Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains several very fine needles. These needles are used to puncture the skin at various depths to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates channels that stimulate collagen and elastin to fill these tiny wounds. You can also add your own PRP (platelet-rich plasma to the procedure to increase the release of growth factors into the skin and expedite your body’s own repair process. Microneedling is commonly used as a treatment for skin tightening and to increase overall skin radiance and appearance. Long term skin concerns such as pigmentation issues, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, acne scarring, and sun damage can be addressed as well. Microneedling has been safely used in patients of all skin types.
SkinPen is a medical grade, state-of-the-art microneedling device designed to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars on the face. It allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair process by creating thousands of precise micro-injuries in the dermis, automatically triggering new collagen synthesis without causing scar tissue formation. This procedure is performed in-office with little to no recovery time. We typically apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to the procedure, which allows for a relatively pain-free experience.
The total healing time depends on each individual patient. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild sunburn) for two-to-four days. Some patients may heal completely in 24 hours. Patients typically can resume their normal makeup regimen two to three days following the SkinPen® procedure, depending on the area and type of procedure performed.
SkinPen’s variable needle depth allows for maximum versatility, making it safe and effective to use on many parts of the body, including the face, neck and décolletage. The number of procedures required will be determined by your skincare professional based upon your individual procedure goals and the overall health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of three procedures spaced about four weeks apart.
Patients may notice healthier looking skin immediately. However, the natural repair process of your own skin continues to progress through the course of several weeks. Prior skin damage that has occurred over an extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately, and it may take up to six months following your last session to see your final results.
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