Collagen induction therapy, also known as micro-needling, is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that uses tiny needles to affect the desired area. The primary use of this therapy is to treat skin discolorations, reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles and to smooth out stretch marks.
Many of our clients have asked us how such an unusual “porcupine treatment” can possibly work. The answer lies in how our body responds to what the device does. The skin rebuilds itself naturally, and the small areas targeted by collagen induction therapy stimulate the body to send a massive amount of nutrients to the affected area. The benefits are long-lasting, and the individual who undergoes this type of therapy generally reports smoother, younger-looking skin as well.
The Science Behind Collagen Induction Therapy
When the skin is poked with a tiny needle, a thin column of skin and tissue is affected. If the area extends only through the dermal layers to the underlying support tissue, the body will fill the area with certain natural compounds. After a short period of time, the adjacent cells will replicate themselves, and the new tissue that develops will likely be healthier than the tissue affected by the needle. The instrument used for micro-needling is a pen-like device.
What Patients Can Expect
No general sedation is required for micro-needling treatments. The device is pressed over the area several times. Any redness or swelling usually dissipates over the next few hours. A typical treatment lasts only about 30 minutes. Usually, several treatments are scheduled, spaced about a month or so apart. Skin cell regeneration takes a few weeks, and the new growth needs to be complete before a second treatment is performed.
Benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy
As the name implies, the affected areas stimulate new cell growth, as well as increased collagen production. Micro-needling is suitable for all skin types and skin tones because it does not result in hyperpigmentation. It is an outpatient procedure that does not require an overnight stay. Unlike targeted skin resurfacing, there is no obvious demarcation line between the treated and untreated skin.
Learn More About Collagen Induction Therapy
To find out how this cosmetic procedure can give your face a more youthful appearance, visit the Advanced Wellness Institute in Columbus. We happily serve the Hendersonville and Spartanburg areas. Our experts will answer any questions you may have about this effective treatment.
Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more about how microneedling can benefit you.