What is Collagen Induction Therapy?
Collagen induction therapy is simply put, a treatment where the skin is injured to create a controlled wound. By creating this wound, the bodies natural immune response is stimulated to heal the wound by increasing the production of collagen and elastin through the release of growth factors. Treatments that induce collagen production include micro-needling, fractionated lasers, IPL, radio-frequency treatments and mesotherapy (skin boosters). Micro-channels are created in the skin, triggering the skin’s natural immune response to create new tissue/collagen. These micro-channels also help with enhanced penetration of sterile serums or PRP (platelet rich plasma). The depth of treatment and active serums used will depend on the skin concern/condition.
The popularity of this treatment is due to the short amount of downtime as the micro-channels that are created are minimally invasive. These specialized treatments can also be used to treat skin conditions/diseases such as acne, rosacea, scarring and melasma. Due to the great results and low downtime, collagen induction therapy is one of our favourite treatments to perform. One of the best-anti-ageing treatments, affordable and available for all skin types. Everyone should give this treatment a go.
What can I expect from collagen induction therapy?
Make sure you visit a certified institution. A thorough consultation is necessary to ensure that the treatment is suitable to you. Many factors need to be taken into consideration before doing the treatment as your medical and treatment history need to be assessed to ensure you are a good candidate. Your skin also needs to be healthy enough to receive this treatment so preparing the skin beforehand with homecare products and superficial in-clinic treatments is vital. During the treatment your skin should be thoroughly cleansed after which it is numbed. The numbing agent is removed, and the treatment performed by running the micro needling, radiofrequency, IPL or laser device over your skin. The intensity of the treatment will depend on the settings of the device, as well as how many times the device is moved over your skin. After the treatment, you will need to protect your skin with the correct homecare and lifestyle adjustments, these should be discussed with you by your skincare specialist or aesthetic doctor.
What skin conditions can improve with collagen induction:
Collagen induction therapy focuses on stimulating the dermal layer of the skin by creating a controlled wound.
This in turn yields an anti-ageing effect in the skin, improving fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, and skin laxity. In addition, collagen induction therapy can also improve enlarged pores, scarring, skin texture, chronic inflammation, and hyperpigmentation.
Can I combine chemical peels with collagen induction therapy?
Although chemical peels and collagen induction therapy can, in some cases, be combined in one session, it is usually best to alternate these treatments every 4-8 weeks. Combination therapy is great in that your condition can be targeted with different treatment modalities, each having its own unique benefits. Ensure that your skincare therapist or aesthetic doctor have enough experience before combining different treatment modalities in one session.
Skin Deep SA’s take on collagen induction therapy:
We believe in creating customized treatment protocols according to your unique skin and lifestyle concerns. We never follow a one size fits all approach when it comes to skincare. Having over 30 years combined experience we always thoroughly prepare the skin before deeper treatments, taking into consideration what your skin can handle and how to incorporate different treatment modalities to get you the best result. Two questions are always on our mind; whether the treatment is safe and whether it is effective.
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