Collagen Induction Therapy - Skin Needling 

  • Reduce scars caused by acne, surgery or thermal burns

  • fade stretch marks

  • reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles

  • treat dyspigmentation in melasma

  • tighten saggy skin

 $229 per treatment (full face & under eye) or package of 3 for $650 | PRP Treatment with Skin Needling $499 per treatment

What is Skin Needling?

As we age the natural architecture of our skin deteriorates, which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and uneven skin texture. Collagen induction therapy, also known as micro-needling or skin needling, is a way to address these signs of aging. Skin needling is a minimally invasive procedure involving the movement of a pen-like device with an attached sterile, disposable cartridge tip containing small needles over the skin’s surface.


The treatment has had significant success in reducing acne scarring and also minimises fine lines while improving the overall texture of your skin.

What device do we use for skin needling?

Here at CST Direct, we use a microneedling device called SkinPen which can only be used by Registered Nurses & Medical Practitioners. SkinPen is a a class IIa medical device included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) and is indicated to treat acne scarring and surgical scars through collagen induction therapy. It is a minimally invasive procedure involving the movement of a pen-like device with an attached sterile, disposable cartridge top containing small needles over the skin’s surface. The microneedles puncture the skin and create tiny micro injuries that are not visible to the naked eye. These tiny punctures stimulate tissue regeneration through a process called collagen induction therapy (CIT) which improves the appearance of the skin.

The process of CIT is instigated through the breaking of the old and damaged strands of collagen in target tissues via microneedling. This leads to the production of new collagen, which improves the structure and function of the skin while improving its appearance.

What is the wound-repair process?

CIT causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process, while minimising cellular damage. The result is effective remodelling of scar tissue, while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact.

There are three phases to the wound-repair process:

  • Phase I: Inflammation. Piercing the skin triggers your immune system to disinfect the wounds, remove debris, increase blood flow and begin to create new tissue.

  • Phase II: Proliferation. The wound is rebuilt with new granulation cells, which are part of the extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.

  • Phase III: Remodelling. The wound is replaced with new dermal tissues and blood vessels.

What areas can be targeted? 

·        Face 

·        Neck

·        Décolletage

·        Back of hands

How long does the procedure take?


The procedure takes approximately 45 mins to complete including numbing with topical anaesthetic with healing taking between 4-7 days.

What can I expect following the procedure?

The following are expected following Skin Needling Treatment with experiences varying between clients:

  • low grade redness and swelling for up to 4 days post treatment

  • slight discomfort subsiding within 24 hours

  • bruising

  • mild crusting & scabbing for 2-3 days post treatment

  • short term skin dryness, tightness, itching and burning

  • skin peeling

  • short term darkening of skin pigmentation followed by lightening

Are there complications or side effects commonly associated with this procedure?  

Skin Needling procedures are generally deemed minimally invasive with a low risk of adverse events and complications as long as treatment instructions and pre and post skin care advice is followed effectively.

When will I see results?  

It generally takes up to 3 months with the production of collagen lasting for up to 12 months after the procedure, and multiple treatments may be required to achieve desirable results. This is because beneficial effects associated with this procedure rely upon the wound healing process within the skin which takes time, hence results may take this long to physically appear.

How much downtime will I have?  

Depending on the individual, some clients may be able to resume normal activities following the procedure with others resuming normal activities the day after. The exception to this is exercise and activities that induce sweating and heat, as they may aggravate the skin post-procedure.

Who is suitable for Skin Needling?  

Collagen Induction Therapy is suitable for all skin types, ages & colour. It is always best to discuss the use of any medical therapy with your medical practitioner or aesthetically trained registered nurse prior to treatment.



To maximise the potential healing effect from the Skin Needling treatment, we strongly recommend the following guidelines.

Things to avoid:

Day of Treatment

  • wearing make up (if possible)

  • sun exposure

  • exercise

  • exfoliate your skin or use skincare that contains exfoliating enzymes or acids


1 week prior

  • sun exposure

  • cosmetic vitamin A products (3 days prior)

  • prescription topical vitamin A

  • home needling

  • hair bleaching or dying

  • exfoliation treatments


2 weeks prior

  • anti-wrinkle injections

  • waxing or depilatory creams, electrolysis, and IPL/Laser Hair Removal

  • Sun exposure

  • Facial treatments (cosmeceutical peels, microdermabrasion, facials, epidermal levelling)


4 weeks prior

  • Dermal fillers in the treatment area

  • IPL/Laser Skin Rejuvenation

  • Sun exposure

  • AHA, BHA, Vitamin A or TCA Superficial to Medium Depth Peels


3-6 months prior

  • Ablative laser resurfacing

  • TCA or Phenol Deep Peeling


6-12 months prior

  • Roaccutane


You will be given a Skin Needling post procedure care instruction sheet to take home. This will also be sent to you via email. We recommend that these instructions are followed so that you can maximise the results from your Collagen Induction therapy.

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