Micro-Needling (Collagen Induction Therapy)
Microneedling treatment for skin tightening.
MICRO-NEEDLING (COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY)
“Micro-needling” or “Collagen Induction Therapy” also known under the branded names: Skinpen, Dermapen, Meso-touch is a cosmetic procedure that involves creating micro-channels through skin-piercing with an adjustable needling device. Derma-rollers are widely known and also a form of micro-needling that is often used at home to self-treat scars and mild skin lesions. However, clinical settings require us to have full control of the depth, intensity, ablation, and LED wavelengths; therefore, a micro-needling automated device is a more efficient, safe, and effective solution for mild to moderate cases of scarring, skin laxity, acne scars and fine lines.
Using the principle of autohemotherapy, clinicians make use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) along with micro-needling for even more drastic results. It may also be used to induce vitamins, peptides, antioxidants, trace minerals, hyaluronic acid, and/or growth factors. Micro-needling is commonly prescribed to patients aiming to improve cosmetic concerns that are mild to moderate, such as:
- Mild scarring
- Mild sun damage
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven texture
- Fine lines and signs of aging
- Psoriasis, Keratosis, among others.
The process in which collagen and elastin contracts, and fibers are straightened leads to tissue repair. The time it may take for each patient to experience optimal results will certainly depend on the severity of the treated tissue as well as regeneration time.
Notwithstanding, results start becoming more visible just after a few days of receiving the treatment:
- Improved blood flow in the area
- Improved permeability (for improved absorption of serums and skincare products)
- Improved appearance of fine lines
- Noticeable tightening
- Texture improvement on scars/stretch marks
- Improved appearance of enlarged pores
How does it compare to “dermarolling”?
“Dermarolling” makes use of a manual device called “dermaroller” which is solely controlled through pressure applied by the hand of the user. Micro-needling on the other hand makes use of a “digital device” that allows the exchange of “cartridges” based on the intensity of the treatment; clinicians may choose from cartridges of 9, 12, 36, or 42 needles. The intensity, speed, length, and LED intensity are also adjustable for custom procedures. This technology reduces adverse reactions as well as recovery time.
How does LED therapy work and what are the benefits?
Some micro-needling devices incorporate “LED” settings. The energy delivered is classified as “visible light/energy” in the electromagnetic spectrum. It travels through the tissue, and initiates a “photothermal” process that allows radicals to cause damage in the membrane of cells; this process leads to collagen and elastin production.
The visible light transmitted by the LED device can be classified as follows:
- “Blue light” (415 nm): oily skin and acne breakouts control
- “Yellow/Greenlight” (510-570 nm): reduces the appearance of pigmented lesions caused by sun damage, and stimulates collagen production
- “Red Light” (633 nm): promotes tissue repair and anti-inflammatory properties
Treatment Problem or Condition
Congested/Clogged Pores, Fine Lines, Large Pores, Sagging/Loose Skin, Stretch Marks, Uneven Skin Texture