What is Automated Micro-Needling?
Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the “Natural” treatment of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with the appearance of softer wrinkles. Automated micro-needling also creates superficial micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin. Interdermal Fractional Needling is the most advanced medical-grade automated micro-needling on the market.
How is Auto Micro Needling different from Dermal Needling Rollers?
Micro-needling rollers are the first generation of needling devices. They have a fixed depth (e.g. 1mm) and must be disposed of after every treatment. Your skin thickness varies in depth dramatically depending on what you are treating. Therefore, having a fixed depth is a drawback when trying to customize a treatment. AMTS has an adjustable needle tip that allows your skincare professional to vary the depth of penetration throughout the treatment. They can now address the specific needs of your lower eyelids, crow’s feet, forehead, upper lip, cheeks, neck, décolletage with 1 needle tip instead of 5 or 6 needle rollers.
How is AMTS different from Lasers?
When used correctly resurfacing lasers can be a great tool for treating aging skin. Lasers use focused light to produce heat that destroys certain colors of pigment and vaporizes skin. This is great for targeting dark spots but often leads to complications when treating patients with naturally darker skin. Fractional Micro Needling breaks up pigment mechanically and remodels the collagen without heat. Removing heat from the equation makes for a safer, more comfortable treatment with a very low complication rate. No heat also equals less downtime! Most patients are red for 24 hours or less. That means you can get the procedure on a Friday and be back to normal for work on Monday.
How is the procedure done?
A sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is used. A thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate treatment depth 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 treatment area has been covered. This results in thousands of microscopic channels throughout the entire treatment area.
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Automated Micro Needle Therapy is safer and more effective in piercing the skin than traditional skin micro needling rollers due to its unique vertical micro needling technology. It has a superior effect on collagen and elastin rejuvenation. Active ingredients are directly supplied to the deeper layers of the skin.
Automated Micro Needle Therapy’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depths allow the needles to pierce the skin’s layers at 90 degrees and increase the effectiveness of treatments by increasing the absorption of products, generating less pain and downtime for the patient.
Automated Micro Needle Therapy can effectively treat hard-to-reach places (e.g. around the eyes, nose, and lips). Because of the vertical delivery, the needles can easily penetrate scar tissue.
Automated Micro Needle Therapy promotes scar-less healing and natural collagen reproduction, similar to fractional laser treatments, IPL, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels, but without the side effects and downtime.
The mechanism of injury is a natural process, which makes Automated Micro Needle Therapy a holistic approach to skin therapy. Four major phases of physiological wound response help in stimulating new healthy tissue growth. First, an inflammatory response (1-3 days), to the initial injury promotes the chemotaxis response and proliferation of fibroblasts. The body’s platelets also respond to initiate a wound matrix. This response is the early phase of cell migration to remove debris and bacteria and stimulate the next proliferative phase. During the second phase (3-5 days), the new fibroblasts, monocytes, keratinocytes of the first phase continue to proliferate and multiply. New collagen will be laid down and deposited with new tissue formation. Next a fibrotic response (5-20 days), of growth factors are released and fibroblasts release collagen. Finally, the maturation stage of new healthy skin takes place from day 28 to two years after treatment. Collagens mature and stiffen and the matrix of new tissue shows 80% to full tensile strength.