What is (Micro-needling) Collagen Induction Therapy?
The micro-needle inputs many small injections into the skin using a disposable micro-needle tip. This creates micro-channels into the skin allowing the infusion of active ingredients such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and Collagen Induction Enhancement serum) to penetrate deeply and effectively into the dermis, nourishing the skin and stimulating the regrowth of collagen to the treated area(s).
Micro-needling gives the skin a more youthful appearance reducing the signs of aging. Benefits include: collagen induction, reducing the signs of fine lines and wrinkles, reduction of acne scarring, and a increased smoother hydrated texture. While giving the skin a overall fuller and plumper appearance to the treated areas. Increasing the skins nutrients and improved microcirculation.
Scarring- surgical, thermal, and acne (scars must be at least 6 months old)
Dyspigmentation (due to sun damage and/ or hormonal imbalances e.g. Melasma)
Fine lines and wrinkles
A series of 4 to 6 treatments are recommended to the treated areas. The frequency will depend on the intensity and depth of the needle used on your skin during the treatment.
Licensed skin care professionals who work only within their scope of practice per their state guidelines can perform this treatment. They must be an actively licensed professional with current certification.
A licensed skin care professional glides the CIT pen over professional strength HSS Enhancement Serum or sterile saline in a cross link or circular pattern over the skin to puncture the epidermal layers of the skin and create microscopic subcutaneous injuries. These microscopic channels in the skin allow for optimal product absorption. The microscopic injuries created with the CIT Pen stimulate a repair response & new collagen production with minimal to no downtime for your patient.
As the CIT pen creates micro-channels into the skin, pores are temporarily opened allowing the enhancement serum to be fully penetrated. Micro-point punctures in the skin are created. This is a controlled injury to the skin and is perceived by the body as damage. This stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of Collagen and Elastin. Skin reacts to this CIT treatment by initiating the healing process which encourages your patients’ skin to continue to regenerate.
With CIT the skin is tricked into repairing itself. The process of micro-needling skin remodeling can continue to enhance for months after treatment as the skin continues to repair itself. Results can be seen within a few days to a week. Skin naturally heals itself every 45 days so by simply adding micro-needling stimulation the changes can be accelerated and your client will see results. Depending on the my clients expectations and personal goals. I recommend a series of CIT sessions to speed up the process and achieve optimum results. However; skin improvement is noticeable after just one treatment!
Immediately following treatment, your skin will have some redness and flushed in appearance like a moderate sunburn. The patient will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to the treated area as well as some peeling depending on the depth. 24 hours and up to 36 hours there is little to no evidence of injury to the treated area, however tightness and peeling can occur.
Skin needling can be safely performed on all skin colors and types. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation as the melanocytes remain intact (as long as post-care instructions are followed).
Other invasive procedures such as laser resurfacing are not recommended for Asian or African American skin due to the potential risks of delayed wound healing, pigment changes, and scarring. However, with Collagen Induction Therapy/ Micro-needling, the potential risks on ethnic skin are unlikely due to the epidermis remaining intact.
The number of CIT treatments depends on your current skin condition and goals. 3-4 treatments may be needed for moderate acne scars. Scars from thermal burns and stretch marks may require between 6-10 CIT sessions. The added Collagen lasts up to 12 months and a refresher treatment is recommended every 6 months to 1 year in order to fight the signs of aging. Multiple sessions may be needed to reach your desired results in order to achieve your expectations.
The variety of needle cartridges along with the CIT Pen’s ability to gage the needle depth allows this treatment to be customized to fit each of your clients’ needs and comfort levels. Application of local anesthetic numbing cream can prevent treatment discomfort. Desensitizing the skin if uncomfortable.
The professional strength CIT Enhancement Serum can be needled into the skin, and used post treatment care. It is recommended for continual daily use to reduce the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, scaring, fine lines, Rosacea and enlarged pore size. Continuation of daily usage of our CIT Serum will benefit in boosting and extending the effects of CIT. It also adds much needed hydration to treated and or aging skin which provides a more supple and youthful glow.
Key ingredients in CIT Enhancement Serum:
• Vitamin C- strong antioxidant that lightens pigmentation from scaring, sun damage and increases melanin production.
• Vitamin E- Protects lipids in the skin cell membrane from free radicals. Aids in cellular turn over.
• Hyaluronic acid- Naturally occurring polysaccharide that provides moisture, plumpness, firmness, and suppleness to the skin. Plant derived of low molecular weight to penetrate the skin.
• Ferulic Acid - Strengthens and stabilizes the collagen promoting effects of Vitamins C & E as well as fighting free radicals and photo damage
This treatment typically recovers at a rapid rate & redness subsides within 24 hours. Negative side effects should not take place if you are following proper protocol. Professionals should never treat a client with any listed contraindications (see below). Swelling during the recovery phase can occur, skin infection with bacteria (rare) or herpes simplex virus (cold sores), Milia, which can be easily removed and mild acne flare ups may occur after the treatment. If any of these symptoms persist and/or worsen please have your client seek immediate medical attention. As the microscopic channels to the skin close quickly, postoperative wound infection is extremely rare. Emollients and/ or topical antibiotics may be prescribed, if considered necessary.
CIT Pen treatments must be avoided in the following cases:
Keloid or raised scarring.
Pregnancy due to the lack of clinical studies.
Herpes Simplex infections.
Any facial injections within the past 10 days.
Patients on any blood thinners.
Collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities.
Active bacterial or fungal infection.
Scars less than 6 months old.
Raised moles, warts or raised lesions.
Nodular or Pustular Rosacea
Eczema, Psoriasis, Scleroderma and other chronic conditions.
Treatment cannot be performed if the following is present: Any open cuts, wounds, abrasions, and active acne or cold sores.
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Who can administrate a Collagen Induction Therapy treatment?
$250 Full Face & Neck Area
$50 Eye or Lip Treatment or $75 for both
$150 Full Face Add on With Facial Treatment Only
$150 Décolleté area
Micro-Needling Package Includes:
When Facial & Neck Area Packages are Purchased In a Series a Discount is Received!
3 treatments $625.00
4 treatments: $1,000.00 receiving the 5th CIT free!