As a natural skin renewal and rejuvenation process, Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT with Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP, is an excellent, and less expensive, alternative to more intense laser resurfacing. With shorter recovery time and longer lasting results this process repairs skin using the body’s natural healing defenses from micro needling. This actively produces collagen and elastin beneath the skin’s surface, reducing the signs of aging by filling wrinkles and fine lines with new and active collagen fibers. It also improves acne scars, burn scars, stretch marks, hyper & hypo pigmentation.
Collagen, along with soft keratin, is responsible for skin strength and elasticity. However, collagen is subject to sufficient denaturation which ultimately leads to wrinkles. Fortunately, our bodies can product new collagen. When new collagen is produced, it plumps the skin under wrinkles to smooth out and reduce visible lines of aging. This is where Collagen Induction Therapy comes into play.
Collagen Induction Therapy, CIT, uses micro needling to micro injure the skin forcing the natural self-healing process in the dermis to tighten the skin when trying to close the wound and produce collagen while it repairs itself beneath the surface. This reverses wrinkles and scars from the bottom most layer of the skin, the dermis. Additionally, the micro channels caused by needling increases absorption of active ingredients, such as Platelet Rich Plasma, deep into the dermis.
The micro needling causes the release of growth factors that promote scar-less healing.
Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP, is plasma from the patient’s own blood that contains several growth factors, including platelet-driven growth factors, PDGF. This is the growth factor that initiates all wound healing.
The addition of PRP to the process multiplies effects of CIT by replicating and creating even more collagen for a greater effect on smoothing skin. It has also been shown that the high concentration of growth factors entrapped in the micro channels from CIT under the epidermis accelerates wound healing and skin remodeling.
The process begins with a nurse drawing blood from the patient and spun out to separate the plasma platelets with growth factors from the remaining blood. While the platelets are being separated, the patient skin is cleaned and a numbing cream is applied. After 30 minutes the micro needling is performed to create a channel through the epidermis to initiate the process of self-healing in the dermal layer. It also creates an opening for the PRP to penetrate the dermis.
Next, the active PRP is embedded into the micro channels in the dermis layer of the skin and needling is continued. Finally, a hydrating cream is applied to the skin and the procedure is complete. The epidermis closes itself within an hour and the body does its work repairing the skin.
As the skin heals itself new collagen fibers are formed to fill out, repair, and rejuvenate the skin. When treating the face, this process induces skin tightening, which minimizes pores. It will reduce wrinkles and fine lines, remodel acne scars, improve burn scars, reduce stretch marks and address hyper & hypo pigmentation. When treating the scalp, it also stimulates hair growth.