Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a popular treatment for fine lines, acne scars, texture, tone and hyperpigmentation. At Roseville Dermatology, we utilize the Eclipse Micropen® which is considered the most advanced automated micro-needling device on the market.
What Is Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling utilize tiny needles to create hundreds of controlled micro-injuries to the skin. The skin’s natural repair process then stimulates production of new collagen and elastin, which results in the reduction of wrinkles and scars and improves skin texture. Micro-Needling also creates superficial micro-channels which allow topical serums (such as TNS Growth Factors or hyaluronic acid) to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.
What Are The Benefits of Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling treatments reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, tone and texture. Patients notice a fresher appearance or glow to the skin from Micro-Needling.
How Is The Procedure Done?
A sterile cartridge containing 12 points is attached to the Eclipse MicroPen®. Your provider will apply a thin layer of a topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate pen 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. The procedure takes 30 to 45 minutes depending on the area to be treated.
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 tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more tolerable. A topical numbing cream can be applied to further reduce discomfort.
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 your provider performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Many patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.
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 can continue to improve up to 6 months.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once per 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 deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.
How Is MicroPen® Different From Lasers?
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 a Friday and be back to normal for work on Monday.