Microneedling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a skin treatment used to improve skin texture and appearance. The treatment was first recognized by the medical community in 1995, but it has grown in popularity in recent years. Microneedling is a treatment that uses multiple fine needles to create micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate the body’s collagen and elastin production. Here at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX, it is one of our most requested treatments.
Microneedling is an FDA approved skin treatment that can effectively treat fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help reduce the appearance of pores, scars, and stretch marks. Many people interested in improving their skin’s overall health are now turning to this type of skin rejuvenation as an alternative to surgery. This treatment is very safe and often less expensive than other types of skin treatments.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling works by prompting your body to produce more collagen and elastin to stretch your skin and make it stronger. Collagen and elastin are both naturally occurring proteins in your body. They are structural proteins that, among other functions, build and repair your skin’s structure.
When a patient undergoes this type of skin treatment, a specially trained professional uses a handheld tool to create small, evenly spaced pinpricks in the patient’s skin. The puncture wounds jumpstart your body’s natural wound healing process and signal your body to start producing more skin building proteins to repair the structural damage. The protein boost results in healthier, firmer skin that appears more youthful.
What Does Treatment Involve?
A Collagen Induction Therapy treatment takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete. At Novo Med Spa, we begin by cleansing the skin and applying a numbing cream or local anesthetic. After the skin is numbed, our trained medical professionals will use a handheld device called a SkinPen to perform the microneedling. Once this is completed, an optional vitamin-infused serum or PRP can be applied to boost the results.
If your goal is to promote collagen growth, we generally recommend a series of three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. If your goal is scar reduction, it will usually require about six treatments spaced out accordingly. After your initial treatment, it’s a good idea to schedule maintenance treatments every four to six months for the best results.
Microneedling With PRP
Microneedling with PRP is actually two different treatments used in conjunction with each other to maximize results. The combination of treatments is sometimes referred to as a “Vampire Facial,” but it’s not nearly as ominous as it sounds. PRP stands for platelet-rich-plasma. PRP contains stem cells, platelets, and growth factors that boost the effects of your body’s natural wound-healing abilities when applied to the micro-injuries. Before Collagen Induction Therapy, a member of our medical staff will draw blood from you, and the blood will be used to make the PRP.
The PRP is made while the SkinPen treatment is being performed. By the time the first treatment is completed, the PRP serum will be ready. The serum is then applied to the skin and left to sink in. Once the PRP has fully absorbed, the serum is removed, and the skin cleansed once more. Following cleansing, a moisturizer and sun protection will be applied before you leave.
Where Can Collagen Induction Therapy Be Used?
Collagen Induction Therapy can be used safely on your forehead and around your mouth and eyes where fine lines and wrinkles are prone to appear. It can also be used safely on the chin, jawline, and neck areas. Although it is most commonly used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, it can also be used on your chest, thighs, abdomen, legs, and bottom for the treatment of stretch marks.
What Are Some Additional Benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy?
In addition to combating signs of aging and improving your skin’s texture and elasticity, Collagen Induction Therapy can also reduce hyperpigmentation and even out your skin tone no matter what the cause of the discoloration.
Besides smoothing acne scars and combating the hyperpigmentation often associated with acne scars, Collagen Induction Therapy can actually reduce your risk of acne breakouts. It can also open micro-channels in your skin so that anti-acne medications can be used more effectively. The channels created are able to assist the medications by helping them get past the skin barrier and reach your acne’s source.
Who Is the Treatment Good For?
The treatment is suitable for any adult. It is very safe and will work on all skin types and with all skin colors. Patients may elect to undergo this treatment if they find over the counter skin treatments are ineffective or minimally effective and would like to improve their results. It is also an appealing alternative for those who want to get maximum results without undergoing a surgical procedure. In fact, because it is so safe, individuals who have conditions that prevent them from receiving other types of skin treatments may be able to undergo Collagen Induction Therapy.
Collagen Induction Therapy as a Preventative Measure
Instead of waiting until signs of aging skin appear, younger adults are beginning to use Collagen Induction Therapy as a way of age-proofing their skin in their 30s or even 20s. It effectively slows down the aging process if you regularly go for treatments. Although this treatment will stimulate collagen production at any age, when your skin is younger, it will produce more collagen than it will in more mature adults. Early treatments also reverse the effects of sun-damage at the start before they become a much bigger problem.
