Microneedling has gained a lot of attention in the past couple of years, as its value for rejuvenating the skin has become better known. People who hear about microneedling are naturally intrigued -- specifically in regards to our procedure. With that in mind, here are answers to the most common questions surrounding a SkinPen® procedure.
What is it used for?
This procedure is most often used to reduce signs of aging on the face, such as fine lines or wrinkles, as well as to smooth the appearance of acne scars.
How does it work?
Just as the name implies, microneedling pricks the skin with tiny surgical steel needles. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, and the renewed production of capillaries, collagen, and elastin produce smoother, plumper-looking skin.
Does it hurt?
No. Before beginning, clinicians cleanse and then may apply a numbing agent to the procedure area to relieve any potential discomfort.
Who is a good candidate?
Virtually any adult is a good candidate for this procedure. While many other treatments are not recommended for people with certain skin types, microneedling is safe and effective for all skin colors and types because it does not damage the epidermis.
What’s the difference between a dermaroller and a SkinPen®?
A dermaroller is a small tube or ball-like device impregnated with tiny, surgical steel needles and fitted with a handle. The most advanced microneedling technology uses a SkinPen®, which is entirely different. It is far more maneuverable, making it possible to treat virtually any area on the body, and needle cartridges are disposable, to ensure sanitation. Needle length is adjustable, so procedures can be custom-tailored to each patient’s needs.
How long does it take?
A SkinPen® microneedling session takes just 30-60 minutes, depending on the type of skin condition and the size of the procedure area. Multiple sessions may be recommended, about 4-6 weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. It's important to note that everyone's skin is different, as well as their desired results.
What about downtime?
Aside from some mild post-procedure pinkness, there is no downtime associated with microneedling when a SkinPen® device is used.
What does it cost?
This is something you should discuss with your clinician. Cost depends on several factors, including the condition being treated, the size of the procedure area, and the number of follow-up sessions recommended.
Who can perform microneedling?
Dermarollers are still in use for at-home and day spa treatments, but SkinPen® is a medical device. This level of microneedling requires a well-trained and experienced clinician, as well as a sterile environment, to assure patient safety and achieve the best possible results.
If you have additional questions about microneedling, it’s best to schedule a personal consultation with the clinician of your choice. That way you can discuss in detail the skin problem(s) you want to address as well as your aesthetic goals.