What Is “Collagen Induction Therapy” (Or “Microneedling”)?

Have you ever been talking to someone about collagen and they bring up something called “collagen induction therapy” or “microneedling”? 

Whether you have or not, let me explain what this process is, who it’s for, and how it works. That way, next time it’s brought up, you can say you already know all about it!

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure often carried out by dermatologists in an attempt to naturally stimulate collagen production in the skin, helping to reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, stretch marks, or other blemishes. 

This is done by pricking the skin with small, sterilized needles. The idea is that by using these needles to damage the skin, your body will repair the area with new, collagen-rich skin. 

To help you better understand this procedure, let’s go over a few things.

Fast facts about microneedling

Safety

  • Microneedling isn’t very invasive and doesn’t usually require much recovery time.
  • It’s considered safe for most people.
  • However, those who have active acne, are on acne medication, or are suffering from a condition like psoriasis or eczema should avoid the procedure. [1]
  • Minor redness and irritation may occur for a few days following the procedure. 

Convenience 

  • Generally speaking, from start to finish, each session lasts about two hours.
  • It’s best to see a board certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon, cosmetic surgeon, or a supervised aesthetician for this procedure for best results.
  • For best results, you will also need multiple treatments. 

Cost

  • Microneedling can cost anywhere from $200 to $800 per session. 
  • Considering you may need several sessions to start seeing results, this could run into the thousands.
  • It’s typically not covered by insurance.

Efficacy

  • Microneedling has been found to be somewhat effective in treating scarring related to acne, scars, stretch marks, and maturing skin. [2, 3, 4, 5]
  • Skin may become brighter and firmer as well.
  • Ideal results can be noticed after multiple sessions, however it may require long-term maintenance for consistent results.

Should you do it?

Microneedling has been found to be effective in facial treatments when consistently done, and there has been research showing that they can be effective in other areas of the body, such as stretch marks on the thighs and stomach. [6

Whether or not you should try microneedling is up to you. A numbing agent is typically applied, so you don’t feel the pricking of the needles on your face or body. 

However, side effects like bleeding, bruising, infection, or peeling are not unheard of and should be taken into consideration. 

You also need to factor in the hefty cost and the regular visits to the clinic. This could bring you into the tens of thousands over a single year.

Complete Collagen Plus

Personally, I prefer another way…

I don’t love the idea of having a bunch of needles poked into my face. I understand the idea of it – to promote the creation of collagen – however, I’d prefer to just send more collagen into my body. 

You can do this with Complete Collagen Plus. The collagen peptides are protected by lipid molecules – micelles and liposomes – so you can trust that they’re actually making it into your system fully intact.

Not only can you pump up your collagen levels from the comfort of your own home, you can do it at a fraction of the cost you’d pay for microneedling, and it tastes amazing!

And when you ingest collagen, you get to send it to other parts of your body that may need it, like your bones, joints, and hair.

Complete Collagen Plus also contains other nutrients and compounds that even further support your health!

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