What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a procedure commonly referred to as collagen induction therapy. A medical device with sterile, tiny needles is passed over the skin creating hundreds of controlled microchannels of injury. The body responds by sending fibroblasts to the treatment area resulting in collagen remodeling.
What is SkinPen ?
SkinPen is a proprietary medical device used for microneedling manufactured by Bellus Medical. This medical device has been shown to be safe for all skin types. The SkinPen has adjustable depths which allows providers to treat different areas of the face and neck. Each microneedling cartridge is single use ensuring sterility of this minimally invasive procedure.
Why is microneedling performed?
Microneedling provides rejuvenation of aging skin (fine lines & wrinkles) and is also used to improve the cosmetic appearance of large pores, acne scars, and stretch marks.
How is this procedure different from at-home dermarolling procedures?
SkinPen provides a clean, precise injury and does not tear, pull, or damage the epidermis. SkinPen does not disrupt melanocytes and prevents pigmentation changes with its proprietary design. SkinPen has adjustable depth of penetration which allows treatment of a wide range of surface areas.
HHow long does the treatment take to complete?
The entire appointment requires 45-60 minutes from start to finish.
Is the treatment painful?
A topical numbing anesthetic gel is applied to the skin prior to treatment. Most patients actually feel the procedure is relaxing.
What are the effects after the procedure?
Mild generalized swelling and redness are to be expected after the procedure resembling a mild to moderate sunburn. Redness is patient dependent and skin type dependent. Redness may resolve in 24 hours for some patients while others experience redness for 2-4 days. Dryness and facial tightness are observed for approximately one week post procedure.
When will I see results?
Immediately, patients see a healthy glow to the skin. Final results may be noticed at six months.
How many treatments are required?
This depends upon each patient’s aesthetic goals. Outcomes for acne scarring and stretch mark treatment may take several treatments depending upon the patient’s response to the procedure. Other treatments may be combined to enhance the microneedling treatment.
Can it be used on other areas?
Yes, it can be used for the neck, decollete, hands, and areas where stretch marks are a concern.
What are the post-care instructions?
A calming and moisturizing topical is provided to hydrate the skin. Sun protection is very important post microneedling. The SkinFuse regimen is recommended post procedure to enhance results. These topicals contain antioxidants, peptides, and ceramides and are formulated for hydration and collagen boosting. You may apply sunblock and makeup the following day if desired.
This procedure has not been clear for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Areas of active infection should not receive microneedling.
One session: $350