When you look in the mirror, do you see those wrinkles and fine lines that make you look and feel older? There is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure called collagen induction therapy or microneedling, used to treat and reduce these wrinkles and lines. Microneedling is a safe and efficient treatment that also treats minor scarring related to acne, aging, and wounds. Great results are achieved after multiple sessions, and you will leave the treatments with brighter, firmer skin.
Microneedling involves a tool studded with tiny needles or a microneedling pen. These needles pierce the top layer of the skin, creating tiny wounds. Collagen rushes to the wound sites to heal and form new cells that plump and renew your face. The result is a firmer-looking skin with scars, wrinkles, and fine lines highly diminished. Microneedling is the most requested cosmetic procedure in med spas today. RealSelf, an aesthetic website that contains reviews and information about aesthetic treatment reports, there was a 57% increase in patients who requested collagen induction therapy in 2016, and the requests are still rising.
When did microneedling or collagen induction therapy begin?
Medical microneedling or collagen induction therapy has been a mainstay of aesthetic medicine for decades. The first recorded use of microneedles was in 1905 by German dermatologist Ernst Kromayer. Kromayer experimented with different sized dental burs mounted on motor-driven flexible cord equipment. He used this technique to run the burs over the surface of the skin to treat scars, hyperpigmentation, and birthmarks and to encourage the formation of new collagen.
In 1995 a new technique was discovered by Dr. Desmond Fernandes for the treatment of wrinkles and scars with the use of hypodermic needles. Dr. Fernandes also developed a needle stamp to promote collagen production by creating tiny wounds in the top layer of the skin. New developments have led to the more modern collage induction therapy tools that are safe and non-invasive.
There are a wide variety of microneedling devices available for aesthetic practitioners. These include manual rollers, automated rollers, and derma stamps. Most estheticians prefer the automated rollers since they reduce discomfort and recovery time compared to other types of rollers.
There are also microneedling pens that have tiny needles at their end to make little holes or needle pricks in the top layer of your skin.
Stages of Collagen Induction Therapy
Remodeling your skin uses microneedling to penetrate the skin at a certain depth. The depth of the microneeding is dependent on your skin condition, your aesthetician, and what you need. Collagen induction therapy uses controlled micro-injuries to reach the dermis and stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
- Collagen induction therapy begins with clot formation after microneedling. Clot formation is the body’s way to stop the bleeding and to close and protect the wound. Clotting is followed by neutrophil or immune cell invasion, which is the body’s way to protect the wound and prevent infections.
- The second phase is the inflammatory phase, where macrophages and other phagocytic cells kill bacteria, debride damaged tissue, and release chemical factors. These chemical factors include growth hormones that encourage fibroblasts, epithelial, and endothelial cells to divide.
- Next is the proliferative phase of collagen induction therapy. In this phase, immature granulation tissues containing plump active fibroblasts form. The fibroblasts produce abundant type III collagen that fills the defect left by the microneedling. Granulation tissue moves from the border of the injury to the center. The fibroblasts produce less collagen and become thin in appearance. They begin to produce the much stronger type I collagen.
- After the proliferative phase is the maturation phase or when type III collagen is replaced by type I collagen. Science claims the maturation phase can last a year or longer, which means that after your collagen induction therapy, you will continue to “grow” new collagen for up to a year.
Don’t worry if there is blood produced on our face after collagen induction therapy. It looks worse than it is. The only side affects you should experience is a brighter, tighter skin with reduced wrinkles, scars, and fine lines.
Contact Glow Laser & Beauty Center for consultation on the best collagen induction therapy will be best for you. Glow Laser & Beauty specializes in helping you find your inner glow.