Answers to Your Microneedling Questions
What Is SkinPen?
SkinPen by Bellus Medical is a medical grade, state-of-the-art micro-needling tool available through skincare professionals only. SkinPen is designed to stimulate your skin's natural ability to produce new collagen, and can be used to improve the appearance of acne scars, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles and other skin texture issues.
How does SkinPen work?
Immediately following an injury, our skin begins the process of dissolving tissue damage and replacing it with new cells. Micro needling allows for controlled induction of the skin's self-repair process by creating precise, micro injuries in the skin to automatically trigger new collagen synthesis without causing scar tissue formation. The micro injuries also create channels that allow product to penetrate deeper into the skin, resulting in better product efficacy.
As the safest, most effective vertical microneedling device on the micro-skin treatment market, SkinPen has many advantages:
• Minimally invasive and quick
• Non-ablative with no thermal energy required
• Performed in office with little or no downtime
• Superior safety profile
• Can be used on all skin types
• Treats fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks and many other skin texture conditions
Can be used on all parts of the body including face, neck, décolletage, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back. This versatility makes SkinPen especially helpful when addressing acne scars on the back and stretch marks on the body.
What are the benefits?
SkinPen treatments are beneficial because new collagen production can reverse years of sun damage, improve the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation, as well as enhance the overall appearance of aging skin.
Who is a candidate?
One of the most exciting things about SkinPen is that it can be used on all types of skin, on all skin colors, and can address a wide range of problems such as acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles.
What areas of the body can I treat?
SkinPen's variable needle depth allows for versatility and therefore it can be used on many parts of the body, including the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How long does the procedure take and will it hurt?
The procedure typically takes 30 minutes depending on the size and number of areas treated and the severity of skin damage. The unique design of SkinPen allows for individualized settings, which makes the treatment very comfortable for most patients.
What is the downtime and what side effects should I expect?
Similar to mild sunburn, redness, swelling and tenderness may follow the procedure, but patients can expect no significant downtime with SkinPen. After just one day, patients may return to normal activities and are able to conceal most of the signs of treatment with makeup. Within days, there will be no evidence that any treatment was performed at all.
When will I see results?
Many patients notice healthier looking skin immediately. However, the natural repair process of your own skin continues to progress over the course of several weeks. Keep in mind dermal collagen remodeling takes place over time. Damage that has occurred over an extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately. You may not see the final result for up to 3-6 months following your final session.
How many treatments are recommended?
The number of treatments required will be determined by your skincare professional based upon your individual treatment goals and the health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of 3 treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars, 6-8 sessions at 4-6 week intervals are usually recommended. Your provider will develop a maintenance plan to help maintain the rejuvenating effects.
Do I have to use a certain product line with SkinPen?
You can use any product line of your choice about 2-3 days after treatments. Please consult your skincare professional on which products will best aid in achieving optimal results.
Can I wear make-up immediately following a procedure?
Patients typically can resume their normal makeup regimen 2-3 days following their SkinPen treatment depending on the area and type of treatment performed.
Can I get a SkinPen treatment if I'm pregnant?
SkinPen is not recommended for pregnant women because the micro needles produce micro injuries to the skin, which naturally causes a repair process to begin. This healing process and production of new collagen requires vitamins and nutrients to be utilized that would otherwise be reserved for the unborn child.
Is there anyone who should not use SkinPen?
SkinPen should not be used in patients with history of keloid scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, cardiac abnormalities, hemorrhagic disorders, hemostatic dysfunction or an active bacterial or fungal infection.