What is CIT?
CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy), also known as micro-needling creates micro channels in the skin using a device that utilizes a 12 or 36 sterile needle tip. This stimulates the release of growth factors which result in the production of collagen. Pretty awesome, right?!! This remodeling process can continue for months following the treatment.
Is this treatment sanitary?
Absolutely. An individually wrapped treatment tip is used for you, and you alone! Once the treatment is finished, the tip is disposed of in an approved sharps container. Additionally, I have obtained both my State of Nevada Body Art Card that requires extensive safety knowledge as well as my American Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogens certification.
What skin conditions does CIT target?
-fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin
How is it different than using the home needling rollers?
The home needling rollers go into the skin at an angle increasing the risk for epidermal tearing due to the flick and tear motion. With a professional micro-needling pen, 12 tiny sterile needles (or sometimes 36 depending on which tip is being used) go into the skin in a perfect vertical position. Here's a great illustration of the difference:
How fast can you see results?
Some improvement can be seen within a week. However, I feel like the most improvement is visible within 2-3 weeks of the treatment, and even more 60-90 days out, especially with multiple treatments.
How many treatments do I need?
Well, this does depend on your current skin condition and goals. Some conditions are harder to treat (i.e. acne scarring) However, it's highly recommended that you do a series of 3-6 treatments (depending on desired results and skin condition) for maximum results. Everyone (less those with contraindications) can greatly improve their skin with at least 1 series of 3 CIT treatments per year.
If I do a package, how often are they booked?
Usually, I will recommend you come in every 3 weeks for your package of 3. There are exceptions to this based off of the individual client. We will establish this at your first visit.
How long will the results last?
The added collagen can last up to 12 months. Refresher treatments are recommended every 6 months to a year to maintain the results.
How much is this service?
Single session is $225, package of 3 (recommended) is $600
I'm currently on a regular facial schedule with you. Could I add this treatment in between for enhanced results?
Absolutely!! We can chat about the best way to incorporate this during your next visit.
Can I add CIT to my upcoming facial?
CIT is a stand alone service and cannot be added or combined into any other service.
Do you do the "Vampire Facial"?
So usually this refers to the micro-needling treatment involving PRP (platelet rich plasma). And no, I do not offer that as it is out of the scope of my license to withdraw blood. And with the micro-needling itself, I am always staying within a certain range of treatment to honor and abide by my license scope. However, I use an extremely effective stem cell serum when performing CIT. I feel the results are right on par with PRP.
Does it hurt?
Obviously, everyone has a different tolerance level, but really it's quite comfortable! You will apply numbing cream ( to be purchased in advance) 30-60 minutes before your appointment. This really takes the edge off. The forehead is probably the most sensitive area. However, the treatment is pretty quick so it's not so bad. Nobody gets CIT because it feels amazing, they get it for the results 😀
Who is NOT a good candidate for CIT (CONTRAINDICATIONS)?
**First and foremost....CHRONIC TANNERS. If you cannot give up that habit, then CIT is not safe for you.**
Pregnant or breastfeeding, currently sunburned (burn must be completely cleared before your appt), Accutane used within the last year, open cuts/wounds or active skin infections/conditions, radiation treatments within the last year, active severe acne, on blood thinners, immune suppression diseases. If in doubt, contact me and we'll discuss it.
Are there any products I have to use or purchase BEFORE the treatment?
Numbing cream (applied 30-60 mins prior to your appointment). This will either need to be purchased from me PRIOR to your appointment, or you may purchase somewhere online. Zensa is the one I like used.
Are there any products I have to use AFTER the treatment?
Sunscreen and moisturizer. But not for 12 to 24 hours after treatment.
How do I prepare for the treatment?
PLEASE ARRIVE MAKE UP FREE and pre numbed (numbing cream is purchased prior to your visit). Bring a hat to your appointment for sun protection when you leave (as you can't wear sunscreen immediately after treatment), avoid tanning at least 4 weeks prior (really protect your skin from the sun using sunscreen leading up to service), no strenuous exercise immediately before treatment, avoid caffeine before arriving, avoid medications such as: Aleve, Advil, cold remedies, Vitamin E or aspirin 5 days before, avoid Retin-A, chemical peels, injectable fillers or Botox 2 weeks prior, if you're prone to cold sores you'll want to make sure you have your scrip on hand as this treatment can stimulate them, drink lots of water, it's also very helpful if you take 1000mg of vitamin c and 2000 iu of vitamin D3 (pre and post) to greatly aid in the healing process. Please avoid all blood thinning supplements 1 week prior such as: Vita A, Vita E, Ginkgo, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, Niacin, and Fish Oils.
What can I expect immediately after the treatment?
Your skin will be anywhere from mildly pink, to really red, as if you had a sunburn. The skin may also feel very tight, itchy and somewhat sensitive. Some puffiness/mild swelling are also normal. About 2-3 days later, some peeling/flaking may occur as well. Honestly, for most, it's a very mild and comfortable recovery. I really do consider this a "No Downtime" treatment.
What are the Post care instructions?
No make up for at least 12 hours (preferable 24), no topical sunscreen for at least 12 hours (preferable 24), no exercise for 24 hours, avoid saunas, chlorinated pools, ocean swimming, steam rooms, hot baths/showers until redness is gone, gentle cleansing, no scrubbing, no skin brushes (Clarisonic etc), no exfoliation products of any kind for 72 hours, no waxing/facials/Botox, injectable fillers or any skin treatments for 10 days, drink LOTS of water (6-8 glasses per day or more, this is very important for cell regeneration!) Do not pick or scratch at your skin if it's feeling itchy post treatment. Apply cold compresses if more relief is needed.