Cascades of collagen.
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as medical skin needling or micro-needling, is a minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as scars on the face and body. The treatment uses tiny needles or micro-needles on a medical-grade roller that is moved over the skin to create tiny, evenly-spaced puncture wounds on the skin.
This process stimulates the body’s natural collagen production by generating a wound healing response and trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodeling of collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin shifts its natural repair mechanism into high gear and starts producing collagen and elastin. The self-repairing property of the skin is a 100% natural form of skin renewal.
What is Collagen Induction Therapy?
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also called microneedling, is a treatment that uses tiny needles to create micro channels, or tiny holes, in the skin to stimulate your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and produce collagen and elastin, resulting in firmer skin, less visible pores, less discoloration, and a healthier and more youthful appearance
What is the device used in microneedling?
A microneedling pen is a device with surgical-grade stainless steel needles on the tip that pulsate on top of the skin to create micro-channels that trigger the skin’s wound healing response. The length of these needles varies between 0.2 and 2.5 mm and is adjusted by your practitioner. Each pulsation causes microtrauma which prompts local growth factors in the skin to produce collagen and other growth factors.
How long is the procedure?
1 hour, which includes numbing of the face prior to the procedure.
What areas can microneedling address?
The full face with the exception of eyelids, neck, back and chest are treated most often, but Rejuvapen can be used on problem areas like cystic acne scarring, surgical scarring (C-section), stretch marks to reduce prominence.
What can I expect for results?
The procedure will create controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process, and, as with any medical and cosmetic procedure, results may vary from patient-to-patient. Some before and after cases of real patients below can demonstrate the results to expect from the procedure:
See below for important safety information.
When will I see results?
You will actually see visible results after the first treatment, and results improve after subsequent treatments. It is recommended to have 3-4 treatments for optimal results. It can take up to 6-8 weeks before prominent skin regeneration is seen and the process will continue to evolve over the ensuing months providing a gradual improvement.
Is the procedure painful?
All it requires is a topical numbing agent on for 15 minutes before your Rejuvapen procedure. Individualized settings allows for treatments to be adjusted to any skin type and sensitivity level.
What is post-care and recovery time?
The skin will be pink or red in appearance for 24-48 hours, much like a sunburn with some bleeding and occasionally some mild bruising. The skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a day. Some people experience a small amount of peeling of the skin. Generally, the inflammatory reaction of the skin decreases significantly after a few days.
What can I take to help my skin recover?
Your skin needs several nutrients during the healing process, including:
- Vitamin E, an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties and prevents damage to the skin caused by free radicals.
- Copper peptides are known to have skin remodeling properties and aid in the production of new collagen and elastin.
- Vitamin A aids in cellular renewal and can boost collagen levels for improved skin texture.
We advise clients to utilize the Alastin Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology and Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer to provide the proper nutrients for optimal healing.
Be advised the micro-pinholes in your skin may make your skin more sensitive to certain ingredients in your skincare. Do not apply topical skin care products that will irritate your skin (ie. Vitamin C) or take medications that suppress the inflammatory response (ie. steroids, NSAIDs).