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What is SkinPen Microneedling?

The Benefits of SkinPen Microneedling and What to Expect From Treatment

If you would like to enhance the overall appearance of your skin, treat fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of acne scars, SkinPen microneedling is an excellent option. What is SkinPen microneedling? It is a safe and easy treatment with long-lasting effects. 

SkinPen is the first FDA-cleared microneedling device with little to no downtime that is made in the USA and rigorously tested for safety. 

SkinPen Microneedling Explained

The SkinPen microneedling device uses tiny, sterilized needles to prick the skin and create micro-wounds. These micro-wounds trigger the repair mechanisms in the skin, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to skin health and luminosity. 

It’s important to note that while microneedling is also available with at-home devices, these treatments are unlikely to produce the same quality and long-lasting results as SkinPen microneedling delivered by a board-certified dermatologist or specialized medical aesthetics provider. At-home treatments can also cause complications like infection or injury due to dull or poorly sterilized needles.

Is SkinPen Microneedling the Right Choice for Me?

SkinPen microneedling is an effective way to treat a variety of skin conditions. It is typically performed on the face, but can also be used to treat the skin on areas of the body such as neck or decolletage. 

Cosmetic conditions that can be treated with SkinPen microneedling include:

  • Sunspots
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduced skin elasticity

Medical conditions that can be treated with SkinPen microneedling include:

  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Large pores
  • Acne
  • Dark patches or other types of hyperpigmentation

What to Know Before Receiving a SkinPen Microneedling Treatment

SkinPen microneedling treatments administered by a medical professional are safe and effective. The treatment typically takes between 10 and 30 minutes and has few side effects. 

You can expect 4-6 visits to see the full effects of your SkinPen microneedling treatment.

At your visit, your provider will apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area to make the SkinPen procedure comfortable and relatively pain-free. The SkinPen microneedling device itself will be moved around the affected area of your skin, and tiny needles within the device will make small cuts on the surface of the skin. 

Minor bleeding from the treatment is rare but possible. Your provider may apply a soothing cream to alleviate any discomfort. 

SkinPen microneedling has relatively minor side effects, but you may experience any of the following:

  • Pain and redness: Because of the needle pricks, you may feel pain at the treated site or have redness for a few days. 
  • Peeling: As with any injury to the skin such as sunburn, you may have peeling as the treated site heals. 
  • Bruising: Especially if you experienced bleeding during treatment, you may have some minor bruising as well. As with any bruise, it is caused by damaged blood cells and will clear on its own.

Contact your provider if any of these side effects last longer than a few days or cause a severe reaction. In rare cases, scarring or infection can occur. It’s best to discuss all side effects with your provider before beginning a SkinPen microneedling treatment. 

SkinPen Microneedling Benefits and Results

SkinPen microneedling can take up to 6 treatments for optimal results, but the effects are long-lasting and effective at reducing or eliminating cosmetic or medical skin conditions. 

Following each treatment, you should take care of your skin by avoiding sun exposure and applying any creams or ointments prescribed by your provider. You will be able to apply makeup the following day post treatment. 

Even after your final visit, healing could take days or weeks depending on your specific treatment. 

We recommend a thorough consultation before beginning treatment so you understand what to expect from SkinPen microneedling before and after the treatment. 

Our team of expert dermatologists and medical aesthetic providers is highly skilled, with advanced training and experience for a range of procedures and treatments. Our team also values exceptional patient care above all else, so you’ll know you’re in good hands. 

Come in for a free consultation to learn what will work best for you. For the month of January, we are offering 15% off a single session of microneedling with or without PRP! Schedule a free consultation today.