Also known as skin needling, microneedling, and percutaneous collagen induction, Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) uses a skin needling system to stimulate the body’s production of collagen.
As we age, the levels of collagen and elastin decrease and the skin loses its firmness and elasticity. By stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, the skin once again becomes firmer and smoother.
During the treatment, a skin needling roller is gently moved over the skin, creating many micro punctures, also referred to as micro traumas. These micro punctures stimulate the skin’s natural response to produce collagen and elastin, assisting in skin rejuvenation.
In addition to stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, CIT increases the natural absorbency of the skin, also known as transdermal absorption. Due to the micro punctures on the surface of the skin, the ability to transport fluids and products deeper in the skin enhances the benefits of the treatment.
What should I expect?
Your skin will be cleaned prior to treatment, but we prefer that you come in without your makeup if at all possible.
Treatments last about 30 minutes and should occur about every two weeks.
The treatment begins with body acupuncture points, followed by the facial treatment. During the facial phase, needles are inserted rapidly to encourage the collagen to rejuvenate and refresh the face.
Some conditions respond faster than others, so recognize and honor the fact that your needs and responses may be different from others.
It is recommended to use an organic topical green tea oil after treatment. Green tea inhibits the breakdown of collagen and has also been scientifically proven to:
- Regenerate skin cells
- Repair UV damage
- Prevent radiation damage
- Help prevent sunburn
- Increase wound repair
- Reduce acne
When should I expect results?
Typically, the expected results come between six to twelve weeks after starting treatments. This can vary due to the area that’s treated and the individual’s constitution. For instance, we say:
- Six weeks for aged or scarred skin or areas of hair loss.
- Three months for stretch marks and cellulite.
Results often can be seen throughout the treatment period.
Is this treatment for everyone?
Generally speaking, this treatment is available to anyone who wants to improve the texture and appearance of their skin. However, Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is NOT recommended for individuals with:
- Active infections
- Chronic skin disorders
- Blood clotting problems
- Severe keratosis
- Exposed blood vessels
- Open wounds
- Skin malignancies
CIT is also NOT recommended for individuals who are receiving:
- Intense pulsed light (IPL)
CIT is compatible with persons who have had or are currently having Botox.