Collagen Induction Therapy
The principle behind Collagen Induction Therapy, also called Skin Needling, is simple: to stimulate the body's own production of collagen. This is accomplished by causing a minute injury to the dermis, which results in the start of the wound healing cascade. The instrument is a sterile roller comprised of a series of fine needles, which are used to puncture the skin and cause wounds and inflammation. Also used is a digital machine to get deeper into wrinkles that have deep walls. These wounds, and there are thousands, produced by rolling the instrument across the treated area, become the focal point for the body to product its own collagen, even in peri- and post-menopausal women. As the body is producing its own natural collagen, there is no rejection. Results last as long as the body's own collagen, 5-10 years or more.
Results can take three to nine months to fully appear as the body takes time to generate new collagen. The patient, however sees continual improvement as well as immediate improvement. The procedure takes ten minutes to over an hour, depending on the area to be treated. The patient must be anesthetized, usually first with a topical cream that helps with patients comfort.
It is very important that the patients continue using the topical vitamins A, C, and D after treatment as well as post procedure to ensure the production of healthy collagen and elastin. We have experience that the results are vastly inferior and that patients experience unnecessary discomfort when not following these protocols.
The procedure has been successfully to treat peri-oral wrinkes, the appearance of streach marks, abdominal laxity, facial and acne scarring, and rejuvenation of sun damaged skin on the chest as well as other areas.