Micro-Needling with the Eclipse MicroPen
Eclipse MicroPen Overview
The Eclipse MicroPen is a microneedling therapy device. It holds 12 microneedles and boasts a patented, high-speed motor that promises a speedier, more comfortable experience compared to the previous generation of microneedle devices. Unlike older versions that rolled across the skin, the MicroPen delivers precise, vertical penetration, creating smaller wound sites with less pain and reddening, offering better accuracy, and resulting in greater skin improvement.
Sometimes called collagen induction therapy or percutaneous collagen induction, microneedling therapy uses fine needles that puncture the skin, creating microscopic controlled injuries, triggering the body to repair the wounds via the production of collagen and elastin. This natural repair process firms the skin and reduces fine wrinkles, large pores, acne scars, and stretch marks.
MicroPen’s needles are adjustable, depending on the depth of treatment necessary. Patients typically require multiple treatments, based on their skin condition and their desired results.
- Preparation: Two weeks prior to your treatment, discontinue use of blood-thinning medications. This includes NSAIDs, aspirin, and supplements such as vitamin E and Gingko biloba.
- Anesthesia: Anesthesia is not necessary for microneedle therapy, which patients compare to the feeling of sandpaper against skin. However, a topical anesthetic cream to improve comfort is available. Discuss this option with Dr. Vallecillos during your consultation.
- Preoperative Consultation: This is the time to ask questions and share your desired results with Dr. Vallecillos. The doctor will walk you through the various options to treat your skin complaints and help you make the right choice for your individual needs.
Eclipse MicroPen Procedure
An hour prior to treatment, Dr. Vallecillos applies the numbing cream, as per the patient’s wishes. Next is the application of a topical gel, such as sterile saline, to your skin. This works as a lubricator to help the MicroPen glide smoothly over your skin. Then, the doctor presses the pen against your skin, simultaneously gliding it across the entire treatment area, creating thousands of microscopic channels that stimulate your body’s natural healing processes. The procedure lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Patients requiring multiple sessions repeat this process every four to six weeks.
Eclipse MicroPen FAQs
Who is a candidate for Eclipse MicroPen procedure?
MicroPen is safe for nearly every skin type. Patients looking to improve acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and other textural skin issues are ideal candidates for this procedure.
What is the recovery time for Eclipse MicroPen procedure?
Since it is minimally invasive, there is no recovery time for this procedure, though redness persists for up to 24 hours. Skin is also extra sensitive to sun for a few days after your treatment, so use an SPF-45 sunscreen.
Are there risks or side effects associated with Eclipse MicroPen procedure?
There are virtually no risks. Side effects include redness, which typically disappears within 24 hours, sun sensitivity for a few days, and possible skin peeling for two to three days. Peptide ointments can aid healing.
How long do the results last?
Patients receiving single treatments see results for three to four weeks. However, results in patients receiving multiple treatments last six months or more. The recommended interval for maintenance treatments is every six to 12 months.