Collagen Induction Therapy
a new way to make collagen
Collagen Induction Therapy, or Microneedling, is used to improve:
• Texture and tone
• Surface scarring
• Fine wrinkles
How does it work?
Collagen Induction Therapy is based on the use of tiny needles to create micro channels
(tiny holes) in the top layer of the skin. The process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to
heal itself and in the process produces collagen (strength) and elastin (firmness).
This repair process does not hurt and begins almost immediately, resulting in a thicker dermis and softened wrinkles or scars. It can be used on basically all skin types to treat acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.
There is no tissue destruction with micro needling. The small channels in the epidermis close very quickly and the skin begins a healing response right away. Depending on the depth of the skin defect, you may see only redness or you may experience some pinpoint bleeding which stops almost immediately.
An outstanding product absorption booster
These superficial micro-channels also allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin. Specific treatment products can be selected to achieve accelerated results.
Is Collagen Induction Therapy new?
Collagen Induction Therapy, or Micro needling, has been used for decades in Europe in various forms, from blocked stamps to hand rollers to the new automated pens that make the process fast, consistent and for the most part, quite comfortable. Only in recent years have the public and physicians embraced the concept. (It’s almost as if something so simple couldn’t possibly work well, right?) But we’re discovering that this simple action of creating a tiny wound without heat or any other high technology works remarkably well.
What to expect:
Compared to resurfacing lasers, microdermabrasion, or peels, in-office microneedling has very little downtime. There may be some redness that appears several hours after the treatment, but any tenderness or discomfort is minimal. Dr. Chwalek says that topical numbing cream is often applied prior to treatment to lessen the slight stinging sensation.
For the treatment of acne scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles, it is recommended you get treated every four to six weeks since it can take a few treatments to see results. It may also take several treatments to see better firmness or elasticity, but results can be long-lasting.