Collagen Induction Therapy
By the time we are 35 we will have lost half the collagen (the ‘scaffolding’ of the skin) in our skin and elastin (which gives our skin its elasticity) & quite simply CIT stimulates collagen and elastin production.
The objective of collagen induction therapy (CIT) is to build up the connective tissue in the lower skin layers (dermal layers) while keeping intact the protective layers of the skin (epidermal layers). Small needle clusters of a hand held device penetrate into the skin and break up old collagen strands and stimulate the production of elastin fibres oriented from the deep layers of the dermis to the surface. The result is smoother, thicker, tighter, more even toned skin. The problem with heat inducing treatments is that the dermis is an extremely complex, highly specialized organ. It may only be 0.2 mm thick but it is our only protection from the environment. We should never damage the epidermis unless the risk of leaving the epidermis intact is greater than the risk of removing it. Whatever we do, we should try to ensure that the basic architecture of the skin is not altered. To rejuvenate skin and look younger, we need a perfect epidermis with natural dermal papillae, good hydration, normal colour and normal resilience. When thermal heat treatments are used, over time, we thin our epidermis and decrease our dermal papillae which results in inflamed, drier and more wrinkled skin. Although we do use thermal heat treatments at MySkinSpa, they are not the first port of call so to speak - they are part of a long term treatment plan, depending on what skin condition is being treated.
CIT is the controlled stimulation of the skin’s ability to self-repair. The thousands of micro ‘channels’ created in the skin, not only trigger new collagen production but also allow corneotherapeutic skincare products applied to penetrate deep into the skin. Corneotherapeutic products contain no fragrances, preservatives, colours or emulsifiers (these substances are not good for the skin & are definitely not suitable to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin during clinical CIT treatments).