We go through quite a lot to get our skin to regenerate and rejuvenate collagen, from topical products to lasers to surgery and every cream imaginable. But new advancements in an age-old procedure make collagen stimulation easier than ever to achieve.
“Collagen Induction Therapy, or micro-needling, is a very old technology that goes back to ancient times,” says Dana Martinez, owner of Lecada Medical Artistry in South Tampa. “What brings it into the 21st century is the fineness of the needles and ability to control the depth of penetration.”
Think of it like acupuncture, but for wrinkles and scars.
Although that may sound a little aggressive, it is actually much more gentle than you may think. This is because, unlike treatments like chemical peels and laser resurfacing, Collagen Induction Therapy does not harm the epidermis, the very top layer of skin.
As the small, handheld wand travels gently over the skin, it creates microscopic, pinpoint punctures into the dermis – the majority of which are simply pushing your pores open temporarily. This is perceived by the body as damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. The human body reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process, but usually it will only heal as far as it must to keep you healthy – which is different to healing to a cosmetic level. By persistently triggering the healing process, you encourage your body to continue healing until the job is finished.
The treatment is not painful. Typically, it is the length of the needle used which determines whether or not a numbing agent is used prior to treatment. The length of the needles also determines the results gained. Essentially, the rule of thumb is longer the needle the better the results — although it’s not quite that simple as the depth of the skin in the area to be treated, its current condition, the area, the client’s lifestyle must all be taken into consideration.
"The therapist has complete control, choosing to lightly prick the top of the skin to help treat fine lines and wrinkles, allowing topical products to seep in better, or to go deeper to treat stubborn scars and stretch marks. As the skin heals, these small punctures form new collagen for healthier-looking, smoother skin,” says Martinez.
Vitamin serums, oils and preparations are applied immediately after C.I.T., as the micro-channels the needles have made into the skin allow for greater penetration and absorption of the products. This will significantly aid the success of the treatment. In fact, clinical studies have shown that the skin's ability to soak up nutrients increases by a whopping 3000% for an hour after treatment.
Micro-needling is safe for all skin types and ethnicities. In addition to the many corrective benefits provided, C.I.T. is a natural and effective anti-aging treatment. When used in conjunction with injectables, such as Botox, it will improve the look of the skin while increasing the time necessary between injections. It works at the root of what is causing the skin to age, making it a long-term, health-promoting skin treatment. While results vary, the new collagen produced by C.I.T. should last for years.
Further, C.I.T. treatments will help accelerate the results of your existing skincare program. Benefits of the treatment are maximized when combined with chemical peels or microdermabrasion. So, if you have not had success reducing the look of deep acne scars or wrinkles, C.I.T. may be a good choice for you. Patients report visible signs of skin repair and rejuvenation, within weeks with continued improvement over 3-9 months.
Benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy, a.k.a. Medical Skin Needling:
- Stimulates the production of collagen, tightening the skin
- Reduces the appearance of crow’s feet and lip lines
- Reduces the appearance of forehead lines and frown lines
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage
- Treats acne scars and chicken pock scars
- Reduces the appearance of scarring and stretch marks
- Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
- Helps with rosacea by strengthening the skin
- Assists in the absorption of cosmetic products
- Helps increase the absorption of hair growth products
- Helps increase the absorption of cellulite and stretch mark creams
- Improves skin tone and texture
- Restores UV damaged skin
- Results in a healthy, vibrant glow
Lecada Medical Artistry is pleased to offer Collagen Induction Therapy treatments in Tampa, Florida and through the Bay Area. Contact us for a complimentary consultation to determine a customized treatment plan recommendation. When your skin is healthy, it will look its best and so will you. ~ By Valerie Kelley[Originally published in Panache Vue magazine, June 2014]