What is a Collagen Pen and Collagen Induction Therapy?
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a micro-needling (pen) device. CIT is safe and effective on all skin types without the risk of discoloration. The micro-needling procedure can be performed by licensed qualified medical professionals, including physicians, osteopaths and naturopaths. CIT is effectively used for the following:
- Reducing scars caused by acne, surgery or burns
- Fading stretch marks
- Reducing fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Evening skin pigmentation
- Tightening sagging skin
What is the CIT procedure like?
The micro-needling device used for Collagen Induction Therapy looks like a writing pen and contains hundreds of fine micro-needles for penetrating the skin which are motorized to puncture the skin hundreds of times per second.
The entire procedure using the collagen pen is all-natural and fast:
- The medical professional applies a numbing cream on the treatment area.
- Then moves the micro-needling pen across the treatment area, puncturing the skin in a specific pattern.
- As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound.
- This creates a controlled injury on and below the skin’s surface. The “injury” triggers the body to “fill” these micro-wounds by producing new collagen and elastin, and by stimulating skin cell regeneration.
- The patient resumes regular activities almost immediately.
How does CIT work?
CIT or micro-needling works by stimulating the immune system and wound-healing mechanisms. As the micro-needles penetrate the skin, causing micro-wounds, it triggers an intense inflammatory reaction that begins a cascade of subsequent reactions.The important point is that tiny surgical needles cause a micro-needling intrusion. The skin’s nerve receptors and defense mechanisms sense these fine-needle intrusions as a specific type of injury and heals accordingly. During the healing process, skin cells (within a 1 to 2 mm radius around the pricking channel) release growth signals to undifferentiated cells otherwise known as skin stem cells. These signals also stimulate rapid growth of new fibroblasts and other wound-repairing cells.
The new collagen fibers thicken the skin, filling in atrophic scars.
The micro-needling collagen pen procedure creates thousands of micro wounds in a treatment area. As each wound induces new collagen formation, it forms a new, healthy collagen layer in the treatment area. This reaction is called collagenesis.The wound healing process also stimulates rapid growth of endothelial cells (the thin layer of cells which line capillaries and blood vessels). In turn, this creates new capillaries for better blood supply to the skin. This reaction is called angiogenesis. During the micro-needling collagen pen procedure, tissue damage is unlikely because the needles are very fine and thin. In fact, skin integrity actually remains intact even though the skin reacts as if it had been “injured.” The tiny wounds caused by the micro-needles are repaired and close very quickly. No tissue lesion can be detected, infections are rare, and there is nothing to repair.
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