By now, you’ve probably heard of microneedling—a simple, yet effective procedure that uses your skin’s own healing abilities to stimulate collagen development and fix a host of common aesthetic issues. And, spring is a great time to treat your skin to a natural glow with microneedling at the Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics.
Is microneedling the same as SkinPen?
Yes. Although there are lots of options for microneedling, including both at-home and clinical devices, our pick is SkinPen microneedling. It’s the first FDA-cleared device of its kind. When you see SkinPen, you’ll understand how it got its name. It’s about the same size and shape of a writing pen, but instead of a writing tip, it has a group of very small, short, sterile needles. These needles are disposable, which means each patient gets a fresh new set for his or her procedure.
What is a SkinPen treatment?
Our patients often share how SkinPen is their go-to treatment and only trust our experienced staff to perform the procedure. Here in our office, our licensed physician’s assistant or certified esthetician first prepares your skin and applies a light topical anesthetic.
Once the anesthetic has taken effect, we begin the procedure by moving the SkinPen tip across your skin. The needles move in and out of your skin rapidly, making a series of small, shallow punctures in your skin. While the precise depth of the needles is variable, it’s still rather superficial. More significant aesthetic issues will require a deeper puncture.
What does microneedling do for your skin?
After the treatment is over, your skin immediately goes into healing mode, producing collagen and other components of healthy skin. Several studies, including a 2008 study, have found that four microneedling sessions boost collagen and elastin significantly.
In addition to repairing the micro-injuries created by SkinPen, your natural healing process goes to work for treating:
- Stretch marks
- Acne scars
- Fine lines
- Mild laxity
- Uneven texture
SkinPen is a great early spring treatment because it helps get your skin ready to be shown off over the summer. And it’s not just for the face, either. In our office, we use SkinPen to treat the neck, décolletage, arms, hands, and even the abdomen and back, helping to reduce the signs of long-term sun exposure.
You can learn more about the types of issues microneedling addresses and how its cost compares to other skin rejuvenation treatments in our related blog post.
How long does it take to see results from microneedling?
After your treatment, you can expect your skin to look and feel like you have a mild sunburn. Redness, swelling, and tenderness are common side effects, but you can still participate in all of your normal daily activities. Over the next several days and weeks, you’ll notice the regenerative nature of SkinPen starting to show on your face. The results can be long-lasting and may be further improved with good skincare habits.
We want to help you look your best this spring and beyond. When you’re ready to learn more about SkinPen, please contact us. A member of our staff will be happy to answer your questions or help you book your visit.