Collagen induction therapy
|Collagen induction therapy|
Nurse performing collagen induction therapy for scar reduction using a microneedle stamping device
Collagen induction therapy (CIT), also known as microneedling RF or skin needling, is a cosmetic procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles (microneedling the skin). CIT should be separated from other contexts in which microneedling devices are used on the skin, e.g. transdermal drug delivery, vaccination.
It is a technique for which research is ongoing but has been used for a number of skin problems including scarring and acne. Some studies have also shown that it is able to treat hair loss.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be combined with collagen induction therapy treatment to enhance results. PRP is derived from the patient's own blood and contains many growth factors that increase collagen production. It can be applied topically to the entire treatment area during and after collagen induction therapy treatments and/or injected intradermally to scars.
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