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Collagen Induction Therapy: What is it?

 - Thursday, February 22, 2018

There are a lot of terms for the same procedure. You might have seen it called collagen induction therapy, micro needling, skin needling, derma rolling, just needling, or even vampire facial. In principle it all refers to the same thing: small needles (usually on a roller) puncture the skin to create controlled damage that the body’s natural processes will then work to fill in with new collagen, while simultaneously also filling scars and fine lines, and helping to face dark spots and other pigmented scars.

Although the basic principle underlying treatment is the same, the way that treatment is done, the device used, and the cosmetics applied can make a big difference both in results and in cost. For example, the vampire facial is a high-end variation on micro needling where blood plasma harvested from your body is combined with stem cells or human growth factor and applied back onto the skin after a needling session. Practitioners claim that this high tech cocktail of actives makes the treatment much more effective. We discuss professional treatment in more detail below.

As an Alternative to Lasers and Peels

It’s been claimed that Collagen induction therapy can be as effective as more invasive treatments like laser treatments and chemical peels. Collagen induction therapy performs a different function as compared to chemical peels and lasers. Lasers and chemical peels can target the skin at different depths (and for different purposes) depending on how they are designed. A superficial glycolic acid treatment might just exfoliate the outermost dead skin cells, while a laser treatment can go all the way to the depth of the dermis for what’s usually called a laser facelift. Collagen induction therapy targets the deeper layer of your skin called the dermis where it initiates the healing response and causes collagen formation. The key difference is that micro needling doesn’t affect the epidermis beyond some temporary redness it can cause. It can be a much less invasive treatment option for scars and fine lines compared to lasers and chemical peels.

At Home vs a Professional

Based on the existing research the best answer is that professional treatments are more intensive and better suited to more significant skin issues like atrophic scarring and deep wrinkles.

Does Collagen Induction Therapy Work?

Collagen Induction Therapy has been clinically and anecdotally proven to provide a ton of benefits with a relatively low risk and low cost. Microscopic analysis has shown it increases collagen production up to 400% and “leads to reorganization of old collagen fibers and laying down of new collagen, elastin, and capillaries.” It’s safe for darker skin tones and it’s relatively accessible and inexpensive. It’s effective whether or not you use product following treatment, but of course results are faster and can be more pronounced when supported by the right actives.

For more information on Collagen facial skin care, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth.
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