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Collagen Induction Therapy FAQ’s
- What is Collagen Induction Therapy & how does it work?
- What can it treat?
- What are the benefits of having Collagen Induction Therapy?
- Who are the best candidates?
- Contra-indications (Reasons you may not be suitable)
- How many treatments do you need and how often?
- How do you prepare your skin?
- What does Collagen Induction Therapy feel like?
- What can you expect after the treatment?
- After care
- Possible side effects & complications
- How do you maintain the results?
- How much does it cost?
- Call us or book online
- See before and after photos of our clients.
What is Collagen Induction Therapy?
CIT works in a similar fashion to skin needling but is confined to a specific indentation. It is perfect for treating small individual scars and lines and is perfect to improve specific indentations on the face and body. It helps to fill the skins depressions from the bottom up, via the production of new collagen, so they become more level with the surrounding skin. CIT also perforates and softens fibrous scar tissue enabling the deposition of new collagen smoothing its surface.
This procedure uses a dry tattoo machine with very small needles to pierce the specific area of skin and create tiny injuries in the deeper layers, leading to new collagen formation via the normal skin repair mechanisms. This process takes 2-3 months to produce visible results.
What Can It Treat?
- Small individual depressed or fibrous scars
- Individual lines and wrinkles.
What Are The Benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy?
- Stimulates collagen production to plump up the skin
- Reduces the depth of scars and indentations
- Perforates and softens fibrous scar tissue
- Improves the appearance of scarring
- Reduces lines and wrinkles
- Smooths the surface of the skin.
Who Are The Best Candidates For CIT?
- Any skin type and colour can have CIT, though darker skins may risk post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Contra-indications (Reasons you may not be suitable)
- Roaccutane use in the last 6 months
- Keloid scars
- Abnormal wound healing.
How Many Treatments Do You Need and How Often?
Each skin responds differently and most skins will need multiple treatments at 4-6 week intervals, dependent on the initial condition being treated, and the desired outcome. This time frame allows us to see new collagen deposition and to assess the success of the treatment.
- Please note: A very small number of skins will have a minimal response to CIT
How Do You Prepare Your Skin?
Prior to having CIT, we recommend that the skin is primed with active ingredients for at least two weeks prior to the treatment, though we understand this isn’t always possible.
This helps to maximise treatment outcomes, assist in speeding the healing time and reduces the risk of post treatment complications. A specific skin care regime will be recommended to you at your initial consultation.
What Does Collagen Induction Therapy Feel Like?
You may feel some pressure though you won’t feel any pain due to the topical anaesthetic that is applied prior to your procedure. This can be provided to you to apply before your appointment to save you time.
What Can You Expect After The Treatment?
This will vary according to the size and strength of the area being treated.
- The scar or area being treated will have some bleeding during the procedure which stops almost immediately, then just appears pink or red in colour.
- It will form a crust or scab like appearance.
- The crust will fall off after 7-14 days depending on the area revealing the new skin.
- Best results can take up to 6 months to be seen.
- Avoid the use of moisturisers or lotions containing active ingredients such as retinol, glycolic acids, perfumes and colours.
- Be gentle when cleansing etc and do not rub or pick the skin as this may lead to a scar.
- Keep the area moist and protected with Bepanthen cream for the duration of the healing time.
- Your skin will be a little more sensitive to the sun so keep sun exposure to a minimum.
- Protect the new skin from the sun by wearing a hat, and use a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen daily.
- Apply foundation as you wish after 24 hours.
- Continue with your recommended skin care once the skin is no longer sensitive.
- If you have any concerns or questions please call the clinic on 9408 5544.
Possible Side Effects and Complications
- If the area is incorrectly cared for it can prolong healing and possibly lead to infection or scarring.
- It is important not to pick or remove the scab prematurely as it can lead to further scarring.
- Hyperpigmentation (darker areas of pigment on the skin) lasting 1 to 12 months.
How Do I Maintain The Results?
Continue using your recommended skin care to inhibit collagen loss and help continue collagen production, and improve your overall skin health.
Maintenance treatments will be recommended for your individual needs at 4-6 weekly intervals and may include Sonobrasion, Microdermabrasion, Glycolic and Lactic Acid Peels, Laser Facials or Skin Needling.
How Much Does CIT Cost?
Call us on (08) 9300 3663, or book your initial consultation online now.
Before and After Pictures
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