Around four in five Americans aren’t 100% pleased with the way their face and body looks. Many of the concerns mentioned in recent studies relate to the signs of aging, such as wrinkling or sagging skin and hair loss, but even younger people have problems with their skin. For example, acne scars are a big concern for every age group. Here at Aire Medspa in Sarasota, FL, we use a technique called microneedling to address these problems.
But what exactly does this treatment, also called collagen induction therapy, do? And who is a good candidate? Today, we will have a look at how this innovative approach, which makes use of a minimally invasive device called the SkinPen, helps our patients to feel and look better, no matter what skin condition they are suffering from.
What Is Microneedling?
In Essence, collagen induction therapy involves making microscopic holes in your skin, which aren’t usually noticeable to the naked eye. Although your body isn’t really hurt, these minuscule injuries will trigger the same response as an actual problem such as a cut or scrape. Because your body believes that there is an issue, it will produce more healing agents and deliver them to the relevant site.
Once they arrive, they start to repair the damage done. But because the injury is minimal and your skin is actually in good condition, they will “overdo” their job, meaning that your skin will be in better shape after the healing process is over than before. New, healthy cells will be created that replace the damaged ones, and you can benefit from a smoother, more youthful appearance as a result.
The Role of Collagen and Elastin
As you can tell, collagen induction therapy is a completely natural way of rejuvenating and repairing your tissues. We aren’t injecting chemicals or operating on you, but instead, we are using your body’s natural healing powers to make you look and feel years younger. The main reason why this works is because the production of important proteins collagen and elastin is supercharged when the body perceives a microscopic injury.
These two proteins are crucial to the elasticity and healthy look of your skin, but unfortunately, they become less and less abundant as you age. In fact, we lose around 1% of collagen production every year from the time we are 20. When you use induction therapy, you can restore this vital substance and help your body to repair the skin.
Combining CIT with PRP
For many people, collagen induction therapy works great on its own, but some might need some additional treatment to make sure they achieve the desired results. This could be the case if your signs of aging are more significant or if you have surface-level scars you would like to have removed. In such cases, we might suggest that you opt for a combination of CIT and PRP.
Platelet-rich plasma is a substance that is found naturally in your blood, and it contains the healing agents called platelets. These are the first to appear at the site of an injury because they aid with blood clotting and the production of new cells. When we add a PRP serum to your treatment, we deliver the platelets directly to where they are needed the most, so the healing process is supercharged even further.
What Is the Treatment Like?
The majority of our patients lead busy lives, and they don’t want to undergo surgery and rest for several weeks afterward. For this reason, many prefer a treatment that is minimally invasive and that doesn’t require much downtime. Microneedling, whether with or without PRP, meets this criterion because it is a very quick and hassle-free process.
Preparing for Your Appointment
If you’re interested in restoring the look and feel of your skin, you should get in touch with your clinic as soon as possible. We will then invite you to attend an initial consultation, during which we discuss what your issue is and what types of treatment might be suitable. Our highly qualified doctors will also consider your health history to make sure we only suggest those options that are safe for you.
Together, we will make a decision about whether collagen induction therapy is the way to go. If so, your doctor will tell you what you should do to best prepare for your session. Most importantly, you’ll need to stop taking certain blood-thinning medicines and supplements such as NSAIDs. It is also better to stop smoking because nicotine can damage your skin and negatively affect the healing process.
Collagen Induction Therapy
When you arrive at the clinic, your doctor will first apply a numbing cream to the treatment area, so you can enjoy a pain-free session. If you’ve opted to add PRP, your blood will be taken and processed at the same time. Once your skin feels numb, we can begin to work on you with the SkinPen. Depending on the size and location of your treatment, your session might take as little as 20 minutes or as long as an hour.
Recovery and Results
When you’re done, you can get dressed and leave the clinic. In some cases, you might even be able to drive yourself home, but if the treatment was on your face, it may be better to bring a friend or relative. You shouldn’t have to rest for long, although many people decide to take the afternoon after their session off. Your doctor can tell you what you should avoid and when you can restart strenuous exercise and hot baths.
Usually, we recommend around three to six appointments to make sure you get optimal results. The collagen and elastin production will be increased slowly, so your results will appear gradually. As a result, you won’t shock your family and friends with a completely new look, and you will seem to be getting younger, not older, as time goes by. Around six weeks after your last treatment, you should be able to see the final outcome of your sessions.
Who Can Benefit from this Treatment?
Now that you know what microneedling is and how it is administered, you might be curious about the kinds of issues it can address. In general, most surface-level skin conditions that are no longer open or infected can be removed. This includes the effects of aging and scars from illnesses like acne or chicken pox. In some cases, hair loss can also be stopped and even reversed with collagen induction therapy.
You Are Worried About Your Skin’s Condition
Over time, your face and body will change in the way they look and feel. You may start to notice wrinkling, sagging skin, and even some discoloration, for example from too much exposure to the sun. All these issues can be treated with CIT and PRP, so you shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Most people suffering from this issue will have their first, intensive course of treatment and then come back for maintenance appointments 1-2 times a year.
You Have Scars
Acne is a devastating condition that affects many teenagers and young adults. But unfortunately, the suffering doesn’t end when your hormonal balance gets better because many people have lasting scars on their skin for the rest of their life.
No matter if your scars were caused by acne, chicken pox, or an injury, CIT could be the way to finally achieve the smooth skin you’ve always dreamed of. Even better, treatment for this issue is generally permanent, which means that you won’t have to return for periodic maintenance. Once your scars are gone, they are very unlikely to reappear.
You Have Hair Loss
Another great concern that appears over time is hair loss. Also called alopecia, this condition can be present in men and women, and it involves patches of hair that fall out. Just like your skin cells, hair follicles respond to the application of microscopic injuries, and the body will work hard to repair itself when you go through CIT. We will almost always combine the treatment for hair loss with platelet-rich plasma because this yields much better results.
Regenerate and Rejuvenate Your Skin and Hair Now
Microneedling is an exciting treatment that makes use of your body’s powers of healing itself. As such, it is a natural way for you to regain your youthful, blemish-free skin. No matter where on your body the issue is, we can address it with a SkinPen and, if necessary, with a PRP serum that works to complement the collagen induction therapy. Call us now at Aire Medspa in Sarasota, FL to book your initial appointment and get started.