SkinPen is a microneedling device used to shrink pore size and treat scars, stretch marks, and hair loss. The micro needling technology creates temporary micro-sized openings in the skin. Your skin’s natural healing response to these openings is to stimulate collagen production, which in turn improves the appearance of the skin. Several treatments are required to see full results. The procedure is performed in the office after topical numbing cream has been applied to ensure patient comfort. You may have minimal redness, swelling or pinpoint bleeding after the procedure. There is little or no downtime.
Microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma) involves the collection of your blood that is spun down in a centrifuge to separate out the plasma and platelet portion. The PRP portion is then applied to your skin during the microneedling procedure to stimulate the growth of collagen deep within the skin. PRP has been shown to speed the healing process.
What Is SkinPen?
SkinPen by Bellus Medical is a state-of-the-art micro-needling tool available through skincare professionals only. SkinPen is designed to assist in the porcess of your body’s natural remodeling process.
How Does SkinPen Work?
Immediately following an injury, our skin begins the process of dissolving tissue damage and replacing it with new cells. Micro needling allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair process by creating precise, micro injuries in the skin to automatically trigger new collagen and elastin.
What Are the Benefits?
SkinPen procedures are beneficial because they can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the look of acne scars.
Who Is a Candidate?
One of the most exciting things about SkinPen is that it can be used on all types of skin.
Where Can the SkinPen Be Used?
SkinPen’s variable needle depth allows for versatility and therefore it can be used on many parts of the body, including the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How Long Does the Procedure Take + Will It Hurt?
The procedure typically takes 30 minutes depending on the size and number of areas where microneedling is to be performed. The unique design of SkinPen allows for individualized settings, which makes the treatment very comfortable for most patients.
What Is the Downtime + What Side Effects Should I Expect?
Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild sunburn) for 2-4 days. Individual results may vary.
When Will I See Results?
Many patients 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 extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately. You may not see the final result for up to 3-6 months following your final session. Individual results will vary.
How Many Procedures Are Recommended?
The number of procedures will be determined by your skincare professional based upon your individual procedure goals and the health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of 3 treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart. Your provider will develop a maintenance plan tailored to your needs.
Can I Wear Make-Up Immediately Following a Procedure?
Patients typically can resume their normal makeup regimen 2-3 days following their SkinPen procedure depending on the area and type of treatment performed.
Is There Anyone Who Should Not Use SkinPen?
Consult your physician to see if SkinPen is an option for you.