SkinPen® is an award-winning skincare tool, scooping the “Top Rated Treatment for Acne Scars” and “Top Skin Care Device” in the Aesthetic Everything® 2019 Aesthetic and Cosmetic Medicine Awards. The medical-grade, state-of-the-art micro-needling tool is only available through skincare professionals. It is designed to help stimulate your skin’s natural ability to produce new collagen formation to make the skin healthier and improve the appearance of acne scars, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, skin texture as well as, fine lines, and wrinkles, irrespective of skin type. SkinPen accelerates the skin repair process by creating microscopic channels to allow the penetration of products into the deeper layers of the skin for better results.
Microneedling, otherwise called collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure to help in minimizing the signs of aging, improve the appearance of acne scars and rejuvenate aging skin. The SkinPen® microneedling device causes controlled micro-injuries, stimulating the body’s natural wound healing process and triggering the release of cytokines and growth factors to remodel collagen and elastin.
How does SkinPen® work?
SkinPen® creates a series of hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermis, stimulating the natural production of new collagen and elastin and helping the skin to look and feel healthier. SkinPen® needles cycle at 100+ stamps/second, creating over 1600 microchannels per second.
One of the most frequently asked questions is what Skin Pen does. A better question is what doesn’t it do? Years of research have proven that collagen induction results in cellular rejuvenation and cellular turnover and these are some of the few benefits of using Skin Pen.
It gets even better, unlike deep chemical peels, Skin Pen is safe to use multiple times.
DOES THE SKIN PEN TIGHTEN THE SKIN?
There is concern about the possibility of SkinPen tightening the skin and the answer is an absolute YES, achieving this as a collagen induction therapy.
How Does the Skin Pen Tighten Skin?
The Skin Pen device remains the only FDA-approved dermal roller for skin tightening. This is achieved by creating dozens of micro-injuries when fine needles penetrate your skin. These “wounds” trigger the production of more collagen, the protein responsible for tight, healthy, and young skin.
How Long Does it Take to See the Final Results of Treatment?
After treatment, your skin produces its own collagen to keep itself tight, young, and healthy. Therefore, it will take roughly four to six weeks after your first treatment session to notice drastically tightened skin. While it takes about a month to see the final tightening results, you will notice initial tightening immediately after the procedure.
How is microneedling performed?
Microneedling is performed using SkinPen®, a medical-grade, state-of-the-art microneedling tool. It takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and number of areas treated as well as the degree of treatment.
What areas of the skin can be treated?
SkinPen’s® variable needle depth ensures maximum versatility, safety, and effectiveness on several parts of the body, including the face, neck, and décolletage.
Is there downtime after microneedling?
The total healing time is dependent on each individual, with most patients experiencing slight swelling and redness/pinkness for two to four days following the procedure.
When will I see the results?
The natural repair process of your own skin progresses over the course of several weeks. Damage that has occurred over an extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately.
Other Skin Pen Effects
Collagen induction therapy with the Skin Pen device is amazing for lifting sagging skin and is also effective in smoothening away fine lines, moderate wrinkles, and even deep folds. It is worth noting that you need an initial consultation to identify the suitability of microneedling for your situation.
Skin Pen is ideal for acne treatment, unclogging your pores to make topical acne medications more effective. It also shrinks enlarged pores and prevents the production of too much oil by your skin. The extra collagen production also facilitates cellular turnover, making Skin Pen an excellent treatment option for acne scars.
How Long Do the Results of Treatment Last?
Treatment results become visible depending on several factors, such as the health of your collagen and elastin, how free your skin is free from pollutants and other irritants, your alcohol consumption, and how hydrated you are.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR TREATMENT?
The preparation for microneedling with the Skin Pen device. However, you are advised to stop consuming things, such as garlic supplements, NSAIDs, and MAOIs, that can thin your blood in the two weeks leading up to your treatment if you have thin blood. It is also advised that you stop the consumption of topical retinoids and topical acne medications as well as substances that can elevate your blood pressure.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT?
Microneedling offers a wide range of benefits, one of which is the absence of pain or discomfort during the procedure. We can also apply a topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area to prevent feeling the fine needles penetrating your skin.
The treatment starts with an alcohol-based cleanser to sanitize the treatment areas. We can also apply a topical numbing cream or ice to numb the treatment area, which is followed by rolling the Skin Pen device over the treatment area to create enough micro-injuries.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER TREATMENT?
After treatment, you can apply makeup as you desire and return to school or work. However, you need to apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen to your treated skin every four hours for the first couple of weeks after your treatment if you are outside. This helps to prevent UVA and UVB rays from damaging your skin.
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?
