Patients who wants to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, or stretch marks can now benefit from the SkinPen, the first ever microneedling device approved by the FDA. This treatment can be used for patients 22 years of age and older and can produce results with as few as three non-invasive treatments.
What is the SkinPen?
The SkinPen is a microneedling device created by Bellus Medical. It works by creating tiny injuries from fourteen 32G needles to the skin’s surface to promote the body’s natural wound-healing and collagen-producing processes while still minimizing cellular damage. Their rapid speed and small size make for a more comfortable treatment with little to no downtime. This device also allows this treatment to be safe on any skin type/color with the absence of heat or light. The results of the SkinPen keep the structure of the skin intact but can be very effective in reducing the signs of scarring, stretch marks, and fine lines and wrinkles. We recommend having three treatments with the SkinPen every 30 days, then repeating this protocol six months after your final treatment for optimal results.
Microneedling with the SkinPen
Microneedling can reach below the skin surface and rather than removing the top layer of dead skin, it punctures the skin’s outer layers, causing tiny wounds that stimulate the skin’s natural healing response. Not only does this stimulate cellular turnover, but it also stimulates collagen and elastin production due to these localized controlled injuries. When these are stimulated, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are reduced and the appearance of scarring, sun spots, and other skin imperfections are less visible. The end result is stronger, healthier, younger looking skin as well as the reduction and often elimination of scar tissue.
In the past, microneedling has been performed with a small device with tiny surgical needles called a dermaroller. Dermarollers could be painful and the results were not as dramatic as those produced by the new SkinPen. The SkinPen is more sanitary than a dermaroller because it features disposable needle cartridges. It’s more effective because it uses start-of-the-art technology to provide pinpoint accuracy, leading to targeted results in areas that patients want to see the most improvement. The SkinPen is also depth-adjustable, which means it can be used on all areas of the face regardless of the thickness of the skin. The SkinPen can be used around the delicate eye area and around the mouth with wonderful results and little irritation.
Combining the SkinPen with Other Treatments and Procedures
The SkinPen can be used as a standalone treatment or it can be paired with other treatments such as fillers and Ultherapy to increase results. For example, pairing a SkinPen microneedling treatment with Botox® or dermal fillers reduces fine lines and wrinkles and/or adds volume and definition to the face. Using a SkinPen after a facelift can also provide improved skin texture that enhances the patient’s new, tighter facial skin. Ask Janelle about what treatment combinations will best fit your desires for optimum results.
After Your SkinPen Treatment
There is no need to alter your daily activity after a SkinPen treatment, though some patients will experience redness similar to a sunburn for a day or two afterward. We normally recommend patients refrain from wearing makeup until the day after their treatment, so you may want to consider taking a day off work or from other activities where your appearance is important. The overall appearance of your skin should continue to improve over the next couple of weeks after treatment and you may continue to notice an improvement over the course of the next three to six months as collagen and elastin are stimulated.
We provide post-treatment, professional products to nourish and smooth your skin after your SkinPen treatment. These products help you heal and provide a catalyst for new skin cell formation as well as boosting collagen and elastin.
The SkinPen is safe for every skin type and can treat everything from fine lines and wrinkles to acne scarring and sun spots. It’s the newest technology in anti-aging and skin resurfacing and you’ll be thrilled with the results!
Getting a SkinPen Treatment at Roseville Plastic Surgery
It’s always a good idea to get any facial treatment, including microneedling with the SkinPen, from professional skin care specialists like those at Sacramento-based Roseville Plastic Surgery. Our specialized team consists of aestheticians, board-certified plastic surgeons, and a registered nurse to provide comprehensive facial and body treatments and surgeries. With over 20 years of professional experience, you can trust Roseville Plastic Surgery with all your skincare needs.
If you’re interested in seeing what this revolutionary new technology can do for you, schedule a consultation with Roseville Plastic Surgery today!