What is SkinPen?
SkinPen, also known as collagen induction therapy or micro-needling, stimulates your skin’s natural ability to repair itself and produce new collagen and elastin for healthier, younger looking skin. SkinPen is extremely versatile and can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, legs, abdomen and back.
How does it work?
SkinPen creates microscopic channels which allow for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair mechanism. This in turn triggers new collagen and elastin fibers to form creating a result of smoother, firmer and younger looking skin. SkinPen can reverse years of sun damage, improve acne & surgical scars, reduce pore size and enhance the overall appearance of aging skin.
Am I a candidate?
Yes! SkinPen is FDA approved to be performed on all Fitzpatrick skin types.
Who is NOT a candidate?
SkinPen treatments are contraindicated for patients with: keloid scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities, a hemorrhagic disorder or hemostatic dysfunction, active bacterial or fungal infection. If you have taken oral isotretinoin (Accutane), you must wait at least six months before a SkinPen treatment.
SkinPen treatments have not been evaluated in the following patients, as such, precautions should be taken when determining whether to treat: scars and stretch marks less than one year old; women who are pregnant or nursing; keloid scars; patients with history of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic conditions; patients with history of actinic (solar) keratosis; patients with history of herpes simplex infections; diabetics or patients with wound-healing deficiencies; patients on immunosuppressive therapy; and skin with presence of raised moles or warts or targeted area.
What is the downtime?
After the procedure, the skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. You may also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. Total healing time depends on the severity of the damaged skin and the depth of the repair process required. On average, patients are pink for two to four days. Some patients heal completely in 24 hours.
When will I see results?
Most people notice healthier looking skin immediately. The natural repair process of the skin continues to progress over the course of several weeks. Dermal collagen remodeling takes place over time and it will continue to improve for up to 6 months after treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required will vary from patient to patient and your provider will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire. Although one treatment is beneficial, a series of treatments is usually recommended. Multiple treatments (3-6) may be necessary over 4-8 week intervals. After your initial treatment series, periodic maintenance may be advised (depending upon condition/s treated). Your provider may also combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.
What should I do to prepare for this treatment?
Within 2 weeks prior to your treatment discontinue the following: topical retinoid, waxing, depilatory use, electrolysis, laser hair removal.
What should I expect after my treatment?
You are likely to experience some mild to moderate redness, stinging, skin flaking and/or mild irritation. Most patients leave looking like they have a sunburn. This will dissipate throughout the day. Most patients will have some light to mild flaking over the next couple days.