What is SkinPen Microneedling?

SkinPen® is a non-surgical, cosmetic microneedling device used to create tiny skin punctures to stimulate tissue regeneration and improve the appearance of the skin.

Immediately following an injury, our skin begins the process of dissolving tissue damage and replacing it with new cells and extracellular matrix (ECM). Microneedling allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair process by creating precise, micro-injuries in the skin to automatically trigger remodeling without causing scar tissue formation.

SkinPen® procedures are beneficial because skin remodeling can help reduce the signs of aging, improve the appearance of acne scars, and can help rejuvenate aging skin.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Microneedling?

One of the most exciting things about SkinPen® is that it can be used on all types of skin and on all skin tones.

What Areas Does Microneedling Treat?

SkinPen’s variable needle depth allows for versatility and therefore it can be used on many parts of the body.  Most commonly it is used on the face and neck, but results have also been seen using this on stretch-marks and scars on various parts of the body.

How Long does the Microneedling Procedure Take & Does it Hurt?

The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes per area of the body being treated. Prior to using the SkinPen®, I will apply a topical anesthetic to the skin to help minimize discomfort.  This topical aesthetic takes 15-20 minutes to anesthetize the skin.  This allows for a relatively pain-free experience.

What are the Side Effects & Downtime After Treatment?

The total healing time depends on each individual patient. Most patients have redness of the skin for about 4-6 hours immediately following the treatment.  Patients can expect some slight swelling and pinkness to the skin for the subsequent 2-4 days.  This can resolve at varied rates from patient to patient.  Recommendation is to avoid sunscreen, topical lotions (unless supplied at the time of treatment), face soaps/cleansers, makeup and vigorous physical activity for the first 12-24 hrs after treatment.

When Will I See Results After Microneedling?

Patients may notice healthier looking skin immediately. However, the natural repair process of your own skin continues to progress over the course of several weeks. Keep in mind dermal collagen remodeling takes place over time. Damage that has occurred over an extended period of time will not disappear immediately. You may not see the final result for up to 3-6 months following your final session.

How Many Microneedling Treatments Will I Need?

The number of procedures recommended will depend on the desired outcome and the overall health of the skin being treated.  Most patients receive a series of 3 treatments with 4-6 weeks of recovery in between.  We will work together to develop treatment and maintenance plans at the time of your consultation.