Stay Perfect Beauty Clinic offers FDA approved, Collagen Induction Therapy (using an electric dermal pen), is an exciting new skin procedure used to improve skin texture, smooth wrinkles and fill deep lines, relax and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, and reduce the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, sun spots and enlarged pores. CIT can be safely performed on all areas of the skin and on all skin colours and types. There is no risk of scarring or post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (discolouration of the skin as a result of skin trauma) as the melanocytes and the dermis remain intact during CIT. This is the major distinguishing safety feature when comparing CIT with other invasive procedures that are used to improve skin texture and treat depressed scars and deep lines, such a laser resurfacing, chemical peels and dermabrasion. Matthias Aust, MD, a plastic surgeon in Hannover, Germany, has stated, "Unlike with ablative lasers, there's no risk of scarring... And in addition to stimulating fibrolasts to make collagen and elastic, CIT also releases growth factors, which non-ablative lasers don't do." (Deem, M., ELLE 2008)
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How long does it last and how long until I see results?
CIT usually takes at least 90 days to work its magic, although improvements in the skin are seen immediately after the procedure. The punctured skin stimulates a natural (Type 2) collagen, which is stronger than 'normal' collagen by up to 1,000 percent!! Collagen is generally referred to as 'The glue that holds us together' and the new collagen and elastin production will continue to build for up to a year after the treatment. Type 2 collagen is not broken down easily and lasts around 7-8 years! There is no maintenance required - unlike many other alternative procedures, but clients tend to repeat the procedure on an annual basis. Initial treatments can be repeated at 8 week intervals to achieve the desired result.
Collagen Induction Therapy is often referred to as an alternative treatment to Botox. In fact, they can be used effectively in conjunction with each other, but generally speaking, Collagen Induction Therapy treats many skin imperfections including, but not limited to: lines, wrinkles, large pores, acne scarring, hyper-pigmentation and more. It can increase natural (Type 2) Collagen by up to 1,000%. Botox is a great quick and effective fix, but only lasts around 6-9 months and there are issues with eye muscle functions, creating new lines etc.... C.I.T is cheaper, but most of the time more than one treatment is needed 6-8 weeks apart to get the results you want. It lasts 7-8 years and literally replaces your skin with stronger, tighter and firmer skin. It is a new, exciting treatment and if you want something that looks completely natural - which really delays the natural ageing process, then this is brilliant.
Typically, the skin will be red and swollen for one or two days after treatment with a light abrasion, or scratched effect, over the area treated. Most patients can return to work within 12-48 hours after, depending on the intensity of the treatment. In comparison to laser resurfacing and chemical peels, recovery time is minimal, which makes CIT a more desirable alternative. Makeup (preferably mineral makeup) is not recommended to be not worn until day 2 or 3, once the epidermis (top layer of skin) is repaired. Please also note that exposure to the sun should be minimal during this period. Swimming (in either salt water or chlorinated swimming pools/Ocean/Rivers) should be avoided for a week after the procedure as the risk of foreign bacteria entering the skin would be high. For the best results, it is important to use the aftercare and skin care products recommended by your Collagen Induction Therapist for a minimum of two weeks after each treatment.