Collagen Induction – Further Reading

Is Collagen Induction Therapy painful?

For maximum comfort, topical anesthetic cream is applied 30 minutes prior to the area(s) being treated. There is usually no discomfort after the procedure.


What body parts can you have it done on?

Collagen Induction Therapy may be done on any part of the face (except eye lids), neck, or body.


What is the recovery or downtime after? What should I expect after treatment?

Immediately after the procedure, the skin usually turns pink to red and may have areas of bruising. Scabbing may be noted within the first couple of days and may be covered by makeup. Swelling is common for the first few days and may last seven to ten days. It is safe to resume normal activities after the procedure. Appropriate, non-contaminated cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen can be used immediately after the procedure. High concentration Vitamin A and C Serums should be applied immediately after the procedure when the skin's penetration is greatest.


What changes can be realistically expected with Collagen Induction Therapy?

Collagen Induction Therapy will usually make the skin smoother, fresher and improve fine lines around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Collagen Induction Therapy will usually cause significant improvement in stretch marks and acne scars. Skin texture and brown marks will also improve in most cases.


How long does it take to see improvement with Collagen Induction Therapy?

Collagen remodeling in normal skin takes at least 90 days, so the effects of this treatment may not be fully appreciated for at least three months after the procedure. But the effects last for years in most people.


How It Works

The principle behind Collagen Induction Therapy is simple: to stimulate the body's own production of collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. The principle behind collagen channeling using the Collagen Induction Therapy treatment is simple. When it is applied to the skin, under local or topical anesthetic, a specialized digital machine with very fine sterile needles is used to create many microscopic channels into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your own body to produce new collagen.

These channels also improve the penetration of vitamins A and C and Hyaluronic Acid Serums about 1000 times* more deeply than conventional application. Vitamins A and C stimulate skin renewal, while hyalaronic acid assists your skin to draw in and retain more moisture thereby making the skin appear fresher and younger.
* Clinical studies have proven that serum absorption is increased by as much as 1,000 times when applied with the Digital Micro Needling Device. Studies have also shown that this treatment is more consistent in increasing the thickness of the skin than IPL and other resurfacing treatments.


Results

Results can take three to nine months to fully appear as the body takes time to generate new collagen. The patient, however, sees continual improvement. The procedure takes from ten minutes to over an hour, depending on the area to be treated. The patient must be anesthetized, usually with a topical numbing cream.

A crucial part of the treatment is the preparation of the skin prior to the procedure with topical vitamins A and C. Patients continue using the topical vitamins for at least six months post procedure to ensure the production of healthy collagen and elastin. This procedure has been successfully used to treat peri–oral wrinkles, the appearance of stretch marks, abdominal laxity, facial and acne scarring, and rejuvenation of sun damaged skin on the chest as well as other areas.

While collagen induction therapy is suitable for almost all clients, it is not recommended for those with active infections such as active acne, chronic skin disorders, blood clotting problems, poor healing, keloids, or skin malignancies.

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Mechanism of Action in Acne Scar Treatment

Collagen Induction Therapy is a new and effective alternative treatment for acne scars. Fine micro-needles perforate the scar tissue. After sufficient perforation, tiny perforations will be visible on the skin. Only a few days after the treatment NEW fibroblasts and capillaries will migrate through the punctured scar tissue. This results in new tissue formation to "fill" the former scar. New capillaries result in significantly better blood supply that, in return, results in improved re-pigmentation.


Absolute Absorbency

The Digital Micro Needling Device uses very fine needles to injure the skin sufficiently enough to stimulate collagen/elastin production. Resulting micro–channels also aid in infusing therapeutic serums for greater penetration and increasing overall efficacy.


Collagen Induction Therapy can help with the following:

  • Soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Contribute towards skin thickening
  • Reduce the appearance of acne scars and other depressed scars on the body
  • Help improve stretch marks

Advantages of Collagen Induction Therapy are:

  • The process stimulates physiological responses
  • The treatment is not painful
  • A very short healing period — you may be back in public in five days
  • The treatment is cost effective
  • It can be used on thin skin
  • There is no permanent damage to the skin
  • It can safely be repeated for better results
  • It can be used on laser–resurfaced skin
  • It can be used on all areas of the face, neck, and body

Fast Recuperative Power

The gentle stimulus provided by Digital Collagen Induction is far more "skin friendly" and thus far more effective than many other more invasive and more expensive skin treatments. MTS Roller leaves the entire epidermal barrier fully intact; micro–channels created by the surgical steel micro-fine needles seal within hours after application; long enough for new collagen structures to form within the lower layers of the skin and short enough to allow the client to resume normal schedules quickly. This method of Collagen Induction eliminates all common negative side effects and risks associated with chemical peeling, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing. The skin is thicker and ready sooner for additional treatment.


Skin Friendly, Faster Recuperation, Cost–Effective

Ablative treatments like dermabrasion, chemical peel, and laser re–surfacing to do one thing: remove the protective epidermis to force the body to produce a new tissue layer. However, once the epidermis is removed the lower levels of skin are completely exposed — vulnerable to environmental contamination from dirt, dust, and bacteria. Certain risks must be accepted with these procedures: pain, long–term discomfort, long prevailing inflammation and redness, long healing period, extreme light–sensitivity for a month or more, possible irreversible pigment changes and even additional scarring.

Ablative treatments have their limits. Due to different skin structures on neck for instance, laser re–surfacing may not be possible. Moreover, because these treatments leave the skin thinner, in some cases these procedures may actually age the skin. Collagen Induction Therapy is far more "skin friendly" by doing far less damage and thereby encouraging faster, longer–lasting positive effects. Since the skin can recuperate faster after CIT treatment — often hours after treatment — the client may see noticeable positive results sooner.


How Does It Compare To Injectables?

For those discerning individuals who worry about injecting foreign matter into their skin, Collagen Induction is the ultimate solution.

Injectable fillers such as Juvederm™ etc. and muscle paralizers such as Botox™ can provide instant gratification when injected correctly but usually only last a few months.

With Collagen Induction, the treatment stimulates your skin to produce it’s own collagen to greatly diminish and/or completely eliminate your wrinkles and scars often for several years.


Global Acceptance

This safe and effective technique is now being used worldwide to remove various types of scars, scar tissue, stretch marks and wrinkles of various depths and lengths.

Collagen Induction for Scar & Stretch Mark Reduction

Collagen Induction is ideal for acne scarring, greatly diminishing ice pick scars and more.

Stretch marks improve from the stimulation of natural melanin while white scars resulting from laser therapies can also be greatly improved.


How Long Does The Healing Take?

The treated area will be reddened, slightly swollen initially, and form a light scabbing between day 3 & 5, which is common with any skin procedure that penetrates the skins surface. Any temporary colour demarcations can be easily disguised with a light application of concealer, so you can feel confident in public soon thereafter.

In most cases, it will take 7 to 14 days for complete outer healing, with inner healing continuing over the next 4-6 months. Over this period of time, your dermis will continue to become tighter and smoother as your skin creates more collage.