Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is one of the safest and most effective non-invasive treatments for overall skin rejuvenation. This gentle resurfacing procedure creates controlled micro-injuries to the skin, stimulating the skin's natural repair process and the production of collagen and elastin. Microneedling is effective for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, scars, enlarged pores, and stretch marks. After a series of treatments, patients can expect to see a significant improvement in skin tone and texture. For enhanced results, microneedling treatments may also be combined with topical PRP (platelet-rich plasma).
What concerns will microneedling help improve?
Microneedling may be performed anywhere on the face or body. It is effective for improving skin texture and reducing signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. It will also help reduce scars (acne, surgical, or trauma), and diminish stretch marks. Because the treatment is safe for all skin types, anyone looking for skin rejuvenation will benefit from microneedling.
How does microneedling work?
The microneedling device is motorized, with a sterile tip containing very fine needles. When the device is run over the skin, the needles create tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, triggering the body to create new collagen and elastin.
APT Medical Aesthetics is pleased to offer microneedling treatments with the ACS-Pen, a state-of-the-art device which is the culmination of 30 years of scientific research and practical experience. Unlike other microneedling devices and dermal rollers, ACS (Advanced Cell Stimulation) features a linear needle module (i.e. 10 microneedles in one line), offering a comfortable, precise treatment with minimal to no downtime. The ACS-Pen is unmatched in engineering, precision, and efficacy.
What is the treatment like?
Each microneedling treatment takes approximately 20-30 minutes. During the procedure, your technician will apply a hyaluronic acid serum to your skin before gliding the ACS-Pen over the skin’s surface in a precise pattern, allowing the micro-needles to enter the skin vertically. This will ensure a uniform treatment, with the precise number of micro-injuries necessary to generate results. The depth of the treatment will be determined by which skin concerns are being targeted. After the treatment, your technician will apply the appropriate post-treatment products, and provide you with post-treatment instructions.
Due to advanced technology offered by the ACS-Pen, topical anaesthetic is typically not required for a microneedling treatment. You may feel a slight vibration on the skin, however the treatment is virtually painless.
Is there downtime?
Due to advanced technology offered by the ACS-Pen, downtime may be minimal or non-existent, and typically differs among patients. Some patients experience skin redness or sensitivity after the treatment, which may resolve in hours or days. Other patients may experience no redness whatsoever. Most patients return to routine activities immediately after the treatment.
It is recommended that patients wait 24 hours before applying makeup, and avoid direct sun exposure until the skin has healed.
How many treatments will I need?
For optimal results, six microneedling treatments are recommended. For general skin rejuvenation, scarring, or stretch marks the treatments are performed every four weeks. For aging skin, the treatments may be performed every two weeks.
What results can I expect?
Many patients notice an immediate glow in their skin after their first microneedling treatment.
As you go through your series, you will begin to notice smoother skin and improved skin tone, as your natural exfoliation process is optimized. Within 4-6 weeks you may begin to see visible improvements in fine lines and pore size as the skin's epidermis thickens. Improvement in scars may continue up to two years after the treatments, as new healthy tissue is generated beneath the scars.
Enhanced results may be achieved with an appropriate skin care routine, along with daily use of a sunscreen of at least SPF 30.