What is Automated Micro-Needling?
Automated micro-needling (also known as percutaneous collagen induction therapy or percutaneous injection needling - PIN) is an aesthetic medicine technique that can help improve the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and the skin’s overall appearance. During this procedure, the Collagen PIN is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to stimulate collagen production.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of micro-needling can include a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. It can also have a positive effect on the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars, and stretch marks, and create a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.
What areas of the body is this procedure commonly used?
Collagen PIN can be used on all parts of the body; face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How is the Procedure Performed?
First, your skin is cleansed and a topical numbing agent is applied. Next, a sterile cartridge tip containing 36 points is attached to the Collagen PIN. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical gel or your own plasma to your skin and select the appropriate pen setting based on your unique needs. Next, in a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire area has been covered.
What does it feel like?
The feeling associated with Collagen PIN is a slight vibration. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating Collagen PIN tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel or plasma also makes the procedure more tolerable.
What is the downtime?
Immediately after the procedure you will notice a bright redness to the skin, like a sunburn. The total healing time depends upon the setting used and the number of overlapping passes performed. On average, patients are red for up to two to four days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Utilizing your own plasma can speed up the healing process.
When Will I See Results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results continue to improve for up to six months after the procedure as collagen production continues.
How many appointments are needed?
For the best result most patients need a series of two to three sessions spaced about six to eight weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced sun damage, stretch marks or acne scars we may recommend six to eight sessions at six week intervals.
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