New procedure targets aging, acne scarring and stretch marks
Many patients come to us wanting to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, skin laxity, stretch marks, certain types of pigmentation, as well as acne scarring. All of these concerns come from years of internal and external stressors that damage the skin’s collagen fibers, leaving them disorganized and loose. Various treatment options, including topical prescriptions and laser procedures, have been used to treat these concerns. Now a new procedure, known as Collagen Induction Therapy, or “microneedling,” can target all seven of these skin concerns in just one treatment.
Microneedling is a process in which tiny needles are used to create micro-injuries in the skin. This is done using a special device that is sterile and contains 12 micro-needles. The device is gently pressed against the skin. As it glides across the surface of the skin it creates the micro-injuries need to prompt your own body’s repair response. This process allows for the rebuilding and restructuring of the collagen fibers, giving the skin a smoother and firmer appearance. Treatments take between 15 and 30 minutes. Prior to the treatment a topical anesthetic can be used to enhance comfort during and after the treatment. The skin appears swollen and red for about 24 hours after the treatment.
Because collagen takes 3-6 months to mature, multiple microneedling treatments are recommended. Results are also enhanced by the use of topical growth factors, like those found in Neocutis products, which assist in the rebuilding of collagen.