Collagen Induction Therapy

Collagen Stimulation Therapy or Collagen Induction Therapy

Annie offers Collagen Stimulation Therapy (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, Dermaroller®, Dermapen®, Dermastamp® and EDS®). This optimizes the body’s own healing processes to rejuvenate and tighten skin, reduce pore size and evidence of scarring, resulting in skin radiance and delivering long-term results.

Are you a candidate for Dermaroller / Collagen Induction Therapy?

You are a candidate for Collagen Induction Therapy if you suffer from scarring caused by acne and possibly surgery, stretch marks, or you are a smoker, have sun-damaged skin, or you are looking for a general anti-ageing treatment to improve skin tightness, texture and radiance.

Collagen Induction Therapy tightens the skin, improves radiance, reduces pore size, improves elasticity and firmness of the skin, reduces fine lines, and can also improve pigmentation.  

What is Collagen Stimulation Therapy?

As we age, many things happen in the skin to contribute to the appearance of aged skin.  There are multiple treatments available to combat these, all with the aim of improving the appearance of the skin (diminishing fine lines, reducing pore size, improving skin texture and reducing ‘crepey’ skin), and stimulating collagen production, which together with elastin, gives the firmness and ‘bounce’ characteristic of younger skin.

Collagen Stimulation Therapy / Dermaroller® / EDS® works by delivering a measured degree of trauma to the upper layers of the skin, encouraging growth factors to be released, which in turn stimulates collagen production as part of the healing process.  

The aim is to achieve a balance between ensuring the treatment is aggressive enough to achieve a clinical response, but without overdoing it!  The results tend to be slow to develop because Collagen grows relatively slowly in the body.  Therefore, Annie would advise you not to expect quick results.   Typically, a course of three or more treatments is required, spaced about six weeks apart.

Annie uses the latest EDS® (E derma-stamp system by Aestheticare) electronic needling device, an innovative advance on the old roller systems, which currently still has a place in treating some areas of the body.  However, for the face, EDS® is state-of-the-art in effective collagen stimulation.

Does it hurt?

Clients report less discomfort with the EDS system than with the original Dermaroller, despite the fact that the device delivers a more intense treatment that is tailored to obtain optimum results in different areas of the face.  

Annie says, “Typically people are booking a course of treatment when they see the results in their friends and family.”

Treatment includes needling serum appropriate to the skin conditions being treated, and an aftercare package and deep hydrating mask for anti-ageing treatments.

Is Collagen Induction Therapy safe for you?

Be very careful when selecting your choice of Collagen Induction Therapy.  This is an area where there are many cheap and counterfeit products and problems can occur when non-sterile devices are used, or worse, re-used.  For every EDS® / Dermaroller treatment you book with Skin and Face Clinics, a brand new, sterile needle head or roller will be used.  It will be disposed of as contaminated waste after your treatment and will NEVER be re-used for subsequent treatments on you or anyone else!  If in doubt, always ask your practitioner to open the sterile package in front of you on each occasion you have the treatment.

In Annie’s experience, Collagen Induction Therapy is, however, safe for most people.  Skin and Face Clinics Limited tends not to treat people with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.  However, people are reviewed on an individual basis and those with certain other types of skin conditions may still be eligible for treatment.  If you would like more information on this, please arrange a free consultation!

It cannot be emphasised enough that you should only be treated by someone who is medically qualified, who is able to understand how the treatment may affect your general health and any medical conditions you may have or medicines you are taking.

In your treatment consultation, the sort of information you should be asked is confidential as it may be information you do not want other people to know about you.  

If the person administering your Collagen Induction Therapy treatment is not asking you these types of questions you should ask yourself why not, and consider finding another practitioner who will put your safety first.

For more information about how you can make sure you are being treated by an experienced practitioner, please follow the link on this website to the ‘Why Us?’ section.

Treatment Options

Anti-Ageing and Pore Size Reduction

As your skin ages, the amount of collagen in your skin reduces and it loses its elasticity.  A reduction in collagen results in changes in the pores and texture of the skin, and can also cause the appearance of fine lines that can deepen over time.  

There are several tactics you can use to stimulate increased collagen; light-based sources such as laser and IPL, or an alternative method is to use micro-needling which means you punch 1000s of tiny holes through the skin’s surface, causing a degree of trauma, which then results in a wound-healing response which produces new collagen.  

Acne Scarring

Scar tissue is made up of highly organised tough fibres, or ‘tough collagen’, so the aim is to physically break up the scar tissue and cause new collagen to form which is not as fibrous and tough.  This helps to lift the scar and improve its texture and appearance.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are, as the name implies, the result of over-stretching of the skin, often during pregnancy but also during periods of rapid growth such as during the teenage years or as a result of weight gain.  The skin stretches so rapidly that the body does not keep pace by producing sufficient collagen and elastin and the result is that the structure of the skin is disrupted and tears leaving the characteristic marks.  Initially stretch marks appear red and usually fade through purple to silver.  Skin that has been over stretched lacks the structural support of normal skin and as well as the marks themselves skin can appear saggy.    The treatment for this is to stimulate the skin to produce more collagen in that area, to make it stronger, firmer, and create more elasticity.  This leads to an improvement in the appearance of stretch marks.

Skin Improvement/Radiance/Tightening

Skin Radiance is achieved with Collagen Stimulation Therapy, chemical peels, or active cosmeceutical treatments.

Special Note:

With all of the above treatments, you are relying on a good biological response so the exact outcome for each individual cannot be guaranteed.  However, our treatment regimens are designed to maximize the potential for effective treatment and the improvements for some individuals can be dramatic.