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Whether it is due to too many days basking in the sun, troublesome acne, or the effects of aging, many people are turning to microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT). Microneedling can be an effective way to minimize imperfections of the skin and stimulate collagen production, which can help give the appearance of turning back the hands of time.
While it is a fairly noninvasive procedure offered at many spas, it is important for patients to understand exactly what microneedling is, the benefits, and how it works before undergoing the treatment.
What Is Microneedling?
Although it may sound more like acupuncture from its name, collagen induction therapy is considered a cosmetic procedure that can leave skin looking more youthful. Essentially, this treatment uses tiny needles to prick the skin, thereby creating small wounds. While it can sound counterproductive, creating these tiny wounds are what signals the body to make more elastin and collagen.
Collagen induction therapy can be performed on various parts of the body, but more typically the:
Potential Benefits of Microneedling
Patients that undergo collagen induction therapy may have varied experiences, but most report improvements with skin problems such as:
How Microneedling Works
A cosmetic professional such as an aesthetician should be the one to perform a CIT procedure. The steps of this process generally follow the below:
Because this procedure involves small pricks in the skin, there may be some bleeding involved, however, the body’s response is increasing collagen production, which can give the skin a more youthful and healthier appearance.
The procedure itself may take up to twenty minutes, depending on the size and location of the area of skin being treated. Most patients can expect multiple treatments to achieve their desired effect.
Microneedling with Hyaluronic Acid
While the body already makes hyaluronic acid on its own, a collagen induction therapy treatment may be even more effective in making an individual’s skin look more youthful when it is combined with the application of additional hyaluronic acid.
This is in part because as a person ages, the natural amount of hyaluronic acid the body produces gradually declines, making skin less hydrated and plump, which can contribute to skin folds, wrinkles, and other physical signs of aging. By incorporating the acid into a CIT treatment, it can increase collagen production while also regaining elasticity, which can give the effect of more youthful looking skin. As an added benefit, the acid may help speed up the healing process from the treatment.
Microneedling with Human Growth Factors (HGF)
This process involves administering a collagen induction therapy treatment and then following up with applying a topical growth factor solution. But what are human growth factors? HGFs are typically formed from the patient’s own blood and are turned into plasma that can then be used into a topical solution with regenerative properties that assist with healing and collagen production. Using human growth factors can enhance the effects of a collagen induction therapy treatment by soaking into the skin, improving circulation just below the skin.
Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Microneedling with platelet rich plasma is done by taking a blood sample from the patient that will be used to isolate its platelets, which forms the platelet rich plasma concentration. This is an additional step to a CIT treatment but typically does not take more than twenty minutes to complete.
After a patient receives a CIT treatment, the PRP is topically applied to the skin. Some patients may notice changes immediately, but most will notice improvement in texture and in tone over the weeks following the procedure. The combination of microneedling and PRP can be an effective way to lessen some skin imperfections and create younger looking skin.
What to Look for in A Microneedling Provider
When it comes to this type of treatment, not just any provider will do. It is critical for patients to do some research ahead of choosing a provider at random. Some of the things a patient should consider in selecting a medspa with collagen induction therapy services include:
Collagen induction therapy is a popular way to restore a more youthful appearance, which can restore your confidence. Choose a trusted provider and discover the wonder of microneedling for yourself.