What is Micro Coring?

Ellacor micro coring technology (MCT) is the newest scarless skin removal technique for wrinkle reduction, skin tightening, and extensive skin rejuvenation. Unlike lasers, which rely on thermal energy to transform skin, the MCT-based device uses a modified needle to remove tissue safely and effectively without scarring and without a reliance on heat-based treatment. (1) 

The aging process happens slowly over time, beginning with subtle changes in our facial appearance that worsen steadily over time. These are a result of a decline in the quality and quantity of basic skin components like collagen, which only continue to “remap” our faces as time progresses. This includes the appearance of wrinkles and reduced elasticity in skin structure, causing sagging in certain areas. (2) But if you’ve ever wondered if a skin resurfacing treatment that also tightens is out there, ellacor definitely fits the bill!

Valley Plastic Surgery & Medi-Spa provides this unique skin-enhancement procedure to residents of Baltimore and beyond. Under the direction of double board-certified plastic surgeon Alyson Wells, MD, patients can address their skin issue head on with the latest platform sure to change the treatment of facial aging. For a comprehensive skin analysis to see if ellacor is right for you, call (410) 628-8200 to speak to us directly, or fill out the simple online form  on our website.

About ellacor

As the first device of its kind, ellacor provides comprehensive solutions to some of the most common skin complaints, without causing scarring.

What Does ellacor Do? (1)

  • Smooths and tightens skin
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines
  • Lessens the appearance of acne scars
  • Increases skin thickness
  • Rejuvenates textured, tired skin
  • Reconstructs skin af scar removal and biopsies

With MCT, patients now have a more versatile skin remodeling treatment to add to their med spa procedure wishlist. 

What Makes ellacor Different?

The key to ellacor’s success is its superior skin-tightening ability. Other minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatments include micro-needling, laser therapy, and microdermabrasion treatments. These procedures, while incredibly effective at smoothing and rebalancing textured skin, are usually limited to addressing only mild skin sagging. However, studies show that ellacor is both minimally-invasive and able to address moderate-to-severe skin redundancy. (3)

Micro Coring vs. Microneedling

Although the two skin rejuvenating procedures have some similarities, there are some clear biomechanical differences between ellacor and microneedling. Microneedling uses an array of needles that only push skin aside during a session. Because this treatment modality doesn’t remove any tissue, it’s less likely patients will see significant skin tightening. (4) Additionally, this treatment frequently uses radiofrequency, which releases heat energy to aid skin remodeling. 

In contrast, the ellacor handpiece uses hollow needles to excise (remove) material on a micro-scale, with tiny columns just 400 microns (0.4mm/0.015in) in diameter. Because these micro-injuries are so small, scar tissue is unable to form, and patients reap the benefits with smoother, revitalized skin.

Find out if ellacor is right for you by booking a personal consultation at Valley Plastic Surgery & Medi-Spa, Baltimore. Start the booking process by requesting an appointment online, or by calling our office at (410) 628-8200 to speak to one of our staff members.

Minimally-Invasive, Scarless Technique

MCT is a minimally-invasive scarless skin removal procedure that remodels the skin without requiring extensive patient recovery time.

ellacor Anti-Aging Strategy

MCT is a useful addition to your anti-aging beauty regimen, particularly if you have skin issues you would like to address in the middle and lower thirds of your face. Common areas of concern may include the following.

  • Jowling
  • Cheek Sagging
  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Perioral Wrinkles
  • Jawline Sagging
  • Upper Neck Sagging

Benefits of ellacor

  • New minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment
  • Effective treatment of mild-to-severe skin laxity
  • Cost-effective alternative to surgical procedures
  • Significantly less downtime, simple recovery
  • Effective skin remodeling with no post-procedure scarring
  • Study-backed success with 86% satisfaction rate (3)

High Patient Satisfaction

The Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale (GAIS) is a measure of how effective rejuvenation treatments are. Based on this scale, one study’s participants almost 90% of one study’s participants saw wrinkle improvements after micro-coring. (3)

Ellacor means patients get an effective way to deal with age-related skin sagging and common signs of facial aging in one non-surgical treatment. What’s more, data indicates that, compared to laser treatment, there’s less risk of adverse effects! (1)


Good candidates for ellacor have signs of facial aging and are over the age of 22. Although ellacor is suitable for most people with Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV, there are some things that will prevent treatment. These include the following.

