What is SkinPen® and how does it work?
SkinPen® is a microneedling device. Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that helps minimize the signs of aging, improve the appearance of acne scars and rejuvenate aging skin. The SkinPen® microneedling device causes thousands of controlled micro-injuries that stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodeling and production of new collagen and elastin.
What is the treatment experience like?
The procedure is performed in the office and usually lasts around 30 minutes. Prior to the procedure, topical anesthetic will be used to minimize discomfort during treatment. The SkinPen® is applied to treatment area and moved around on the skin in a methodical fashion. The depth of treatment is adjustable so it is safe to use on the entire face, as well as neck and even hands. Even delicate area around the eyes and around the mouth can be treated with minimal discomfort. The procedure is not painless, but most patients rate the pain 2 out of 10!
What happens after?
SkinPen® is unique in that it provides dramatic results with minimal downtime. Immediately after treatment, you will be red and may feel that the treated skin is tight. The inflammatory response the SkinPen® sets in motion feels like a sunburn, but the process in the skin is very different. The next day, you’ll probably be pink and may still feel a bit irritated, but you can put on makeup and go about your normal activities.
When will I see results and how long do they last?
Following the treatment, you may see immediate smoothing in the first week. Additionally, you will continue to see improvement up to three to six months after your treatment as collagen continues to remodel. The best results are seen when three treatments are performed one month apart.
Am I a candidate for SkinPen®?
SkinPen® is safe for patients of all ages and skin types. If you are interested in improving fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars or just want to rejuvenate tired-looking skin or achieve overall skin tightening – SkinPen® is the right treatment for you!
Elite Dermatology has 5 convenient locations in Texas. We happily treat patients in Katy (and surrounding communities Fulshear and Cinco Ranch), Kingwood, Houston, Heights and River Oaks.