Background: Skin laxity, rhytides, and photoaging are generally treated by ablative procedures that injure or destroy the epidermis and its basement membrane, at least in the beginning, and subsequently lead to fibrosis of the papillary dermis. The ideal treatment would be to preserve the epidermis and promote normal collagen and elastin formation in the dermis. Percutaneous collagen induction takes us closer to this ideal.
Methods: The authors performed a retrospective analysis of 480 patients in South Africa and Germany with fine wrinkles, lax skin, scarring, and stretch marks treated with percutaneous collagen induction to produce tighter, smoother skin. Most patients had only one treatment, but some have had as many as four treatments.
Results: On average, patients in Germany rated their improvement between 60 and 80 percent better than before the treatment. Histologic examination was carried out in 20 patients and showed a considerable increase in collagen and elastin deposition at 6 months postoperatively. The epidermis demonstrated 40 percent thickening of stratum spinosum and normal rete ridges at 1 year postoperatively.
Conclusions: Percutaneous collagen induction was started in 1997 and has proved to be a simple and fast method for safely treating wrinkles and scars. As opposed to ablative laser treatments, the epidermis remains intact and is not damaged. For this reason, the procedure can be repeated safely and is also suited to regions where laser treatments and deep peels cannot be performed.
Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Q: Is it painful?
A: Most people describe the sensation as more of a vibration and find the entire process not only tolerable but comfortable as well. To ensure patient comfort, we apply a topical numbing creme as well.
Q: How many treatments will I need?:
A: The number of treatments depends on the desired results, however, results will be seen with just one treatment and can last anywhere from 7 to 10 years.
Q: What should I avoid prior to my procedure and directly thereafter?
A: Retin A and strong Alpha Hydroxy Acids and other harsh products should be stopped and avoided one week prior to your appointment. Facial waxing should not be done within 4 days of your appointment and any facial fillers such as Juvaderm, Botox, Fat Transfer Injections and chemical peels should not be done less than 30 days before and 30 days after a Collagen Rejuvenation Treatment. Should you have any questions regarding what to avoid prior to your treatment, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
When I heard about Collagen Rejuvenation Therapy I was skeptical about yet another "cure" for wrinkles. But because of a medical condition, I was not a good candidate for Botox or Cosmetic fillers, I decided to give it a try. I am SO glad I did! The treatment was so simple and painless and I was able to resume my normal activities the very next day. By day 3 there wasn't a trace of pinkness left. Because you don't peel, I didn't have to worry about being in the sun afterwards-I just used my regular sunscreen SPF 30, a little makeup and I was out the door! Being outside alot, this was an important aspect to my deciding to do this or not because I could not afford to hide at home for weeks to heal like other procedures I looked into such as chemical peels or laser treatments.
It's now been 9 weeks since my treatment and I have been noticing great results! My skin is much smoother, my large pores have all but disappeared and my "smile" lines and crows feet have softened considerably as promised. My skin continues to look better everyday and even people at work are noticing how youthful my skin is looking! The best part is the results last for years not months!
Kristin was very professional, uses all brand new sterile materials and opened everything right in front of me which really put my mind at ease as did all her qualifications and credentials. She really listened to my concerns before designing a treatment plan to address my specific needs and made herself available to answer my questions days after the procedure as well.
My only complaint is that I wish I'd have known about this treatment sooner-oh the thousands of dollars I could have saved on all those useless wrinkle cremes I have bought over the years. I would recommend Stella Bella and this treatment to any woman who wants real and natural results with very little healing time.