Microneedling with the Eclipse® Micropen
Microneedling with the Eclipse® Micropen is one of the most exciting developments in nonsurgical skin care.
To provide our patients with the best proven innovations in aesthetic skin care, we choose the Eclipse® Micropen and Eclipse® PRP systems based on extensive research, finding this to be the state of the art in microneedling and PRP. A single use, sterile treatment tip with 12 micro needles is attached to a micro vibrating handpiece and passed over the areas to be treated at controlled depths depending on the severity of the condition and the goals of treatment. This creates microchannels through the skin, providing a pathway for delivery of optimizing medications and growth factors to the formative cells.
The ultimately results are improvements in color, glow, texture, and volume of the skin.
What conditions may be treated
- Fine to moderate lines
- Uneven texture
- Sun damaged skin
- Acne scars
- Scars from surgery or injury
What is Microneedling and Why Does it Work
Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy. Thousands of microchannels are created in the skin by an automated microneedling device. The Eclipse® Micropen vibrates at thousands of revolutions per minute to create these channels at a controlled predetermined depth. With a disposable 12 microneedle head, this means that over 100.000 channels may be created in a single treatment.
This uses the skin’s ability to heal itself through activation of your own “healing cascade”. Through the addition of specific skin healing boosters such as stem cell growth factors and platelet rich plasma, the effects are multiplied.
Specific boosters are chosen depending upon your particular needs.
Please Describe a Typical Procedure
After cleansing, a topical, rapidly acting local anesthetic is applied to the skin surface. After taking effect, this is removed and a topical hyaluronic acid gel is applied to the skin. This soothes the skin during treatment and permits a gentle gliding motion to the Eclipse® micropen. The depth chosen for treatment depends on the condition of your skin and the goals of treatment.
Topical skin healing boosters are then applied over the skin surface. In most cases these are chosen during the preprocedure consultation.
How May I maximize Results
Results may be boosted through the use of your own Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). When this is used in conjunction with the procedure, a small amount of blood is drawn from your arm prior to beginning the microneedling treatment. While your are receiving treatment, this sample is being processed with your own PRP separated for use following the procedure. Typically, this is applied topically. Dr. Burke prefers to also inject this under the treated skin to boost its effect.
What Should I Expect After Treatment
The skin may be slightly red or flushed (similar to that after mild sun exposure). We will recommend soothing topical solutions to help speed your healing. Most patients go back to work that day although with deeper treatments for more difficult conditions, an extra day off work may be recommended. This will be reviewed during the consultation appointment.
Although, many patients notice an immediate glow, visible improvement takes several weeks or longer.
How Many Treatments are Recommended
A series of treatments is recommended. Treatments are usually done 4-6 weeks apart.
Usually a minimum of 3-6 treatments are recommended for mild to moderate conditions. More severe conditions such as acne scars, deeper wrinkles, advances photodamage require 6-8 on average.
Once you have achieved your goals, periodic single treatments will help with maintenance.
What Skin Care Home Maintenance do You Recommend During Treatment and After Treatments Completed
We will recommend specific Regenica skin care products and Refissa based on your skin condition and goals. We also have specially formulated Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery Private label products for optimal home care.
Specific “Boosters” are individually chosen for Dyschromia, Photodamage, Age Spots, Rosacea, and other conditions.
Dr. Burke is a skin care expert is the first physician in Ann Arbor to offer Biopelle products including Tensage® Growth Factor with SCA biorepair technology.