How does Collagen Induction Therapy work?
The concept of Collagen Induction (CIT) is based on the skin’s own ability to repair itself. Treatments with the derma CIT Pen allow for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair process by creating precise, micro injuries in the skin which creates and stimulates the release of growth factors to trigger the production of new collagen & elastin.
What is a derma CIT Pen?
The derma CIT Pen is a non-surgical, cosmetic micro-needling device that is used in treatments to improve the appearance of your skin. It is a non-invasive treatment that takes your skin to the next level of health and appearance. derma CIT treatments target fine lines & wrinkles, skin texture & tone, loose & sluggish skin, enlarged pores, acne scarring and pigmentation. This device has been designed by derma aesthetics with your safety & comfort in mind. Single-use sterile micro-needle cartridges are supplied for each treatment and patented technology ensures there is no cross contamination.
What are the benefits for my skin?
derma CIT treatments will:
- Reduce the signs of ageing
- Improve the appearance of acne scarring
- Reduce the appearance of pigmentation
- Strengthen a fragile capillary network.
- Encourage and regenerate collagen and elastin to improve skins overall structure, function and appearance.
What areas of the body can I have treated?
Because of the derma CIT Pen’s variable needle depths, it can be used on most body parts, including the face, neck, décolletage, hands, stomach, legs and arms.
Am I a good candidate for CIT?
As with any treatment, there are always contraindications and precautions that should be taken into consideration before proceeding. Your skin treatment therapist will go through a detailed evaluation to ensure the treatment will be safe and effective for you. Be honest in this evaluation, for your own benefit.
The following will be approached with precaution by your skin treatment therapist:
- Some medications
- Keloid or raised scarring
- History of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic inflammatory skin conditions
- History of actinic (solar) keratosis
- History of Herpes Simplex infections
- History of diabetes
- Presence of raised moles, warts or lesions in the treatment area.
Absolute contraindications include:
- Treatment with roacccutane
- Scleroderma (connective tissue disease)
- Collagen vascular diseases
- Blood clotting problems
- Active bacterial or fungal infection
- Scars less than 6 months old
- Facial fillers in the past 6 months
- Botox in the past 2 weeks.
How long does a derma CIT treatment typically take?
The procedure typically takes 30 – 45 minutes in-clinic. A topical anaesthetic may be applied prior to your treatment if necessary. You may need to add a little extra time if topical anaesthetic is used.
What is the downtime and what side effects should I expect?
Immediately after the treatment your skin will most likely be red and flushed (similar in appearance to a mild sunburn). You may also experience skin tightness and slight sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will reduce over the following few hours after your treatment and will have completely subsided by the next day. You may experience slight redness for a few days post-treatment. 3 to 5 days after your treatment, your skin is likely to feel a little dry and be flaky in some areas. This is due to the fast cellular turn over post treatment.
When should I expect to see visible results?
Visible results are evident between 5 to 8 weeks post your derma CIT treatment. However one of the most exciting things about CIT is that your results will continue to improve over the next 12 months as the new collagen and elastin settles, strengthens and rejuvenates your skin from within. Results will vary from person to person, but to give your skin the best results, the correct topical skincare prior to the commencement of your course of CIT is vital.
How many treatments will I need?
Each person’s skin conditions are different and require differing levels of treatment. Your skin treatment therapist will determine the number of treatments to undergo. The number of treatments will be determined by your skin goals (i.e. erase visible pigmentation) and also by the health of your skin, making it important to prepare your skin prior to your first derma CIT treatment.
As a general rule 3 to 5 treatments, every 6-8 weeks are preformed to achieve optimal results. You will then be given a maintenance plan to sustain your results.
What is a derma CIT & LED treatment?
This is a combined treatment with derma CIT and Light Emitting Diodes (LED). LED use post-treatment will speed up recovery, reduce inflammation and provide additional benefits over derma CIT alone.
What skincare should I use before, during and after my CIT treatments?
This is one of the most important questions you should be asking your therapist prior to your treatments. Most skincare lines have not been formulated with Collagen Induction Therapy in mind. Our outer most layer of skin is a protective barrier that does not allow your skincare products to penetrate, however derma CIT treatments create fine micro-channels that allows your skincare to penetrate. Ensure your skincare has a physiological composition and does not contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids’s, Beta Hydroxy Acids’s, perfumes, emulsifiers, colours, silicones and mineral oils.