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, 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 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. SkinPen™ is the most advanced medical-grade automated micro-needling device on the market.
What is PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy?
As part of the body's healing ability, platelets and other components in human blood migrate to the site of injury. Platelets are well known to release numerous growth factors that respond to tissue injury and initiate and promote healing. PRP contains highly concentrated amounts of natural growth factors and other cytokines that promote the regeneration process of soft tissues. During your visit, a small amount of blood is drawn, placed in a tube and spun in a centrifuge for about 10 minutes to isolate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The PRP plasma is applied to the skin during micro-needling or as an injection. This process is designed to promoted natural collagen production.
What are the Benefits?
The benefits of micro-needling are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. SkinPen™ also has a positive effect on hyperpigmentation as well as on 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 I treat?
SkinPen™ 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 needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the SkinPen™. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate 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 SkinPen™ is similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle 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. The total appointment duration may be up to 1.5 hours. A consultation is recommended prior to treatment.
What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin.
The total healing time depends on the SkinPen™ setting used and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Utilizing quality skincare products, provided by your skin care 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. The production of collagen and elastin can continue up to 6 months which can lead to renewed, healthier-looking skin. The appearance of fine lines is reduced as new skin replaces old. Repeating this process several times per year and combining it with a healthy skin care regimen will dramatically improve your skin health.
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.