SkinPen / Microneedling2019-06-13T03:18:05+00:00

SkinPen / Microneedling

What is SkinPen?

SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the first FDA-cleared microneedling device in the world cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), clinically shown to safely and effectively treat acne and traumatic scars.  It also stimulates collagen production, improves skin texture and tone and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With as few as 3 non-invasive treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, you can improve your appearance and step out with confidence.

How Microneedling Works

SkinPen creates controlled, micro-injuries to stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing process, while minimizing cellular damage.  The result: effective remodeling of scar tissue and stimulation of collagen production, while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact.

Why use SkinPen?

SkinPen is clinically shown to reduce the appearance of acne scars.  It improves the texture of the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and stimulates collagen production.  It is a fabulous anti-aging treatment. In fact, 90% of subjects in the clinical trial would recommend the treatment to friends and family.  It is also minimally invasive with little downtime.  Some clients are even comfortable going to work the next day. As the first FDA-cleared microneedling device, SkinPen sets the industry standard for safety.

Will it work for me?

Unlike most alternative treatments, SkinPen has been clinically proven to be effective for both women and men with skin types ranging from light to very dark.  Likewise, SkinPen’s mechanical process is less abrasive than harsh chemical peels.  With treatments properly spaced, the procedures can be safely administered year-round.

What Should you Expect Post-Procedure?

Unlike most alternative treatments, SkinPen has been clinically proven to be effective for both women and men with skin types ranging from light to very dark.  Likewise, SkinPen’s mechanical process is less abrasive than harsh chemical peels.  With treatments properly spaced, the procedures can be safely administered year-round.

What is microneedling good for?

Microneedling is used to treat and improve conditions like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, skin texture, pore size, uneven skin tone, stretch marks, and pigment issues. It’s also often referred to as skin needling, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction.

Is microneedling permanent?

No skin enhancement procedure is permanent. This is important because a microneedling pen creates microscopic injuries in the skin in order to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. It is the healing process that produces improved looking skin. Skin is living, dynamic tissue, always growing and changing. As we age, that process slows down and we don’t like some of the changes we see. Life also brings us scars – from things like acne, injuries, surgery or stretch marks. Highly targeted procedures with a microneedling pen can help correct these issues.

If microneedling isn’t permanent, how long will the effects last?

Every person’s skin is a bit different, so there is no precise answer. Everyone’s skin reacts somewhat differently to injury, too. This is important because a microneedling pen creates microscopic injuries in the skin in order to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. It is the healing process that produces improved-looking skin.

What are the best ways to maintain lasting results?

The effects of a microneedling pen are not permanent, so clinicians recommend a maintenance program which could include quarterly procedures to keep skin looking it’s best.

How long does it take to see results from microneedling?

Most patients see results after the first treatment. Individual results vary depending on individual skin health. It is most common to begin to see true changes or positive results as soon as 1-2 weeks after the first treatment. However, positive benefits and changes can continue to occur for up to 6 months.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

Microneedling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For collagen induction (and overall skin rejuvenation benefits) we recommend starting with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction, an average of 4 to 6 treatments are recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual responds to the treatments, and the extent of the damage at the beginning. Microneedling can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc). Most people will begin to see results after the very first appointment.

Can microneedling be performed for all skin types and colors?

Absolutely. It’s safe and effective for all types and colors of skin. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.  This treatment can also be done year-round.

How much does microneedling typically cost?

On average the cost can be anywhere from $275-450 per session, and it is recommended that you undergo 3 to 6 treatments depending on the skin condition being treated and your age. Microneedling cost also differs based on the extent of the treatment. For example, full face treatments will be about $350.  When adding an additional area at the same time, the second area is often discounted.