Does the idea of having tiny needles poked into your skin sound appealing? Probably not, but perhaps the idea of reversing the aging process sounds a bit better. Collagen induction therapy employs fine needles to create hundreds of very small puncture wounds to the skin. This results in stimulating the skin to rejuvenate through an increase in collagen and elastin.
Collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling, repairs many skin injuries. This includes small scars, marks from acne, crow’s feet and deep wrinkles. One study showed that people with acne scars saw a marked improvement in the look of the skin. Another study revealed that this process improved the appearance of the skin that had visible sun damage.
Though it may sound painful, the process delivers virtually no pain to the patient. It works in the same manner as lasers, though with this method it is by mechanical stimulation instead of by heat and light. The process is also minimally invasive so the healing times remain short. In fact, when compared with laser methods, this process had less side effects and downtime.
The microneedling method of skin therapy to reduce the effects of aging can be done at a professional office or at home. For extensive skin scarring, a visit to a dermatologist or other professional may be needed, as they have access to devices as long as 3mm which are more effective. You also can perform microneedle therapy at home with a maximum 1.5mm deep handheld roller.
If you have damaged skin, collagen induction therapy may work for you. By naturally stimulating the body’s healing process, you can painlessly repair small rips and tears in the skin, taking advantage of naturally-occurring collagen and elastin. It only takes a few sessions to see results, and you can choose to do it at home or to see a healthcare professional.