How Does it Help My Skin?
The SkinPen is a handheld device that is loaded with very fine medical grade needles. The device is gently passed over the skin, with the needles creating microchannels in the skin, anywhere from 0.5-2 mm in depth. This triggers the body’s normal healing mechanism with an associated increase in collagen.
The collagen deposition improves skin texture and elasticity, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and improves acne and other scars. The microneedling treatment can be combined with hyaluronic acid-based serums to further improve results.
This is a minimal downtime procedure, with some post-treatment redness for a day or so. Patients notice an immediate improvement in the feel and radiance of their skin after the procedure. Over the following weeks, collagen is deposited resulting in longer-term improvements in texture, fine lines, and scars. In most cases, a series of treatments is required for best results.
Is Microneedling Right for Me?
Microneedling can be used for a number of skin conditions and for patients of nearly any age or ethnicity who want to improve the tone and texture of their skin. Unlike lasers, microneedling does not heat the skin. This lack of heat reduces the risk of post-treatment hyperpigmentation. For this reason, microneedling can be used safely in all skin types, including Hispanic, Asian and African American skin which tend to have higher melanin (pigment) content.
It is commonly used to address:
- Uneven skin texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Early signs of aging
- Acne and surgical scars
- Stretch marks
Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling is one of few treatments that is able to offer excellent results without the associated downtime. This explains its recent popularity as patients move away from surgical procedures in favor of minimally invasive, minimal downtime treatments offering subtle, natural results.
The many benefits of microneedling include:
- The treatment time is short
- There is little to no downtime
- It is safe for all skin types
- You will experience increased collagen production
- Your skin can absorb products and topical treatments more effectively after a session
- It can be combined with other treatments
- It can be repeated to maintain and even improve your results