SkinPen (also known as Microneedling) is a non-surgical, cosmetic device for the creation of “micro” skin punctures to improve the appearance of the skin. Microneedling procedures allow for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair mechanism by creating micro- “injuries“ in the skin, which triggers new collagen synthesis. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin!
SkinPen works by stimulating the natural production of new collagen and elastin. By creating a series of hundreds of vertical microscopic channels into the dermis, this procedure allows superior penetration and diffusion of topicals both during and post-procedure without ablation (heat, or introduction of thermal energy). These fractionated injuries are a quick, safe, and effective percutaneous (through the skin) collagen induction therapy.
What is Microneedleing effective for?
It is a great treatment option for acne scars, wrinkles, sun damage, stretch marks, large pores, uneven tone or texture, and thin skin. Patients with large pores, fine lines, and uneven skin tone will typically need a series of 3 microneedling sessions, spaced every 4 weeks. Those with moderate to deep wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars or other scars will likely need a series of 6 (or more) treatments, spaced every 4 weeks.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Microneedling can be performed on all parts of the body, including the face, neck, and décolleté.
What is the downtime?
We recommend that all patients go directly home immediately after their treatment and completely avoid the sun. The skin will be red and slightly swollen right after the treatment, similar to sunburn. The redness and swelling typically improve on the second day. On the third day, most redness and swelling have resolved, and any residual redness is easily covered with makeup.
What is the procedure like?
When you first arrive, we will remove all makeup and lotions and clean the face well. Then, a potent, prescription topical numbing ointment is applied to the area for about 40 minutes to improve the comfort of the procedure. After a second cleansing, the procedure takes 20-30 minutes with the electric microneedle device SkinPen. This process sounds like a small electric razor gently buzzing back and forth across the face. We will repeatedly ask you for feedback to optimize the depth of the needle and expected results while making the procedure as comfortable as possible. We have found this procedure to be much better tolerated than our traditional chemical peels.
Is SkinPen safe for all skin types?
Yes, the great benefit of this procedure is that it can be used on patients with any skin color, since it does not use strong chemicals or laser energy
How does it work?
During the procedure, the microneedling device (SkinPen®) produces thousands of microscopic channels (up to 2.5 mm deep) in the skin from the needles. These microscopic “injuries” encourage the skin’s natural ability to rebuild collagen and elastic fibers and promotes a host of natural growth factors in the skin. This produces tissue remodeling and skin tightening as the newer, thicker collagen is formed. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin with less-visible wrinkles and scars.
When will I see results?
Most patients feel healthier, tighter skin immediately, but the natural repair process of the skin will progress over several weeks to months. Collagen formation is a slow process with any type of treatment, and your skin typically continues to improve for up to 6 months after your final treatment.