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Collagen Induction Therapy

Published December 20, 2011 8:52 AM by Cindy Cobb
Collagen induction therapy (CIT) is a procedure that triggers the body's natural healing process to create firmer, plumper, more youthful skin with a healthy glow. It does this by creating "microwounds" using a microneedling device. The procedure triggers a diffuse wound healing process.

In CIT, microneedles puncture the skin and activate stem cells, which produce growth factors through collagenesis and angiogenesis. Collagenesis produces new collagen and elastin via the activating fibroblasts. Angiogenesis stimulates new capillary growth for better blood supply to the affected area of the skin, and it brings nutrients to cells - including fibroblasts and endothelial cells.

This treatment works deep in the dermis to provide skin rejuvenation and repair. CIT communicates with stem cells for deep, lasting results. This treatment is considered safe, effective and fast, without downtime. After a treatment, the patient typically experiences only slight redness. This is usually reduced by 50% within hours. Normal activities may be resumed immediately after the treatment. Direct sunlight should be avoided for 48 hours.

As a result of this treatment, skin care products can be efficiently transported down into the dermis, where cell repair occurs. This allows the products to bypass the top layers of the skin (most skin care products are not able to penetrate down to the damaged layers) and access the dermal area.

CIT is appropriate for reducing wrinkles, filling acne and chicken pox scars, shrinking large pores, reducing surgical or burn scars, smoothing skin texture, evening skin pigmentation, fading stretch marks, tightening sagging skin, normalizing oily skin, and improving the results of a skin care regimen. Keep in mind that not all microneedling devices are equal. Selection criteria should include the following: guaranteed for a one-time use only, arrives in a sterilized package, and construction using medical-grade stainless steel.

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