Inside the latest collagen treatment
You may not have heard of Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI) Therapy, but it's a treatment which is about to become popular. Also known as skin needling, it's used to treat problems such as wrinkles and scars and is viewed as an alternative to laser.
So how it does it work? Dr Martin Kinsella specialises in this area and has several clinics across the UK, as well as one in Majorca, Spain. He explains what a session of this therapy would involve, and highlights the perks.
“Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy, or more commonly referred to in clinics and salons as needling or derma roller and derma pen treatment, works by stimulating collagen via needle therapy," he told Cover Media. "It takes one to four weeks to stimulate collagen and get skin remodelling of the middle and outer layers of the skin."
This is how it tackles scars or wrinkles, as the boosted collagen will help puff out any dents in the skin.
In most cases, skin rollers that have around 200 fine surgical steel needles attached to the roller mechanism are applied to the area in a crisscross motion. The size of the needle determines the outcome. Wide-gauge, short needles are the least invasive if you're wary of how to begin.
Dr Kinsella also highlights the versatility in PCI.
"Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy does give practitioners and patients more options for treatment because you can treat all skin types, and if someone does not like chemical peels or want laser treatment (they can use PCI)," he explained. "Another advantage is there is not too much downtime. Following treatment skin goes pink but it disappears after several hours dependent on the skin type. Clients can also continue the treatment at home using a derma pen, but this does not go as deep as treatment in clinics.”
But like with all beauty treatments, there are downsides. Dr Kinsella notes patients will need quite a few sessions and that while it helps with acne scarring, open pores and the like, he doesn't think it helps tighten skin in the long run.
On top of this are the negative side effects.
"It has limitations though because it traumatises the skin," he shared, pointing out that laser and chemical peels work through causing thermal injury rather than harming the skin.