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, the Eclipse MicroPen is 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.
What Are The Benefits?
The benefits of micro-needling can included a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging.
Eclipse MicroPen™ may also has a positive effect on the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.
What Areas Of The Body Can be Treated?
Eclipse MicroPen™ can be used on all parts of the body, including the: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How Is The Procedure Done?
A sterile cartridge containing 12 points is attached to the Eclipse MicroPen™.
Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of 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.
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.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.
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 skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Many patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.
Utilizing the Eclipse Dermal Recovery System™, or other quality skincare products, provided by your skincare provider, can help to speed up the healing process.
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 after a treatment as collagen production continues.
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.
Post Treatment Instructions For Micro Needling
To achieve optimal results, it is important that you follow the post care instructions the few days after the procedure. You will be supplied with ointments and creams for this period of time.
Day 1 (first 24 hrs): Apply 2-4 pumps of the Priming Oil immediately post-procedure. Follow with a generous application of the Enriched Firming Mask. Reapply as needed to keep the skin hydrated, but do not rinse off. In the morning, apply generous amount of sunscreen (physical block only)
Day 2-3: Cleanse the skin with Gentle Cleanser. Apply 2-4 pumps of the Priming Oil. Follow with a generous application of Medical Barrier Cream as needed to keep the skin hydrated. For additional hydration, apply the Enriched Firming Mask over the Medical Barrier Cream. Apply generous amount of Sunscreen (physical block only- AM)
Day 4: Cleanse with Gentle Cleanser. Apply Medical Barrier Cream as needed. Apply Priming Oil and / or the Enriched Firming Mask as needed for hydration and to calm and remaining inflammation. Apply Sunscreen
Additionally, follow these precautions as well.
- NO SUN EXPOSURE FOR 24 HOURS (ie: in car, at home near windows, etc)
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure for at least 10-14 days
- Treat face like an “Open Wound”
- Use clean Towels, Pillow Cases, Makeup Brushes
- Do not sleep with pets for 1-3 days
- Be cautious of little kids or animals touching/licking face