What is it?
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is a minimally invasive, non-ablative treatment that helps repair fine lines, wrinkles, scars, including acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin texture. CIT treatment introduces near microscopic needles mounted on a hand held tool that places 100's of tiny holes in the skin. These tiny wounds signal the body to begin healing. Two important proteins included in the healing process include collagen and elastin. Collagen Induction Therapy can be used on the face, neck and décolletage.
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Who is a good candidate?
The collagen induction therapy (CIT) procedure can be conducted on the face and many parts of the body. If you have symptoms of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles, you are definitely a good candidate. Loose or sagging skin is a problem that can occur on many parts of the body. The CIT therapy sessions can help with sagging or loose skin by plumping up the area, which has a tightening effect on the skin. The treatments for loose skin can be performed on the face, shoulders, arms and even the abdomen to some extent. Then there are the scars so many men and women have to live with. Scarring from acne is a major problem for many young and older adults. There are also many who have permanent scars from illnesses like chicken pox. These are treatable as well, and patients are delighted to see them finally vanish. Scars from old wounds or even surgical scarring can be smoothed out with collagen induction therapy treatments.
What are the benefits?
Collagen Induction therapy is most often used on your face to target the following areas:
Age or sun spots
Fine lines and wrinkles
Uneven skin tone
Additionally, it can help alleviate stretch marks and scars on other areas of the body.
How does it work?
Believe it or not, collagen induction therapy works by essentially injuring the skin. The continuous pinpricks create a series of small wounds triggering the body’s natural response of creating new tissue that is heavy in collagen. You can think of it like regrowing a new, firmer, more even-toned skin.
What should I expect before and after?
Once you arrive, your clinician will numb the specific area with a topical anesthetic.
When you are numb (about 45 minutes later), the clinician will prepare the collagen induction therapy tool, a pen-like instrument that houses the microneedles. She will evenly roll this tool over your skin, creating the micro-injuries. After the approximately thirty-minute procedure, your clinician may administer a topical cream that will calm a bit of the inflammation. Depending on the severity of your scarring, the clinician may recommend that you have several follow up procedures.
Recovery time is minimal after the procedure and most people need very little downtime, if at all. You may notice some skin irritation and redness within the first few days after your procedure but you can go back to work or school if you feel comfortable. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun so wearing sunscreen is strongly advised.
Depending on the area of your skin being treated, the number of treatments you may need will vary. Typically, you can begin to see improvements two to four weeks after your treatment session. If you have deep scarring or wrinkles, you may need additional treatment sessions spaced 4 weeks apart in order to obtain optimal results.