What is collagen induction therapy?
Collagen Induction Therapy is a procedure that utilises a micro needling device to stimulate skin rejuvenation.
The process creates controlled, microscopic injuries on the superficial layer of the skin which trigger the skin’s natural healing process and stimulates the production of fundamental skin components (collagen and elastin) to keep the skin smooth, firm, and blemish-free.
Microneedling has been around since the mid 90’s but in the last decade there have been major advances in the field by Dr. Desmond Fernandez from South Africa and it has gained huge popularity and attention in the cosmetic industry.
This article provides a comprehensive rundown of what collagen induction therapy (micro needling) is, who can benefit from it and what the pros and cons are. The results that you should expect from professional treatment with a device such as the Dermapen compared to other devices will also be discussed.
Who can benefit from microneedling?
Collagen Induction Therapy can really help with a range of skin problems for men and women including:
Diminishes the appearance of scars including acne scars and post-operative scars
Hyperpigmentation issues including melasma
Improves the texture and overall appearance of the skin
Reduction in the volume of blackheads
Reduced pore size resulting in smoother skin
Helps in stopping acne and cystic acne progression
Exfoliates skin thoroughly
Rejuvenates dull and dry skin
Ageing signs such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and crow’s feet
Sun damaged skin
Microneedling is mainly done on the face but may also be used on various body parts that have scars, stretch marks, and enlarged pores.
Microneedling is suitable for all skin types however it is contraindicated for pregnant women and people who are using certain acne medications.
How soon can you see the benefits of microneedling?
You will notice an improvement on the appearance and texture of the skin after one session. However, the long-term benefits become noticeable 8 to 12 weeks after your initial procedure.
It is recommended that you have a microneedling session every 6 to 8 weeks to achieve the best long term results. The time in between each session allows the skin to heal properly and for new skin cells to fill in the micro injuries created by the microneedling device.
Does it hurt?
There is minimal to zero pain when undergoing an in-clinic microneedling session with a trained skin specialist. Plus if you have low pain tolerance, topical numbing cream is applied on the skin for your comfort.
Unlike traditional skin rejuvenation treatments, microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure. The micro injuries on the skin heal quickly, hence there is minimal risk for infection provided the necessary hygiene measures and post care instructions are followed.
Is all microneedling the same?
The quality of results gained from microneedling can vary greatly depending on whether you have a professionally administered treatment with advanced technology such as the Dermapen or use alternative approaches.
Clinical evidence has shown that the repair and recovery process after microneedling with Dermapen is much faster than using at-home derma rollers and less advanced imitation in-clinic skin pens.
The high-speed motion of the Dermapen also means minimal pain and discomfort.
How does it compare to other skin rejuvenation procedures?
Unlike some chemical peels and laser treatments that may irritate sensitive skin microneedling offers a safe means of skin rejuvenation with fast healing times.
With modern advances in skin science and sophisticated micro needling devices, skin care providers are able to promise faster, safer, and better results for clients .
When compared alongside other traditional skin rejuvenation procedures, dermapen microneedling benefits include:
Zero downtime: Microneedling is a minimally-invasive procedure, so you do need not stop your daily routine. You can go back to daily activities and skincare routine a day after their first session.
Minimal to no side effects: Compared to laser treatments and chemical peels that can make the skin hypersensitive, there are no side effects or adverse effects from microneedling in healthy individuals. At most you cam experience redness and minor inflammation which will then subside after a few hours.
Cost-effective skin rejuvenation system: Microneedling is cheaper than laser resurfacing and chemical peeling since there’s not a lot of products to use to perform the procedure.
Enhances other treatments: When used in combination with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as DMK paramedical resurfacing, IPL and hydro microdermabrasion, microneedling enhances the speed at which results become visible on the skin.
Although microneedling is a relatively safe procedure there are a couple of post-treatment guidelines that you need to follow to ensure you get the best results and your skin is not damaged after your procedure.
Avoid direct contact from the sun. Do not forget to use sunscreen with adequate SPF. The skin is highly sensitive after any type of invasive skin procedure, however minimally invasive.
Wear a hat or cap to further protect your skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun.
Do not use exfoliants and alcohol-based skincare products. After microneedling the skin is injured and will need time to heal. Using exfoliants will create more uneven punctures and/or damages which may result in longer healing time and adverse effects.
Should you do it at home?
No! It is important to remember that microneedling is an in-clinic procedure that should be performed by a licensed and trained skin professional.
A professional treatment conducted by a professional dermal therapist will give much safer and more superior results than at-home treatments. Risks in doing at home treatments include further scarring, infection and worsening of the skin condition being treated.
Did you know that microneedling actually increases the effectiveness of your daily skin care routine?
With repeated microneedling sessions, the skin’s ability to absorb nutrients from skincare products improve resulting in well-nourished skin.
We encourage the use of an individualised recommended DMK home care prescription to support the results of your micro needling treatments.
DMK skincare essentials are formulated to support the effects of microneedling as well as to nourish the skin, protect it from the elements, assist with eliminating any redness or discomfort and hasten the skins repair.
This month Quay Day Spa and Aesthetics are offering 20% off micro needling packages of 3 treatments or more.
We recommend you book in for a Observ Digital Skin Analysis with a paramedical skin technician to determine a treatment prescription that will best suit the needs of your skin and skin care concerns.