Micro-needling/skin needling (also known as collagen induction therapy or CIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s texture, tone and colour. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with softer wrinkles. Skin needling also creates micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing their effects in deeper layers of the skin.
What are the benefits?
Wrinkle reductions, texture, tone improvement and softer, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of ageing. New collagen production reverses years of sun damage. Skin needling also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as treating uneven skin tone, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks.
What area of the body can I treat?
Skin Needling can be used on all parts of the body; face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.
How is the procedure done?
A sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the Eclipse Micropentm. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate treatment depth 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 Micropentm is similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle tip makes the treatment comfortable.
What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin. This redness can be easily covered with Jane Iredale (link to makeup) makeup which we can apply for you.
The total healing time depends on the depth of needles used 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. Utilising post treatment skin care will speed up the healing process and maximise results.
When will I see the results?
Patients will notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues.
How many treatments will I need?
Some patients only require a single treatment. 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. A maintenance treatment may be done at any future time but is recommended once every 6 -12 months.