Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is an FDA approved skin rejuvenation treatment designed to reverse the signs of aging by helping your body replace the old collagen with new collagen- naturally! This occurs through controlled micro-injuries that trigger your body to naturally repair itself through skin cell-generation and the production of new collagen and elastin.
CIT is minimally invasive and involves the use of microneedles on a medical-grade pen that our artisans will gently glide across your skin in circular motions. These tiny needles are not to be feared, as they are only 0.5mm to 1.5mm in length and the smallest width (32 G) to allow for a relatively painless experience. They cause only small, non-visible wounds to your skin that encourage your body’s natural healing mechanisms to kick in and “fill” these micro channels. Fibroblasts, cell types that later transform into collagen fibers, migrate in response of injury and close the wounds caused by the microneedles. Because each micro wound promotes the rapid growth of collagen and elastin, a new and healthy layer of radiant skin will emerge as a result. This natural skin cell regeneration occurs without causing significant damage to the epidermis. The microneedles enter through this outer tissue layer, but they do not remove it, allowing your skin to heal rapidly. This is a huge advantage of CIT, as it permits you to resume your normal schedule almost immediately. Because collagen re-production takes time, you will see results gradually over a period of 6-8 weeks in the form of tighter, smoother, and more even-toned skin. Results will even continue to improve over a period of months as collagen production continues.
The visible results of CIT can be further enhanced with the addition of PRP, plasma from the patient’s own blood that contains platelet-driven growth factors that are very successful at initiating wound healing. Our bodies naturally stimulate collagen growth through the production of stem cells, but PRP contains 3-5 times more of the platelets and growth factors needed to do so. Therefore, it is very effective in accelerating injury repair and can be used in conjunction with CIT by being applied to the skin post micro-needling. The effect of growth factors penetrated into the skin through the micro channels increases and accelerate the results of CIT by encouraging cellular regeneration, new tissue growth, and the production of elastin and collagen. Many skin issues can be improved with this added treatment including the appearance of wrinkles, scarring, hyperpigmentation, large pores, broken capillaries, and thinning skin. An alternative to using PRP in conjunction with CIT is the application of peptide serums to fight off wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.