Natural Aesthetics using Collagen-Induction Anti-Aging Therapy
Collagen Induction therapy has been around since the 1990s, and is an aesthetics procedure that only takes 30-45 minutes and usually requires 2 treatments. It is a completely natural procedure that uses your own blood components to stimulate collagen growth under the skin of the face, neck and chest.
This procedure uses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), which is collected from a blood draw. Your own blood is drawn, centrifuged and carefully collected and processed. The platelet rich layer contains many growth factors, such as PDGF, IGF-1, EGF, and TGF-?. These factors are responsible for tissue healing by attracting and activating macrophages, fibroblasts, and endothelial cells, essentially stimulating cell growth, and collagen and elastin production, all of which is slowly lost during aging. These compounds are released by platelets in the blood and are responsible for healing when trauma is experienced at the skin, so it makes sense to concentrate these great healing compounds and place them under the skin.
Once the PRP is properly processed, it can be injected into the skin with a small needle. Placing it within the dermis, or the first layer of skin, gives the best results. This procedure is much like Prolotherapy, in that the procedure stimulates your own body to repair collagen that has been broken down by the aging process.
This procedure can be used in one of two ways: either as a facial using the micro-needling pen, or by facelift using a needle or cannula to place the PRP under the skin. The later procedure has been affectionately named The Vampire Facelift. When used together this coupled procedure can give dramatic results by diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, but most dramatically in situations of acne scaring. The micro-needling causes tiny punctures in the skin forcing concentrated growth factors and platelets into the dermis. This procedure, when done once a month for 1-3 sessions, can give great results and is completely safe and natural.
When doing the facelift procedure, the PRP can be transformed into a filler-like substance, using only natural ingredients as well as your own plasma and placed in the skin for a volume enhancing effect. As we age, we lose volume in our cheeks, giving a flattened appearance. Replacing volume not only improves the shape, giving a more youthful look, but it also is stimulating collagen growth, which over time improves the skin texture, color and firmness.
Used in conjunction with a good diet, anti-aging regimen of hormone replacement, IV therapies, stress reduction and naturopathic medicine, patients can have vibrant, beautiful skin. A topical anesthetic is used before the procedure is done to minimize discomfort. This is a great alternative for patients that want a more natural way to reverse aging without toxins or dermal fillers. If you would like more information, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Contributed by Dr. Michelle McConnell