Collagen Induction Therapies (CIT) or skin needling is a safe and minimally invasive alternative to more abrasive and invasive procedures. At SkinBeautiful, we use CIT for:
- restoring skin tightness in the early stages of aging
- people with very thin skin
- acne scarring
- fine wrinkles
- lax skin
- stretch marks
- scarring (e.g. burn, surgery)
- telangiectasia or small dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) thickens and rejuvenates the skin, reduces pigmentation marks and diminishes the appearance of dilated blood vessels, wrinkles and shallow scars. With the right topical treatments, anti-oxidants and sun protection, the results of the treatment are ongoing and endure for many years.The epidermis is 0.2 mm thick and should at all times be kept intact to protect us from the environment and UV rays. The ideal is a thick, healthy outer layer of skin, with collagen and elastin in the dermis, and a good blood supply. The best way to achieve this is to feed the skin topically with vitamin A and antioxidant vitamin C, E and beta-carotene. While topical vitamin A is well known for its skin normalizing effects, wrinkles and sagging are in the dermis, where collagen has been damaged and has become thinner.CIT’s simple technique involves a hand-held roller tool (the Roll-Cit TM) with rows of fine 1 mm needles that create minute channels into the dermis, inducing a natural process of skin rejuvenation. Needling of the skin creates tiny areas of trauma that initiate a natural process of healing which releases numerous growth factors and also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin becomes smoother and tighter, without any damage to the overlying epidermis.
How is CIT performed?
A topical anaesthetic is placed on the area and left to activate for 30 minutes. The area is then thoroughly washed to remove all the topical anaesthetic. The skin is then rolled with the Roll-Cit TM horizontally, vertically and diagonally. The skin is cleaned with clean swabs and EssentiA® is applied to the skin. Set aside an hour and a half for CIT, including preparation and treatment.
How does CIT work?
CIT works through the natural response to wounding of the skin, even though the wounds are miniscule. Each tiny wound goes through the three classic phases of wound healing:
Proliferation (tissue formation)
Each needle prick minutely injures the upper 0.5 mm of the dermis, causing some localized damage and bleeding. This promotes the normal post traumatic release of growth factors and infiltration of fibroblasts causing them to produce more collagen and elastin. Needling only penetrates through the epidermis and does not remove it, so the tiny punctures rapidly heal. With thousands of small holes placed next to each other, the effects virtually merge and a sheet of collagen is formed in the area just below the epidermis. Collagen slowly shortens after a few months and so the skin tightening is progressive.
How do I treat my skin after CIT?
Immediately after needling the skin is cleaned EssentiA® is put onto the skin. You will take a tepid shower that evening and ensure that all the little bumps from the oozing are removed and place EssentiA® on your treated skin. Use clean linens, avoid direct sunlight and contact with cats and dogs for a day or two.
Although your skin will be slightly pink immediately after the treatment, you will be able to return to work the following day. It is important to cover your skin with EssentiA® to promote better healing and production of collagen.
How many treatments?
Depending on the initial condition of your skin, a series of treatments may be required to get the desired results. Clients can purchase and keep their own Roll-CIT and cleaning solution, to be used for up to six treatments, which be done as soon as one week apart.
At our clinic the treatment is done under doctor direction by a Registered Nurse.
Four treatments over
two months, plus Environ
10 treatments over six months.