With each passing year, your body experiences a steady decline in the production of collagen--connective fibers that provide firmness to the skin. The decrease in collagen causes the skin to lose elastin. The loss of collagen and elastin takes a toll on the appearance of your skin, eventually leading to fine lines, wrinkles and folds. Many treatments are available to combat this natural part of aging. One option is skin needling.
More commonly referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy, or CIT, skin needling is a cosmetic procedure where a device containing a series of micro-needles is rolled over the skin. Treated areas sustain small puncture wounds that penetrate deep into the dermis, the layer just under the surface of the skin. These wounds stimulate the body's natural healing process, explains Renewal MD Anti-Aging Medical Clinic.
The healing process causes the formation of new blood vessels and subsequently better blood flow throughout the treated areas of the dermis. And according to the American Academy of Aesthetics Wellness Centers, this blood flow encourages the migration of fibroblasts, a type of cell that makes collagen proteins. Over time, the treated areas see an increase in collagen, which should add firmness to the skin. With the added collagen, the body can then produce more elastin, lending to better elasticity.
Aesthetic surgeons, like those at the American Medical Aesthetics Wellness Centers or Dr. Frank P. Fechner of Massachusetts, claim that the increased production of collagen and elastin can improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. CIT may also be of benefit to reducing acne scars, sun damage and stretch marks.
Results are not instantaneous. It can take anywhere between three to six months to see results.
Home needling kits are available, but CIT should only be administered by a trained professional. Doing this cosmetic procedure on your own could lead to infections, scarring and other damage to treated areas of the skin. It's also best to consult with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon before going through collagen induction therapy. Either of these medical professionals may recommend a different form of treatment to reduce the signs of lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, soft tissue fillers and cosmetic surgery.