Wondering where all that collagen went? As we age, our skin’s ability to produce collagen diminishes. And depending on our lifestyle proclivities, from too much sunning to unhealthy habits like smoking or poor diet, collagen breakdown can leave us looking much older than our years. Collagen Induction Therapy plays an important role in rebuilding collagen by infusing the skin with all-natural, physiological regulating formulations, through a unique system of “rotational acupuncture” utilizing micro-needles. It can be used as either a stand-alone treatment or in combination with lasers, depending on age and skin conditions. Your skin still has the power to regenerate collagen. It just needs a little boost from CIT!
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).
What is Collagen Induction Therapy and who can benefit from it?
Collagen Induction Therapy is a unique, holistic approach to collagen regeneration using all-natural measures to engage the patient’s very own physiology in order to recapture your facial skin’s youthful and healthy texture and glow.
Collagen is a tissue that is perhaps most responsible for giving facial skin its youthful and healthy appearance. When you are young, new collagen fibers are produced by the fibroblast cells in your skin. The fibers are linked together in tightly-bundled, and densely organized, cross-bridging layers, known as “laminar” layers. They are responsible for the fullness, firmness, resilience and elasticity of your skin.
Everyone will experience a slow-down in the amount of new collagen generated as well as an overall loss in the amount of collagen production as they age. Additionally, due to sun exposure and other physiological stresses such as smoking or diseases, the deterioration of facial collagen is inevitable, causing it to lose its structural integrity. The process is called “solar elastosis” and is characterized by the breaking of cross-bridges, and the disorganization and loosening of the laminar layers, which results in the appearance of enlarged pores as well as the thinning, sagging, and wrinkling of facial skin.
But just because you (and everybody else) inevitably experience a diminishing of facial collagen does not mean that the collagen cannot be revived!
Your skin is an amazing organ, and comes equipped with a natural ability to repair damaged fibers, remodel disorganized layers, remove fibers that are beyond repair, and generate new collagen through a variety of natural physiological mechanisms. Collagen Induction Therapy utilizes protocols designed to interact with and stimulate these various mechanisms to naturally and effectively restore a youthful and healthy glow to your face.
Patients who want to restore their skin’s natural ability to generate collagen will most likely benefit greatly from Collagen Induction Therapy. The patients who will probably benefit the most from Collagen Induction Therapy are those who have noticed a collagen breakdown exacerbated by certain lifestyle choices, such as tanning too often or smoking.
How does Collagen Induction Therapy work?
Collagen Induction Therapy infuses the skin with all-natural formulations of Physiological Regulating Medicine. The formulations are infused into the dermis by use of specially developed micro-needle system comprised of an array of acupuncture needles. In addition to the infusion of PRM formulations, the micro-needle treatment creates precise micro-holes that have the ability to induce changes in the micro-electrical currents flowing between cells, triggering the release of a wave of growth factors that cause new blood vessels to form, that nourish the migration of new fibroblast cells and the new young collagen that these cell generate.
The combined use of Collagen Induction Therapy with Physiological Regulating Medicines catalyzes and amplifies the production of new young collagen, detoxifies the Extra Cellular Matrix of the skin and improves the overall health of the skin every where on the body.
The result of Collagen Induction Therapy is the creation of new, strong, and healthy collagen fibers throughout the patient’s skin, giving his or her face a younger, healthier, and more beautiful appearance.
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!