SkinPen is a safe, easy and effective treatment that stimulates your skin’s natural ability to produce new collagen and elastin. SkinPen is a medical-grade, state-of-the-art precision tool that works by creating a series of “micro-channels” in the dermis of the skin. These channels stimulate the skin to produce new collagen and elastin for a healthier, youthful look. SkinPen’s advanced micro-channeling process stimulates new collagen and elastin production, which can reverse years of sun damage, improve acne scars, and minimize wrinkles. All with little or no downtime!
Conditions SkinPen is designed to treat:
- Acne Scars
- Fine Lines
- Hyper-pigmentation from sun damage
- Pore Size
SkinPen has a wide range of uses and can treat a variety of skin issues, including acne scars, sun damage, and stretch marks. It can be used on any skin area that needs cell regeneration or intense repair. Patients who have ethnic skin include African Americans, Chicanos, Latinos, and Asians who might not be good candidates for ablative lasers are good candidates for SkinPen.
Though often used on the face, SkinPen can be used on all parts of the body. For example, dark spots on the backs of your hands, acne scars on your back, or stretch marks on your abdomen and legs could all be treated with SkinPen.
To prep, your skin, a thin layer of topical anesthetic cream is applied to your skin to make the procedure comfortable. After the skin is numb, a gel is applied so that the SkinPen can glide over the skin. A sterile, disposable cartridge containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the tip of the SkinPen, and the appropriate setting is chosen for the area being treated. Then, SkinPen is glided over the area targeted for repair in a gentle motion. The individualized settings help to minimize discomfort and to maximize effectiveness based upon the individual’s goals.
Though it varies depending upon the size of the area being treated and the severity of the skin damage, the SkinPen procedure generally takes 15 to 30 minutes.
This will be dependent on the intensity level of the treatment which is determined prior to the treatment. For less aggressive treatments, your skin will have a pink glow immediately following your SkinPen treatment, our providers and staff will recommend products to help your skin’s natural healing. Generally, these patients experience “pinkness” for two to four days, but some patients heal completely within 24 hours. For more aggressive treatments, there might be some swelling in addition to the pinkness that may take 3-5 days to resolve.
Though many patients start to see healthier looking skin almost immediately, your skin’s natural repair process will progress over the course of several weeks. Collagen regrowth takes time, and you will continue to see improvement for up to six months after your final treatment.
The general recommendation is that patients receive a series of three SkinPen treatments that are spaced about a month apart. For facial skin rejuvenation, 3-5 treatments are often required for optimal results. For acne scars, stretch marks, deep wrinkles, or other forms of deeper damage, six to eight SkinPen treatments scheduled four to six weeks apart are recommended.