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!

Doctor Answers 5

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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CIT- Collagen Induction Therapy

Hello Ninaself,

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) also known as micro-needling is a procedure that improves the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks by stimulating your skin’s natural ability to repair itself. Collagen Induction Therapy uses tiny, sharp needles to create hundreds of micro-channels in the superficial layers of the skin. In response to these micro-injuries, your body releases growth factors and cytokines, which trigger the wound-healing process. During this process, the body produces more collagen a fibrous protein that contributes to the structural integrity of the skin resulting in thicker more youthful-appearing skin.

Hope this helps,
Dr Faraz

Patricia Faraz, MD
Ladera Ranch OB/GYN
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Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is what happens with subcision and micro needling.

Hello ninaself,
Thanks for the question.
Collagen Induction Therapy, or CIT, refers to the effect that micro injury to the surface of the skin results in new collagen formation.  It is most commonly spoken about in the minimally invasive arena of micro needling treatments.
Anytime there is injury to the skin, repair occurs through the formation of new collagen.  Micro needling uses either a roller device or an automated pen to make tiny holes in the skin.  It is mechanical damage only so it is safe for all skin types.
The technology has shown promise in wrinkle reduction, acne scar improvement, and pigment reduction.
Several treatments spaced 3-6 weeks apart are necessary for best results.
Risk of treatment is small and down times are short so it works well in out busy modern lives.
Good luck,
Dr. Shah

Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Collagen Induction Therapy

Collagen Induction Therapy(CIT) is one of the most exciting advances in skin care in the last 20 years. Microneedling has been around and very popular in Europe for a long time. The benefits of it have just really hit the US market in the past 5-7 years. The term CIT refers to a deeper treatment. It is not your home roller treatment. In our office we will often combine it with platelet rich plasma to supercharge the process. 

 The treatment has shown improvement for patients in both sundamaged skin and acne scarring. The procedure is often performed in a series of three, spaced a month apart. Recovery time is usually about 2 days.

Brian Maloney, MD, FACS
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Collagen Induction Therapy

CIT is performed with a number of short, very fine needles that essentially prick the skin to encourage your body's healing processes to occur. Collagen production is boosted, rejuvenation your skin.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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