Collagen Induction Therapy
Frequently asked questions
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as medical skin needling or micro-needling, is a minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as scars on the face and body. The treatment uses tiny needles or micro-needles on a medical-grade roller or uses a CIT Pen that is moved over the skin to create tiny, evenly-spaced puncture wounds on the skin.
The targeted use of medical grade stainless steel needles instigates the regeneration of skin cells by generating a wound healing response. It also allows topical nutrients to be more readily absorbed into the skin, encouraging the production of the body’s natural collagen and elastin, which helps it thicken and ‘plump up’ without the risk of invasive techniques that can damage the epidermis.
This procedure which can be performed on both the face and body, and should cause minimal trauma when creating the microscopic punctures in the skin. However, topical local anesthetic can be used to minimise discomfort.
- Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces pore size and improves skin texture
- Aids penetration of topical active ingredients
- Suitable for all skin types (with adequate preparation)
- No down time
- Produces new growth factors
- Increases natural collagen formation
- Scar reduction
- No risk of burning or scarring
There are no major contraindications for Collagen Induction Therapy. As with all cosmetic treatments, the ideal candidate should have realistic expectations and be in generally good health. The treatment is suitable for all skin types, unlike some laser or chemical peels procedures. If you have any of the following concerns, you may be a suitable candidate for Collagen Induction Therapy:
- Premature ageing
- Skin laxity
- Lines and wrinkles
- Scarring from acne, chicken pox, injuries or surgery
Collagen is essential for healthy, plump skin, however as we age, our collagen production slows which can cause skin to lose firmness and sag.
Collagen Induction Therapy is suitable for most people. It uses a dermal roller consisting of extremely fine needles or a CIT pen. These cause pin pricks within the dermis (secondary) layer of the skin. When our skin is damaged, it produces collagen tissue, which is stronger, and firmer than before. Over a course of treatments collagen fibres are strengthened and the skin becomes stronger, smoother, and firmer, with improved texture. Collagen Induction is also an effective facial treatment for acne scarring.
- Improved skin texture
- Restored elasticity
- Softer lines
- Increased skin tightness
- Reduced appearance of scarring
CIT pens use advanced vertical skin needling technology, providing patients with a more effective, minimally invasive and affordable treatment option that works to tighten, lift, rejuvenate and resurface the skin.
These CIT pens use multiple needles to vertically pierce the skin with an automatic vibrating function. When moved across the skin’s surface, it stimulates natural collagen reproduction while allowing fine channels to be created in the skin. These channels allow up to 80% more penetration from topical actives applied post treatment.
More importantly, a CIT pen is painless, even for hard to reach and delicate places such as around the eyes, nose and lips where fine lines and wrinkles are most visible, with very little down time.
Dermal needling is the perfect solution to a wide range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including:
- Skin tightening, natural collagen induction, lifting and rejuvenation
- Healing acne scars and wounds
- Improving wrinkles and fine lines
- Open pore minimisation
- Improving stretch marks
- Treating alopecia (when used in conjunction with a topical treatment)
- Aiding penetration of treatment solutions
Results can be seen after the first treatment, however significant, lasting results will be evident after 4-6 treatments. The treatment is not painful as a topical anesthetic is applied for needle lengths over 0.5mm, minimising any discomfort and allowing you the best possible results. There is little to no downtime, with the main possible side effect being skin redness, which will die down after a few hours.