Collagen induction therapy goes by a few names, including micro-needling. It’s a technique to rejuvenate and repair skin and help people look younger. There are several skin conditions for which it will work, such as scarring from acne, wrinkles, and lines. It involves using a special skin pen on the affected area that has tiny needles. These needles create tiny puncture wounds over the site. The body’s natural healing process then kicks in, sending collagen to the site. Collagen provides elasticity to the skin so that your skin will heal and look fresher and younger afterward. It’s become a very popular treatment, since it relies on the body’s natural functions, and involves only a little bit of irritation and soreness.
Am I a Candidate for Collagen Induction Therapy?
The answer to this question is most likely yes, as it works well for just about anyone. If you have symptoms of aging, as we all do, such as wrinkles, lines, and increasingly visible acne scarring, then it might be a good option for you. It can work on several parts of the body, so check with your dermatologist to see if your trouble spot is appropriate for the treatment.
Micro-needling will also help with loose or sagging skin. Collagen induction therapy will help plump up the area, which will help to tighten that skin. Loose skin treatments generally work best on the shoulders, abdomen, and arms, as well as the face.
Scarring is another major issue for both aging men and women. Most often it is a result of acne from their youth or even from chicken pox. Collagen induction therapy can work on scarring in older adults, and it can help younger adults as well. Many people who visit Ochs Dermatology are shocked that the scars they thought would be there for life, are in fact treatable and may even disappear completely.
Treatment times for micro-needling can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. It depends on the type of damage to the skin, the area to be treated and how deeply the needles need to penetrate. The deeper the penetration, the better the results will be. Afterward, the skin will be wounded and irritated, and you may need some ice to reduce swelling. Otherwise, you can return to your normal activities immediately.
Who is Not a Good Candidate?
As mentioned before, just about anyone is a good candidate for micro-needling. However, there are some people who should avoid treatment. While it is not invasive, it still does cause tiny injuries to the skin. If you have an existing skin condition, it could aggravate it and make it much worse. These conditions include psoriasis, eczema, moles, warts, herpes, rosacea, and current acne. Unfortunately, having any of these conditions should eliminate you from being a candidate for micro-needling. With acne, for instance, undergoing collagen induction therapy cannot only irritate it, but it may also cause it to spread even more. That said, micro-needling works very well on acne scars. If you are diabetic or on blood thinners, then the treatment may not be right for you either. Make sure to check with your dermatologist to make sure.
We all want to fight the signs of aging, especially if we feel that they are coming too early. To find out if collagen induction therapy is right for you, contact Ochs in San Antonio for a consultation.