Microneedling Is Here

microneedling_in_actionFor the past year, I have been exploring a new upgrade of an older technique called microneedling.  This procedure utilizes a principle called Collagen Induction Therapy (or CIT) which is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and scars as well as improve the overall appearance of the skin.

The latest microneedling technology uses a motorized pen apparatus to insert sterile microneedles (or tiny needles).  The older version used rollers with needles or pens with limited ability to maintain sterility, making the newer technology much safer in comparison

During this procedure, microneedles are inserted into the skin in an automated and controlled fashion to create microscopic injuries to the skin layers.  These injuries are barely noticeable, and result in the skin automatically stimulating collagen and elastin production.

eclipse_before_afterBy repairing the microscopic injuries over a series of treatments, the skin tightens and significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scar tissue.  This treatment can be done on all parts of the body including the face, neck, decollete, arms, hands, legs and abdomen.

After researching several different companies who provide this technology, I have decided to use the Eclipse Micropen.  This device looks like a rather thick pen onto which a sterile needle tip is placed.  The needle tip contains 12 tiny microneedles which are inserted and removed from the skin in an automated and repeated fashion to produce the microinjuries we need.

During the procedure, I or my aesthetician Denise will decide on the appropriate depth of the needle insertion and a thin layer of topical gel will be applied to the area of treatment.  Since the microneedles will essentially create a series of microchannels  within the skin, various gels or serums may be used to enhance the treatment and improve the appearance of the skin.

microneedling_microscopicOnce the gel is applied, the micropen is gently pressed against the skin and the needling motor within the pen is turned on.  The pen is moved over the area of treatment in a gliding motion.

While needles being put into your skin is probably not the most comforting thought in the world, the micropen gliding over your skin actually feels similar to  light sandpaper being passed over the skin.  Generally, the speed of microneedles reduces the level of discomfort you may feel.

The microneedling procedure lasts approximately 15-30 minutes depending on the skin area to be treated.  This procedure may be combined with Hydrafacials, facial peels and/or Pelleve to achieve a maximum effect on a particular area of concern.

Immediately following the procedure, the area treated will be bright red.  On average, the redness may last up to 2-4 days, although many patients may resolve their redness within 24 hours.  Topical products we recommend applying to the area after the treatment will help speed up the process of healing and resolve redness faster.

microneedling_before_afterPatients do notice some light peeling or flaking of the skin over several days, but overall they notice a glow to the skin.  Visible changes in the skin do occur over the next several days and weeks with continued improvement in collagen production for up to 6 months.

For most patients who have multiple issues with their skin, a series of 2-3 treatments are usually recommended spaced 4-6 weeks apart.  For patients with more serious issues such as deep wrinkles, advanced photoaging, stretch marks or deep acne scars, 6-8 sessions at 4-6 week intervals are generally recommended.

I am excited to add this technology to our current menu of services provided.  Maine Laser Skin Care will be the only office north of Portland which will provide this service in Maine. As you know, I always try to bring the cutting edge in skincare technology to my office after doing extensive research on its safety and effectiveness.

As with any treatment and as always, the consultation will be extremely important in assessing if this will be appropriate for your individual skin needs.  Call for a free consultation at (207) 873-2158 to see if this new service would be right for you.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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