Automated micro-needling, also know as Epidermal Collagen Induction (ECI) therapy, is an innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of fine lines, acne scars, and the improvement of the skin’s pore size, texture, tone, and color. Micro-needling creates microscopic channels in the skin using a specialized (disposable and motorized) tip with fine needles. Similar to how aeration of a lawn leads to growth of healthy grass, the micro-injury (virtually painless) from micro-needling serves to stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin. Additionally, channels are created for the delivery of natural growth factors, your own platelet rich plasma (PRP), which further enhances the collagen stimulation. Micro-needling can be used on all skin types and on all skin pigments. Recovery is fast – a matter of a few days during which time the treated skin appears pink in color while it is being repaired from within. Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin but other visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks as the skin remodels. Results can continue to improve for up to 6 months after the last treatment. Dr. Kittridge typically recommends treatments 2-6 weeks apart depending on treatment goals.
This is one of Dr. Kittridge’s favorite procedures! As a member of the International Peels Society, Dr. Kittridge has worked directly with leaders in the field from around the country to adapt extremely effective, efficient and safe chemical peeling techniques. Chemical peeling is an art and a science. It is not a one size fits all approach. Dr. Kittridge will assess your skin type and your concerns and create a custom plan for you, often combining several different peeling agents to optimize your outcome. To enhance your results, she will provide you with a pre- and post-treatment skin care regimen that often includes custom-compounded medications. Recovery time varies from a few days for superficial peels to several weeks for deep peels. Dr. Kittridge personally preforms all peels.