Until now – laser resurfacing has been the most successful way to rejuvenate facial skin.

The process works on destroying the epidermis. The extensive damage eventually leads to the dense production of Collagen and Elastin with subsequent skin tightening.

Other less severe methods like Chemical Peeling and Skin Abrasion has also been popular with the same theory and outcome in mind causing trauma to the epidermis which results in stimulation of Collagen and Elastin production.

There is no doubt that these treatments have made a lot of people happy.

Ablative treatments like dermabrasion, chemical peel and laser re-surfacing to do one thing: remove the productive epidermis to force the body to produce a new tissue layer. However, once the epidermis is removed, the lower levels of skin is completely exposed – vulnerable to environmental contamination from dirt, dust and bacteria.

The epidermis is a most complex highly specialised organ and while it is only 0.2mm thick, it is our only protection from the environment. We should never, ever damage the epidermis unless the risk of leaving the epidermis intact is greater than removing it.

To rejuvenate facial skin and look really young, we need a perfect epidermis.

Destruction of the epidermis is not anymore, the best way to correct the problem.

But of course, the real problems of wrinkled and saggy skin lie in the dermis. The collagen has been damaged and the thick layer of collagen in the dermis has become thinner.

How does Dermal Micro-needling (Collagen induction) work?

The collagen results from the natural wounding of the skin, even though the wound is miniscule. Each tiny wound goes through three classic phases of wound healing.

Healing:

  1. Inflammation
  2. Proliferation (tissue formation)
  3. Scab and scar tissue build to protect and induce healing, remaining skin cells divide and produce new skin cells.
  4. Tissue remodelling. Scar tissue that was found during healing is broken down; new skin begins to blend in.

Dermal Micro-needling falls in the Puncture wound category.

The needle only penetrates through the epidermis and does not remove it, so the epidermis or even as far as into the dermis and starts the inflammation phase.

Depending on the needle length used, the needle pricks penetrate the epidermis or even as far as the dermis and starts the inflammation phase.

Tiny blood vessels are ruptured. This produces a surge of activity that inevitably leads to the fibroblasts being “instructed” to produce more Collagen and more Elastin.

Tissue remodelling continues for months after the injury. If we are looking at a single prick through the skin, then this is an unimportant response. A completely different picture emerges when thousands of fine pricks are placed next to each other. The process can become virtually confluent, and a sheet of collagen will be laid down in the area just below the epidermis.

Collagen slowly shortens after a few months and so the tightening of the skin is progressive over the next few months. The results can mimic those obtained with a laser, but without destroying the epidermis. It is also believed that the deeper the penetration into the dermis produces better Collagen deposition.

Indications:

  1. to restore skin tightness in the early stages of ageing. This is a relatively minor procedure and can safely be recommended.
  2. To avoid laser especially in people with thin skin who cannot have laser resurfacing with safety.
  3. Acne scarring. Great success with needling for acne scars. The results are superior to dermabrasion.
  4. For the reduction of fine lines.
  5. Scars are improved and if they are hypopigmented, they may return to a more natural colour after needling.

Advantages:

  • This procedure does not permanently damage the skin. The skin actually becomes thicker.
  • Topical numbing agents can be used to make procedure comfortable. Very little discomfort post treatment.
  • It is not as expensive as laser resurfacing.
  • If the results after needling is not satisfactory, it can be repeated without any risk.

 

DERMAL MICRO-NEEDLING BENEFITS:

Epidermal proliferation:

Because of the slower cellular turnover cycle of skin cells in aged skin, the aged skin appearance is matt and greyish in appearance. This is called slowed cell proliferation and results in keratin scales building up on the surface of the skin which then lacks transparency. A luminous skin is one of the skins of young skin that we all desire.

Transdermal delivery:

Our skin is our largest organ and one of its function is to act as a barrier to keep unwanted substances out. Therefore, one of our biggest challenges is to introduce beneficial cosmetic ingredients through this protective barrier in to the deeper layers of the skin to work from the inside out.

CIT is proven to increase the penetration of beneficial ingredients in order to work for our skin, up to 1000 times better.

