There is a new treatment in town and it is getting rave reviews! Several years ago we started (one of the first in Toronto) using Dermaroller here at TDC, with very good results, little downtime and minimal discomfort. Then, about a year later the eDS, or electro dermastamp was introduced to Canada and our clinic. This device was more aggressive, a little more comfortable and about the same downtime as the Dermaroller. As clinicians, we started to prefer the eDS, as it was a better treatment for scars and equal to the Dermaroller for antiaging.
So, now it is 2017 and the latest technique, replacing the eDS, is the Advanced Cell Stimulation pen (ACS). This device will create collagen in the skin at the same remarkable rate as the eDS, but is so advanced, it requires no numbing and no downtime. For patients that can’t afford a few days of pink skin or can’t tolerate the modest discomfort of eDS, this is the best thing on the market where micro-needling is concerned.
The ACS pen is the first of its kind. It is a culmination of the inventor’s 30 years of scientific research and experience in practice dealing with micro needles. The ACS pen incorporates a new Linear Needle Module that, held perfectly perpendicular to the skin, goes in straight for a better, precise and even penetration.
In contrast to many Dermarollers, the ACS pen is pain-free. Handled correctly, most bleeding is completely eliminated from the treatment. Redness is minimized so dramatically, that if treating for anti-aging, the patient can leave the clinic with nothing more than perhaps a mild flushing. When treating scars or stretch marks, erythema (redness) may be slightly more evident, but still dramatically less than previous options.
The treatment takes about the same time as either the Dermaroller or the eDS, but the actual protocol is very different. Instead of taking 30 minutes to numb, we start the treatment right from the beginning of the appointment time. Due to the comfort of the patient and the ease with which to handle the device, the treatment can be completed in next to no time. This gives us time to infuse the skin with collagen stimulating products and apply a gorgeous collagen mask. The mask is on for about 20 minutes, then it is eventually removed and finishing products are applied. 30-60 minutes would be booked for an appointment, depending on whether we are spot treating or treating a full face. Due to the timing being so much faster, we are also adding the neck to the treatment when treating the full face at no extra cost!
There is no downtime and the healing is basically the same as previous treatments. The patient will start to notice the skin’s improvement in 4-8 weeks, as with any collagen generating device. However, the lack of downtime and lack of excessive damage to the skin allows us to repeat treatments much sooner than ever before. In the past you had to wait 6 weeks in-between treatments. Now, treatments can be done in as little as two week increments for antiaging treatments and up to 4 weeks for more intense treatments. That means that our patients’ end game is much sooner and the patient is much happier!
The ACS is appropriate for all skin types and most skin concerns, especially related to anti-aging and scar reduction. It is versatile, pain free and comes with almost no downtime at all. For more information, please contact us at 416-633-0001 ext.2 for all of your ACS questions.
~ Sheri Roselle, Medical Esthetician at Toronto Dermatology Centre