The benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy include a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. This treatment also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance. You will notice a "glow" to your skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results will continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as the production of collagen continues in your skin.
During this treatment, controlled micro-injuries are created to the skin in order to naturally produce collagen and elastin. The skin's repair process results in improvement of the appearance of softer wrinkles. Collagen Induction Therapy can be used with skincare serums to help improve the appearance of the epidermal layer of the skin.
Fine lines and wrinkles are the often the first signs of aging.
Repeated muscle movement over time and sun exposure are the main contributing factors. Other factors like smoking, stress, fair complexion and poor diet can also contribute to accelerated aging of the skin.
With this treatment, we can address this concern and reduce the appearance of fine lines or we can treat healthy skin to prevent them from forming as quickly.
The production of collagen and elastin can continue up to 6 months which leads to newer, healthier skin. The appearance of fine lines are reduced as new skin replaces old. Repeating this process several times per year and combining it with a healthy skincare regimen will dramatically improve your skin health.
Acne can be caused by several known factors. Hormones, stress, diet and other variables can lead to acne breakouts. Untreated or poorly managed acne can lead to scarring. The three most common types of acne scars are Ice Pick scars, Boxcar scars and Rolling scars.
Rolling scars are the least common of the three and they are usually shallow and wide.
Caused by damage under the surface of the skin, rolling scars are round and give the skin a rolling, wave-like appearance.
Ice Pick scars, being the most common, get their name from the actual formation of the scars and as the name suggests. They are shaped like the hole left from an ice pick.
The scars are deep and narrow, which makes it difficult for them to be filled up naturally with collagen and some are too deep to heal entirely. Ice pick scars are usually less than 2mm across and usually caused by inflamed blackheads or whiteheads.
Boxcar scars are similar to Ice Pick scars, however the Boxcar scars are wide and more rectangular with vertical edges. Boxcar scars are usually found on the temples and cheeks and they can be deep or shallow, but the majority of Boxcar scars are not as deep as Ice Pick scars.
It is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6 weeks apart.
For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals.
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