What is Medical Microneedling with SkinPen?
Medical Microneedling or “Collagen Induction Therapy” using the SkinPen device has completely revolutionized the treatment; rather than performing the treatment using a handheld dermaroller, SkinPen offers improved control, speed, and results. The device causes careful, controlled micro-injuries to the skin which trigger the body’s natural response to wound healing, resulting in the growth and remodelling of both collagen and elastin. Collagen & Elastin: The Skin’s Building Blocks Both collagen and elastin are foundational to healthy, youthful skin. Collagen keeps the skin firm, strong, and smooth, while elastin promotes flexibility, and elasticity, and keeps skin “bouncy”. As we age, the body starts producing less of these tissues and the skin begins to sag and wrinkle. 18 Similarly, the body’s response to traumatic injury via scarring can result in depleted collagen and elastin, which is why acne and traumatic scars are often indented.
The SkinPen Difference
Medical Microneedling with SkinPen involves the use of longer needles (.5 mm and longer) to stimulate the dermis, your skin’s deeper layers. The longer needles (up to 2.5 mm) reach the deep dermis, making it possible to treat wrinkles, acne and other scars by breaking up the irregular, thinned tissue and inducing skin remodelling. When performed by a licensed practitioner, there is minimal risk of infection, cross-contamination, scarring, and other complications.
Prior to Your Treatment At your consultation, we will discuss your skin concerns alongside your aesthetic goals. To minimize discomfort, your practitioner may apply a topical anesthetic (numbing cream) to the skin before the procedure. Please arrive at your appointment with clean skin and avoid waving, shaving, or the use of hair removal creams for roughly 5-7 days before your appointment, to minimize skin irritation.
Microneedling Aftercare Your skin will be red and warm immediately following your treatment—this is completely normal and should subside in 1-3 days. In the days following, it will feel tight, itchy, and may begin to peel, as the outmost skin sheds and fresh, rejuvenated skin is revealed from beneath. Proper aftercare will be outlined at both your consultation and your treatment appointment, but as a rule of thumb, please: 19
Avoid excessive sun exposure (this is the “Golden Rule” of skincare, regardless of your procedure. Ensure you apply a lotion of SPF 30-50) • Avoid swimming, saunas, and spas for at least 24 hours post-treatment
Avoid overly strenuous exercise and sweating for at least 24 hours post-treatment
Refrain from harsh or chemical-based skincare (i.e. Retinol or Chemical Peels) for at least 2 weeks post-treatment
Refrain from wearing make-up for at least 24 hours post-treatment
Use a gentle skin cleanser when washing your face
Keep your skin hydrated
For most patients, the healing time following a Microneedling Treatment is roughly 5 days, after which your skin will be noticeably clearer, smoother, and glowing. For scars, wrinkles, and other concerns, we advise 3-6 sessions, spaced out every 4-6 weeks. As an add-on to your treatment, we offer PRP for optimal results.
Microneedling Before and After
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SkinPen® is a medical-grade Microneedling device designed for use by aesthetic medical professionals to treat melasma, acne scars and surgical scars.