Pioneering South African plastic surgeon and founder of Environ skincare Dr Des Fernandes developed the process of pricking the skin with multiple tiny needles to stimulate collagen production without causing any damage to the epidermis. The treatment is creating dramatic results and is now available at Body Matters London. Unlike laser or deep peeling treatments, this treatment does not work by damaging skin to force new collagen tissue. It is also the first treatment that has been shown to create fresh elastin in addition to collagen.
The rejuvenating treatment is designed to be used on all parts of the face and body to improve the appearance of wrinkles, shallow acne scarring, lax skin, slack jawline contours and stretch marks.The Environ tool, which incorporates multiple ultra-fine surgical steel 1mm long needles, is rolled repeatedly in different directions across the treatment area to create minute channels which breach the dermis. These temporary tiny needle punctures stimulate the skin’s natural healing response. This induces numerous growth factors and healing mechanisms to produce new collagen and elastin in the subsequent days, without any damage to the overlying epidermis.Clients can return to work the day after treatment with no outward signs other than flushed skin, similar to the appearance of mild sunburn. By penetrating only to a depth of 1mm, the risk of bruising and swelling is minimal. The effects of the procedure are enhanced by preparing the skin with Environ’s vitamin A and C topical products prior to the treatment course – and continuing use thereafter, to further promote healthy growth factors, collagen and elastin.
For best results, a series of six Collagen Stimulation Therapy™ treatments should be done at intervals between one week and one month, depending on time and budget available. The cost is around £200-300 per treatment including the cost of the roller which is used and re-used exclusively for each individual.
The procedure helps restore the tightness of the skin and can delay or avoid the need for a face-lift or brow lift, and remarkable results have been achieved on slack underarm skin, with Environ vitamin A and C homecare used to maintain results over long periods. It thickens and rejuvenates the skin, softens fine lines, restores elasticity, reduces pigmentation marks, stretch marks and scars. It also diminishes the appearance dilated blood vessels. Thin skin can be treated and because the epidermis is perfectly preserved and healing is rapid, there is no sun sensitivity afterwards by contrast with laser, dermabrasion and deep peels.
On-going skin care and needling trials have been run at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and at the University of Hannover, Germany, with a number of studies completed which prove the method’s efficacy.