MicroPen Skin Needling Treatment
Skin needling – also known as automated micro-needling or collagen induction therapy – is a recent innovation in aesthetic medicine for treating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks.
During this procedure tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production. At The Breslow Center we use the Eclipse MicroPen®, the most advanced medical-grade automated micro-needling device on the market. The Eclipse MicroPen® is a great solution for all Fitzpatrick skin types.
How does micro-needling work?
Micro needling is a form of collagen induction therapy. To begin we either apply a hyaluronic serum or the client’s platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to the skin. After selecting the proper settings for the targeted areas, we then perform the Eclipse MicroPen® treatment using a 12-point sterile cartridge tip.
What is platelet-rich plasma, aka “Liquid Gold”?
Using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) during micro-needling can stimulate collagen production by 1000% after only two treatments. This is done by mixing a small sample of the patient’s blood with a special reagent. The platelets in the blood contain growth factors that promote cellular regeneration and accelerate the healing process, giving your skin a fresher, more youthful appearance.
Before beginning the micro-needling treatment, a medical provider draws a vial of the client’s blood and places it in a centrifuge. The spinning separates the platelet-rich plasma, which is then extracted from the vial.
The application of platelets stimulates different types of growth factors in the area that is being treated:
- Fibroblast growth factor for collagen production and tissue repair
- Epidermal growth factor, which helps promote wound healing, epithelial cell growth and angiogenesis
- Platelet-derived growth factor for collagen production and cell growth, as well as regeneration and repair of blood vessels
- Vascular endothelial growth factor for the generation and growth of vascular endothelial cells
- Transforming growth factor Beta 1, which promotes wound healing and the growth of endothelial and epithelial cells
- Keratinocyte growth factor for the generation and growth of new keratinocytes
How long does the procedure take?
The micro-needling treatment itself does not take that long to perform. In most cases it’s completed within an hour. The actual application of the Eclipse MicroPen® averages from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the area treated and the skin’s condition.
Which areas of the body can be treated?
Micro-needling can be used on all skin types to address a variety of concerns. The most common areas for rejuvenation are the face and décolleté. Unless your medical provider determines otherwise, almost all areas of the body can be treated.
Is there any downtime?
Immediately after the treatment you will experience a feeling of sunburn, and your skin might take on a pink to bright-red appearance. Downtime typically ranges from 24 hours to 72 hours, but in most cases clients are up and running the following day.
Your skincare specialists will suggest the right post-treatment skin care products to reduce discomfort and speed up recovery, based on your skin type and personal needs.
When will I see results?
You will begin to see changes directly after your treatment, and in the six following months. Once the redness has cleared up, you will experience a little dryness and then a beautiful glow. The healthier the skin is before treatment, the quicker you will see results.
Before and after micropen treatments
How many treatments are needed?
The number of micro-needling treatments required depends on the areas that are targeted and varies from one client to another. The more treatments you do, the more results you will see.
Maintaining a healthy skin care regimen also has a significant impact on how your skin responds to the treatment. Your skin care specialist will set you up with the proper pre- and post-treatment care to ensure optimal results.
How much does micro-needling cost?
The costs vary, depending on if you undergo the treatment with PRP or by itself. We have single treatments and packaged treatments that we can customize to suit clients’ needs. During your initial skin care consultation your esthetician will formulate a treatment plan that addresses your specific skin care goals.
Call The Breslow Center at 201-444-9522 for more information about micropen skin needling in New Jersey.