What is Collagen Induction Therapy?
COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY (CIT) EXPLAINED
Collagen induction therapy (CIT), also known as microneedling or dermarolling, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny sterile needles.
CIT works by building up the connective tissue in the lower skin layers (the dermis) while preserving the integrity of the upper protective layers of the skin (the epidermis). The punctured skin stimulates collagen production and is a highly effective treatment for fine lines, acne, scars and the general improvement of the skin’s texture, tone and colour. This controlled damage triggers the body’s natural response to heal itself.
The micro-wounds quickly heal and the skin’s natural repair process results in a thicker, tighter dermis with softer wrinkles and improved skin tone, resulting in the skin looking dramatically healthier and smoother.
Micro-punctures that are created by the CIT also allow topical gels, creams and moisturisers containing active ingredients to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing their effects in deeper layers of the skin.
Aesthetic therapists often incorporate Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) to augment the treatment outcome. When Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is combined with CIT treatment this is known as an autologous blood therapy and, as the treatment involves the use of the client’s own blood, is an extremely safe procedure.
What are the benefits of CIT?
Wrinkle & scar reduction
Acne & Pimples
Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation
General texture & tone improvement
Unlike many other facial treatments such as fractional lasers and aggressive chemical peels which can thin the epidermis and decrease dermal papillae resulting in inflamed, drier and more wrinkled skin, Collagen Induction Therapy is a highly natural approach and one of the many reasons that is has been so successful.
What does it feel like for your client?
The feeling associated with CIT is often described as a little like having fine sandpaper moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needles makes the treatment comfortable relatively painless.
What areas of the body can CIT treat?
Although our courses focus on the most popular area – the face – CIT can actually be used to treat many other areas including neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs and abdomen.
How long does the procedure take?
You should allow 45-60 minutes for a full facial treatment. This allows for your client arrival and briefing, paperwork (consent form) and post-treatment advice. You may also want to use your post-treatment time to offer your client recommended creams and moisturisers.
How much can I charge per treatment?
For a full facial expect to charge around £250 - £300. Your client will usually require 3 treatments over a 6 month period to complete the full treatment plan and achieve maximum benefit. You may also choose to charge your client £40 - £60 for an initial consultation and also offer combined packages such as a well-person blood screen or IVNT treatments.