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.