Microneedling-Collagen Induction Therapy
Micro-needling is a form of collagen induction therapy that greatly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage/age spots. Also great for stretch marks. See below for more in depth information.
60 minutes $250
How is the CIT treatment administered?
A licensed skin care professional glides the CIT pen over professional strength Enhancement Serum 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.
How does CIT work on a cellular level?
As the CIT pen stamps 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.
When can a client expect to see results?
With the CIT pen automated, micro-needling treatments, 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 this will no doubt please your patient. Depending on the patients’ expectations and personal goals we recommend a series of CIT pen sessions to speed up the process and achieve optimum results. However; skin improvement is noticeable after just one treatment!
What can you expect after CIT pen treatment?
Immediately following treatment the patient’ skin will have some redness & flushed in appearance similar to moderate sunburn. The patient will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to the treated area. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following a treatment. Within the next 24 hours and up to 36 hours there is little to no evidence of injury to the treated area.
Can the CIT Pen be used on ethnic skin?
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. Other invasive procedures such as laser resurfacing are not recommended for Asian or African American (ethnic) skin due to the potential risks of delayed wound healing, pigmentation changes, and scarring. However, with Collagen Induction Therapy/ Micro-needling, the potential risks on Ethnic skin are unlikely due to the epidermis remaining intact.
How many treatments will each patient need?
The number of needling procedures depends on the individual skin condition. Three to four treatments may be needed for moderate acne scars. Scars from Thermal burns and stretch marks may require up to 5 CIT Pen sessions. The added Collagen lasts for up to 12 months so a refresher treatment is recommended every 6 months to 1 year in order to fight the signs of ageing. The patient should be advised that multiple sessions may be needed to reach their desired results.
Is micro-needling/ CIT painful?
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 patients needs and comfort levels. Application of local anesthetic numbing cream can prevent treatment discomfort.
Are there any side effects to micro-needling / CIT?
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 & avoiding treating someone with any listed contraindications. However, occasionally swelling during the recovery phase, Skin infection with bacteria (rare) or herpes simplex virus (cold sores), Milia, which can be easily removed & mild acne flare ups may occur after the treatment. If any of these symptoms persist and/or worsen please seek immediate attention from your dermatologist or practitioner. As the microscopic channels to the skin close quickly, postoperative wound infection is rare.
Emollients and/ or topical antibiotics may be prescribed, if considered necessary.
What are the contraindications for CIT treatment?
CIT Pen treatments must be avoided in the following cases: active bacterial or fungal infections, immune-suppression, Accutane for the past 6 months scars less than six months old, concurrent use of anticoagulant medication(s), moles, and other raised lesions.
Recommended Pre-Treatment Care:
Avoidance of Accutane for the past 6 months
Avoid retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, hydroquinone, sunburn, and benzoyl peroxide 3 days prior to procedure
Recommended CIT Enhancement serum twice dailyfor preconditioning for 4-6 weeks for optimal results
Avoidance of IPL/Laser procedures for the past 7 days prior
No waxing, depilatory creams or electrolysis 3 days prior to treatment
If use of an exfoliation through peel was recommended in conjunction with the micro-needling/ CIT treatment, no topical agents that may increase skin sensitivity, reaction to the peel, or dryness 3-4 days prior to the peel (topical retinoid or hydroquinone products).
No acids or defoliants that may be drying or irritating to the skin (such as alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) beta hydroxyl acids (BHA), exfoliating masks, hydroquinone, or benzoyl peroxide acne products). If no peel, avoid irritating products for at least 24 hours
No significant changes in the skin recently reported including breakdown of skin or excess dryness or sunburn
Skin is to be cleaned (recommended double cleanse) prior to treatment
High Frequency/ Ozone therapy is recommended to ensure a clean surface free of any microbial.
Antiviral agent for 2 days prior to and day of treatment if the patient has a history of cold sores.
No alcohol the day before and the day of treatment to promote healthy cell function and prevent blood thinning.
Proper hydration is key to aiding cell repair (half the patients body weight in ounces of water per day).