Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) builds up the connective tissue in the lower skin layers (dermal layers) while keeping intact the protective layers of the skin (epidermal layers). Unlike lasers, the treatment is available to all skin types and can give results in many cases that are as good as if not better then standard laser therapy.
How Does It Work?
The Eclipse Micropen is a hand-held device with microneedles that penetrate into the skin to break up old collagen strands. This stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin fibers, oriented from the deep layers of the skin through to the surface. During the treatment, the device penetrates through the epidermis but does not remove it. Since the epidermis is only punctured, it will heal rapidly . CIT can penetrate the skin anywhere from 0.5 mm to 2mm depending on the depth of the skin condition needing remediation.
What Can I Expect?
The skin bleeds slightly but for only for a few seconds. The dermis develops multiple microbruises that initiate the complex cascade of growth factors that eventually result in collagen production. New collagen production is further increased by our application of growth factors and peptides into the newly created skin channels. A cooling mask is applied at the end of the treatment to add moisturizers to your skin as well as further nutrient factors to further enhance your results.
How Does It Compare to a Laser or Other Skin Treatments Like Peels?
CIT can work on all skin types, something that is not possible with most lasers and peels. The problem with many lasers and aggressive chemical peels is that they also damage the epidermis to a large degree (if not completely) in order to actually get through to the dermis to have an effect. In order for skin to be rejuvenated and look young, the epidermis needs to be intact, well hydrated, have normal functioning dermal elements, normal colour and resilience. Aggressive laser treatments and chemicals peels thin our epidermis over time and decrease dermal elements, which results in inflamed, drier and more wrinkled skin as time goes on.
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Meet the Experts
Dr Rohit Kumar is an Australian trained and fully certified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
Dr Kumar completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1995 at the University of Queensland. He subsequently went on to successfully complete a Masters Degree in the field of Burns Surgery in 2004 – MMedSci (Burns)
His advanced surgical training commenced in the specialty of General Surgery in which he trained for four years. This gave him a solid foundation of technical knowledge and surgical perspective upon which he then built his considerable skills, once he commenced his advanced training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Australasian training scheme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of the most thorough and rigorous in the world and upon successful completion of this training, over a period of ten years, Dr Kumar was awarded his Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – FRACS (Plas).
He thus brings over 15 years of surgical experience to his practice having been involved in over ten thousand procedures in that time.
What Is the End Result?
CIT is the only skin rejuvenation treatment to target and regulate three key skin cells (keratinocyte, melanocyte and fibroblast) without compromising the integrity of the epidermis. The growth factors released through CIT results in regenerative healing (collagen forms from the base upwards) and is type III collagen or healthy collagen as opposed to the growth factors released when the epidermis is damaged by ablative or heat methods which in contrast produce cicatricial healing (collagen forms from the top down) and is type I collagen or scar collagen.
The result is younger-looking skin that is smoother, thicker, tighter with a more even tone, all achieved in the time it takes to have a lunchbreak.