Collagen induction therapy is the treatment in which aesthetician creates tiny punctures/injures in the skin using microneedles (from 0.5 to 2 millimeters in diameter). This triggers the body's wound healing process, stimulating collagen and elastin production. Once punctures are being made, products applied topically are able to penetrate deeper into the skin in order to work more effectively. The procedure can help smooth lines and wrinkles, even skin tone (including stubborn melasma), refine pores, tighten skin, and fade scars and stretch marks. Though it’s mostly used on the face, neck, chest, and hands, microneedling can be used all over the body.
Microneedling can also be combined with topical platelet-reach plasma that’s derived from your own blood. Blood mainly consists of a liquid called plasma and contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets play an important role in clotting blood, but they also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are commonly used by medical professionals to heal injuries. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is plasma that contains more platelets than what is typically found in your blood. PRP encourages your cells to regenerate, so you’ll also get a bigger boost of collagen.