There is no escaping the fact that the appearance of our skin plays a critical role in our self-confidence and overall self-esteem. Acne scarring from our teenage years can make us feel insecure when meeting new people. The fine lines and wrinkles around our eyes may make us look older than we feel. Every year, thousands of people seek solutions to correct these skin concerns, but a new, non-invasive treatment is quickly becoming the industry darling for noticeably improving your skin’s overall appearance and health without the need for deep laser resurfacing or downtime!
Microneedling has taken the aesthetics and beauty world by storm over the past two years and prompted several devices to be launched onto the at-home use and professionally administered market. At first, the idea of several little needles puncturing your skin to make it smoother may be off-putting, but there is no denying that when administered correctly by a licensed professional, microneedling is clinically proven to improve your skin noticeably. One particular device has risen to the top of the microneedllng world and is now considered the gold standard in the medical aesthetics world.
To date, the SkinPen® device by Bellus Medical® is the only class II microneedling device the FDA has approved for safety and efficacy. This makes it the safest option for patients looking to improve the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, enlarged pores and more with microneedling. Let’s take a closer look at what SkinPen® is and why it’s unique!
What is SkinPen® Microneedling?
The SkinPen device is a medical-grade, state-of-the-art tool, which is available only through licensed skincare professional working under medical supervision. It looks like a thick, blue “pen” with a point made up of a disposable tip comprised of 14 surgical-grade stainless steel needles. These fine, tiny gauge needles are what give microneedling its name.
How Does SkinPen® Work on Acne Scarring & Wrinkles?
Microneedling works by painlessly creating hundreds of microscopic channels into the surface of your skin. In response, your skin responds as if it is healing from a controlled injury and starts to produce collagen and elastin. These are the components of your skin that keep it firm, smooth, resilient and youthful looking.
When skin suffers from acne, collagen and elastin can be damaged and lead to scarring. They both also naturally decrease as we age and can be further damaged by sun exposure and other lifestyle factors. By stimulating your collagen and elastin production, SkinPen® makes skin thicker, smoother, tighter and younger looking!
What Skin Concerns & Conditions can SkinPen® Microneedling Treat?
SkinPen® is beneficial for multiple skin concerns such as acne scarring, wrinkles, sagging skin, enlarged pores, and even stretch marks! Unlike laser resurfacing, it is non-ablative, non-thermal and has a fractionated approach. This makes it a safe treatment option for most skin types and colors.
In addition to improving your skin from the inside out, SkinPen® Microneedling can also make the products you’re already using work BETTER! As we stated previously, microneedling creates little channels into your skin. These can increase how well any subsequent products you place on top of your skin are absorbed, making them more effective. Expect your serums to work twice as well in the weeks following your treatment!
Key Skin Conditions that benefit from SkinPen® Microneedling:
• Acne Scarring
• Surgical Scarring & Accidental Scarring
• Chicken Pox Marks
• Uneven Skin Texture & Pigmentation
• Fine Lines & Wrinkles
• Lines Around the Mouth (Smoker’s Lines)
• Lines Around the Eyes (Crow’s Feet)
• Sagging Skin & Loss of Elasticity
• Vertical Lines / Creases Between Breasts
• Stretch Marks
Microneedling Before and After
What Happens During a SkinPen® Microneedling Treatment?
Like most procedures, a thorough consultation is required to make sure you are a good candidate for microneedling. Just before your first treatment, your skin will be cleansed, and a topical numbing cream will be applied to keep you comfortable during your procedure. Don’t worry, there is no pain associated with microneedling, and most patients describe the sensation more like a vibration or light scratching.
Once the numbing cream is removed, your provider will apply a serum to your skin which will allow the tiny needles to glide over your treatment area effortlessly. She may pay particular attention to a key area of concern and apply a technique called “stamping” to depressed scars or enlarged pores to encourage more of a healing response.
What Will My Skin Feel Like & Look Like After SkinPen®?
Immediately after your treatment, your skin will appear slightly red, and you may notice some bleeding in certain areas that your provider microneedled more aggressively. Your skin may also feel tight and dry, almost like a mild sunburn. These symptoms will subside in 1 to 3 days and can easily be covered by makeup the day after your treatment.
Your provider will outline specific post care instructions for you to observe after treatment like what skincare products to use and avoid and a timeframe for reintroducing them.
How Many SkinPen® Treatments Will I Need to See Noticeable Results?
Most SkinPen® patients notice an improvement after one treatment, but a series of treatments is recommended for the best results. It takes time for the body to rebuild its collagen and elastin after treatment and effects will continue to set in for three months after your SkinPen® service. Most patients pursue a treatment series of at least six treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart for optimal results.
Prices per treatment range from $300 - $450. Treatment series are usually discounted.
The smoothing results from your SkinPen® Microneedling results are permanent! Patients with deeper acne scarring and wrinkles may continue with a second treatment series to get even smoother results. SkinPen® is a wonderful treatment to repeat every year after your series to ensure your skin stays smooth, youthful looking and healthy!
Are you tired of trying to cover your acne scars? Do you like the idea of a rejuvenating treatment that has no downtime, but is noticeably effective? Set up a microneedling consultation with Katie McClellan, PA-C to discuss SkinPen® Microneedling!