Collagen is an important component to your skin, helping it maintain volume and elasticity. Lost collagen as you age is one of the factors that result in sagging, wrinkled or thin skin. You will see many skin products that have collagen, but the best way to restore collagen in your skin is to stimulate collagen production. At RIVKIN Aesthetics, we offer collagen induction therapy (CIT) to stimulate facial collagen at our clinic in Los Angeles, CA.
When the skin is damaged, the body produces collagen to repair the skin. Collagen induction therapy, or CIT, uses this mechanism to increase facial collagen. Most people begin producing less collagen in the 30s and the levels continue to drop as they get older. The skin becomes thinner and looser as the collagen fibers dissipate, resulting in wrinkles, lines, discolorations and sagging. Stimulating collagen production can restore more volume in the skin for firmer, more youthful skin. It can also improve the appearance of scars, discolorations and overall tone of the skin.
What Is CIT?
The most common and least invasive option in collagen induction therapy, or CIT, is microneedling. This procedure uses tiny needles to penetrate the skin to cause enough damage to stimulate the production of collagen for repair. The good news is that these tiny needles do not actually cause significant damage, but it is enough to start the skin repair response that produces more collagen. The procedure is not painful, and there is no downtime needed. The targeted skin may be slightly red or irritated after the treatment, but the effects subside over the following hours.
CIT does not change the skin immediately but begins increasing collagen and stimulating repair over several weeks and months. With a series of CIT procedures, collagen increases, and the skin becomes firmer, tighter and more youthful – fine lines and wrinkles begin to smooth and skin tone is more even and attractive.
If you are noticing the beginning signs of aging skin, you may be experiencing loss of collagen. CIT using microneedling and other treatments that induce collagen can fight aging and improve your skin’s tone and texture. To learn more about collagen induction therapy, contact us at RIVKIN Aesthetics to schedule your skin consultation at our facility in Los Angeles.