A Point of Contention

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Microneedling—also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT)—is a skin treatment in which tiny needles penetrate the skin in order to stimulate the production of collagen and other growth factors. It is relatively inexpensive, produces visible results with little chance of complications, and is easy to perform, so it appeals to both medical aesthetic and medical spa professionals and patients. However, although this treatment is simple, the legal issues surrounding it are not, so it is important that you understand why microneedling is such a controversial topic and how the legal view of it is evolving.
Treatments that break the outer layer of the patient’s skin are typically considered to be medical in nature. You might think that this automatically makes microneedling a medical procedure, but it is actually very difficult to judge if the skin is being broken when you are dealing with needles of this size. It can vary from patient to patient and depend on the part of the body being treated and the amount of pressure being applied.
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