FAQ: CIT Pen MicroNeedling

TreatmentsWhat skin conditions does the CIT Pen target? • Scarring- surgical, thermal, and acne (scars must be at least 6 months old) • Stretch marks • Cellulite • Enlarged pores • Dyspigmentation (due to sun damage and/ or hormonal imbalances e.g. Melasma) • Fine lines and wrinkles • Loose skin • Dehydrated skin   How is the CIT treatment administered? A licensed skin care professional glides the CIT pen over professional strength HSS Enhancement Serum or sterile saline in a cross link or circular pattern over the skin to puncture the epidermal layers of the skin and create microscopic subcutaneous injuries. These microscopic channels in the skin allow for optimal product absorption. The microscopic injuries created with the CIT Pen stimulate a repair response & new collagen production with minimal to no downtime for your patient. 

How does CIT work on a cellular level? As the CIT pen creates micro-channels into the skin, pores are temporarily opened allowing the enhancement serum to be fully penetrated. Micro-point punctures in the skin are created. This is a controlled injury to the skin and is perceived by the body as damage. This stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of Collagen and Elastin. Skin reacts to this CIT treatment by initiating the healing process which encourages your patients’ skin to continue to regenerate. 
When should a patient expect to see results? With our automated CIT Pen micro-needling treatments, the skin is tricked into repairing itself. The process of micro-needling skin remodeling can continue to enhance for months after treatment as the skin continues to repair itself. Results can be seen within a few days to a week. Skin naturally heals itself every 45 days so by simply adding micro-needling stimulation the changes can be accelerated and your client will see results. Depending on the patients’ expectations and personal goals we recommend a series of CIT Pen sessions to speed up the process and achieve optimum results. However; skin improvement is noticeable after just one treatment! 
What to expect after a CIT pen treatment? Immediately following treatment, your clients’ skin will have some redness and flushed in appearance like a moderate sunburn. The patient will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to the treated area as well as some peeling depending on the depth. 24 hours and up to 36 hours there is little to no evidence of injury to the treated area, however tightness and peeling can occur. 
Can the CIT Pen be used on ethnic skin types? Skin needling can be safely performed on all skin colors and types. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation as the melanocytes remain intact (as long as post-care instructions are followed).  Other invasive procedures such as laser resurfacing are not recommended for Asian or African American skin due to the potential risks of delayed wound healing, pigment changes, and scarring. However, with Collagen Induction Therapy/ Micro-needling, the potential risks on ethnic skin are unlikely due to the epidermis remaining intact.