Skin Rejuvenation – Micro-Needling
Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for treating the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and improvement of overall appearance. The Eclipse MicroPen™ is used to perform micro-needling in our office.
Micro-Needling – Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Micro-Needling?
In this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to stimulate collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in improvement of the appearance of wrinkles and scars. Automated micro-needling also creates superficial micro-channels which can be used with topical creams and serums to help improve the appearance of the skin.
2. What are the benefits of Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin look younger with fewer signs of aging. It greatly improves topical cream effectiveness and penetration and stimulates blood circulation and collagen production. It can also improve pore size, acne scars, traumatic scars, and stretch marks. Micro-needling generally creates a fresher appearance and glow to the skin.
3. What is the Eclipse MicroPen™?
Eclipse MicroPen™ is the most advanced medical grade automated micro-needling device on the market. It utilizes sterile single-use surgical grade disposable needle tips and this unique needle design delivers greater efficiency and superior clinical results while maintaining the highest level of safety. The MicroPen has a variable needle depth feature which allows us to customize each treatment for your unique skin needs and requirements.
4. How does Micro-Needling work?
The Eclipse MicroPen™ slides along the skin and penetrates the skin to a depth of up to 2mm to create tiny needle wounds. This stimulates the body to respond by producing collagen and elastin fibers. The skin becomes fuller and the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles is reduced.
5. How is the procedure performed?
The procedure begins with cleansing the skin and numbing with a topical anesthetic. The needle tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to Eclipse MicroPen™. A hydrating hyaluronic acid (HA) gel is used to soothe the skin and help the MicroPen glide across your skin. In a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding across each section until the entire treatment area has been covered. The 12 tiny needles create superficial micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating your skin’s natural ability to heal itself. This repair process begins almost immediately. New collagen and elastin produce softer, firmer skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, and textural issues. Growth factors, hyaluronic acid, and sunscreen are used after the procedure to hydrate, heal, and protect the skin.
6. How soon do you see results?
Results can be seen over the course of several days to weeks after treatment. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Improvement can continue for up to 6 months after treatment as collagen production continues.
7. What does it feel like?
It feels similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. Some areas are more sensitive than others, but the topical anesthetic and hydrating gel make the treatment very tolerable.
8. What areas of the body can be treated?
Eclipse MicroPen™ can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back.
9. What is the downtime after Micro-Needling?
Your skin will be bright red and slightly swollen after treatment and may remain red for 2-4 days. There may be slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Many patients heal within 48 hours. Skin care products containing growth factors and hyaluronic acid will speed healing.
10. What should be avoided on the skin after treatment?
Retinol, acidic ingredients, and AHA’s (glycolic acid) should not be used for 2-3 days after treatment to allow for healing. Sun exposure should be avoided and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher should be used.
11. Who are good candidates for the procedure?
Micro-needling is safe on all skin types and colors. It can be used on sensitive and fragile areas (eyes, neck, back of hands) that cannot be treated easily with other procedures. Contraindications to treatment are Accutane use within the past 6 months, open wounds, cuts, abrasions, radiation skin treatment within the past year, active skin infections or conditions, herpes simplex in the treatment area, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring.
12. How many treatments will you need and how often?
Micro-needling can be performed every 4-6 weeks as needed. For collagen stimulation, it is recommended that you receive at least 3 treatment spaced 4-6 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars, it is recommended that 6-8 sessions be performed at 6 week intervals.