Collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling therapy, is a skin rejuvenating therapy for improving numerous undesirable skin conditions. There are two kinds of microneedling therapies available: The kind that utilizes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and the kind that doesn’t. We will be focusing on the latter.
Collagen is the primary protein found everywhere in the body that is responsible for the structure of the cells of every organ including the skin. This is why manipulating its level of production in the human body can improve and heal so much.
Collagen Induction Treatments
Collagen induction therapy (CIT) treatments are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin blemishes including scars. The procedure involves the use of tiny, almost microscopic, needles that are used to pierce tiny holes in the skin.
Hundreds of microneedles are mounted on a specially designed handheld roller used by our dermatologist for the procedure. The needles are mounted in such a way that they can be rolled over the skin, causing tiny puncture wounds as they press against the skin.
The tiny, almost invisible, puncture wounds signal the body that a small injury has occured in that particular region. This forces the body’s healing agents and mechanisms to go to work in order to repair the damage. These healing agents include collagen and elastin. These two proteins are responsible for producing smooth, plump skin.
Are You a Candidate?
The collagen induction therapy procedure can be conducted on the face and many parts of the body. If you have symptoms of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles, you are definitely a good candidate.
Loose or sagging skin is a problem that can occur on many parts of the body. The CIT therapy sessions can help with sagging or loose skin by plumping up the area, which has a tightening effect on the skin. The treatments for loose skin can be performed on the face, shoulders, arms and even the abdomen to some extent.
Then there are the scars so many men and women have to live with. Scarring from acne is a major problem for many young and older adults. There are also many who have permanent scars from illnesses like chicken pox. These are treatable as well, and patients are delighted to see them finally vanish. Scars from old wounds or even surgical scarring can be smoothed out with collagen induction therapy treatments.
It only takes about fifteen minutes to one hour for the entire treatment. However, this can vary depending on how deeply the needles are made to penetrate the skin and how many areas of the body need treatment. The deeper the needles penetrate into the skin, the more impressive the results are.