Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as micro-needling or in celebrity terms, the ‘Vampire Facial’ is a new minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as scars on the face and body. The treatment uses tiny micro-needles on a medical-grade roller that is moved over the skin to create tiny, evenly-spaced puncture wounds. Topical local anaesthetic is used to minimise discomfort.
Once the skin is ‘damaged’, the body’s natural wound healing response kicks in and forces collagen to the surface to heal the wounds. This helps to promote healing, plump the skin and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles.
What type of skin in best suitable for this treatment?
- fine lines
- dull skin
- enlarged pores
- acne/chick pox/ surgical scars
- smokers lines
How long until I see results?
You will notice your skin looking and feeling smoother around 1 week after the treatment, however most results are gradual as the collagen re-production takes time, results can continue to improve over a 6-8 week period. Improvement is compounded as each consecutive treatment is performed.
What is the down time for this treatment?
Everyone reacts differently as their skin heels, however as a ball park, allow 3 days after the treatment for your skin to recover. It is advised to avoid direct sunlight during this time after the treatment. It is important to protect the skin with appropriate at home skin care and sun screen.
When is the treatment not suitable?
- the treatment cannot not be performed within 2 weeks of having an injectable dermal filler or botox
- the treatment is never performed on raised moles, warts or lesions
- during pregnancy (breastfeeding however is ok)
- if you are taking a certain medication (some medication may reduce healing time, please advise your therapist on anything you may be taking)
- the treatment will not be performed if the client has an active herpes or acne breakout, however, once cleared the treatment can go ahead after 2 weeks
- with some medical conditions (i.e., diabetes) you will need a medical certificate