Why Is Collagen Induction Therapy Better Than Surgical Procedures?
There are many reasons Collagen Induction Therapy is preferable to surgery. One of the main reasons is that it is considered a fractional treatment, meaning it only affects a fraction of the skin. Between the evenly spaced out pinprick wounds, the rest of the skin is left undisturbed, which cuts down on the amount of time it takes for the skin to heal. Besides being safer and less invasive than traditional and laser cosmetic surgeries, it also tends to be less expensive and quicker than other options.
How Effective Is Treatment?
Studies have shown Collagen Induction Therapy to be quite effective. Your skin’s appearance will not improve overnight, but you will see results within a month or two. Many patients notice a 45% to 55% improvement to their skin six to 12 weeks after undergoing treatment.
Continuing to follow up with additional maintenance treatments will give you the best possible results in the long-term. According to a study conducted in 2008, patients who underwent four treatment sessions at one-month intervals found a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after their final treatment.
How Much Downtime Is Involved With Collagen Induction Therapy?
Perhaps, the most beautiful thing about Collagen Induction Therapy is the lack of downtime. After your treatment, you can resume your daily activities without any interruptions. There are no follow up medications, and within 24-hours after treatment, you can resume your normal at-home skincare regimen without any ill effects.
What Treatments Can Be Used Safely With Microneedling?
If you are trying to combat more severe signs of aging, this treatment can safely be used alongside other therapies to amplify positive results. Some patients choose to combine a dermal filler with the treatment to address areas of more severe skin laxity. Other patients may choose to combine Collagen Induction Therapy with a neurotoxin injection if dynamic wrinkles are an issue. It can also be used safely with Botox or intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) for further wrinkle reduction and hyperpigmentation correction.
Where Can I Receive Collagen Induction Therapy?
Thanks to its rise in popularity in recent years, more and more facilities are beginning to offer this skin treatment. If you are considering Collagen Induction Therapy, you can inquire at your local cosmetic surgical center and see if they offer the service. Many dermatologists also provide this service. If you have a dermatologist you go to, you can discuss it with them and see if it’s a good option for you. You can also check spas in your area, but be sure they have a licensed practitioner on staff.
Questions To Ask When Choosing a Treatment Center
Although Collagen Induction Therapy is a safe treatment, you should still exercise caution when finding a place to receive treatment. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have any health issues, which may affect your candidacy for treatment. Here are some pertinent questions to ask when considering a treatment facility.
- Is your facility up to date with licensing?
- What methods do you use to sterilize your equipment?
- Do you numb your patients before treatment?
- Do you use masks or growth-factor serum?
- Are aftercare products given to patients after the procedure to use at home?
About Novo Med Spa In Frisco, TX
If you live in the Frisco, Texas area, Novo Med Spa is your go-to medical facility for Collagen Induction Therapy and other skincare treatments. We are a full-service medical skincare practice that’s been providing excellence in care since 2018. We offer a wide variety of high-quality skincare products and services. We also use state-of-the-art technology to help you reach your skincare goals.
Novo Med Spa prides itself on professionalism and our service-driven compassionate care. Dr. Jerry Lewis is a graduate of Oklahoma University medical school and the Medical Director of Novo Med Spa. He leads our knowledgeable medical staff and is happy to answer any questions and address any concerns patients might have about their treatment options. We will be glad to discuss your skincare goals and create a treatment plan to help you reach them.
Studies have shown Collagen Induction Therapy to be a safe and effective non-surgical treatment to restore aging skin’s former structure and elasticity. Though most often used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, it has also been shown to help lessen the appearance of scars and stretch marks and correct hyperpigmentation in the skin. People are using it upon recommendation of dermatologists and other licensed medical professionals as either an alternative to cosmetic surgery or to enhance the effects of cosmetic surgery.
When considering Collagen Induction Therapy or other skin treatments, it is essential to do your research. The treatment should only be performed by a licensed practitioner using FDA approved equipment. Contact Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX, today to learn more about microneedling and schedule a consultation.