Collagen induction therapy (CIT) is an effective treatment for wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, uneven pigmentation, and other forms of scarring. The treatment works by using microneedles to cause controlled micro-injuries to the skin, stimulating your body’s natural healing process. At ICT Eye in Wichita, KS, we offer this therapy to help our patients achieve firmer, healthier, and younger-looking skin.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Collagen Induction Therapy?
Patients who want to fight signs of aging and improve their overall skin complexion without resorting to surgery or dermal fillers are usually good candidates for this treatment. If you’re considering CIT, the best thing to do is schedule a consultation with us here at the clinic.
During this consultation, we can assess your individual case and determine if CIT is right for you. Our team has years of experience in providing effective treatment solutions perfectly tailored to each patient’s unique needs. We’ll guide you every step of the way if you decide that CIT might be the right choice to meet your aesthetic goals.
What Skin Conditions Does Collagen Induction Therapy Help?
Reduced Collagen Production
Collagen is a crucial structural protein found throughout the human body, but is especially abundant in the skin. It serves as a major component of our connective tissue and makes up the extracellular matrix, which provides structure and strength to our skin.
Collagen has three main roles in skin health: it acts as a support structure by providing strength and resilience; it helps keep skin hydrated by supporting capillary walls, which retain water content; and it aids in wound healing by providing essential building blocks for new tissue growth.
Effects of Reduced Collagen Production
Various factors can lead to decreased collagen production. Aging is one of the most common causes since our body’s natural ability to produce collagen decreases significantly with age. Furthermore, free radicals generated from environmental pollution can damage collagen fibers, leading to a further decrease in production. When collagen production decreases, it leads to sagging skin that appears dry and wrinkled.
Additionally, lack of adequate collagen can lead to poor wound healing, which can cause scarring or other forms of hyperpigmentation. Collagen induction therapy is one potential solution for stimulating collagen production to reduce these signs of aging. During micro-needling, tiny needles are used to create microscopic channels in the dermis layer of the skin. This triggers an inflammatory response which encourages fibroblast cells to produce more collagen as part of the healing process.
Sun Damage and Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which areas of the skin become darker than normal due to increased melanin production, resulting in uneven skin tone, dark spots, or discoloration. There are several types of hyperpigmentation that can be triggered by excessive sun exposure, including melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), photodamage, actinic lentigo, and solar lentigo.
Melasma is characterized by symmetrical patches of light to dark brown pigment on the face. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) occurs when an injury or inflammation to the skin affects the melanocytes in that area, resulting in darkening of the spots. Photodamage happens due to excessive sun exposure.
Other Forms of Hyperpigmentation
Actinic and solar lentigo occurs when you have been exposed to UV radiation for many years without proper protection from sunscreen or clothing, leading to age spots on different parts of your body, such as face, arms, hands, and neck areas. Apart from these cosmetic effects, prolonged exposure to UV rays can also cause irreversible damage to our skin structure through collagen breakdown.
Micro-needling is an effective treatment for reversing signs of aging due to sun exposure. By stimulating collagen production within the dermal layers using tiny needles that penetrate just deep enough into your skin without causing any major discomfort or pain, we are able to correct various hyperpigmentation issues.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but they can occur much earlier in life than many people realize. It’s not uncommon for the first visible signs of aging to start appearing as early as one’s mid-20s. There are several possible causes that can contribute to premature wrinkle formation. Environmental exposure is one of them, with frequent exposure to UV rays from the sun or other sources like tanning beds increasing one’s risk for wrinkles.
Smoking also accelerates the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to more pronounced wrinkles at an earlier age. Additionally, genetics plays an important role in how quickly a person’s skin may start showing signs of wear and tear. Some individuals may be predisposed to developing wrinkles much earlier than others due to genetics alone.
Early intervention is crucial when it comes to reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen induction therapy works by creating micro-injuries in deeper layers of the skin where new collagen production is stimulated. CIT also helps increase blood flow throughout facial tissues, which promotes quicker healing times after each treatment session.
Stretch marks are stripes or lines that occur when the skin is stretched beyond its normal capacity. This excessive stretching causes an inflammation response in the body, leading to scarring of the dermis. This scarring leaves behind visible lines or patterns on the skin’s surface. The most common causes of stretch marks include pregnancy, extreme weight loss or gain, certain medications, genetics, and hormonal changes due to puberty or menopause.
Stretch marks will usually fade away on their own over time, but this process can take anywhere from several months to years. In some cases, however, they may never completely disappear, necessitating the need for cosmetic treatments like micro-needling. Increasing collagen production helps even out the surface of the skin, which helps reduce the visibility of existing scars while also preventing new ones from forming.
Large skin pores are noticeable openings in the skin that can appear on different parts of our body, although they are usually concentrated on the nose and cheeks. These enlarged openings are caused by a few different things, such as excess sebum production and dead skin cells getting stuck in the pores. Hormonal changes due to puberty or menopause can also cause larger pores. Additionally, genetics can be a factor in determining how large your pores become.
Having enlarged skin pores can come with several problems. While you may not feel any physical discomfort from having large pores, it can make your skin look unhealthy. Additionally, whiteheads or blackheads can become more noticeable, especially when these enlarged pores become clogged with dirt and sebum.
Unfortunately, large skin pores cannot revert to their normal size on their own. However, there are many cosmetic treatments available that can help reduce large pore size. These treatments include chemical peels, which exfoliate dead skin cells and clear away debris from inside the pore. Furthermore, increasing collagen production through micro-needling can help minimize pore size.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects nearly all people at some point in their lives. The exact cause of acne is a complex combination of several factors. Increased hormone levels can cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil than normal, leading to blocked pores, inflammation, and breakouts. Certain medications, such as those containing lithium, can also trigger or worsen acne symptoms.
In addition, certain foods with high sugar content may increase hormone levels and oil production, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Acne scars occur when collagen fibers beneath the skin’s surface are damaged due to excessive inflammation caused by actions such as popping pimples or picking at blemishes. These damaged collagen fibers leave behind pits and depressions on the skin’s surface known as atrophic scars or ice-pick scars.
Treatments such as micro-needling can help stimulate collagen growth while helping reduce discoloration caused by acne scars. Chemical peels can also exfoliate dead skin cells while encouraging new cell growth, resulting in smoother skin texture without discoloration or pitted marks left behind from previous breakouts.
Improve the Look and Feel of Your Skin Today!
Your skin can be smooth and glowing with the help of collagen induction therapy. This treatment harnesses your body’s natural healing powers to stimulate the production of fresh collagen. This helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while revealing renewed, youthful-looking skin. The results are usually seen within a few days but full effects can take up to four weeks after the first session. Contact ICT Eye in Wichita, KS, to find out if this treatment is right for you.