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What is Collagen Induction Therapy?

Why is it so difficult to find information on collagen induction therapy? How long has this therapy been around? How long does it last? Thanks!

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Derma Rolling


This is a curious sort of treatment. The skin is numbed and then an instrument ( whose inspiration may have come from the Marquis de Sade) laden with tiny needles is rolled across the skin. The needles penetrate to a depth corresponding to the dermis.

The injured dermis sends signals to fibroblasts encouraging them to produce collagen to replace the collagen which has been damaged. This is the basic mechanism underlying the photorejuvenation found in laser and IPL treaments. With derma rolling or collagen induction therapy the impetus is direct physical injury.

Virginia Beach Dermatologist
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Collagen Induction Therapy

The Dermaroller device uses needles that are so tiny and fine that the integrity of your skin remains intact, without leaving traces of damage. However, your skin still reacts to the minor pricking sensations of these micro-needles by initiating the proliferation of new cells, most important of them being fibroblasts. In their natural development, fibroblasts eventually transform into collagen fibres that integrate into the formation that already exists in the upper layers of your skin. This process is known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). The proliferation of endothelial cells also occurs, encouraging the creation of new capillaries that keep the skin better nourished.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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