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Our last article was dedicated to exploring how Venus Viva—a skin resurfacing treatment used to treat enlarged pores, deep wrinkles, uneven texture, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, rosacea, surgery scars, loose skin (around neck and jaw), sun damage, and freckles—achieves its stellar results! Venus Viva is only one medical-grade, skin treatment device from Viva Concept. Our second-to-last article was dedicated to exploring the usage of Venus Legacy and Venus Bliss—two non-invasive lipolysis devices—to treat areas of cellulite. All three devices utilize nanofractional radio frequency (RF), electromagnetic field pulsation, and laser diodes to various effects. All three devices are safe and approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. We explained exactly how each device works, as well as what you can expect from your first appointment. We also provided an overview of any potential side-effects, how often to schedule your sessions, and when you’re likely to start seeing results. If you want smooth, even-toned and have reached your wits end applying topical creams and serums, it’s time to give Venus devices a try! Coastal Laser and Aesthetic offers these three Venus treatments, applied by licensed professionals. Schedule your consultation today!

Today, turn our attention to collagen induction therapy, one of the many services we offer at Coastal Laser. Collagen is an important protein produced by the body. Collagen resides in our skin, our joints, our connective tissues, and our hair. It’s responsible for the plump, smooth appearance of our youth. As we age, our bodies begin to produce less and less collagen. This decrease in collagen production contributes to the major signs of aging: loss of facial fullness, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Collagen induction therapy serves to reinvigorate our collagen production and replenish our collagen stores, resulting in a more youthful appearance. How does collagen induction therapy work? Is collagen induction therapy safe? How effective is collagen induction therapy? When will you see results? Are there any potential side effects? As always, we’ll answer all of your questions and more! It’s the perfect time of the year to invest in yourself and look your best. We hope this Valentine’s Day, you’ll give collagen induction therapy a try! 

What is collagen induction therapy?

Collagen induction therapy, also known as CIT, is performed at Coastal Laser and Aesthetics using the Eclipse MicroPen® EVO—a microneedling device. We’ve written about microneedling on this blog before. Microneedling, also known as percutaneous collagen induction therapy, works by inducing the skin into a process called dermal remodeling. Using microscopic needles (think: the size of a hair, not the size of a sewing needle), tiny punctures are placed in the skin. These “micro-injuries,” like any injury, must be healed. Therefore, the body sends blood to the affected area and ramps up collagen production to assist the skin in rebuilding what’s been damaged. At this point, your skin enters repair mode. The epidermis becomes thicker and tauter, while the dermis fills with fresh collagen. 

The Eclipse MicroPen® EVO uses medical-grade, 32 BWG, stainless steel needles, which have a diameter as small as nine strands of hair held together. The device is battery operated and the needles vibrate to aid with increasing collagen production. Your medical provider will determine the puncture rate and how deeply the needles extend into your dermis, based on your aesthetic goals. Microneedling can be done almost anywhere on the body, but the Eclipse MicroPen® EVO works best on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, and hands. This form of collagen induction therapy can be used to treat wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, scars, and more. 

Is collagen induction therapy safe? 

The Eclipse MicroPen® EVO was approved by the FDA for treatment of facial acne scars in 2021. According to a study published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: An International Journal of Surgical Reconstruction in 2018, “microneedling [is] a safe and effective therapeutic option for the treatment of scars and wrinkles.” While CIT is minimally invasive, it is still invasive. It’s not recommended for those who are not in good health, have a compromised immune system, or are pregnant. If you are using certain acne medications–such as prescription retinoids and oral isotretinoin—then you should not undergo a microneedling procedure. Likewise, if you’ve been taking blood thinners (including NSAIDs, certain supplements, alcohol, tobacco), you should discontinue these at least a week prior to your treatment. If you have a blood-thinning condition, discuss this with your medical provider beforehand. If you’ve had radiation therapy in the months prior to your microneedling appointment, discuss this with your medical provider, as well. Microneedling is safe for all skin tones and is less harsh on the skin than chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or laser treatments. 

How effective is collagen induction therapy? 

According to a 2017 study published in the Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology journal, the advantages of microneedling include (but are not limited to), “the good tolerability of treatment among patients, increased transdermal delivery of drugs, and practicality of use in skin of color… Overall, [microneedling] offers a simple yet cost-effective therapeutic modality with minimal adverse events and a promising safety profile. According to another study, microneedling was found to reduce burn scars by up to 80%. The same study found that microneedling corresponded to a “significant increase in level of collagen type I, III, and VII, newly synthesized collagen and tropoelastin from baseline… This percutaneous collagen induction leads to an overall youthful appearance of the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing pore size, more suppleness, and elasticity.”

When will you see results? 

The wound-healing process does take time, but you can expect to start seeing results after a few weeks (3~4). The full extent of your microneedling session will not fully manifest for a few months. You should schedule your collagen induction therapy sessions with enough time in between for your skin to recover, which should be about once a month or once every six weeks. Your medical provider might recommend more frequent sessions if you respond to treatment well and have lofty aesthetic goals. Between four to six sessions are necessary to see significant improvement concerning burns and scars. However, one or two sessions is enough to see significant improvement in skin texture, tone, and elasticity. 

What will your first treatment session be like?

Most practitioners begin by applying a cooling, numbing cream to the treatment area. A session with the Eclipse MicroPen® EVO can last anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes, depending on the size of your treatment area. The feeling of the pen is a bit like being lightly rubbed with sandpaper. 

Are there any side effects?

Microneedling for collagen induction does pose a risk of irritating existing skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis. If you have a genetic predisposition to scarring easily, microneedling might not be the best method through which to induce collagen regeneration. After your appointment, you’ll notice residual redness. This will dissipate two to four days after treatment. You may or may not experience bruising and swelling. In the hours following your treatment, you should try to relax. Avoid strenuous activity, sweating, and the sun. After four or five hours, you should be good to return to your regularly scheduled activities. When you achieve your desired results, they can be maintained with a single treatment per year. 

Call us if you need any more information about the Eclipse MicroPen® EVO. If you’d like to schedule a collagen induction therapy appointment, you can do so through our website. We also offer skin resurfacing treatments, laser hair removal, chemical peels, Botox, dermal fillers, IPL photofacials, and more! Beautiful, radiant skin begins with a strong foundation of skincare fundamentals and a set of trusted skincare professionals. You can book your free consultation, read up on our services, and browse our active promotions all on our site! Until next time—thank you for reading!