Collagen Stimulation Therapy
Collagen Stimulation (percutaneous Collagen Induction) is a treatment for the skin that harnesses the body’s own natural healing capabilities to repair and restore facial volume, skin tightness, skin texture, improving and filling lines, wrinkles, and scarring. Collagen Stimulation uses a dermal roller – an instrument with medical grade extremely fine micro-needles. The roller creates tiny micro-channels within the dermis layer of the skin. The resultant natural course of healing releases a cascade of powerful growth factors, encouraging the dense production of collagen and elastin; the subsequent result is skin plumping, volumizing and tightening. Immediately following the treatment, prescription Vitamin A and Antioxidants are applied via the temporary channels for improved penetration up to 10,000 times normal application, in a single treatment. Collagen Stimulation Therapy can be done on all areas of the face and body and is suitable for all skin types.
CST is an alternative to ablative treatments for patients who do not desire the side effects of flaking or peeling with compounded results that surpass chemical peels and ablative lasers. It does not destroy the epidermal barrier and the epidermis stays intact allowing all regeneration to take place below the skin’s surface and allowing it to heal quickly after a treatment. It is also far advanced past typical laser treatments in that we are able to deliver skin-rejuvenating products deeply into the skin during the procedure.
Collagen Induction Therapy is an alternative to facial injectables, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion and strong chemical peels. The benefits of collagen induction are:
· Improved skin texture
· Softer lines and wrinkles
· Increased skin tightness
· Reduced appearance of scarring and pigmentation
· Increase the effectiveness of active products
· Restored youthful facial fullness and elasticity
· Minimal risks Short healing time
· The process is fairly painless
· No risk of permanent injury to the dermis
· No sun-sensitivity after treatment
· All skin areas can be treated
· The body produces its own volume and collagen
· Dramatic improvements observed without the need for invasive surgery
· Completely natural, using the skin’s own powers of rejuvenation
· You shouldn’t feel any pain as a topical anesthetic is used
· Short healing time – most clients are able to go to work the next day
The effects can last for months as collagen is laid down following treatment
How does collagen induction therapy work?
The skin reacts the same way as it reacts to any other inflammation; additional production of collagen tissue is stimulated over time. The new collagen bundles develop on top of the dermis and underneath the epidermis.
Over a course of treatments collagen fibers strengthen and elasticity is increased, resulting in a thicker tissue layer. This new collagen production may reduce the appearance of skin indentations when dermal rollers are applied to lines wrinkles and scars, including acne scars.
What pre-treatment preparation is necessary?
It is important that your skin is primed – the best results will be achieved if the skin is in its best possible condition prior to treatment. For most patients this includes a medical grade Vitamin Serum and Retin-A. This regimen should be followed for at least two weeks prior to treatment.
What is the process?
On the day of the treatment, at least one hour before the treatment the topical anesthetic will be applied. Following the treatment, your skin will be red and puffy, so you may want to go home rather than back to the office.
You may experience some temporary side effects over the next few days, eg; redness and possible bruising. Following the prescribed skincare regime after the treatment, will ensure optimal results and also lessen the potential for any negative side effects.
How many treatments do I need?
There are different types of dermal rollers available for your treatment. These rollers are suited for certain skin types and conditions. After preparing your skin it is recommended a course of four to six treatments at four to eight weekly intervals. There after maintenance treatments at one to two per year (minimum three months between each.
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