Micro needling or collagen induction therapy
What is micro needling or collagen induction therapy?
These days many people suffer from different kinds of skin problems, which may make them feel insecure. In order to have a clear and healthy skin, you should try the micro needling treatment. Micro needling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy. Micro needling is basically a cosmetic method for improving the skin by repeatedly puncturing the skin using small, sterile needles. This method is used for solving a large number of skin problems. There are two types of treatments for this, mild treatment and deeper treatment. The mild treatment is usually opted by people having skin problems like wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, acne, etc. However, people who want to improve their scars and stretch marks should get a deeper treatment. The difference between the procedures of these two treatments is just the size of needles used. In order to get a visible result, people should get more than one treatment by having a few weeks break in between them to heal properly. Middle aged men and women with skin problems should definitely go for these treatments as they are very effective and safe.
How is this therapy carried out?
The collagen induction therapy requires special devices are the manual rolling device or the automated stamping device.These devices use needles of varied sizes from 0.25mm to 3.5 mm, depending upon the treatment. A sterile tip containing 12 tiny micro-tips is attached to the MicroPen. Your skincare professional will apply sterile saline and select the appropriate treatment pen settings based on your unique needs. Next, in a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.
Benefits of micro needling or collagen induction therapy
- Anti aging
Skin aging can be caused by the breakdown of collagen. Middle aged men and women have very less collagen, which can result in skin aging. This can be prevented by micro needling or collagen induction therapy. Micro needling can prevent the skin from aging by triggering the collagen and elastin growth, which results in skin tightening. As the loose skin is tightened, there will be no breakdown of collagen, saving you from skin aging. Micro needling is essential in another way, as it enhances the absorption of your anti-aging product, you can be one more step away from skin aging.
- Reduces wrinkles
Loss of collagen and elastin can cause wrinkles. Micro needling is well known for producing natural collagen and elastin. In this way, micro needling is the most powerful and effective way from preventing new wrinkle lines to form. Micro needling uses a needle of 1.5 mm to increase the growth of natural collagen and elastin, which helps to reduce the wrinkles.
- Repairs scars
Micro needling is famous for treating scars. The deeper treatment is used for repairing visible scars. Micro needling can repair any kind of scars apart from keloid scars. A needle of 3mm can be used by doctors to repair and fade out the scars. Basically scar tissues are formed by abnormal formation of collagen. Micro needling breaks up the old scar tissues and produces natural collagen and elastin, which then forms a healthy skin. As a deeper treatment is required for scar removal, it has a few side effects too. But you don’t have to worry as the side effects will be gone in just a few days.
- Reverses sun damage or pigmentation
Radiations from the sun can damage your skin by causing blotchy, brown facial pigmentations. As we know, collagen is the best way to improve the skin, therefore we can use the micro needling or collagen induction therapy to reduce the sun damage or pigmentation. Pigmentation mostly occurs to people with a dark skin tone. Exposure to the sun can result in producing melanin by abnormal melanocyte, which causes hyperpigmentation. In this case scenario, micro needling can help to reduce hyperpigmentation by producing normal melanocyte by shedding the top layer of skin.
- Shrinks pores
People mostly think that micro needling probably enlarges the skin pores, but they are wrong. Micro needling can instead reduce the large pores by producing more collagen in and around your pores and thickening the epidermis, which causes your pores to be smaller in size.
- Reduces stretch marks
Stretch marks are like scars, but they require even deeper treatment, as they are caused by the stretching of skin. Micro needling increases the growth of collagen, which can reduce the production of stretch mark tissues. Some people say that only one treatment helped them to get rid of their stretch marks, however 3-12 treatments are generally required to fully get rid of them.
- Reduces acne and rosacea
Rosacea is a skin disease, which causes redness on the face and results in breaking of collagen. Micro needling helps to improve the growth of collagen and save you from this face redness.
Micro needling can also help to reduce your acne, as it can boost the absorption and working of topical acne products. A needle of 0.25 mm is recommended for this.
- Prevents hair loss
Many middle aged men suffer from Alopecia (male pattern baldness). Micro needling can help these middle aged men from hair loss. Micro needling can release endothelial growth factor, which helps in increasing the hair growth rate of middle aged bald men and also helps them to get thicker hair.
How often should this therapy get done?
For precautionary measures, you should wait for 14-30 days before getting this therapy done again. Micro needling can cause some injuries to the epidermis and dermis, which may take around 14 days to heal properly, so you can get advantage of this therapy. According to many doctors, if you had a mild treatment, then you can get another therapy done after waiting for 2-4 weeks. However, if you had a deeper treatment (for scars, stretch marks, etc), then you must wait for 4-6 weeks before getting done another therapy. In this way, you can get a lot of advantages from the micro needling or collagen induction therapy. For deep wrinkles or scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions.
What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment, you will notice a bright redness to the skin. On average, patients are red for 2-4 days. Some patients heal completely in 24 hours.
When will I see the results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin after the treatment. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of few weeks. Results continue to improve with every treatment.
What parts of the body can be treated with Microneedling?
Microneedling can be used on all parts of the body, including the: face, neck, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
Side effects of micro needling or collagen induction therapy
Micro needling, also known as collagen induction therapy is a process of continuously injuring the skin in such a way that produces new collagen, which helps to plump the skin and restore volume. This procedure has the lowest risk, even though it involves needling the skin. This therapy does not have any major side effects. The minor side effects may include mild swelling, mild bruising, slight sun burning, crusting, soreness, tenders and peelings, however deeper treatments may leave redness and mild inflammation. All these minor, side effects can go away within a day or week, depending upon how deeper the treatment was.