  • Active inflammatory conditions (e.g. acne, folliculitis)
  • Open wounds or sores
  • Skin conditions such as actinic keratosis
  • Skin with keloid scarring or tumors
  • History of keloid or abnormal scarring
  • Allergic to topical anesthesia
  • Allergic to stainless steel
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Use of medication that thins the blood
  • Surgical scars in area of treatment under 12 months old
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers

Can I Get ellacor Treatment After Fillers?

Dermal fillers and neuromodulator injectables like Botox are a fantastic way to counter signs of aging in the face. However, patients who want ellacor treatment should wait at least six months after their injectable treatment before opting for micro coring procedures in the same areas.

Get more information about our surgical and non-surgical procedures by reading Dr. Wells’ blog.

Personal Consultation

Getting the most effective anti-aging treatments is easy at Valley Plastic Surgery & Medi-Spa! After one simple consultation with us, you’ll know more about your skin and the best in-office treatments to combat wrinkles, lines, and skin sagging. 

Your personal consultation with us allows us to see your skin in person and assess whether ellacor is the best option for you, or whether another equally effective med spa procedure would be best for your unique skin tone and type. You can describe what you would like to achieve with your treatment, and show us your areas of concern. Then, after we’ve taken down some brief information about your medical history, we’ll schedule your ellacor procedure if it’s a good fit for your needs.

Corresponding & Complementary Procedures 

If ellacor isn’t quite what you’re looking for, there’s a treatment here that will be! Please feel free to discuss alternatives to micro coring at your consultation.

CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing has long been used to retouch, remodel, and revitalize skin in many areas of the body. And with a CO2 laser session, patients can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, scars, and other blemishes. Speak to us about customized skin rejuvenation treatment plans with our highly adaptable CO2 laser.


Fix dry and damaged skin, aging skin, and textured skin with an in-office microneedling procedure. Combine this minimally-invasive treatment with the natural benefits of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for transformative, revitalizing results for the face, neck, and decolletage.


The ultimate procedure for multi-faceted facial rejuvenation, the facelift has been refined over the years to produce remarkable results. Lift and smooth facial skin with dramatic but natural-looking results and the very latest in facelifting advancements.

Find your solution to skin sagging and facial aging by reaching out to our Cockeysville, MD office!

Cost of Micro Coring Treatment in Baltimore, MD

Ellacor scarless skin removal procedure costs are assessed on a case-by-case basis. As every treatment plan is based on the individual, the cost of a micro coring procedure will vary according to your specific needs. For more treatment details, financing information, and to book your personal consultation with us to discuss micro-corning further, call Valley Plastic Surgery and Medi-Spa at (410) 628-8200. Alternatively, you can fill out our contact form online to get in touch with us.

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How comfortable is microcoring?

Studies have shown that ellacor is very well-tolerated by patients, with a score of 2.8 out of 10 on a 0-10 discomfort scale. (1)

What are the side-effects of micro coring?

The after-effects of micro coring are usually less intense than similar skin resurfacing treatments. The most common side-effects after an ellacor session are mild redness, swelling, and bruising. Some patients may experience additional skin tightness in the days that follow their treatment.

How much downtime is there after ellacor?

Patients should factor in roughly three days of downtime following ellacor micro coring treatment.

Can people with darker skin tones get micro coring treatment?

Presently, there are no known studies to determine whether micro coring is appropriate for darker skin tones (Fitzpatrick types V-VI). We are hopeful that this new skin rejuvenation technology will be tested in the appropriate skin types in the coming months.


  1. Pozner JN, Kilmer SL, Geronemus RG, Jack M, Burns JA, Kaminer MS. Cytrellis: A Novel Microcoring Technology for Scarless Skin Removal: Summary of Three Prospective Clinical Trials. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. 2021;9(10):e3905. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/gox.0000000000003905 
  2. Shin JW, Kwon SH, Choi JY, et al. Molecular Mechanisms of Dermal Aging and Antiaging Approaches. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2019;20(9). doi:10.3390/ijms20092126 
  3. Gfrerer L, Kilmer SL, Waibel JS, Geronemus RG, Biesman BS. Dermal Micro-coring for the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Facial Wrinkles. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. 2022;10(10):e4547. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/gox.0000000000004547 
  4. Ramot Y, Vazana U, Cacical O, Nyska A. Safety and efficacy of a novel robotic, fractional micro-coring device in a swine model. Journal of Toxicologic Pathology. 2023;36(1):11-19. doi:https://doi.org/10.1293/tox.2022-0079 
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