Collagen Induction Therapy for Younger-Looking Skin: Your Micro-needling Questions Answered

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What is micro-needling as skincare treatment?

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) also known as micro-needling, is a skin treatment that stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself. Micro-needling uses tiny sharp needles to create hundreds of micro-channels in your skin.

In response to these micro injuries, your body releases growth factors and cytokines, which trigger the wound healing process. During this process, the body produces more collagen and elastin, essential components of your skin that contribute to its structural integrity and elasticity. This revitalizes the natural structure of your skin, resulting in firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin with a healthy, even glow.

What is the device called the Skin Pen?

The micro-needling device we use is called the Skin Pen because it is shaped like a pen, but that’s where the similarity ends.

The device allows a medical professional to safely use a cartridge with 12 tiny surgical-grade needles, which makes microscopic punctures in the skin’s surface. The applicator is automated for precise, safe control. Each cartridge is only used once per person for each treatment — and discarded afterward.

What is a treatment like?

We gently clean the area of the skin being treated, and apply a numbing cream. You relax for about 20 minutes and the numbing cream is washed off before your procedure. Most patients find the treatments non-painful, as the numbing cream ensures your comfort. Some patients experience a mild sensation on the skin, mostly notably the vibration of the device as it glides over the skin. Micro-needling of your face takes approximately 30 minutes.

How soon will you see results?

There is some redness immediately after the treatment, which naturally begins to reduce within hours. A post-procedure skin care formula helps calm and nourish the skin for its natural repair and remodeling process.

The results continue to improve over time. As increased elastin and collagen form, you see a softer, smoother, more even complexion, reduced fine lines and wrinkles. Scars and stretch marks are also reduced as new collagen and elastin remodel the skin. Some patients see the greatest improvement starting from 2-4 weeks after beginning treatments. Those who are familiar with Skin Pen notice their skin continues to improve over time for up to 3-6 months after the last treatment.

What skin conditions can it improve?

Skin Pen is ideal for people with skin damage due to sun exposure, acne, or stretch marks.

Micro-needling benefits skin health by reducing

  • Age spots
  • Mild to moderate acne scars
  • Large pores
  • Hyperpigmentation (unusual uneven complexion)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stretch marks

Benefits include:

  • Revitalizing your skin
  • Healthier younger skin
  • Improved skin appearance
  • New collagen to reverse years of sun damage

Where on the body can micro-needling be performed?

The procedure is an excellent treatment for the face, neck and décolletage. Unlike photo laser peels or chemical peels, micro-needling causes little if any peeling or sloughing of the skin. It can also be used on the arms, hands, legs, back, and abdomen.

Is there any downtime?

Each person’s experience will vary. Usually the treated areas are “pink “ to “light red” after the procedure. This usually quickly resolves over the first 24 hours, some patients may see redness for up to 48 hours.

We use Skinfuse post procedural skin care products that help reduce downtime. It is clinically proven to augment micro-needling’s ability to increase collagen and elastin, enhancing your results.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of recommended treatments will depend on the condition of the skin you want to improve.

For example, a treatment for mild scarring may need a series of 3 treatments about 4 weeks apart.

We work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your goals. Our aim is to plan only the treatments you need to give you the optimal results and help you maintain them.

Got more questions?

You can schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Betty Keller by calling the Optimal Wellness Center at 201-485-7930, or make your appointment online.

Visit or Skin Pen page on our website to see before-and-after photos and more information: See the Skin Pen at the Optimal Wellness Center.

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