Home' Spa and Clinic : SPA Vol-70 Winter 2017 Contents AESTHETICS
Above: LED makes an ideal complementary
treatment with CIT, to speed healing and boost
Left: The Derma CIT Pen's high speed (8500 rpm)
vertical needle movement distracts pain receptors
so it is a client experience with little or no discomfort
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as micro -
needling, is a proven skin rejuvenation treatment that can
achieve results comparable to more invasive laser or IPL
procedures, but without the risks or downtime these can entail.
CIT is a very affordable system for a salon, spa or clinic and, with
proper training, can be operated by any therapist, according to
Reika Roberts, Derma Aesthetics managing director and distributor
of the Derma CIT pen.
"CIT helps restore and increase the skin's natural regeneration
of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid," she says. It is minimally
invasive, and recognised worldwide as highly effective for the
management of various skin conditions, especially photo -aged skin,
wrinkles, enlarged pores and scarring.
"It is successful because the deliberate, controlled trauma
stimulates the natural physiologic healing process. As short,
hair-fine needles break the skin's surface, the protective healing
response is triggered, gently stimulating the skin cells to release
their own substances for repair.
"This in turn stimulates fibroblast proliferation and significantly
boosts collagen and elastin production. It also enables increased
absorption -- by as much as 80 percent as compared with topical
application of nutrients and active ingredients .
"The tiny micro- channels in the skin caused by the needles
will close within minutes. Thus the skin's protective upper layer
"Remodelling and realignment of the new collagen will increase
substantially after three weeks."
However, it takes about 3-6 months for the full effect of the
treatment to be evident, depending on the client's age and lifestyle.
Maintenance treatments are recommended every three to six months.
Clinical needling (0.5 mm, 1.0 mm) should be performed no
more than every four weeks, as adequate healing time is essential
for creating natural collagen.
A minimum of 3-6 treatments are required for skin rejuvenation:
reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin tone, texture
and firmness. CIT also assists in breaking down scar tissue to
encourage further healing. It is therefore an ideal treatment for
acne scars and helps to improve stretch marks and surgical scars.
Reika says the high speed (8500 rpm) the Derma CIT pen's
vertical needle movement distracts pain receptors, unlike slower,
earlier generation CIT systems.
Before and after treatments with LED
can give micro-needling results a
It uses nine very fine, stainless steel needles in a disposable
cartridge. The hand-piece has a dial to adjust the needle depth to
between 0.2 mm-2.5 mm, customising the treatment to a client's
"It is easy to operate, especially around delicate facial contours
and retractable needles minimise risk of accidental injury to the
client's eyes or therapist's hands," says Reika.
CALM IT DOWN
Although there is no downtime, there may be transient redness
after CIT and a client's skin may be more sensitive than usual,
especially to the sun. You must be sure to prep them about what
products to use (or not) and and how to generally treat their skin so
as not to risk inflammation or even infection in the aftermath.
An LED session after CIT would therefore make an ideal
combination, as well as helping to boost overall results of the needling.
"LED works brilliantly before and after such treatments as
dermal needling, microdermabrasion, IPL or laser," says Matt
Williams of Professional Beauty Solutions, distributors of Dermalux
Tri-Wave. As with microneedling devices, LEDs are inexpensive
to run and can last for many years. It's the add-on factor to other
treatments that makes them such an attractive investment option."
It's a comfortable, even relaxing treatment that generates no
heat, no risk of injury. Using the appropriate wavelengths(s) it
penetrates tissue to a depth of about 10mm and helps treat wounds,
cuts, scars, infections, trigger and acupuncture points (hence the
feelgood factor many clients report after a session).
LED increases circulation by increasing the formation of new
capillaries. This speeds up the healing process by carrying more
oxygen and more nutrients to the skin surface. New capillaries
replace older, damaged ones and carry waste products away faster.
It also stimulates the production of collagen -- double whammy.
Offering clients 20-30 minutes under an LED after micro -needling
(indeed, any facial treatment) to calm the skin (at a price lower than if
offered as a standalone treatment) often gets them "hooked".
This often translates into them coming into a salon as often
as once a week for just LED to maintain 'the glow' and feelgood
factor, whereas they may only come for a facial treatment every
month, or less."
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