SkinPen® microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is one of the newest skin rejuvenation treatments when it comes to producing younger, fresher, newer-looking skin in patients who are looking to improve their appearance. This minimally invasive procedure is used to improve skin tone and texture, as well as soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scarring. Microneedling consists of tiny needles that are used to create small holes in the skin, which disrupts the skin so it can consequently heal itself. Through this process, collagen and elastin are produced to repair these holes which improves a patient’s tone and texture. Despite the use of needles, there’s actually no tissue destruction since the small holes close so quickly.
At Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center and RejuvedermMD, the SkinPen® is used to perform microneedling. This highly-advanced technology is used to produce superior results where many patients report seeing an immediate improvement in appearance. The process is quick with little downtime and is safe for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. Schedule a consultation at one of our offices to learn more about the benefits of microneedling.
How it works
The provider will apply a sterile cartridge-tip with 12 micro-needles to a handheld device. The device will be pressed gently across the skin, gliding over the entire area being treated. The feeling is comparable to sand paper moving over the skin. The procedure will result in tiny holes, known as micro channels, on the skin which will close almost immediately, triggering a healing response. This results in renewed skin, including a thickened dermis, which will soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is also effective in diminishing acne and traumatic scars and stretch marks. A patient’s appearance can continue to improve up to 6 months following initial treatment. While some patients benefit from a single treatment, 2-3 treatments are advised to get the best possible results.
What to expect
A patient can expect the treated area to appear bright red, similar to a sunburn, immediately after microneedling. The redness can last anywhere from a day up to a week. The intensity and duration of the redness are dependent upon the number of passes performed on the treatment area, as well as the particular area treated. Microneedling can be performed on the face, neck, arms and décolleté. In some cases, there can be pinpoint bleeding. Since microneedling allows improved absorption of creams, gels and serums, our staff will assist in determining the best products for the patient post-procedure. These post-procedure products can include vitamin C or hyaluronic serums to accelerate results.
Right after the procedure, patients can expect the skin to glow. Over the course of a few weeks, a patient can expect to see a marked improvement in skin’s color, tone and texture. In addition, there should be a reduction of lines and wrinkles. Our microneedling Allen providers will work closely with the patient to develop the right course of treatment based on his or her individual needs.