reached.

Does Derma CIT pen treatment hurt?

For more intensive needling procedures, an anaesthetic cream may be applied 30 minutes before treatment. This reduces any sensitivity or discomfort; all that is felt is a mild vibrating sensation with light pressure. 

After the treatment, the skin will feel warm and slightly tight, similarly to that of a light sunburn. This feeling will progressively reduce over a two day period.

Are there any side effects?

Pen technology allows for effortless facial needling with minimal side effects and downtime. Fractional skin treatment ensures the skin’s integrity is never compromised, with any scabbing, bruising or burn risk. 

The appearance of petechial spots is common around areas of thinner skin quality especially around the crow’s feet and under-eyes. These are perfectly normal and usually disappear within 3-4 days.

The skin will feel and look slightly red for up to 3 days post-treatment with Derma CIT PEN. This may be accompanied by a feeling of tightness and the appearance of slight flaking. The application of a light moisturiser and sunscreen will increase comfort and reduce inflammation. 

Non-Occlusive mineral makeup may be used to conceal any redness.

When will I start to see improvement/How many treatments?

A course of treatments is recommended to deliver and sustain long-lasting skin correction and results. A professional skin consultation will determine the best course of action and the number of treatments required.

As a guide

3-4 treatments are recommended for ageing and wrinkles.

6-8 for scar reduction and up to 8 treatments for stretch marks.

Needling sessions are performed at 6-8 weekly intervals to deliver cumulative and effective results.

As needling triggers the skin’s natural healing mechanisms, visible improvement will appear around 2-4 weeks post-procedure. The repair cascade may continue for up to 24 months after just one treatment. Multiple sessions provide progressive stimulation to enhance results and longevity further.

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