Collagen Induction Therapy is not a new concept. The treatment was originally devised by a doctor in Europe who made use of stamps containing micro-needles to improve the appearance of scars. Later, this concept evolved into using a roller with micro-needles attached to its surface. Although results were very encouraging, this collagen induction roller treatment presented certain limitations. Firstly, the needle depth was not adjustable and the depth of treatment was solely dependent on the therapist’s manual pressure whilst rolling the device over the skin. Secondly, the areas that typically require more focused attention, such as the upper lip and around the eyes, were hard to reach with the roller. Thirdly, although all collagen induction treatments make use of a numbing cream to increase client comfort, the roller treatment was unnecessarily uncomfortable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
The Collagen Induction needle or pen is a vast improvement on the roller system and is taking the skin care industry by storm. This anti-ageing treatment makes use of an automated pen with disposable micro-needles, thus preventing the risk of cross infection. The micro-needles penetrate the surface of the skin vertically, in rapid succession, without the characteristic ‘flick and tear’ action of the roller system. Small areas, such as frown lines, can easily be reached with the pen and treatment depth may be adjusted to suit the requirements of the client.
The penetration of the micro-needles into the epidermal layer of the skin creates numerous micro-injuries, stimulating the fibroblast cells to increase collagen production. Although results are visible within 10 days, the actual result only becomes apparent after approximately 90 days, since it takes around 3 months for the newly produced collagen fibres to mature. Upon maturation, these fibres shrink slightly, thereby creating the firmer, plumper appearance.
When compared to other anti-ageing treatments such as filler injections, the advantage of the Collagen Induction Pen treatment is that it activates the skin’s own self-repair mechanism, rather than having a foreign substance injected into the skin.
Depending on the depth of treatment selected, the after-effect is similar to mild-to-moderate sunburn. With the correct after-care products, the ‘down-time’ is limited to 6-12 hours. During this time, it is important to avoid the outdoors. Make-up application is permitted after 12 hours.