Collagen induction therapy (CIT) is a form of skincare treatment designed to revitalize the skin. It is more commonly known as micro-needling because the process involves the use of small needles to stimulate natural maintenance processes within the body, which in turn strengthen skin cells. If you are wondering if you should try micro needling to treat your own skin problems then there are several things you should know about the process before you make that decision.
Microneedling and Dermaroller Treatment are Not Always the Same
Dermaroller is another common term associated with the collagen induction therapy process. However, Dermaroller is only one form of micro needling. The Dermaroller devices is a roller, which is studded with microneedles of the desired length. It is a popular form of micro needling therapy used to treat larger sections of skin. But pen and stamp-like devices are also available to treat smaller areas. So, if you don’t happen to be a candidate for Dermaroller specifically, you may still be able to use some form of micro-needling therapy to improve your skin health.
Microneedling Compared to a Laser Treatment
Microneedling treatments can cause a couple of different things to happen within your body. For many years skin clinics used medical lasers to treat patients with skin imperfections with treatments such as micro-needling which damages the skin cells, they can do just enough damage to your cells to convince your body that it needs to fix itself. Then your body will make more of its own natural collagen, which is a substance that helps to keep skin cells strong and tight. Also like some forms of laser therapy, micro-needling can create access points through one or more skin layers, allowing topical creams to be absorbed faster. That is why micro-needling procedures are often accompanied by the application of creams which boost collagen.
Although there are similarities in their results, micro-needling also differs from laser treatment in several ways. For example, lasers produce quite a bit of heat, which is an issue you will not experience if you go in for micro-needling treatment. Therefore, if you suffer from oily skin, you may still be able to have micro-needling therapy even if you are deemed a poor candidate for treatment with laser devices.
Conditions Which Microneedling Devices Can Treat
Microneedling is commonly used to treat people suffering from acne or other scar tissue. The process triggers better collagen distribution, often lightening the appearance of scars. Since collagen induction therapy also encourages more collagen production within the body, it is also often used as a general treatment to improve the appearance of wrinkles and other blemishes or generally revitalize the skin.
The Microneedling Tool
Obviously, using needles to puncture your skin may sound painful, but you shouldn’t worry too much. If you have micro needling performed in a skincare clinic then the clinician will carefully numb the treatment area before the process is ever begun. You may feel some discomfort during the procedure, but it should be minimal. The exact level of discomfort you experience may depend on the sizes of the needles used. Microneedle sizes vary based on the thickness of the skin in the area to be treated.
After Your Microneedling Appointment
You must keep your skin protected after your microneedling appointment. It can easily become infected after the procedure due to the holes created by the needles. So, be sure to follow any instructions given by your clinician after you go home. He or she is likely to provide you with a medicated cream to help stave off infection while your skin heals.
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