Collagen Induction Therapy - Microneedling
Collagen Induction Therapy — A Safe, Cost–Effective Treatment for Stretch Marks, Acne Scars, and Wrinkles
What do wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scarring have in common? These are all conditions which have been frustrating physicians and patients in their inability to be effectively treated. Now, at last, a new, non–ablative and effective treatment is available.
Not a laser or a deep chemical peel, this exciting option is called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). CIT is a simple procedure that requires minimal down time (no more than four to seven days) and significant, measurable, and sustainable results.
How It Works
The principle behind Collagen Induction Therapy is simple: to stimulate the body's own production of collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. The principle behind collagen channeling using the Collagen Induction Therapy treatment is simple. When it is applied to the skin, under local or topical anesthesia, a sterile roller with very fine needles is used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your own body to produce new collagen. These channels also improve the penetration of vitamins A and C creams about 1000 times. Vitamins A and C stimulate skin renewal, thereby making the skin appear fresher and younger. Results last as long as 5–10 years or more.
At the heart of Collagen Induction Therapy is the MTS Roller™—a unique ‘Type I' FDA–approved supplemental medical tool that is ideal for non–surgical and non–ablative treatment of various skin conditions such as aging (wrinkles, stretch marks), scarring (acne, surgical), and hyper pigmentation. Clinical studies have shown MTS (microneedle therapy system) to be more effective than ablative treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, and chemical peel and just as effective as non–ablative treatments like IPL, CO2 laser, and Fraxel in stimulating collagen and elastin production to thicken the skin thereby erasing wrinkles, stretch marks and smoothing acne scars.
Mechanism of Action in Acne Scar Treatment
Collagen Induction Therapy is a new and effective alternative treatment for acne scars. Fine microneedles perforate the scar tissue. After sufficient perforation, very fine petechiae (blood spots, but no bleeding) will be visible on the skin. Only a few days after the treatment NEW fibroblasts and capillaries will migrate through the punctured scar tissue. This results in new tissue formation to "fill" the former scar. New capillaries result in a significant better blood supply that in return results in an improved repigmentation. Collagen Induction Therapy will in general result in a significant improvement in the appearance of acne scars.
MTS Roller™ uses 200 very fine needles to injure the skin sufficiently enough to stimulate collagen/elastin production. Resulting micro–channels also aid in infusing therapeutic serums for greater penetration and increasing overall efficacy. Clinical studies have proven that serum absorption is increased by as much as 1,000 times when applied with MTS Roller. Studies have also shown that treatment with MTS Roller is more consistent in increasing the thickness of the skin than IPL and other resurfacing treatments.
Collagen Induction Therapy can typically cause the following results in your skin:
- Soften fine lines and wrinkles
- Contribute towards skin thickening
- Reduce the appearance of acne scars and other depressed scars on the body
- Help improve stretch marks
Advantages of Collagen Induction Therapy are:
- The process stimulates physiological responses
- The treatment is not painful
- A very short healing period — you may be back in public in five days
- The treatment is cost effective
- It can be used on thin skin
- There is no permanent damage to the skin
- It can safely be repeated for better results
- It can be used on laser–resurfaced skin
- It can be used on all areas of the face, neck, and body
Fast Recuperative Power
The gentle stimulus provided by the MTS Roller is far more "skin friendly" and thus far more effective than many other more invasive and more expensive skin treatments. MTS Roller leaves the entire epidermal barrier fully intact; micro–channels created by 200 precision surgical steel needles seal within hours after application: long enough for new collagen–structures to form within the lower layers of the skin and short enough to allow the patient to resume normal schedules quickly. MTS Rollers eliminate all common negative side effects and risks associated with chemical peeling, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing. The skin is thicker and ready sooner for additional treatment.
Skin Friendly, Faster Recuperation, Cost–Effective
Ablative treatments like dermabrasion, chemical peel, and laser re–surfacing to do one thing: remove the protective epidermis to force the body to produce a new tissue layer. However, once the epidermis is removed the lower levels of skin are completely exposed — vulnerable to environmental contamination from dirt, dust, and bacteria. Certain risks must be accepted with these procedures: pain, long–term discomfort, long prevailing inflammation and redness, long healing period, extreme light–sensitivity for a month or more, possible irreversible pigment changes and even additional scarring.
Ablative treatments have their limits. Due to different skin structures on neck for instance, laser re–surfacing may not be possible. Moreover, because these treatments leave the skin thinner, in some cases these procedures may actually age the skin. Collagen Induction Therapy is far more "skin friendly" by doing far less damage and thereby encouraging faster, longer–lasting positive effects. Since the skin can recuperate faster after CIT treatment — often hours after treatment — the patient may see noticeable positive results sooner.
Results can take three to nine months to fully appear as the body takes time to generate new collagen. The patient, however, sees continual improvement. The procedure takes from ten minutes to over an hour, depending on the area to be treated. The patient must be anesthetized, usually with a topical numbing cream.
A crucial part of the treatment is the preparation of the skin prior to the procedure with topical vitamins A and C. Patients continue using the topical vitamins for at least six months post procedure to ensure the production of healthy collagen and elastin. This procedure has been successfully used to treat peri–oral wrinkles, the appearance of stretch marks, abdominal laxity, facial and acne scarring, and rejuvenation of sun damaged skin on the chest as well as other areas.
While collagen induction therapy is suitable for almost all patients, it is not recommended for those with active infections such as active acne, chronic skin disorders, blood clotting problems, poor healing, keloids, or skin malignancies.
How does the procedure work?
Collagen Induction Therapy is performed after the application of topical numbing cream. After about 45 minutes the MTS roller with micro–needles is gently passed over the area to create channels into the deeper layers of the skin. The channels created enable very good penetration of topical solutions treatments applied before and after the procedure. Subsequent application of topical products should be done as prescribed by Susan Stevens Tanne, M.D.
How long is the procedure?
Treatment sessions range from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the area being treated.
How many treatments are needed?
This will depend on the degree of the problem and the patient's expectations (number of treatments usually range from three to six). Sessions are often spaced two to six weeks apart.
Is Collagen Induction Therapy painful?
The procedure usually requires local anesthetic cream in some areas. There is usually no pain after the procedure.
What body parts can you have it done on?
Collagen Induction Therapy may be done on any part of the face, neck, or body.
What is the recovery or downtime after? What should I expect after treatment?
Immediately after the procedure the skin is usually turns pink to red and may have areas of bruising. Scabbing may be noted within the first couple of days and may be covered by make–up. Swelling is common for the first few days and may last seven to ten days. It is safe to resume normal activities after the procedure. Normal cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen can be used immediately after the procedure. High concentration Vitamin A and C products or other topical products, as prescribed by Dr. Tanne, should be applied immediately after the procedure when the skin's penetration is greatest.
What changes can be realistically expected with Collagen Induction Therapy?
Collagen Induction Therapy will usually make the skin smoother, fresher and improve fine lines around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Collagen Induction Therapy will usually cause significant improvement in stretch marks and acne scars. Skin texture and brown marks will also improve in most cases.
How long does it take to see improvement in the skin with Collagen Induction Therapy?
Collagen remodeling in normal skin takes at least 90 days, so the effects of this treatment may not be fully appreciated for at least three months after the procedure. But the effects last for years in most people.
How long do the effects of Collagen Induction Therapy last?
The new collagen produced by CIT lasts for a long time, unless the skin is further damaged by sun exposure, smoking, or other external factors. As the skin ages, some of the new collagen will also age. The duration of results vary from person to person but should last for years.