What Is Collagen Induction Therapy?

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as medical skin needling or micro-needling, is a new 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. The roller used is much like a fine tattooing needle, so should cause minimal trauma when creating the microscopic punctures in the skin. However, topical local anaesthetic can be used to minimise discomfort. By damaging the skin you encourage the body to produce new collagen and elastin, which helps it thicken and ‘plump up’. The procedure can be performed on the face and body.

Am I a Candidate? - Collagen Induction Therapy is suitable for all skin types, and ideal candidates are those who wish to improve skin laxity, smooth lines and wrinkles, slow the onset of the ageing process or improve the appearance of scarring. Keep update with the Collagen Induction therapy reviews on our website!

Before Treatment - Before you undergo any cosmetic treatment, it is important to have a consultation with a qualified practitioner to ensure you are suitable for treatment. This will be your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the procedure and for the practitioner to explain the pros and cons.

During Treatment - Before a medical skin needling treatment, a topical anaesthetic is usually applied to minimise any discomfort. Then the device will be rolled over the skin to create evenly spaced puncture wounds. The length of the needles on the roller will vary depending on how deep into the skin the needles need to penetrate – generally, the deeper the penetration, the more dramatic results you will see. Treatment can take anywhere between 10-60 minutes depending on the area you are having treated.

Recovery - After Collagen Induction Therapy treatment, your skin will usually be slightly pink and you may experience some mild bleeding and bruising depending on the length of the needle used during your treatment. The downtime with this treatment is very quick and you should have recovered between 24-72 hours. A series of 2-5 treatments is usually recommended to achieve maximum results and as the results rely on kick-starting your body’s own collagen production, it can take 4-8 weeks before you start to fully see the benefits. It is also often advised to use cosmeceutical grade skincare at home to enhance your results.

Benefits - This minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment is designed to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as scars on the face and body.

Risks and Complications - Risks associated with medical skin needling are minimal but can include dry skin or slight discolouration post-treatment. Any side effects of Collagen Induction Therapy should subside within a week or so.

Collagen Induction Therapy Cost – The treatment usually costs from £200-£400 per session depending on the size of the treatment area and what type of device is being used.

Choosing a Cosmetic Clinic – Medical Skin Needling with medical grade rollers should only be carried out by properly trained medical practitioners, so it is essential to find a practitioner with experience and training in the treatment.  Start your search today on our directory of U.K clinics!

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