Hey there, beauty lovers! Today, I am beyond excited to share with you my experience with one of the most innovative and results-driven skincare treatments out there: Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as Micro-needling. This non-invasive, collagen-inducing therapy is an FDA-approved treatment that has been taking the skincare world by storm; and I can confidently say that it lives up to the hype!
What is Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)?
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as Micro-needling, is the latest in aesthetic skin treatment that uses the body’s natural healing process to promote the production of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. It is an innovative regenerative technology that works by creating microscopic channels in the skin using a device that contains tiny needles. These channels stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin fibers that are responsible for giving skin its firmness, elasticity, and overall youthful appearance.
How does CIT work?
It works by creating controlled micro-injuries in the skin. During the procedure, a specialized device containing tiny needles is gently pressed onto the skin, creating microscopic channels or punctures. These tiny injuries are too small to be visible to the naked eye, but they are enough to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process.
In response to these micro-injuries, the body produces new collagen and elastin fibers, which are the building blocks of healthy skin. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its structure, while elastin allows the skin to stretch and snap back into place. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, leading to sagging skin, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
By creating controlled micro-injuries, CIT helps to jumpstart the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin. This process leads to firmer, more elastic skin with improved texture and tone. Additionally, CIT can also help to stimulate blood flow and promote the absorption of skincare products, leading to even better results.
Is it safe?
It’s worth noting that while CIT involves creating micro-injuries in the skin, it is considered a safe and minimally invasive procedure. The needles used in CIT are very fine, and the procedure is typically performed using a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort. Additionally, CIT is a customizable treatment, meaning that the depth and intensity of the micro-injuries can be adjusted to suit each patient’s unique needs and skin type.
Is it painful?
It may cause some discomfort during the procedure, but it is generally considered to be a tolerable and minimally invasive treatment. The level of discomfort can vary depending on the individual’s pain tolerance, the depth and intensity of the micro-injuries, and the area of the body being treated. To be specific, it feels similar to the sensation of a mild sunburn.
What can CIT treat?
- Wrinkles and fine lines: By stimulating collagen and elastin production, CIT can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, leading to smoother, firmer skin.
- Scarring: CIT can help to improve the appearance of scars, including acne scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks, by stimulating collagen production and encouraging new tissue growth.
- Hyperpigmentation: CIT can be effective in reducing the appearance of dark spots, sun damage, and other forms of hyperpigmentation by promoting cellular turnover and improving skin texture.
- Enlarged pores: CIT can help to reduce the size of enlarged pores by stimulating collagen production, which can improve skin texture and tone.
- Overall skin texture and tone: CIT can improve overall skin texture and tone, leading to a more youthful, radiant complexion.
- Skincare product absorption: CIT can enhance the absorption of skincare products, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin and produce better results.
Overall, CIT is a highly effective treatment for improving a wide range of skin concerns, and it can be customized to suit each patient’s individual needs and skin type.
What are the side effects?
CIT is generally safe, but like any cosmetic treatment, it carries potential risks. Common side effects include redness, swelling, discomfort, bruising, and bleeding, while rare complications include infection and hyperpigmentation. With proper aftercare and an experienced skincare professional, these risks can be minimized, allowing you to enjoy the many benefits of this effective skincare treatment.
What post-CIT care options?
Use soothing skincare products, protect your skin from the sun, avoid strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours, and stay hydrated. These post-CIT care options can help ensure optimal healing and results.
How many treatments are needed?
Depends on your individual skin concerns and goals. In general, a series of 3-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is recommended for optimal results. However, your skincare professional can customize a treatment plan for you based on your skin type, concerns, and goals. After the initial series of treatments, maintenance treatments can be done every 6-12 months to help maintain the results. As for myself, once a month. I’ve been doing the treatment for more than a year now.
How long until can see the result?
You can typically see the results of CIT within a few days to a week after treatment. However, full results may take several weeks to several months to become apparent as the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers continue to regenerate and improve. To achieve the best results, it’s important to follow your skincare professional’s aftercare instructions and maintain a consistent skincare routine.
How much does it cost?
Mine cost me about MYR4,000.00 for 12 sessions at Medicdeno Skincare. On average, a single CIT session can cost anywhere between MYR800.00 to MYR3,200.00, and a full course of treatment typically consists of 3 to 6 sessions. The accuracy of the pricing may vary depending on factors such as location and the individual clinic’s pricing policies. However, it’s always best to consult with a qualified practitioner for an accurate quote based on your specific needs and goals.
Why do I do CIT?
As someone who values the importance of self-care and skincare, I’m always looking for the best treatments that can provide me with lasting results. That’s why I love CIT facials: they’ve been a complete game-changer in my skincare routine, leaving me with a smoother, more even-toned complexion that looks and feels years younger. Thanks to CIT, my pores are tightened, and I no longer have issues with acne.
My experience after a year of doing CIT.
As someone who has struggled with acne, pigmentation, and scarring before doing CIT, I was willing to try just about anything to achieve clear, smooth skin. So when I heard about CIT, a skin treatment that promises to reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, I was intrigued. After doing some research and consulting with my aesthetic doctor, I decided to give CIT a try.
I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous before my first session, but my beauty therapist walked me through the process and ensured that I was comfortable throughout. Since the intensity of the micro-injuries can be adjusted, the pain is tolerable and I experienced only mild redness and sensitivity afterward.
Over the course of my 12 sessions, I began to see noticeable improvements in my skin’s texture and appearance. My acne scars were less visible, my skin looked smoother and brighter, and the fine lines around my eyes were noticeably reduced.
Not only did CIT improve the overall appearance of my skin, but it also gave me a boost of confidence that I had been lacking for years. I no longer felt self-conscious about my acne scars or fine lines, and I found myself feeling more comfortable in my own skin without any makeup on.
Overall, my experience with CIT was positive, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their skin’s texture, tone, and appearance. Of course, like any skin treatment, CIT may not be suitable for everyone, and results may vary depending on the individual. However, based on my personal experience, I would highly recommend CIT. It may seem daunting at first, but the results are well worth it.
X, Hani. ❤