SkinPen Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy)
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a procedure where a dermatologist or licensed professional uses a special tool that looks like a pen to prick your skin with extremely small needles. Your esthetician will slowly and gently run the device over your face.
What is SkinPen®?
SkinPen® by Bellus Medical is the first microneedling device in the world cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, clinically shown to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars for ages 22 and up. With as few as three non-invasive and affordable treatments spaced 30 days apart, you can improve your appearance and step out with confidence.
How Does Microneedling Work?
During your treatment, the needles on the microneedling device create hundreds of micro-injuries, or small, nearly imperceptible holes in your skin. Your skin’s natural reaction to any injury is to heal itself by creating more collagen, which promotes elasticity and firmness in your skin.
As your body produces more skin cells to heal from the slight abrasions, your new skin will have a more even texture and tone. Most estheticians recommend a minimum of three procedures to achieve noticeable results.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
One of the most common reasons people choose to experience microneedling is to reduce the appearance of acne scars, pore size, fine lines, and sun/age spots. It’s also proven effective on areas other than the face—it can reduce cellulite and scarring on other areas of the body.
Microneedling can also be effective for those just looking to improve the general elasticity and firmness of their skin. Whether you’re trying to combat collagen loss that naturally happens with age or just give your skin a boost, microneedling is a great, non-invasive option. In addition, microneedling also allows your vitamin-packed serums to more deeply penetrate your skin, allowing their nutrients to have more of an effect.
Who Is Microneedling Good For?
Almost anyone in good health is a good candidate for microneedling. If you are in the middle of a severe acne breakout, microneedling could cause worse breakouts. Talk to your dermatologist or licensed esthetician about the best next step in your skincare.
You should also steer clear of microneedling if you’ve had keloids in the past, are pregnant, or are taking certain medications. Always check with your dermatologist first.
Are There Any Side Effects to Microneedling?
Your esthetician will most likely apply a numbing cream to your face an hour before your procedure to alleviate any potential pain you might experience during.
In the first 24 hours after your first microneedling procedure, you might have some redness, dryness, or irritation. It should alleviate within 48-hours.
Is Microneedling Safe?
Professional microneedling must be done by a licensed professional (deleted verbiage). Some states allow licensed estheticians to complete the procedure if a doctor is present; be sure to check your state’s guidelines before proceeding with the procedure.
As far as microneedling tools go, SkinPen® is the only FDA-approved microneedling device available in the US.