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Microneedling with the SkinPen®: Your Questions Answered



Here at
West Michigan Plastic Surgery, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the best way to rejuvenate and revitalize aging skin. While we are proud to offer a number of safe and effective dermal treatments, the truth is, dull and damaged skin is no match for microneedling with SkinPen. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling can reverse the flaws and blemishes brought about by the sun and aging to give you skin that shines.

How Does SkinPen Work?

SkinPen is microneedling at its finest. It works by causing countless micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s own natural healing process. The device’s tiny needles are extremely fine and short, which enables them to only penetrate the uppermost layer of the skin.

During treatment, the handpiece is glided over the selected area, easily removing dead skin cells and debris without causing any damage. This action activates growth factors which allow for the creation of new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid—all important elements to youthful, healthy-looking skin. For an added benefit, you’ll also notice that your topical skincare products will go on more uniformly and be more effective following your microneedling procedure.

Is SkinPen Right for Me?

Dr. Holley typically recommends SkinPen for women and men of any skin type—fair to dark. This therapeutic procedure is a great option for anyone who would rather avoid lasers or other MedSpa treatments. Your session will be personalized to suit your unique skin conditions, concerns, and goals to address a wide range of issues, such as: 

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Enlarged pores
  • Hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Acne scars
  • Dull, rough, or uneven tone and texture
  • Lax skin
  • Stretch marks

What’s SkinPen Procedure Like?

Treatments with SkinPen are relatively quick and painless. Sessions typically last about an hour, and there’s very little downtime once you’re finished. To begin, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied to ensure your utmost comfort. After the skin is prepped, the targeted area is coated with a gliding gel and the SkinPen is carefully moved over the skin. The sterile, disposable microneedle cartridge on the tip of SkinPen, set to the chosen settings, makes thousands of microscopic injuries that encourage cellular regeneration and repair.

What Happens After My SkinPen Session?

Dr. Holley will give you specific instructions for all of your post-procedure needs. While each patient experiences treatments with SkinPen in their own way, most patients will see some redness, swelling, and bleeding once the microneedling session is done. These symptoms are completely normal and they usually fade fairly quickly. You’ll be able to apply makeup within 48 hours. Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your newly revealed healthy skin. 

Revitalize Dull and Damaged Skin with Microneedling in Western Michigan

If you would like to learn more about this remarkable skin-revitalizer and you’re in the Portage, Kalamazoo, or Battle Creek areas, please contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.

See Your Results Before Surgery with Vectra 3D® Imaging

What’s keeping you from finally looking your very best by booking cosmetic surgery? If it’s because you just aren’t sure how your procedure will turn out, then we have great news! Now you can peek into the future with Vectra 3D® Imaging at West Michigan Plastic Surgery to see exactly what you’ll look like following surgery. The Vectra goes along with our dermal imaging VISIA® Complexion Analysis to ensure that all of our patients get the most effective and powerful treatments possible before they even begin.
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Male Celebrities Get Plastic Surgery Too


We often hear about female celebrities who have gone under the knife, but we hardly ever hear about the number of men in Hollywood who have also chosen to enhance their looks with a little nip tuck. While male celebrities may not garner the same amount of attention as their female cohorts, many of them too turn to plastic surgery to keep up their appearances. Plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancement is on the rise for both the average Joe here at
West Michigan Plastic Surgery and the silver screen’s leading man alike.
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What Makes Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser Different from Other Laser Treatments?

Laser treatments are a popular form of facial rejuvenation and are well known amongst Dr. Holley’s patients for their anti-aging and skin rejuvenating ways. Traditionally, laser treatments have been dependent on two modalities: ablative or non-ablative. This is where Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser is different. Halo takes advantage of both modalities—combining the power of ablative laser technology with the gentler technology of non-ablative lasers.
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SkinBetter® Science: Say Hello to Your Skin’s New Best Friend this Winter

As the temperatures begin to dip here in West Michigan you are sure to notice a difference in your skin. It’s true, the winter air is far more harmful to your skin than any other season.  A healthy skincare regimen is very important during the winter months. Here at West Michigan Plastic Surgery, we trust our skin to SkinBetter® Science. With a comprehensive approach to skincare, SkinBetter Science has made it their mission to create skincare uniquely formulated to deliver visible skin rejuvenation.
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Is Breast Reconstruction the Right Choice for You?

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 252,710 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year alone. In Michigan alone, 8,160 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. Happily, more women are fighting a winning battle and surviving breast cancer than ever before.

For many of these women, however, losing one or both of their breasts to cancer leaves them feeling incomplete. For breast cancer survivors, the loss of their breasts can be just as hard emotionally as it is physically. Fortunately, a range of excellent breast reconstruction options can have women feeling like their vibrant, womanly selves once again.
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Rejuvenate Your Skin With NanoLaserPeel™


Are you sick of sun-damaged skin taking away your fun? Maybe those fine lines are stealing your confidence. Or perhaps years after your acne breakout, those acne scars are continuing to prevent you from having beautifully smooth skin. If any of these very real skin concerns are refusing to leave you alone and forcing you to live with damaged skin, you don’t need to put up with them any longer. Our team at West Michigan Plastic Surgery loves helping our patients discover the benefits of NanoLaserPeel™ to improve skin concerns.  Continue reading “Rejuvenate Your Skin With NanoLaserPeel™” »

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