SkinPen® – Today’s Gold Standard in Microneedling




This year, SkinPen®, a microneedling device manufactured by Bellus Medical, announced its approval by the FDA as the ONLY class II microneedling device on the market.  To date, this makes it the safest option for those looking to smooth away acne scars or rejuvenate their skin with microneedling. With all the hype surrounding this announcement, it’s important to understand WHAT microneedling collagen induction therapy is, and WHAT it can do for your skin!


Let’s face it – the appearance of your skin plays a huge role in your self-esteem and confidence.  Many of us still battle with acne scarring as a result of our teenage years, or are beginning to notice fine lines and wrinkles that make us appear older than we feel. For these reasons, thousands of patients are flocking to their Licensed Aestheticians and asking about microneedling as a solution.  


What Exactly IS SkinPen®?


SkinPen® Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that can dramatically smooth your skin smooth, lessen the appearance of enlarged pores and actually encourage the growth of fresh new collagen.  Plus! It does it with virtually no downtime!


SkinPen is a medical-grade, state-of-the-art tool, which is available only through licensed skincare professional working under medical supervision. The device looks like a thick “pen” and has a disposable tip made up of 14 surgical-grade stainless steel needles.  This is why the process is called Microneedling.


How Does SkinPen® Work?


SkinPen Microneedling works by gently gliding over your skin as tiny surgical needles create hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermis. Your skin has a very specific way it responds to and heals from injury, and when controlled, it can be very beneficial!


When skin heals, it creates collagen and elastin, the components of skin that make and keep skin firm, plump and youthful.  Collagen and Elastin can be damaged by acne and lead to scarring. They also decrease as we age and are damaged by UV exposure and other lifestyle behaviors, leading to wrinkles. SkinPen® controls the rate and depth of injury to progressively encourage new collagen and elastin production, leaving your skin smoother and healthier over time!  


What Does SkinPen® Treat?


SkinPen Microneedling is extremely versatile and can be used for multiple skin concerns such as acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, enlarged pores and even stretch marks! Due to its non-ablative, non-thermal and fractionated approach, it is safe for virtually all skin types and colors, unlike laser resurfacing.


Another added benefit of SkinPen is that is can actually make your skincare products work BETTER!  Because of the micro channels that the treatment creates, the rate of absorption and effectiveness of any subsequent products placed on the skin is enhanced.  The efficacy of products such as Vitamin C serums and retinols will be heightened in the weeks between your SkinPen treatments!



Key Applications of SkinPen® Microneedling:



What Happens During a SkinPen® Treatment?


A consultation is required before your treatment to ensure that you are a good candidate.  At your first treatment, your skin will be numbed with a topical to ensure comfort during your procedure.  Your Licensed Aesthetician will apply a serum to your skin to allow the pen to evenly glide over the treatment area. Special attention will be paid to key areas of concern such as acne scars, the pores on the nose, or wrinkles.  Most patients describe the sensation as a mild “tickling” or “prickling” feeling and find it completely comfortable and tolerable.





What Happens AFTER a SkinPen® Treatment?


Your skin may be slightly red, tight, and dry for up to 3 days after your treatment.  You may feel and look like you have a mild sunburn, or windburn. For most, this redness subsides within 24 hours.


You can apply makeup the day after your treatment, making it a great procedure option if you can’t allow for a lot of downtime in your schedule.  Your Aesthetician will recommend specific guidelines and products to assist in caring for your skin after your treatment and to maximize your results!


How Many SkinPen® Treatments Will I Need?


Although may people see a marked improvement with only one SkinPen treatment, a series of treatments if recommended for the best results.  These treatments are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. It’s important to note that collagen and elastin have a 3-month growth cycle, so optimal results are seen 3 months after your last treatment.  After your series, a single SkinPen is recommended every quarter, or one series each year to maintain and improve your results!


SkinPen Microneedling is a wonderful treatment to consider for your annual skin maintenance program as it treats active skin concerns and prevents future collage/elastin breakdown.  Ask about our VIP Program to receive deep discounts on SkinPen throughout the year!   




Author
Clinical Skin Therapeutics

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