Few things in aesthetic medicine offer such dramatic results with so little risk as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Also known as microneedling, CIT has been proven useful for icepick scarring, stretch marks, cellulite, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, melasma, loss of firmness and elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles, and acneic skin.
What is Collagen Induction Therapy?
CIT is a treatment that uses short and fine needles to penetrate the epidermis and sometimes the uppermost layer of dermis. This process creates tiny wounds that stimulate the body to produce a healing response. The healing response involves the complicated and miraculous process of stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid as well as collagen and elastin. The treatment essentially “tricks” the skin into renewing itself. Unlike a wound that can leave a scar, the precise application of the needles minimizes the development of tough scar tissue and instead creates new, vibrant tissue, much like baby skin!
CIT Increases Skin Health Over Time
A study conducted in 2008 saw a whopping 400% increase in collagen and elastin at six months following treatment that had been spaced once per month for four months. Miraculous clinical results aside, it is possible to over-do CIT and it should only be conducted by a licensed and trained professional. Overuse of CIT can result in opposite results, like lax skin, scarring, broken capillaries, and can cause a “plastic” look in the skin.
Collagen Induction Therapy is Ideal to Target:
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Fine lines
- Large pores
- Icepick scarring and “pock” marks
- Lax skin
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
CIT Increases Permeation of Skin Products
Due to the nature of the Collagen Induction Therapy treatment, creating micro-wounds in the skin allows for better penetration of skin products. Unbeknownst to many people, most skin products simply sit on top of the skin, with very little product reaching the deeper layers. This boost in product efficacy makes CIT even more valuable. Beneficial compounds such as stable vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, and other growth factors can reach layers where they can be even more helpful at repairing skin with a clearer “pathway” had been created.
Does Collagen Induction Therapy Hurt?
The treatment process of CIT typically does not hurt. Some people may experience a slight discomfort, however most report more of a tickling sensation, particularly around the nose. The needles used in this treatment are very small, only slightly larger in diameter in some cases than a typical acupuncture needle. Because of this, any discomfort is minimized or not experienced at all. Slight tenderness and heat sensitivity can be experienced in some people up to 24 hours after treatment.
Are There Side-Effects with CIT?
Although there is very little risk of side-effects with Collagen Induction Therapy, it is not ideal for everyone. If you are pregnant, have psoriasis, active acne, open wounds, are prone to keloid scarring, or have recently undergone radiation therapy, CIT may not be right for you. Side-effects are usually very minimal, if they are even experienced, and can include bruising, bleeding, peeling, and in extreme cases, infection.
The licensed and trained staff at Restorations Medical Spa have over 20 years of experience and can help you determine if Collagen Induction Therapy is right for you and your beauty goals. We take great pride in providing our clients with the highest quality treatments and experience. Your safety and comfort are our #1 priority. Call our office to set up a free consultation to determine if Collagen Induction Therapy is right for you: 918-331-2329