Collagen Induction Therapy (CID) starts by using Microneedling to create micro-wounds in the dermis. These channels allow Hyaluronic Acid or our bodies own PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to be driven deep into the skin. This process increases the skins ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3000%. The micro-wounds trigger the body to produce new collagen and elastin. The results are improved skin texture and a reduced appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scars.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Micro needling treatment uses a hand held needle pen to create controlled depth micro-injuries to the skin. This stimulates the skin's natural repair process to produce collagen and elastin.
What is RF Microneedling?
Fractional RF microneedling is the most promising new technology for aesthetic treatments, combining two methods previously used individually for skin rejuvenation into a more clinically effective procedure. This new treatment can offer similar results to ablative laser methods, but with significantly less discomfort and downtime. It has shown great improvement in skin tightening, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, acne and acne scars, both on and off the face. Here is a brief look into the 4 biggest advantages this exciting treatment holds over its previous counterparts.
1. IT’S SAFE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
While older RF devices were mostly ineffective, fractional RF Microneedling uses the technology to its full potential by bypassing the epidermis before delivering the RF energy, allowing for the delivery of powerful and intense heat into the deeper layers of skin, causing tens of thousands of fractional electrocoagulation zones in the dermis which facilitates a natural wound healing process. This technology works differently than laser, as it uses tissue resistance within various layers of the skin to transform RF energy into thermal energy. This then causes collagen contraction and stimulates new collagen production. The advantage to RF over laser is that it should be safe for all skin types since no light is emitted into the skin to stimulate melanin directly.
2. IT CAN TREAT ACNE
The limitation of fractional lasers for treating acne and acne scarring has been the risk of hyperpigmentation, particularly in darker Fitzpatrick skin types. RF energy is not specifically absorbed by melanin like that of a light laser, which decreases the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The energy is delivered by insulated needles at precise depths, further reducing risk at the top layer of skin. This makes fractionated RF an attractive alternative modality for treating acne scarring.
3. IT’S BETTER AT TIGHTENING THE SKIN
Both RF microneedling and fractional lasers have been shown to stimulate collagen production which will help decrease wrinkling and help tighten the skin, but RF produces precise heat which has the added advantage of increasing elastin density which can aid in more dramatic skin tightening.
4. IT CAN BE USED ON THE NECK & BODY
A major advantage of RF microneedling over ablative laser resurfacing is that by adjusting needle depth and energy levels, it can be done in areas other than the face. Many clinical studies have shown effective results from fractional RF microneedling in the treatment of mild to moderate laxity of the lower face, neck and body. Laser resurfacing is not indicated for the neck and body due to the risk of scarring in non-facial tissue.
WHAT IS PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma is the part of your blood that helps to clot a cut. These little "power houses" release proteins called growth factors which stimulate new collagen.
We take your blood and spin it in a centrifuge, which enables the separation of the blood cells from your plasma and platelets. This is then re-injected into the skin to stimulate collagen and new skin cells. PRP harnesses the beneficial functions of the patients own platelets and therefore there is no risk of allergy or rejection of the treatment. The combination of PRP and Microneedling is also called the Vampire Facial™.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Anyone that wants to improve skin irregularities and look younger.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
A single procedure will make a nice change but a series of 3-6 treatments is ideal for optional results.
HOW MUCH DOWNTIME WILL I EXPERIENCE?
The majority of patients skin will be red and flushed for 12-24 hours.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Within 2 weeks you will start to see change that will continue for 3 months.
- Mild to Moderate Acne scarring Fine Lines and Wrinkles (great for around the mouth and crows feet)
- Loose & Lax Skin
- Skin Tone and Texture
- Pore Size
- Sun Damaged Skin
- Superficial Pigmentation
- Surgical Scars
- Stretch Marks
- Hair Loss
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