What is Micro-Needling?
Also referred to as collagen induction therapy (CTI), micro-needling is a revolutionary treatment in cosmetic dermatology to remedy the appearance of lines, wrinkles and scars.
Micro-needling uses tiny needles to precisely poke small holes into the surface of the skin. These tiny “injuries” are made to stimulate collagen and elastin growth. Once the skin heals and repairs itself, wrinkles and fine lines will look softer and less noticeable. Likewise, topical medications will be able to penetrate further into the epidermal layer of skin and have a stronger effect.
We are proud to use the Eclipse MicroPen™ in our office! We will fasten a sterile, 12-micro-needle tip onto the MicroPen and cover your skin with a thin layer of topical gel. The MicroPen will be adjusted to whichever setting is appropriate for your particular case. The MicroPen will then be pressed onto your skin, gliding across in one single motion, while creating the tiny holes.
After the procedure, the skin will usually have a bright redness to it. Each patient’s healing time will depend on the MicroPen’s setting and how many times the area was passed over. Typically, the skin is red for 2 to 4 days, but patients can heal as quickly as 24 hours.
Micro-needling with the Eclipse MicroPen can benefit many types of skin that are afflicted with a variety of problems. Fine lines and wrinkles will appear less noticeable, and skin will look younger and refreshed. Skin that has acne scars, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation and stretch marks can also benefit from micro-needling.
How the Process Works
A topical gel is applied to clean skin. We use a sterile saline. This is a lubricating product that helps the MicroPen glide across your skin creating superficial micro-injuries designed to ultimately improve your skin condition upon re-epithelialization.
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.
Typically, the skin has a nice glow immediately following an Eclipse MicroPen micro-needling session. Results can be observed in as early as 30 days.