ABOUT COLLAGEN & COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY (CIT)
Collagen is the major structural component of the dermis, and the tissue most responsible for youthful looking skin. When we’re young, fibroblast cells in the dermis make abundant amounts of new collagen fibers, which are linked together by cross-bridging and organized into tightly bundled, dense “laminar” layers. Throughout our lives, collagen becomes continuously damaged from a variety of factors such as oxidative stress internally (like cigarette smoking) and sun exposure externally. Fibers deteriorate, cross-bridges break and bundles become disorganized and loose, resulting in enlarged pores, as well as thinning, wrinkled and sagging skin. To combat all this damage, skin has a variety of natural mechanisms which:
- Repair damaged fibers
- Remodel disorganized layers
- Remove fibers beyond repair
- Generate new collagen
AMA Skincare’s unique multiple-modality protocols engage each of these mechanisms, stimulating them to perform at a physiologically younger and more vital level, before aging and stress took their toll.
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) plays an important role in AMA Skincare’s collagen regenerating protocols as a stand-alone treatment, as well as in combination with our laser treatments. CIT is applied with tiny needles used to create micro-holes in the skin. The needles are exquisitely engineered much like acupuncture needles, producing holes of such precise shape and thinness that they completely heal in minutes. When expertly performed, micro-needling causes a change in micro-electrical currents flowing between cells (demarcation currents), triggering a cascade of growth factors production. These growth factors cause the formation of new blood vessels, stimulating critical new blood flow to the dermis followed by the migration of new fibroblast cells. The result is a harvest of new, strong and healthy collagen fibers filling the dermis. To accelerate and amplify this process, as we apply CIT we also infuse the skin with PRM formulations, increasing the overall efficacy of both the PRM and CIT treatments (see PRM).
CIT is just another example of how AMA Skincare’s unique multiple-modality protocols create a holistic partnership between your skin’s natural physiology and our advanced medical science. Your skin will look years younger, healthier and more beautiful on the outside, because you’re physiologically years younger, stronger and healthier on the inside!