Dr. Lavery can extract your own stem cells and concentrated growth factors to make this absorption even better.

Using a routine blood test, Dr. Lavery can harvest your very own skin cells for rejuvenation or use the latest Hyaluronic acid, antioxidant and vitamin peptide serums.

Collagen Induction Therapy:

CIT therapy stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. Because of micro trauma caused by gentle injury to the skin, the body will respond with increased fibroblast activity Collagen and Elastin production is increased and New skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced. Resulting in thicker Epidermal skin.

Scar reduction therapy:

Scar reduction therapy procedure works by releasing old fibrotic scar tissue deep within the skin. Results can be seen within 6 weeks, and a total of 70-80% improvement of scars.

Other benefits:

  • Unlike chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or plastic surgery, there is no down time.
  • Less invasive, less expensive, faster with longer lasting results than other traditional skin rejuvenation treatments.
  • Complete preservation of the epidermis during the procedure
  • No permanent damage to the skin, no pain during procedure.
  • No bleeding, infection, discolouration or other complications on the treated area.

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

  • What is COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY (CIT)?

Also known as Micro-Dermal needling or dermal rollin, CIT is an in-clinic treatment which stimulates normal collagen production. The top layer of the skin is preserved while the skin needling causes tiny micro breaks within the skin. In response, the skin cells release a series of growth factors and proteins which promote the production of Collagen and Elastin in the skin. At a microscopic level, proliferated skin cells, such as fibroblasts, migrate to the point of injury and transform into collagen fibres, resulting in increased fibre strength and elasticity and a thicker tissue layer.

  • This treatment improves your skin by inducing the increased production of collagen, facilitating natural repair and growth, making the skin stronger and thicker.
  • Can I combine CIT with other treatments?

Because CIT does not remove any skin the ‘recovery’ time is only a few hours and therefore any other advanced treatment like Microdermabrasion, Peels, IPL can be done within a day of CIT.

Dr. Lavery will recommend the best combination and treatment plan to meet your needs, suited to your skin and lifestyle. This will include pre-treatment preparations, post treatment intensifiers as a part of your home care skincare plan.

  • How can I make CIT most effective?

The only proven way to further boost collagen production is to prepare the skin with Vitamin A prior to the treatment and then maintain as enhanced state of collagen and Elastin production by continuing the skin care regime thereafter.

  • Is the treatment painful?

It is a treatment to deliver results and not as much for relaxation. You will feel many fine needles on your skin area where Dr. Lavery is working. Treatments require no downtime and have no pain. A topically applied anaesthetic is applied to minimise any discomfort when receiving a clinic treatment.

  • What is the skins appearance immediately after the treatment and what after care is necessary?

Occasionally the treatment results in a mild redness, which may last a few hours. After the treatment, slight skin sensitivity may show. To protect and soothe the skin, post-care advised as a home care regime.

  • How many treatments are required for substantial results?

age and skin conditions will determine the number of treatments required to achieve the maximum effect. For more common skin conditions may require anywhere between 3-8 treatments with 3-4 weeks intervals between visits. The results are evident from both the skin texture and its appearance after the very first session. It is also recommended to get a Dermal roller to use at home up to 3 times a week.

  • Is CIT effective on any skin type?

CIT stimulates collagen and elastin production and makes a lasting difference on any skin type of any age as Dr. Lavery can adjust the treatment to the individual skin.

 

  • What results can I expect, and how soon?

Depending on the area treated, you will notice an improvement in your skin’s appearance. Acne scars will be less obvious. Age spots and fine lines are greatly diminished. Your skin will be softer, smoother, and younger-looking. After your first treatment, your skin will have a fresh pink glow. Improvement continues throughout your treatment program. You will begin to notice visible results after about the third treatment.

  • What’s the down time and side effect?

Treatments on thousands of clients of different race and colour show no-adverse skin reaction. CIT treatments have none of the common risks and offer all of the advantages of the most invasive and most expensive treatments.

  • What are the benefits of CIT over other procedures?

CIT treatments do not burn like laser or acid treatments and do not cause any disruptions to normal activities. There is less discomfort and recovery is fast