Collagen Induction Therapy (also known as dermal rolling or skin needling), is a treatment for the skin that aims to improve texture, lines and wrinkles, scarring and skin tightness, by encouraging the production of collagen.
Collagen Induction Therapy is an alternative to laser resurfacing, dermabrasion and strong chemical peels. The benefits of collagen induction are:
- Increase the effectiveness of active products
- Minimal risks
- Short healing time
- The process is fairly painless
- No risk of permanent injury to the dermis
- No sun-sensitivity after treatment
- All skin areas can be treated
- The body produces its own collagen
What sort of results I can expect?
- Improved skin texture
- Restored elasticity
- Softer lines and wrinkles
- Increased skin tightness
- Reduced appearance of scarring and pigmentation
How does collagen induction therapy work?
Collagen Induction Therapy uses a dermal roller - a surgical instrument with nearly 200 extremely fine micro-needles of medical grade stainless steel. These fine needles cause tiny micro-wounds within the dermis layer of the skin. The skin reacts the same way as it reacts to any other inflammation; additional production of collagen tissue is stimulated over time. The new collagen develops on top of the dermis and underneath the epidermis.
Over a course of treatments collagen fibres are strengthen and elasticity is increased, resulting in a thicker tissue layer. This new collagen production may reduce the appearance of skin indentations when dermal rollers are applied to lines wrinkles and scars, including acne scars.
What pre-treatment preparation is necessary?
It is important that your skin is primed - the best results will be achieved if the skin is in its best possible condition prior to treatment. Your treatment provider will develop a skincare regime to prepare your skin for treatment. This regime should be followed for at least two weeks prior to treatment.
What is the process?
On the day of the treatment, at least one hour before the treatment the topical anestheticwill be applied. Following the treatment, your skin will be red and puffy, so you may want to go home rather than back to the office.
You may experience some temporary side effects over the next few days, eg; redness and bruising. Following the prescribed skincare regime after the treatment, will ensure optimal results and also lessen the potential for any negative side effects.
How many treatments do I need?
There are four types of dermal rollers available for your treatment. Each of these rollers will be suited for certain skin types and conditions. After preparing your skin it is recommended a course of three to four treatments at eight to 12 weekly intervals. Thereafter maintenance treatments at one to two per year (minimum three months between each treatment) can be recommended.