Find Out More About Microneedling Collagen Induction
Ageing is inevitable and however much we shield ourselves from the environment around us we are still going to lose collagen. But we have the answer!
Collagen provides scaffolding and structure to our skin giving it elasticity and helping it appear tighter, smoother and more youthful. From around the age of 35 collagen starts to break down.
Collagen Induction Therapy using microneedling takes advantage of your skin’s very own and very special healing and regeneration capabilities.
Very small needles create hundreds to thousands of microscopic holes or microchannels, and this triggers a wound healing response and stimulates fibroblasts to replenish the lost collagen.
It is a process that produces quite fantastic results!
WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Collagen is one of the most important components of our skin. It provides scaffolding and structure which in turn gives the skin elasticity helping it appear tighter, smoother and more youthful.
As we age, the production of collagen slows down and the healthy collagen starts to diminish. This happens from around the age of 35 but other factors play a part too. Pollution, smoking, dietary sugar and sun exposure - especially UVA rays - all accelerate the breakdown of collagen.
So what can we do about this?
Ageing is inevitable and however much we shield ourselves from the environment around us we are still going to lose collagen. But at Aesthetic BTN we have an answer!
Collagen Induction Therapy or microneedling is not a new treatment - it was first used in the late 1990s! However things have moved on since then. The old-style rollers have been replaced by precise pen devices.
At Aesthetic BTN we use the most advanced microneedling pen available today; the SkinPen® Precision.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
By taking advantage of your skin’s very own and very special healing and regeneration capabilities!
The SkinPen® Precision contains very small needles which repeatedly penetrate the skin creating hundreds to thousands of microscopic holes or microchannels.
This triggers a wound healing response by the body which ultimately stimulates fibroblasts to generate. And it is these fibroblasts that replenish the lost collagen. So simple! Well, it’s not really that simple, as it relies on some pretty remarkable physiology. Nevertheless it is a process that produces quite fantastic results!
WHO IS IT FOR?
Microneedling is safe to be carried out on any skin type and colour. As well as it’s antiageing benefits, microneedling can be used in adults of 22-years and older to improve the appearance of facial acne scars.
WHAT CAN IT DO?
A course of 3-6 treatments can:
- Improve the appearance of fine lines
- Improve the texture of the skin
- Plump the skin through collagen production and increased hydration
- Reduce pore size
- Improve acne scars
WHERE CAN IT BE USED?
SkinPen® can be used safely and effectively to treat the following areas:
- Forehead, cheeks and chin, including jowels
- Around the eyes
- Around the nose and mouth, including the lips
- Scars and Stretch Marks
DOES IT HURT?
Local anaesthetic cream is applied to the necessary areas at least 30 minutes before treatment begins. This helps to make the procedure comfortable, and it is generally a well tolerated.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE THE TREATMENT?
Most people will need a course of between 3 and 6 treatments, depending on their skin concerns. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes. The treatments are carried out every 4-6 weeks depending on the progress of skin healing. This allows time for the tissue remodelling to take place which continues for up to one year post-treatment.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME?
On Day 0 (day of treatment); an appearance and feeling of moderate sunburn is expected. Some puffiness of the skin may be seen and areas of pigmentation may temporarily darken. You will be given a product to apply on this day to prevent the skin from drying out.
On Day 1 (day after treatment); some persisting redness may be present but most redness and inflammation should be subsiding. You will be given a Rescue Calming Product to apply on this day. It contains a wealth of nutrients to encourage the healing process.
After this point, you may experience some dry skin. We highly recommend the use of high-quality skincare products with biologically active ingredients post-treatment to support healing, improve the regeneration of collagen, improve hydration and maintain the health of the skin.
WHY DO WE USE THE SKINPEN® PRECISION?
Microneedling pens are far superior to the rollers they are replacing; they are precise, create more microchannels leading to greater collagen induction, and they make a vertical incision rather than an angled slit seen with rollers, which helps improve healing time. Additionally, the needles are of a very high quality, the depth of the needle can be changed with accuracy.
The SkinPen® Precision is the first FDA certified pen, having met over 90 validated requirements. It is also a Class 1 medical device with CE certification.
What does this mean to you? It means it has been subject to robust laboratory testing and has been validated to prevent risk of cross-contamination between clients. Each treatment is carried out with a new cartridge unit containing new needles. This is like using a new pen for each treatment. Thus the SkinPen® Precision has been clinically proven to be safe as well as effective!