BackCollagen Induction Therapy (CIT)
By the time we are 35 we will have lost half the collagen (the ‘scaffolding’ of the skin) in our skin and elastin (which gives our skin its elasticity) & quite simply CIT stimulates collagen and elastin production.
The objective of collagen induction therapy (CIT) is to build up the connective tissue in the lower skin layers (dermal layers) while keeping intact the protective layers of the skin (epidermal layers). Small needle clusters of a hand held device penetrate into the skin and break up old collagen strands and stimulate the production of elastin fibres oriented from the deep layers of the dermis to the surface. The result is smoother, thicker, tighter, more even toned skin. The problem with heat inducing treatments is that the dermis is an extremely complex, highly specialized organ. It may only be 0.2 mm thick but it is our only protection from the environment. We should never damage the epidermis unless the risk of leaving the epidermis intact is greater than the risk of removing it. Whatever we do, we should try to ensure that the basic architecture of the skin is not altered. To rejuvenate skin and look younger, we need a perfect epidermis with natural dermal papillae, good hydration, normal colour and normal resilience. When thermal heat treatments are used, over time, we thin our epidermis and decrease our dermal papillae which results in inflamed, drier and more wrinkled skin. Although we do use thermal heat treatments at MySkinSpa, they are not the first port of call so to speak - they are part of a long term treatment plan, depending on what skin condition is being treated.
CIT is the controlled stimulation of the skin’s ability to self-repair. The thousands of micro ‘channels’ created in the skin, not only trigger new collagen production but also allow corneotherapeutic skincare products applied to penetrate deep into the skin. Corneotherapeutic products contain no fragrances, preservatives, colours or emulsifiers (these substances are not good for the skin & are definitely not suitable to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin during clinical CIT treatments).
We choose to use the dermaCIT Pen because this is truly one treatment where precision counts! With over 15 years experience with just this modality (and close to 30 years in the industry), you can rest assured you will get the skill and knowledge needed to deliver the results you are looking for.
At home preparation: in preparation for clinical CIT you must regularly home roll with a high quality MTS3 derma roller, 2-3 times per week at the minimum. Treatments can be performed in as little time as a few minutes & the device will last for 12 months. This is a non negotiable part of your long term results. $132
Clinical CIT treatments: everything must start with a comprehensive clinical skin assessment, where education & a full home care and clinical treatment regime will be prescribed by a skin expert. This information will be consolidated into a comprohensive treatment plan which will be emailed to you. We use the dermaviduals CIT Pen with the first treatment costing $265; all subsequent treatments are $215 & include Healite II after each treatment to assist in the healing process. Please ensure you bring along a hat and scarf to protect your skin after treatment, as no sunscreen can be applied (for reasons discussed above).
Contra-Indications to Clinical Dermal Rolling
- Roaccutane/Accutane/Isotane - guests must be 12 months post treatment with these drugs.
- Active acne
- Vitamin A/Tretinoin Preparations (Retin-A, Renova, Stieva-A, Retrieve); Hydroquinone; skin bleaching agents (Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid) - must be discontinued 4 days pre and post a clinical treatment
- Antibiotics; blood thinning Medication (Warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven, Marevan, Waren); contraceptive pill; fish oil supplements; Ginseng; Gingko biloba; Aspirin; Alcohol - increases the chances of minor bleeding during treatment and possible bruising post treatment.
Active cosmedical and cosmeceutical products should be avoided for 48 hours after a clinical treatment:
- Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) including glycolic and lactic acids
- Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) including salicylic acid
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic/L-Ascorbic Acid)
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Vitamin A including Tretinoin, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate
- Skin bleaching agents including hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid
- Alcohol content greater than 6%
- Avoid highly perfumed cosmetics or harsh cleansing agents such as soap or alkaline foaming cleansers
Refrain from the following activities for 48 hours post treatment
- Excessive gymnasium or cardio workout
- Sauna or hot spa/bath
- Swimming in a chlorinated pool
- Infra-red light exposure
- Spray or self tanning products
- Cosmetic tattooing
- Shaving (12-24 hours)
- Waxing or electrolysis