The science behind microneedling collagen induction therapy
Spring is a time for renewal. The season brings not only fresh, new colors and life, but also an opportunity to discard the old and welcome in the new. This principle applies to your skin too! The Spring season is the perfect time to reconsider your skin care options and investigate treatments that will unveil fresh, healthy and radiant skin. One of the most popular treatments on the market today is called microneedling collagen induction therapy. Let’s take a closer look at SkinPen®, the industry’s gold standard in this innovative skin smoothing and renewing procedure.
SkinPen®, manufactured by a company called Bellus Medical, received its FDA approval in 2018 as the ONLY class II microneedling device on the market. It is considered the safest device of its kind available for improving the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. To date, hundreds of thousands of people have received SkinPen® treatments to safely and effectively smooth their acne scarring, lessen the depth of their lines and improve the overall health and function of their skin.
What is SkinPen® Microneedling?
The SkinPen® device is a medical-grade, state-of-the-art tool that looks almost like a thick pen. It has a disposable tip comprised of 14 surgical-grade stainless steel needles, hence the name “microneedling.” The treatment is only available through a licensed skincare professional working under the medical supervision.
The SkinPen® treatment focuses on improving the appearance of such common skin concerns as acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, and enlarged pores. It does this by stimulating your skin’s collagen production. It has virtually no downtime and is appropriate for all skin colors.
How does SkinPen® Microneedling Work?
Before your SkinPen® treatment, a numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area to ensure the procedure is comfortable. Next, your clinician will remove this cream and apply a treatment serum to allow the SkinPen® to glide over your skin. As it does, the tiny needles of the tip vibrate and create hundreds of microscopic channels into your skin. Your skin perceives this is a small injury and, in turn, your collagen production is stimulated to heal the wound. As collagen builds over time, the surface of the skin becomes plumper, smoother and firmer.
What skin conditions and concerns can SkinPen® treat?
Microneedling is considered one of the most versatile and safest treatments on the market when performed by a trained and licensed provider. Because there is no laser involved and trauma to the skin is minimal and highly controlled, any skin color can be treated with microneedling. The most common conditions that SkinPen® treats are acne scarring, fine lines, lax skin, large pores, deep wrinkles, and stretch marks.
- Old chickenpox marks
- Rough, uneven skin texture and/or tone
- Premature aging & fine lines & wrinkles
- Perioral fine lines (Smoker’s Lines)
- Crow’s feet by the eyes
- Post-surgical scarring
- Loss of elasticity on the neckline
- Vertical lines on the chest
What is downtime like with SkinPen®?
Immediately following your treatment, your skin may look and feel like you have a mild sunburn. This tingly, tight, warm feeling may last up to 3 days. The majority of your redness will subside within 24 hours, and your clinician will advise you on proper skincare post-treatment. SkinPen® is easy to fit into a busy lifestyle because you can wear makeup the day after your treatment.
An interesting additional benefit of SkinPen® is that it can make your current skincare regimen work BETTER. The tiny channels that are created in your skin allow for deeper and more even absorption of the ingredients in the products you currently use. Therefore, your results from your retinols, antioxidants, and growth factors may be enhanced!
How Many SkinPen® will I need to see results?
Many patients note improvement with as little as one treatment, but a series of at least 3 to 6 treatments spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart is recommended for optimal results. Additional treatments may be needed for deeper acne scarring, wrinkles and stretch marks. Because collagen grows in three-month cycles, you will see continued improvements in your skin for up to 3 months after your last SkinPen® treatment. Many patients choose to maintain their skin and actually reverse the signs of aging by repeating a SkinPen® package every year!
Ready to embrace Spring and renew your skin with microneedling? Schedule a complimentary consultation with Katie McClellan, PA-C to discuss SkinPen® Microneedling!