Collagen Induction Therapy (Microneedling) is a safe, cost–effective treatment for stretch marks, acne scars & wrinkles.

What do wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scarring have in common? These are all conditions, which have been frustrating physicians and patients in their inability to be effectively treated. Now, at last, a new, non–ablative and effective treatment is available.

Not a laser or a deep chemical peel, this exciting option is called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). CIT is a simple procedure that requires minimal down time (no more than four to seven days) and significant, measurable, and sustainable results.

How it Works

The principle behind Collagen Induction Therapy is simple: to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. The principle behind collagen channeling using the Collagen Induction Therapy treatment is simple.

When it is applied to the skin, under local ortopical anesthesia, a sterile roller with very fine needles is used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your own body to produce new collagen. These channels also improve the penetration of vitamins A and C creams about 1000 times. Vitamins A and C stimulate skin renewal, thereby making the skin appear fresher and younger. Results last as long as 5–10 years or more.

At the heart of Collagen Induction Therapy is the a unique ‘Type I’ FDA–approved supplemental medical tool that is ideal for non–surgical and non–ablative treatment of various skin conditions such as aging(wrinkles, stretch marks), scarring (acne, surgical), and hyper pigmentation. Clinical studies have shown CIT (collagen induction therapy) to be more effective than ablative treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, and light chemical peels and just as effective as non–ablative treatments like CO2 laser, and Fraxel in stimulating collagen and elastin production to thicken the skin thereby erasing wrinkles, stretch marks and smoothing acne scars.

Benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy

  • The process stimulates physiological responses
  • The treatment is not painful
  • A very short healing period — you may be back in public in two to five days – most much sooner
  • The treatment is cost effective
  • It can be used on thin skin
  • There is no permanent damage to the skin
  • It can safely be repeated for better results
  • It can be used on laser–resurfaced skin
  • It can be used on all areas of the face, neck, and body

Mechanism of Action in Acne Scar Treatment

Collagen Induction Therapy is a new and effective alternative treatment for acne scars. Fine microneedles perforate the scar tissue. After sufficient perforation, very fine petechiae (blood spots, but no bleeding) will be visible on the skin. Only a few days after the treatment NEW fibroblasts and capillaries will migrate through the punctured scar tissue. This results in new tissue formation to “fill” the former scar. New capillaries result in a significant better blood supply that in return results in an improved repigmentation. Collagen Induction Therapy will in general result in a significant improvement in the appearance of acne scars.

Absolute Absorbency

Very fine needles injure the skin sufficiently enough to stimulate collagen/elastin production. Resulting micro–channels also aid in infusing therapeutic serums for greater penetration and increasing overall efficacy. Clinical studies have proven that serum absorption is increased by as much as 1,000 times when applied with a Roller. Studies have also shown that treatment with a Collagen Induction Roller is more consistent in increasing the thickness of the skin than IPL and resurfacing lasers.

Collagen Induction Therapy can typically cause the following results in your skin:

  • Soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Contribute towards skin thickening
  • Reduce the appearance of acne scars and other depressed scars on the body
  • Help improve stretch marks

While collagen induction therapy is suitable for almost all patients, it is not recommended for those with active infections such as active acne, chronic skin disorders, blood clotting problems, poor healing, keloids, or skin malignancies.

Please contact our Fort Lauderdale office or call 954-202-7899 today to schedule your Microneedling consultation. Dr. David Mishkin serves patients in and around Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Frequently Asked Questions

Collagen Induction Therapy is performed after the application of topical numbing cream. After about 45 minutes roller with micro–needles is gently passed over the area to create channels into the deeper layers of the skin. The channels created enable very good penetration of topical solutions treatments applied before and after the procedure. Subsequent application of topical products should be done as prescribed
for you.
Treatment sessions range from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the area being treated.
This will depend on the degree of the problem and the patient’s expectations (number of treatments usually range from three to six). Sessions are often spaced two to six weeks apart.
The procedure usually requires local anesthetic cream in some areas. There is usually no pain after the procedure.
Collagen Induction Therapy may be done on any part of the face, neck, or body.
Immediately after the procedure the skin is usually turns pink to red and may have areas of bruising. Scabbing may be noted within the first couple of days and may be covered by make–up. Swelling is common for the first few days and may last seven to ten days. It is safe to resume normal activities after the procedure. Normal cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen can be used immediately after the procedure. High concentration Vitamin A and C products or other topical products, as prescribed, should be applied immediately after the procedure when the skin’s penetration is greatest.
Collagen Induction Therapy will usually make the skin smoother, fresher and improve fine lines around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Collagen Induction Therapy will usually cause significant improvement in stretch marks and acne scars. Skin texture and brown marks will also improve in most cases.
Collagen remodeling in normal skin takes at least 90 days, so the effects of this treatment may not be fully appreciated for at least three months after the procedure. But the effects last for years in most people.
The new collagen produced by CIT lasts for a long time, unless the skin is further damaged by sun exposure, smoking, or other external factors. As the skin ages, some of the new collagen will also age. The duration of results vary from person to person but should last for years.