Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is a procedure that is used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment is also suitable for treating some scarring that has been caused by acne. The procedure is typically used on the face, hands or the body to help improve the appearance of the skin in the target area.
The way this particular treatment works is that a device such as the Aquagold fine touch® is used to make tiny puncture holes in the skin, which in turn creates a situation where this minor trauma to the skin promotes the body’s own natural collagen production.
Collagen Induction Therapy is also known as microneedling and due to the way that this particular treatment works it is well suited to combining with other treatments such as Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). When microneedling is also combined with Platelet Rich Plasma the healing process and rejuvenation is sped up, which is beneficial for those looking for faster results. This version of the procedure is also often referred to as a “Vampire Facelift or Vampire Facial.”
How Long Does It Take To See Results From Collagen Induction Therapy (Microneedling)?
Even without PRP, the results from Collagen Induction Therapy are relatively fast acting and rejuvenation will be seen over the following weeks after the treatments. The reason there is a delay between treatment and the results being achieved is due to the fact the body takes time for the collagen production process to occur. Once this process begins then the patient will start to see the improvements in the skin condition.
For some individuals, one treatment may suffice but it is not uncommon to have follow up procedures to gain the maximum potential results. This is typically dependent on the depth of the lines, wrinkles or scars that are being treated. One of the key benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy is that most individuals are candidates for the procedure, since it is not dependent on skin type or tone, unlike some other treatments that are available to treat similar symptoms.
The procedure itself is generally not painful but a topical anaesthetic may be used to reduce the occurrence of discomfort. The treatment time is short and dependent on the area being treated, and an appointment of thirty-minutes or less is common. The good news is that the downtime with Collagen Induction Therapy is relatively short, with just a few days required. Directly after the treatment there may be some redness, and occasionally some bruising due to the way the treatment works.
Before and after photo of patient – PRP w/ microneedling, VBeam, Aqua Gold (6 months)
Can Collagen Induction Therapy Be Done At Home?
There are ways Microneedling / Collagen Induction Therapy can be done at home such as via using devices such as a Dermaroller but these are prone to potential error and so for best results, it is recommended that you discuss with a trained and certified dermatologist what your options are. For example, board certified dermatologist Dr. Green uses more than one method of microneedling at her NYC dermatology office. Aquagold is one method of microneedling for the skin and can be combined with Botox and other dermal fillers as well. The Eclipse Micropen is another type of microneedling and is the method we combine with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments to rejuvenate the skin.
Whether you want to treat the look of age such as fine lines or wrinkles or have acne scars that you would like to improve the appearance of, Dr. Green can discuss the best options with you with regards to Collagen Induction Therapy. To book an appointment, please contact our NYC based office or call 212 535 3088