Collagen Induction Therapy
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a treatment that involves using a small handheld device to puncture very tiny holes in the surface of the skin.
Microneedling treatment in Toronto has gained popularity in recent years and has established a strong reputation as a safe and effective means to repair and rejuvenate the skin. The treatment has been around for many years, but has been in the spotlight in recent years due to the attention garnered by celebrities endorsing the treatment.
During the treatment, a handheld device with tiny, shallow needles is gently rolled across the skin. These needles create controlled micro-punctures in the skin’s surface that trigger the body’s natural healing process. As a result, the skin goes into repair and regeneration mode. It may seem daunting to imagine so many tiny punctures in the skin. However, the very short needles are typically only 1.5 mm in length or less. In the right hands, the procedure is virtually painless, producing dramatic results.
Reversing Signs of Aging
One of the main benefits of microneedling treatment in Toronto is its ability to naturally stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, which is the key to reversing the visible signs of aging. Since facial wrinkles, sun damage, and aging skin are primarily caused by collagen and elastin depletion, this ability results in a reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. Furthermore, since collagen and elastin cause the thin to thicken, thinning of the skin, which contributes to an aged appearance, is also reduced.
Toronto microneedling is also an extremely effective means of reducing the appearance of scars. The treatment works by breaking down old scar tissue and stimulating the skin cells to multiply by triggering the body’s natural wound-healing process. The tiny holes made in the skin cause “micro-injuries”, which in turn prompt collagen production in the skin. Collagen production helps fill in fine lines and wrinkles as well as plump the skin for a fresher and younger look. By promoting collagen production, micro-needling can also help fade acne scars and reduce pore size, leaving the skin looking more refreshed.
Within days of undergoing the treatment, the skin is noticeably smoother and begins to plump, thereby reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Improve the Appearance of Scars
Microneedling is a very safe technology, particularly for people with dark skin who face a higher risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation using other skin treatments. Since this treatment uses the body’s own natural healing process to tighten and smooth the skin, it produces long-lasting and natural-looking results.
Microneedling has been used to improve the appearance of scars for many years. Micro-needling treatment in Toronto has proven to be an effective means of fading or even repairing most types of scarring except for keloid scars, which typically extend beyond the surface of the skin and react poorly to collagen induction therapy.
Scar tissue is comprised of an abnormal formation of collagen fibres. The micro needles, set on stamp, pen, or roller, are used to puncture the skin’s surface during the treatment, breaking up the collagen bundles and stimulating neovascularisation in the superficial layer of the skin. By promoting collagen and elastin production, the skin is able to form new capillaries and generate new skin cells. This process promotes healthy skin while transforming the appearance of scars and wrinkles.
Reverse Sun Damage
The ability of microneedling to stimulate collagen growth can also help reverse sun damage and pigmentation issues such as the hyperpigmentation often associated with melasma. Micro needling works by breaking up melanin in the skin, thereby allowing it to be absorbed into the body. As this occurs, the appearance of brown spots and pigmentation are reduced.
By stimulating collagen production in and around the pores, the pores begin to plump and appear shrunken or closed. As a result, the skin appears smoother and more even in tone.
Another surprising benefit of micro-needling is that it aids in the absorption of skincare products. The tiny holes in the skin can’t be seen with the naked eye, but they act as very effective channels for the product to penetrate the skin as deeply as possible. This ensures that you reap the full benefits of your skincare products.
Following the treatment, the practitioner typically applies nourishing serums and hyaluronic acid directly to the skin, which will be absorbed more effectively for optimal results.
Microneedling in Toronto
For people considering microneedling treatment in Toronto, it is helpful to know that it is not a treatment exclusive to the face. Many other areas of the body with stretch marks or acne scars can also be effectively treated. Other common body parts that can benefit from resurfacing with microneedling treatment are the chest, back, abdomen, and buttocks.
An added benefit is that because the process uses the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, the results are very natural-looking. Patients who undergo micro needling typically look like a younger, healthier version of themselves. The needles stimulate revascularization of the area treated, which is especially helpful for scar tissue. Neocollagenesis refers to the stimulation of new fibroblasts and collagen deposits to the area as a result of healing. A fibronectin layer will have formed after 5 days, and skin tightening begins and continues after treatment for more than a year.
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Procedure Side Effects
Patients’ Experience and Comfort at the Forefront
If a skilled practitioner provides the treatment, it is very rare to experience any side effects following micro-needling. Some patients report mild discomfort similar to a sunburn after microneedling. This can be expected to resolve within a few hours, though a little redness can remain for a day or two. Noticing slight redness and mild swelling within the first 24 to 48 hours is not a cause for alarm, as it will dissipate quickly.
After the first 24 to 48 hours, the majority of the skin is healed and patients are typically able to resume their regular activities. But they are advised to avoid alcohol-based cleansers or retinol products for 2 weeks.
It is recommended that patients refrain from applying makeup for 24 to 72 hours following the procedure. To maintain results, it is also important to use a high-quality, mineral-based, broad-spectrum sunblock with SPF 25 or higher for the first few days after the procedure. It may be beneficial to incorporate this into the daily skincare routine as a means to protect the skin from sun damage and premature aging.
Many people are daunted by the idea that microneedling treatment will be painful. For people receiving microneedling treatment in Toronto, Dr. Torgerson puts patients’ experience and comfort at the forefront. To minimize discomfort, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the treatment area prior to the treatment. For patients who are particularly sensitive to pain, additional pain remedies are also available.
Since the treatment takes plan in a sterile, clinical setting and the micro-injuries close quickly, the risk of post-treatment infections is very low.
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Patient’s Unique Needs
Typically following the treatment, skin is noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. However, many patients need more than one treatment to see a dramatic improvement in their skin. The most drastic improvements in skin tone and texture are normally seen after completing 2 or 3 treatments.
Each micro-needling treatment is customized to the patient’s unique needs. Following a consultation, the number of treatments to treat your specific concerns while keeping your health and comfort at the forefront will be determined.
Typically, microneedling can be safely repeated every 4 to 6 weeks, as required. Collagen induction generally requires a minimum of 3 treatments, while scar reduction treatment usually requires between 3 and 6 treatments.
Since micro needling treatment penetrates only the superficial layer of the skin, it is generally safe and effective to use on all skin types and colours. However, the treatment is not typically suitable for people who:
- Have used medication such as Accutane within the previous 3 months
- Have had radiation skin treatment within the preceding year
- Have skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis
- Are pregnant
- Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars
- Have active severe cystic acne
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