Collagen Induction Therapy
When it comes to minimally invasive treatments, micro-needling Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is effective and successful treatment for signs and symptoms of aging, such as wrinkles, loss of skin volume, creepy skin, as well as minimizes scars and stretch marks.CIT triggers the body’s spontaneous healing process, stimulating cell proliferation, and causing the formation of new collagen. This results in a thicker, more supple, cellular matrix.
RESULTS: VISIBLY YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN
Precision micro-injuries in the papillary and reticular layers of the dermis (without causing ablative damage). These micro-injuries trigger the body’s wound healing cascade, which induces an increased collagen production in the treated skin.CIT triggers the construction of new tissue by stimulating healthy cell regeneration in targeted areas. It effectively reduces wrinkles, tightens and thickens the skin, and fills and smoothes scars.
The main physiological affects of micro-needling are called:
The process through which new blood vessels form, out of pre-existing vessels.
The generation of new collagen, which is the structural protein found in the connective skin layer that is necessary to maintain youthful skin.
- Growth Factors
Micro-needling causes the release of growth factors. The most predominant one is “Transforming Growth Factor Beta 3” or TGF-β₃ . TGF-β₃ plays a key role in wound healing, and dermal remodelling. TGF-β₃ stimulates the fibroblasts to repair the skin through the production of new collagen and elastin. As these proteins are produced, the damaged skin is replaced with new skin with improved structure and elasticity. TGF-β₃, has been shown to increase the production of collagen in a mesh-like formation during wound healing – meaning scar-less wound healing.
To make good quality collagen and elastin, our body needs adequate vitamins in the skin. These can be supplied through topicals and/or nutrition. The most important vitamins to the healing process are vitamin A, vitamin C & vitamin E.
- Time Between Treatments
The body’s natural wound healing process takes time. Therefore a period of 6 to 8 weeks is recommended in between micro-needling treatments.
• Treatment Protocol
3 treatments, 6 to 8 weeks apart.
During a treatment it is recommended to use an anaesthetic cream with 5% Lidocaine in order to eliminate discomfort. After a micro-needling treatment, the treated area will be tender with mild redness that should diminish within a day or two.