An Intro to Collagen Induction Therapy, aka Needling

by Wendy Travis

collagen induction therapy

Collagen induction therapy, also referred to as needling, is a relatively new, minimally-invasive treatment used to improve the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks and fine lines. The procedure works on the principle of stimulating the body’s own ability to produce collagen, which results in smoother, younger-looking skin over a period of time. The process is achieved by damaging the dermis, promoting the wound healing process that also results in an improved appearance. Is collagen induction therapy the right treatment for you? Healthy Skin Portal has information about this innovative new procedure to help you make an informed decision about the treatment.

How does Collagen Induction Therapy Work?

Collagen induction therapy uses a sterile roller made up of a series of very fine needles. This roller is moved across the treatment area, so the needles can actually puncture the dermis. The wounds and inflammation that follow treatment stimulate the body to initiate its own healing process through additional collagen production – even in menopausal-aged women where collagen production has naturally slowed as part of the aging process. As collagen is produced, the skin heals itself and other imperfections, such as scars and fine lines, eventually fade from view. The procedure may be used on the face and neck, as well as other parts of the body like the abdomen and legs.

How is the Procedure Performed and what is Recovery Like?

Collagen induction therapy is performed in the office of a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist as an outpatient procedure. The patient is given a topical anesthetic, local nerve block or conscious sedation, depending on the size of the area to be treated. The procedure may take anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour to complete. After the procedure, the patient is sent home with topical vitamins A and C to apply to the treated area for up to six months. The prompt application of these solutions makes a significant difference in the amount of discomfort the patient experiences after the procedure and the speed of the healing process overall.

Most patients require little or no downtime after collagen induction therapy. Right after the procedure, the skin around the treated area will turn pink or red, and there may be some bruising and scabbing for the first few days. Swelling is also common and may last for 7 to 10 days. Most patients are able to effectively treat any post-treatment discomfort with over the counter pain medication and return to normal activities almost immediately.

What Kind of Results are Expected?

Results of collagen induction therapy are not seen immediately. It takes time for the healing process to be initiated and changes in the skin to take place. Although full results of the procedure may not be complete for up to nine months, patients will see a gradual improvement during that time. Additional treatments may be needed to achieve desired results, with most patients requiring anywhere between three to six sessions, spaced two to six weeks apart.

Once results are completed, patients will not require additional treatments for a very long time. Most physicians predict that the results of collagen induction therapy will last as long as the body’s own collagen, which ranges from five to 10 years.

Collagen induction therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat problematic skin imperfections like stretch marks and scarring today. If you would like to learn more about this innovative procedure, contact one of our representatives at Healthy Skin Portal and schedule a free skin care consultation with a local specialist.

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