What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a non-invasive medical grade skin rejuvenation procedure that works by creating controlled micro-injuries to stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing process while minimizing cellular damage. This effectively remodels scar tissue while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact. As a safe and versatile procedure for all skin types, microneedling is designed to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stimulate the skin’s natural ability to produce collagen and repair itself on the face and body.
The SkinPen® Difference
Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Schaffer, carefully selected SkinPen® from other microneedling devices for its excellent safety record. It is the only FDA-approved microneedling device and features a precision cartridge that is the highest quality compared to other cartridges. SkinPen®’s patent-pending, single-use sterile needle cartridge is built with safety in mind. SkinPen® is also surrounded by a proprietary BioSheath that acts as a barrier to prevent cross contamination between procedures. For these reasons, SkinPen® sets the industry standard for safety.
Ideal Candidates for SkinPen® Treatments
SkinPen® can be used to treat a variety of skin issues including fine lines, wrinkles and scars. It can help with loss of elasticity by tightening the skin and leaves patients enjoying a healthy glow. SkinPen® has been clinically shown to be effective for women and men with skin ranging from light to very dark, and it can even be used on sensitive skin because its mechanical process is less abrasive than harsh chemical peels. In one clinical trial, SkinPen® was proven to reduce the appearance of acne scars with 90% of study participants who would recommend the treatment to friends and family. It is capable of producing impressive results after a series of targeted treatments.
What to Expect During and After SkinPen® Treatments
SkinPen® treatments are usually conducted after a numbing cream has been applied to the skin to minimize any potential discomfort. The length of your treatment will depend upon the size of your treatment area, but most treatments typically take between 30 to 45 minutes. During the procedure, most patients say they merely feel a slight vibration from the device if numbing cream is used. Pinpoint bleeding is normal and can occur in some treatments.
After SkinPen® treatments, most patients experience slight swelling and some redness or pinkness in the treated area for two to four days following the procedure. The sensation is similar to that of a mild or moderate sunburn, and some people may experience some peeling or flaking. Since the microchannels created by SkinPen® will be open for 24 hours after treatment, it is important to avoid products during this time that could inflame the skin. Your team at Schaffer Plastic Surgery will recommend the best products for your skin type to use after treatments, including a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and medical grade sunscreen. Light to medium makeup can be worn the day after treatment.
SkinPen® Results Improve Over Time
Within days of your SkinPen® treatment, you will see a brighter, firmer appearance. Full results will appear within two to four weeks after treatment. Ideal results are achieved with a series of SkinPen® treatments. To maintain your results, it is best to schedule a quarterly maintenance procedure to maintain and prolong your results. To increase effectiveness of these treatments, you should use a medical grade at-home skincare regimen.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy can be combined with SkinPen® to better stimulate skin renewal and speed up the healing process. PRP works by using your own blood platelets to encourage cell regeneration and drive results. These platelets are massaged into your skin during your SkinPen® treatment to encourage new tissue growth.
For more information on SkinPen® and how it can help you achieve your unique skin goals, schedule an appointment today.