Collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. Microneedling repairs damaged skin through a series of micro-injuries. The body’s natural healing process is activated, and cytokines and growth factors stimulate the remodeling of collagen and elastin.
The Benefits of Microneeding
Microneeding is among the most in-demand skin rejuvenation procedures available today. The procedure is not associated with any major side effects, and results appear within a period of weeks. Additional benefits of the microneedling procedure in Bountiful include the following:
- Reduced appearance of scars, including those caused by surgery or acne
- Reversal of sun damage and pigmentation
- Decreased pore size
- Decreased appearance of stretch marks
Microneedling treatments at our clinic in Bountiful typically takes as little as 30 minutes, depending on the number, size and degree of treatment requested. The procedure can be performed on any part of the body in need of repair, including the legs, chest, back and buttocks.
How Does the Procedure Work?
During treatment, a pen-like device uses thin needles to create a series of micro-injuries to the skin, with depths varying from 0.25 mm to 2 mm. For reference, most tattoo needles penetrate the skin between 1 mm and 2 mm. As a result, microneedling is also used by some dermatologists for tattoo removal. However, unlike tattoos, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin prior to the procedure to reduce discomfort.
Healing Process and Recovery
The healing and recovery process varies slightly by person and total treatment time, but it includes:
- An initial reddish pigmentation is present for 24-48 hours after the procedure
- The immune system re-builds the wound with temporary collagen and elastin
- Dermal tissues and blood vessel form, and temporary collage is replaced with permanent collagen
Most people return to work immediately, but it is best to avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after the procedure. Find out if a microneedling treatment in Bountiful is right for you by scheduling your consultation today.
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