Collagen induction therapy is a treatment option for wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. During collagen induction therapy, a doctor uses a very fine needle to poke and puncture the dermis, thereby coaxing the skin into producing its own collagen. Collagen produced by one's own body is less likely to be rejected, and therefore lasts much longer. Collagen induction therapy requires no expensive materials, but it does require the right tools and a very skilled doctor. In the US and UK, the procedure may cost several thousands. Overseas, an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon can perform the operation for much less.
In Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina, the price of collagen induction therapy is less than $1,500 or £1,000. Dermatologists in Latin America are highly trained and experienced in the latest collagen therapies. Patients who have uneven skin, bumpiness, and wrinkles can benefit from the body's own collagen. Before the procedure, the doctor will examine the skin to make sure the body is still capable of regenerating collagen. During the procedure, the doctor will insert a very thin needle into the skin to activate the cells below the surface. Once activated, these cells will produce compounds that heal the skin and restore a more even texture. The side effects of collagen induction therapy are redness, tenderness, and mild pain. These will subside in a few days once the skin begins to heal itself. After a session of collagen induction therapy, the doctor will be available to perform follow-up tests and answer any questions.