Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)
A New Technique for Reduction of Scars, Wrinkles and Stretch marks
For years, trying to find an effective way of treating acne scars, stretch marks and wrinkles has baffled cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists alike. However, the discovery of Collagen Induction Therapy, a method of treating these skin imperfections using micro needles to stimulate the body’s production of natural collagen and elastin, has been a huge advance.
How Does Collagen Induction Therapy Work?
Collagen Induction Therapy uses a special FDA approved tool, the MTSTM roller. The roller has many tiny needles, and these penetrate deep into the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production. Scars, stretch marks and wrinkles are essentially the result of a lack of collagen, so this process can often help to reduce them, and sometimes eliminate them altogether.
A topical anaesthetic cream will be used to numb the pain, so although the procedure sounds quite drastic, you should not feel too much discomfort.
Because the micro-needling process helps the body to absorb creams, the usage of vitamin creams containing vitamins A and C is much more effective. So, in addition to the increased collagen production, the vitamin creams help to promote new skin growth, resulting in younger-looking skin.
Far less traumatic to the skin than most comparable skin treatments, the skin will quickly be ready for any follow-up treatments that may be required.
Can I Really Expect This Treatment to Help Reduce Scars Such As Acne Scars?
In most cases, patients getting CIT should see a significant improvement in their acne scars. This takes place because the process stimulates new tissues that migrate through the scar tissue, and fill the scars. Naturally, it will depend on the extent of the scarring, so a prospective patient should seek advice from their dermatologist, as the treatment is not so inexpensive that you will wish to get it without knowing if you are likely to get the results you want.
Can Collagen Induction Treatment Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks?
Collagen Induction Therapy can certainly help with stretch marks, and in fact is one of very few procedures that do often get significant results.
How Long Before I See Results?
Collagen production takes time, and generally speaking you will not see the full results for around three months. This has been known to take as long as nine months, and is dependant on the rate your body is capable of producing collagen. After this point, you will probably greatly appreciate the work of your dermatologist.
The results will last for years, although new collagen ages and can get damaged just as the old collagen can. If you can avoid any new skin damage, such as from over-exposure to strong sunlight, smoking etc, then you should be very happy with the results of your treatment for many years to come!
Is Collagen Induction Therapy Safe?
This treatment is extremely safe, as it doesn’t cause permanent damage to the skin in the way that other treatments such as laser resurfacing, chemical peeling and dermabrasion can do. Nonetheless, Collagen Induction Therapy is not suitable for everyone, and if you are suffering from active acne, problems with blood clotting, keloids or chronic skin disorders. As always, if you are in doubt, make sure you discuss whether this treatment is suitable with a professional.
What Side Effects Are There?
There are not really any significant side effects. You can expect the skin to turn pink or red immediately after treatment, and there may be some small scabs or bruising. Medical skin needling can also result in dry skin or a slight discoloration after the treatment, with should subside in around a week.
I Have Seen Derma rollers for Home Use. What is the Difference Between the Clinical and Home Use Rollers?
The principle is exactly the same. However, the types of rollers used for home-use cannot be expected to get the same degree of results. This should not be surprising, as although Collagen Induction Therapy is non-surgical, it is a clinical procedure, that should only be performed by a trained expert.
The Derma rollers for home use have shorter needles, so they will not penetrate the skin to the same degree. Essentially, the benefits are the same, just to a far-lesser extent. They do have the benefit of less down-time, as the redness will generally last only a few hours. However, if the skin imperfections you are hoping to improve are anything but the most minor, you will probably prefer to visit a clinic, and get your treatment from a professional.
How Much Does It Cost to Get Collagen Induction Therapy?
Depending on the extent of the treatment, and the number of sessions, a typical cost for CIT will run to several thousand dollars in the US and the UK. Getting this type of treatment is definitely considerably more affordable abroad. Countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, India, Poland and the Czech Republic are all excellent options for Collagen Induction Therapy, where you will be likely to get treatment for as little as 10% of the US price.