Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), or microneedling, is a FDA approved procedure by which the body’s natural response to healing is used to increase the amount of extracellular matrix such as collagen or elastin in the skin. The micro-channels created by the SkinPen allow for leakage of blood, serum, and lymph in a controlled manner, allowing your body to repair and rejuvenate itself.
These micro-channels are enough to initiate the wound healing cascade which is composed of three basic phases.
- Inflammation: Activated by piercing the dermal tissue, platelets release cytokines and growth factors which act as signals for the body’s immune system. Neutrophils and macrophages cells are sent in to disinfect the wounds, clear the debris, increase the blood supply (a process called angiogenesis), and begin the creation of fresh, new cellular and extracellular materials (the granulation process).
- Proliferation: In this stage, the fibroblasts (cells that make up much of the dermis and create the extracellular matrix) keratinocytes and epidermal cells continue to divide to populate the areas of damage and secrete growth factors and extracellular matrix, such as elastin and collagen.
- Remodeling: At this stage, the wound has been replaced with new dermal tissues and the newly formed vasculature is now matured. The collagen in the newly formed tissue is now replaced with the stronger collagen and the tissue contracts to cause a “shrink-wrap” effect of the skin.
The depth of the needles can be adjusted from .25 mm up to 2.5 mm in length. This variability allows for the SkinPen provider to adjust treatments based on the patient’s anatomy (skin thickness) as well as the patient’s need (e.g., more penetration required for acne scarring).
Am I a candidate?
Microneedling with SkinPen is extremely versatile and can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back. SkinPen is effective for the treatment of:
- fine lines
- acne scars
- stretch marks
- sun damage
- lax skin
- large pores
- thin skin
- uneven skin tone
- hair restoration (in combination with platelet-rich plasma)
How many treatments will I need?
Your treatment plan is determined by your individual treatment goals and your skin vitality. Most patients receive three to five treatments spaced about four weeks apart. Severe skin issues such as keloid scarring or deep acne scars may require additional sessions.
Revolution Health & Wellness is committed to promoting wellness by focusing on the fundamental underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease. We understand that your skin is a reflection of your environmental exposures, your genetic make-up and multiple disease processes. We will partner with you to address your imbalances in functionality and are committed to providing cutting-edge technology, such as SkinPen and functional skin-care products to impact your physical appearance so that you not only feel good, but look your very best. Skin Vitality: wellness from the inside out.