The micro pen micro needling facial is being touted as “Hollywood’s Hottest Secret” to fight aging, brown spots, acne and increase collagen production. Does it really do what it says?
Do you want to make it look like you’ve applied the newest highlighter to your cheekbones, when in fact your skin is bare? That’s what I’m experiencing after completing two treatments of the latest in aesthetic skin facials that’s gaining a whole lot of buzz, and for good reason.
I’ve tried many different types of facial treatments in the past and most of them have been really effective but have too much recovery time for my liking. But when it comes to the Eclipse MicroPen micro needling device, I have to say it’s become one of my favourite procedures for maintaining youthful skin and I highly recommend it.
What Is It? The Eclipse MicroPen is a cordless device, the size of a large pen, with tiny micro needles on the end. This type of MicroPen micro needling is an innovation in aesthetic medicine that helps treat the appearance of fine lines, skin discolouration, acne scars and the skin’s overall appearance.
The pen is composed of tiny needles that are used to create controlled “micro-injuries” to the skin that stimulates collagen growth and elastin production. As your skin repairs from these little micro injuries it creates a softer appearance of wrinkles, creates a smooth texture and tightens skin. It will simply make your skin glow. Who doesn’t want that?
I had the chance to try the Micropen treatment on my face recently at SpaMedica in Toronto. So far, I’ve had two treatments and my face has never felt smoother and softer. I liken this procedure to an intense microdermabrasion.
My medical esthetician first applied a numbing cream to my face, which helps with discomfort in more sensitive areas of the face. But to be honest, there isn’t any pain. It feels like pulsating sandpaper gently gliding over your skin.
After two passes of the pen over my face, a hyaluronic acid cream was applied to my face to help with moisture. After micro needling, nutrients in serums and creams are better absorbed into your skin. Another plus.
After a treatment, which lasts about 15-20 minutes tops, you can expect no down time. However, your face will be flushed like a mild sunburn and feel very warm. This happened to me after my first treatment but settled after an evening passed. I did not go out that evening. After my second treatment, I only had a mild blush, which again passed after a few hours and a few spritzes of thermal water spray to cool down. Some patients report that redness can last up to two days. It all depends on how you react and the pen level used on your skin.
(Video courtesy of Eclipse MicroPen)
How many treatments are needed? It’s generally recommended to get two to three treatments about 6-8 weeks apart for optimal results.
As mentioned, you should notice an immediate glow to your skin following your treatment once your skin has settled. Results are said to continue for a few months afterward as your body continues to produce more collagen, which is the beauty of this treatment. I can attest to this.
I love the MicroPen micro needling because it’s non-invasive, produces results and is not as intense as other fractional laser treatments, which have longer recovery times.
If you’re looking to improve your skin (it also works on other body parts like neck, décolleté, arms, hands) the MicroPen is the way to go. It can also help improve the appearance of hyper-pigmentation as well as pore size, acne scars, scars and stretch marks.
If you’re in the Toronto area, contact SpaMedica for more info. The staff is amazing, professional and they always go above and beyond to make your experience enjoyable.
—By Toni-Marie Ippolito