I’ve had many clients come to my office to receive help in getting rid of or reducing their acne scars. Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or also known by other names, including Micro-Needling, Dry Needling, Multitrepannic Collagen Actuation (MCA), , and Per Cutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI) is very effective in achieving this goal. If you can imagine a wall with holes then think about how you might go about filling-in these holes…most likely your approach would be to fill in and plaster over the holes making the surface smooth… This concept is basically what CIT does for skin afflicted with acne scars. The collagen induction process works via small needle clusters which target only afflicted areas; the needles penetrate through the epidermis into the dermis where the skin is “tricked” into believing it is wounded. This fake wounding triggers the inflammatory response, the cascade of growth factors and finally the formation of healthy collagen. The healthy collagen is similar to the plaster used to smooth the surface of the walls. The major benefit of the CIT approach in reducing acne scars is that the epidermis is left intact, which means that it is not traumatized. Chemicals peels and ablative lasers do traumatize the epidermis, which may cause pigmentation problems, scars and thinner skin. Additionally CIT is reasonably priced and offers less risk.
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