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what is microneedling?
Microneedling (also known as Epidermal Collagen Induction Therapy or ECIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of fine lines, enlarged pores, acne scars, and overall improving the skin’s texture, tone and colour. During this procedure, the Eclipse MicroPen® is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to aid in the production of collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker epidermis with a softer appearance of lines and wrinkles. Eclipse MicroPen® also creates micro-channels that allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing the effects in deeper layers of the skin. At GMA, we customize the treatment cocktail, combining various vitamins, growth factors, peptides and other active ingredients to target the patient’s unique needs.
What areas of the body can you treat with microneedling?
Eclipse MicroPen® can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
how is microneedling procedure done?
A sterile cartridge containing 12 tiny micro-points is attached to the Eclipse MicroPen®. Your skin-care professional will apply sterile saline to your skin and select the appropriate pen position based on your unique needs. Next the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered. This is all done in a single, smooth motion.
what does it feel like to get microneedling?
Patients describe the Eclipse MicroPen® as similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating tip makes the treatment more comfortable.
how long does microneedling procedure take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.
what is the downtime with microneedling?
You will notice a bright redness to the skin immediately after treatment. The total healing time depends on the pen position used and the number of overlapping passes. On average, patients experience redness for 2-4 days. Some patients heal completely in 24 hours.
when will i see the result?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible skin changes develop over the course of several weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment.
how may treatments will i need?
Some patients only require a one treatment a year to achieve optimal results. However, we recommend most patients receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with more significant skincare concerns, such as acne scars, we recommend a treatment of 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.