When skin is damaged, collagen steps in to repair it naturally. Sometimes, however, your skin’s natural healing power needs a little help.
Collagen is naturally produced throughout our bodies in joints and other connective tissues, bones, and the body’s largest organ – skin. Think of collagen as the building blocks of healthy tissue. It’s a basic structural material of many internal and external systems of the body. Collagen is a type of protein that makes up around one third of the protein that our bodies contain. Collagen found within the dermis (the middle layer of skin) is produced to replace old skin when skin is damaged or punctured. Collagen is also a key component in maintaining the structure, firmness, and elasticity of skin.
Collagen production slows as people age. In fact, by age 60, collagen production will have significantly slowed. Even for younger people, frequent or deep skin damage can cause collagen production to slow or stop. When collagen production slows, the strength of our skin declines, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines.
Collagen induction therapy might sound like a lot, but it’s actually quite simple. Also referred to as CIT or microneedling, the process of collagen induction can be performed in a short session by your dermatologist. As the name microneedling suggests, collagen induction therapy employs a roller or pen device that pricks skin with multiple small needles. This action promotes and accelerates collagen production which hastens or starts your body’s natural healing response.
While the prospect of many needles rolling across your face can be a lot to handle, the process itself is quick and the results are incredible. There is no need for any anesthesia, and any discomfort is short lived. There’s no downtime after collagen induction therapy either, and the procedure does not take long. In the hands of a trained dermatologist, microneedling is a very safe and effective way to naturally treat a number of skin problems and imperfections. The results of CIT are not immediate, but it doesn’t take long for skin to appear healthier. After about two months, the effects of microneedling are apparent.
CIT is a recommended treatment for a variety of cosmetic skin conditions. Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural consequence of age, but collagen induction therapy can make quick work of crow’s feet and laugh lines. Microneedling employs a process of controlled injury to reinvigorate our natural collagen producing capabilities. Wrinkles begin to disappear as collagen plumps skin where it’s become sunken.
In a similar fashion, microneedling can be used to treat facial scarring caused by acne, sun damage, or other injuries. When the tiny needles leave shallow perforations in the skin, the dermis goes into overdrive to heal itself by producing tons of collagen. Collagen bolsters sunken or pockmarked skin with healthy new growth and can restore skin’s original smoothness. With a few sessions, noticeable results can be reached and maintained.
For some people with acne, collagen induction therapy is a great way to reduce the size of pores, mostly on the face. When pores are enlarged or opened, they allow oil and dirt to become trapped within, forming whiteheads or blackheads, and eventually acne. Pores become less visible as collagen grows to fill in gaps created by acne and excess oil production.
Microneedling is a quick and excellent way to restore your skin’s natural, healthy structure. If you want to overcome wrinkles, scarring, or enlarged pores, reach out to your New England dermatologist today.