INNOpen – Collagen Induction Therapy (C.I.T.)
The INNOPen is a medical grade state of the art medical micro needling pen, whose medical grade micro needles create hundreds of tiny micro channels through the epidermis into the deeper dermis. Collagen induction therapy (C.I.T) is designed to reverse years of skin wrinkling, sun damage, hyper pigmentation and acne scarring.
This process of controlled and precise micro needling causes tiny wounds within the structure of the skin which triggers the natural process of collagen and elastin repair without scarring, results in improved skin strength, thickness and smoothness producing healthier more youthful skin.
The advanced medical features of the INNOPen allow penetration of variable depth, 0.25mm – 2.0mm and the speed of injections can be varied providing versatility to remodel the skin in many areas including the face, neck, décolletage, arms, hands and abdomen (this can improve the appearance of stretch marks).
A numbing cream is applied 30 minutes before the procedure and the treatment itself takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes depending on the area being treated, with very little downtime.
Precise micro channels created by the INNOPen deliver therapeutic serums direct to the deeper layers of the skin where they stimulate the production of the skin’s own natural collagen and elastin. The INNOPen small round stamp like shape can effectively treat the hard to reach places, for example around the eyes, nose and lips. Because of the accurate 90 degree delivery the precisely placed needles easily penetrate the epidermis to promote scar less healing and natural collagen production, similar to fractional laser treatments but without the side effects and downtime. The mechanism of injury is a natural process which make the INNOPen an holistic approach to skin therapy.
How does collagen C.I.T. work?
There are 3 major phases of natural dermal and epidermal wound healing, this resulting in enhanced stimulation of new healthy skin.
Phase 1 (days 1-3) – Inflammation: Activated by piercing the dermal tissue, platelets release cytokines and growth factors which act as signals for the body’s immune system. White blood cells (neutrophils and macrophages) are sent in to disinfect the wounds, clear the debris, increase the blood supply and begin the creation of fresh, new skin.
Phase 2 (days 3-5) – Proliferation: In this phase, the fibroblasts, keratinocytes and epidermal cells continue to divide to populate the areas of damage and secrete growth factors and extracellular matrix, such as elastin and collagen will be laid down and deposited with new tissue formation.
Phase 3 (days 6-30) – Remodelling: during this phase, collagen and elastin producing fibroblasts proliferate in the puncture wounds formed by the micro needles and migrate. The collagen in the newly formed tissue is now replaced with even stronger collagen and the dermis contracts to create a youthful firm, but supple texture to the skin.