What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and the improvement of the skin’s texture, tone and color. During this procedure, the Eclipse MicroPen® is used to create controlled micro-Injuries to the skin in order to aid in the production of collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker epidermis with a softer appearance of wrinkles. Eclipse MicroPen® Elite also creates micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing the effects in deeper layers of the skin.
What are the benefits?
Reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, improved skin tone and texture and softer, younger looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Eclipse MicroPen® Elite can improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks.
What areas of the body can I treat?
Eclipse MicroPen Elite can be used on all parts of the body; face, neck, decollete, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How Is the procedure done?
A sterile cartridge containing 12 tiny micro-points is attached to the Eclipse MicroPen® Elite. Your skin-care professional will apply sterile saline to your skin and select the appropriate pen position 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® Elite is similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating tip makes the treatment more comfortable.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes 15-90 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated and with which substance.
What Is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment, you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the pen position used and the number of overlapping passes your skin-care professional performs. On average, patients experience redness for 2-4 days. Some patients heal completely in 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 weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment.
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 more significant skin-care concerns, such as acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.
Eclipse PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma
Eclipse PRP treatment is actually a combination of microneedling and the use of Platelet Rich Plasma. Our practice uses the Eclipse Micropen® Elite microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP from your blood. The PRP acts as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue and speeds up the skin’s repair process. In turn, the skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with softer wrinkles, less scarring and improved skin tone.
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP comes from your own blood! Blood is composed mainly of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. PRP is a high concentration of platelets surrounded in its own plasma. A small amount of blood is drawn and the red cells are isolated from the platelet-rich plasma. Platelets in our blood are cells designed to heal injuries. In concentrated form the platelets can be used to help heal those injuries. For years, athletes, dentists and reconstructive surgeons have been injecting PRP into joints to help speed up the process of healing.
Microneedling with growth factors can help generate new collagen beneath the skin for results that last.
What is Microneedling with growth factors?
One of the safest and least invasive methods for skin rejuvenation, microneedling involves moving a pen-like device with tiny needles over treated areas. The needles penetrate to a specific depth below the skin, stimulating a process known as Collagen Induction Therapy that restructures existing collagen and increases collagen production in the skin for continued improvement over time.
Microneedling is the use of growth factors to aid in the regeneration of fresh new cells and tissues to improve the skin at a cellular level beneath the surface. These factors can be found in the patient’s own blood and formulated into PRP using a sterile centrifuge process, but for patients who are interested in utilizing growth factors in their treatment but who do not wish to have their blood drawn can benefit from microneedling with MicroGlide GF™ with stem cell growth factors.
How do growth factors work?
During the microneedling process, the skin is opened up, allowing it to better absorb beneficial products and serums.
Benefits to patients: