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Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)
Medical skin needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) and Micro-Needling, is a relatively new and affordable concept in skin rejuvenation. The procedure stimulates the body’s own collagen production which helps skin repair and regenerate itself safely and naturally to create healthier, younger-looking skin.
There are a number of devices currently available, one of the most popular being Dermaroller, as well as automated pen-like devices such as Dermapen.
Prior to treatment, it is often recommended that patients apply Vitamin A and C creams to the area for up to four weeks. During the treatment a series of fine, sharp needles are introduced to the skin following the administration of a local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort. The needles are attached to a single use, sterile roller or to a needle plate at the end of a pen-like device which is moved over the surface of the skin to create microscopic channels. These minute punctures close over almost immediately and the damage encourages the body to produce new collagen and elastin, in turn generating new skin cells to repair itself. The end result is that skin becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful.
Treatment can typically take between 10 minutes and one hour, depending on the size of the area being treated and pain should be minimal, although some patients experience a small level of discomfort. Recovery tends to take between 24 hours and three days, with most people able to return to work the following day. It can take between four and eight weeks before noticeable improvements are seen and a gradual enhancement can be expected over the following months. Although one treatment can produce noticeable results, a programme of two to five treatments is often recommended for optimum results.
Private costs for medical skin needling treatments depend on the area(s) being treated and the type of device being used. Please get in touch and we will be happy to provide you with a personalised quote.
Medical skin needling can be used to treat
- Fine lines and wrinkles.
- Stretch marks.
- Aged and sun-damaged skin.
- Acne scarring.
- Poor complexion.
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