Collagen induction therapy is one of those terms that is getting quite well known around San Antonio cosmetic dermatology circles. It also goes by the name of micro-needling. This therapy is intended to renew and rejuvenate your skin through a unique, and to some people, counterintuitive process. It involves creating tiny wounds on your skin to cause it to heal. The wounds encourage the production of collagen, which provides skin with its elasticity. More collagen means your skin will look less wrinkly and have fewer lines. It can also provide more firmness to your skin, which will make you look younger. Here are some frequently asked questions about collagen induction therapy.
What is Collagen Induction Therapy, Exactly?
Micro-needling is a popular and effective choice to improve the skin in several ways and to fight the signs of aging. It can help with things like loose skin, stretch marks, wrinkles, texture, and hyperpigmentation. In general, it will take several treatments to achieve the full results. The technician will use a special tool with tiny needles. These needles will create tiny abrasions on your skin. As the skin heals, collagen will rush to the site, which will provide the renewing and refreshing look of your skin you are looking for.
Who is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
The great thing is that almost anyone can be a candidate for collagen induction therapy, no matter what type of skin you have. That said, those who have acne, or who have cysts that are sensitive should not undergo a micro-needling treatment until those issues have cleared up. Otherwise, they may spread bacteria. If you have found in the past that you have trouble healing from wounds, then you may not be a suitable candidate either. If you have any open wounds or infections, then check with your cosmetic dermatologist to see if a treatment would be safe and appropriate at the time.
Am I Going to Have Holes in My Skin?
Well…yes, you will. However, collagen induction therapy is based on creating wounds. The holes would be tiny, and the whole point of the treatment is to heal up better than it was before. The healing process is completely natural, and the holes are so small that they will be gone once the healing process is complete. In fact, other than some bleeding from the site, you will not even be able to see the holes.
Can I Do It At Home?
There are several at-home micro-needling products that make wild claims about being as effective as those from a clinic. However, there is no medical-grade equipment that is available for use at home. The at-home tools are not as effective as the ones used in a clinic. Also, in a clinic your procedure is monitored by specialists, so you can be sure that everything is done professionally and safely.
Is It Good for the Skin?
Collagen Induction Therapy is great for the skin. It can help many conditions, such as acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. How much of a benefit you receive can depend on several factors, such as what condition your skin is in beforehand and how many treatments you choose to receive. If you are thinking about Collagen Induction Therapy and live in San Antonio, visit us at Ochs Dermatology. We will discuss your options and help you decide if micro-needing is right for you.