A common question about the Skin Pen is the duration of the treatment. Averagely, the microneedling session takes only thirty minutes. However, treating a larger area, such as the back or abdomen can take a longer period. Passing over the treatment area more times will also give you faster results.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH THIS DEVICE?
The Skin Pen is versatile and can be used on any part of the body and for a wide range of treatments.
HOW MANY TREATMENT SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This is dependent on a number of factors, including the exact issue we are treating. However, our specialist will review your case during the initial consultation to ascertain the number of sessions you need.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR TREATMENT WITH THIS DEVICE?
A consultation remains the only way to determine your candidacy for the Skin Pen treatment or any other option.
How many treatments are recommended?
The number of procedures you need depends on your individual goals and the overall health of your skin.
How long is each treatment? How many treatments will I need?
The treatment often lasts 1.5 hours, including numbing with a topical numbing agent and the number of sessions depends on the skin condition you intend treating.
Is SkinPen Painful?
You will numb topically for 30 minutes before treatment to decrease the mild discomfort.
FAQs About SkinPen Microneedling Treatments Answered
How Many Microneedling Treatments Do You Need?
You may need between one and six SkinPen microneedling treatments to achieve the results, depending on the condition and treatment area.
How Does SkinPen Microneedling Work?
Microneedling aims to kickstart your skin’s collagen production process. When the fine needles penetrate your skin, your skin immediately identifies “micro-injuries” and responds by generating new tissue rich in strong, healthy collagen.
Will My Results Look Natural?
Yes, microneedling offers natural-looking results, leveraging the skin’s self-healing properties.
How Often Should I Get Treatments?
SkinPen microneedling sessions are often spaced four to six weeks apart.
How Long Will the Results of This Treatment Last?
Your treatment results last a lifetime if you are getting collagen induction therapy to erase scars. Treatment of enlarged pores can last for several months, while treatment results for wrinkles and other signs of aging last for at least six months.
Is This Treatment Safe?
The treatment is completely safe for most healthy adults, with our trained expert aestheticians in the proper microneedling technique ensuring your skin will not be nicked or otherwise injured.
Will This Treatment Hurt?
Collagen induction therapy is painless and the preparation before the major procedure helps to eliminate any discomfort.
What Can I Expect During My Session?
As noted above, we start by cleaning and numbing your skin to prepare it for the treatment. The scope of your treatment affects its duration, with most sessions completed in 45 minutes.
What Can I Expect After My Treatment Session?
After your microneedling session, you may receive a hydrating serum. We can also help you decide if there will be a need for a post-treatment hydrating serum.
Are There Any Restrictions Following Microneedling?
Yes, there are certain restrictions after the procedure, one of which is to avoid vigorous exercise and unprotected sun exposure during the first three days following a treatment session.
Is This Treatment Really Effective?
When performed by a professional dermatologist with the SkinPen device, microneedling absolutely works. The device has been identified to be highly effective in several double-blind, third-party clinical trials.
How Should I Prepare for My Session?
You get an all-inclusive set of preparation guidelines once we determine you are identified as a good candidate for this restorative skin care treatment. One of the most important steps is wearing sunscreen diligently in the 14 days leading up to your treatment session. You should also prevent skin irritation by taking an antiviral during the weeks leading up to your treatment if you have a history of oral herpes outbreaks. Skincare products with retinol, like anti-aging serums and anti-acne creams, should be completely avoided for several weeks before your treatment.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
The only way to determine the suitability of collagen induction therapy is when you come in for an initial evaluation. A good candidate is concerned about the appearance of their skin tone, skin texture, age spots, hyperpigmentation, a dull, ruddy complexion, scars, sunspots, and acne.
Can I Do This at Home?
Unfortunately, you cannot safely or effectively perform microneedling at home to avoid several associated risks, including infection, discomfort, or not getting the desired result.
Can This Treatment Be Performed With Other Treatments?
Yes, microneedling can be combined with other forms of treatment, depending on your cosmetic concerns.
How Quickly You Can See Results ?
You can expect the initial visible results of Botox injections within one to two days of treatment. However, it can take between 8 and 10 days for the final results of the treatment to become apparent.
How Long Your Results Will Last ?
Results vary based on the individual. However, you can expect the results of your treatment to last between four and six months.
How To Prepare for Botox ?
The basic is to avoid taking blood thinners for seven days and any topical products containing retinol 72 hours leading up to your session. You should also avoid chemical peels, removing hair from the treatment area, and taking alcohol. You should come in with a bare face on the day of your treatment.
How To Care for Your Skin After Botox ?
Avoid vigorous exercise during the first 24 hours after the procedure. Activities that may result in excessive sweating or heat, such as dry saunas, steam rooms, and hot baths are also a no-no. It is strongly advised that you wear broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you go outside for at least 24 hours following your treatment