What is Microneedling?
Automated Microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of the appearance of acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, lax skin, sun damage, large pores, and uneven skin texture. The fine needles puncture the skin, stimulating cells to create more collagen and produce a youthful look. This therapy is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment with 24-72 hour recovery time, and is designed to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production.
Which Microneedling Treatments are Available at Dermatologie?
During this procedure, the Eclipse MicroPen is used to create controlled micro-wounds, or channels, to the skin in order to aid in the production of collagen and elastin. These newly formed channels allow a topical serum, that is applied during the treatment, to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing the effects in deeper layers of the skin.
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. This is where a patient’s own blood is drawn and the plasma is separated using a centrifuge. The plasma is topically applied during the microneedling treatment. When PRP is combined with microneedling the skin is rejuvenated and healing is promoted. PRP contains highly concentrated amounts of natural growth factors and other cytokines that promote the regeneration process of soft tissues. The PRP is applied directly to the channels that were created from the micro-needling to further stimulate the natural healing process and creation of collagen.
1. How is the procedure done?
A sterile tip containing 12 tiny micro-tips is attached to the Eclipse MicroPen® Elite. Your skincare professional will apply sterile saline and select the appropriate treatment pen settings 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.
2. What does it feel like?
The feeling associated with the Eclipse MicroPen® Elite is similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating cartridge tip makes the treatment more comfortable.
3. How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated. For the entire appointment, 90 minutes is required to allow for the numbing cream applied to your face to take effect before starting the procedure.
4. What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment, you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total recovery time depends on the position of the pen and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red for 2-4 days. Some patients heal completely in 24 hours. Utilizing the Eclipse Dermal Recovery System™ post treatment can speed up the healing process.
5. 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 weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment.
6. How many treatments will I need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once a year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with concerns about deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.