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Over the course of a lifetime, our skin endures some fairly intense conditions and hardships. It's no wonder we find ourselves with scars and acne marks, wrinkles and lines. In fact, it's a testament to our body’s strength and endurance that our skin doesn't betray even more wear. Of course, that's little comfort for those of us who would prefer that those indications of wear would miraculously disappear.

Women and men should consider microneedling in the Grand Rapids area for a quick, effective means of erasing wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and other signs of wear. The Eclipse MicroPen is a revolutionary new treatment that might be the answer you've been looking for.

Microneedling works by applying a small device called the Eclipse MicroPen to the area that requires treatment. The Eclipse MicroPen contains a cartridge with 12 tiny points that a licensed nurse or physician's assistant runs over the skin, creating carefully controlled micro-injuries. As a result of these injuries created during the microneedling process, the skin produces elastin and collagen in order to heal itself.

Collagen and elastin are both proteins our body produces and are primarily found in our connective tissues. Though they are different proteins, these substances work together to help our skin maintain its shape and firmness. Collagen makes the skin strong, while elastin provides softness and flexibility, and both are vital to a youthful appearance. As we age, our bodies produce less of these proteins, resulting in skin that sags and wrinkles. But the process of microneedling kickstarts production again, alerting the skin that it should produce more of both, allowing the skin to heal.

Microneedling can be performed alone at the Bengston Center, or combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which uses beneficial components from a patient's own blood to promote further healing and rejuvenation.

What Can I Expect During a Microneedling with Eclipse MicroPen Procedure in Grand Rapids?

Patients seeking microneedling treatment in Grand Rapids will first have a consultation with a highly trained medical practitioner to determine whether microneedling is the appropriate course of action. From there, a treatment schedule will be determined based on the patient's skin condition and goals. Some patients might be satisfied with the effects of a single round of microneedling treatment, while others will require a series of two to three treatments about six to eight weeks apart. Patients with severe scarring or deep wrinkles may require additional treatments.

Before the procedure begins, a hydrating gel is applied to the skin to ease the process and reduce discomfort. The Eclipse MicroPen is then applied to the skin in a gliding motion. Some patients have compared the sensation to the feeling of light sandpaper moving across the skin. It takes a minimum of an hour to complete for a standard microneedling procedure, and when combining this with platelet rich plasma (PRP), the procedure can last about two hours.

What Can I Expect After a Microneedling Procedure in Grand Rapids?

Following a microneedling procedure in Grand Rapids, patients can expect that the area treated by the Eclipse MicroPen will be red for a few days. Often this lasts for 24 hours or less, but some patients experience this for two to four days, depending on the duration of the procedure. Because microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure, patients can return to their normal routine immediately following treatment.

After the redness diminishes, most patients report an immediate glow with major improvements occurring over the following days and weeks. In fact, the results of a microneedling procedure in Grand Rapids can continue to materialize for up to six months following the procedure as the skin continues to produce additional elastin and collagen.

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