Collagen Induction Therapy
Collagen Induction Therapy(CIT) a special hand tool is used that is FDA approved – the medical roller.
It is a non invasive treatment offering an alternative to plastic surgery. The roller has many tiny needles that penetrate the skin causing “pin prick" bleeding that is minimal and stops quickly. The body’s natural healing process is activated to stimulate collagen & elastin production, as wrinkles and stretch marks are essentially skin lacking them altogether.
A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to area to be worked on, although the procedure sounds drastic, you should feel very little discomfort during the treatment.
Advantages of Collagen Induction Therapy(CIT)
- Restoring skin tightness.
- Smooth fine wrinkles.
- Evens out skin tone – helps with hyperpigmentation on the face.
- Thickens your skin opposed to thinning your skin, as in chemical peels.
- Reduces dilated blood vessels.
- It can safely be repeated until desired effect, 6-8 weeks between treatments.
- One treatment – body continues to produce collagen for 12 months.
- No additional sun sensitivity is induced.
- Very little down time – skin appears sun burnt for 3 days post-treatment.
- All areas can be treated, face, neck, chest and hands – the four main areas that give the tell-tale signs of ageing.
- No scarring is induced.
Can I expect this treatment to help reduce acne scars?
In most cases, patients receiving CIT should see a significant improvement in their acne scars.
This takes place because the process stimulates new tissues that migrate through the scar tissue, and fill the scars.
Naturally it will depend on the extent of the scarring, so a course of 6 sessions over a period of 12 months might be necessary to get desired outcome.
How long before I see results?
Collagen production takes time, and generally speaking you won’t see the full results for around 3 months, yet most of my clients have remarked how smooth and tight their skin feels after first session.
It is dependant on the rate your body is capable of producing collagen.
A healthy lifestyle has an important role in aiding collagen production.
The results will last for years, although new collagen ages and can get damaged, using a Factor 50 sunscreen when going out into the strong sunlight is advisable, no smoking and adding a light exercise programme to your life will all help you to look and feel younger.
Is Collagen Induction Therapy safe?
This treatment is extremely safe, as cannot cause permanent damage, the needle is only 1mm long, so will not cause scarring.
In the celebrity world of Hollywood, CIT is called the Vampire Facial, as it brings pin prick droplets of blood to the surface of your skin, and that is where all the growth factors, platelets, white blood cells come to the surface nourishing your skin and help kick start the new collagen and elastin production.
Very little discomfort is felt during the procedure, as a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to all areas that have been requested to work on, even though sounds drastic, I have done the procedure on myself and felt absolutely no pain whatsoever.
CIT is not suitable for everyone, if you are suffering from active acne, have problems with blood clotting, keloid scars or have chronic skin disorders, it is not advisable.
What are the side effects?
There are not really any major side effects, you can expect the skin to turn pink and red immediately after treatment, there maybe a few scabs, and a feeling of tenderness.
It is advisable to use a nourishing facial oil with Vitamin A & C, as area worked will become very dry as the moisture barrier has been removed with the treatment and will take a few days for it to feel supple again.
Some clients have a facial a week to ten days later or alternative use a facial scrub, once tenderness has reduced, probably day four or five.
What is the difference between the home Derma Roller and the Clinical Derma Roller?
The principal is the same, however the roller used for home use cannot be expected to get the same degree of results, as although Collagen Induction Therapy is non-surgical, it is a clinical procedure, that should be performed by a trained expert.
The Derma roller for home use has much shorter needles, so do not penetrate the skin to the same degree, but it does penetrate the “horny layer" of the epidermis, so allowing your skin to increase absorption of facial cream x 10 000%.
Generally used in between CIT treatments to assist maintenance of collagen production.