What is Automated 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 the skin’s overall appearance. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in improvement of the appearance of softer wrinkles. Automated micro-needling also creates superficial micro-channels which can be used with topical gels, creams and serums to help improve the appearance of the skin. Your own platelet rich plasma (PRP) can also be used to enhance your results. Eclipse MicroPen ™ is the most advanced medical-grade automated micro-needling device on the market.
What are the Benefits?
The benefits of micro-needling are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as improved the uneven texture from acne scarring. Eclipse Micropen™ also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.
How Is MicroPen™ Different From Lasers?
Unlike lasers, Eclipse MicroPen™ breaks up pigment mechanically and stimulates the collagen formation without heat. Removing heat from the equation makes for a safer, more comfortable treatment with a very low complication rate.
No heat also equals less downtime! Most Eclipse MicroPen™ patients are red for 24 hours or less. That advantage means you can get the procedure performed on one day and be back to work the next (with mild redness which can be covered with make-up).
What areas of the body can I treat?
Eclipse Micropen™ can be used on all parts of the body; Face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How is the procedure done?
A sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the Eclipse Micropen™. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate setting based on your unique needs. Next, in a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.
What does it feel like?
The feeling associated with the Eclipse Micropen™ is similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more tolerable. A topical anesthetic can be applied at our office prior to the procedure to make it more comfortable.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated. The placement of any topical anesthetic will be in addition to this time.
What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the Eclipse MicroPen setting used and the number of overlapping passes performed. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 3 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Utilizing your own PRP (platelet rich plasma) at the time of the treatment can help to speed up the healing process and augment the collagen induction by providing growth factors.
When will I see the results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues.
How many treatments will I need?
Some patients will elect to have a single treatment and still receive excellent results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 4-6 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals.