SkinPen Microneedling

Skin concerns can run the gamut from dealing with residual acne scarring from the teen years to combat signs of aging when they arise much sooner than you expect. Fortunately, you don’t have to turn to surgery right away to address many of these issues. Nonsurgical treatments have evolved into efficient, practical solutions for a wide range of skin problems. Microneedling is one of those versatile procedures that work with the natural processes of your body to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin. The treatment offers improvement for a host of concerns, creating a smoother, more vibrant complexion in the process.

Dr. Ciaravino and the staff at Ciaravino Total Beauty are excited to offer the latest in microneedling technology, the SkinPen. This pen-sized device packs a powerful punch with every pass on the skin, creating microchannels that stimulate the skin’s rejuvenation process at a cellular level. As the only FDA-approved microneedling device for treating acne scars, the SkinPen has also proven highly effective in reversing early signs of aging. Whether it is used as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other treatments, the SkinPen offers dramatic results that can last for many months without the need for anesthesia, incisions or recovery time.

Why Microneedling Works

Collagen induction therapy (CIT) or microneedling is a treatment that stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms to restore health and beauty to the skin. The noninvasive procedure creates microchannels in the skin that trigger a three-step wound repair process:

  • Inflammation – During this first phase, the immune system works to clean out the wounds and increase blood flow to the area for the generation of new tissue.
  • Proliferation – The second phase of the repair process brings in new cells as well as an increase of collagen and elastin. These essential proteins work in the cellular matrix of the dermis to provide support and produce a supple, youthful skin surface.
  • Remodeling – As the last phase of the repair process kicks in, new tissue and blood vessels have been created in the area. Original collagen has been replaced with a stronger collagen formation that firms and tightens the skin.

Because this process takes some time, enhancements tend to occur gradually and last for many months for most of our patients.

FDA-Approved. And That’s Just the Beginning

While there are a variety of microneedling devices in use today, the SkinPen is the only one that is approved by the FDA. The agency cleared the SkinPen for use in patients age 22 and over to treat facial acne scars. It has also been proven effective in turning back early signs of aging and can be used with topical serums to enhance these results further. The procedure works on all skin types and tones, making this an appropriate treatment for nearly every patient looking for effective skin rejuvenation at Ciaravino Total Beauty.

Versatile Treatment, Multiple Benefits

One of the most considerable advantages of the SkinPen microneedling treatment is its versatility. The procedure can be used to address the following concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Mild skin laxity
  • Shallow acne scarring
  • Dull skin tone
  • Uneven skin texture

The SkinPen microneedling treatment is commonly used on the skin of the face but can also be used to treat the neck and décolleté, backs of the hands and thighs. In addition to the benefits listed above, the treatment can also be used to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Because the depth of the needles can be easily adjusted, the process works equally well on thicker areas of skin like the midface and delicate areas around the eyes and mouth.

Comfortable? Mostly. Effective? Very.

A treatment session using the SkinPen microneedling device is relatively comfortable, thanks to the application of topical numbing cream before the procedure. Once the area is numb, the pen is moved across the treatment area, delivering the fine needles at the prescribed depth based on the amount of correction you need. Most sessions only last about 30 minutes once the numbing cream has taken effect. However, larger or multiple treatment areas could take longer.

You will be able to resume your routine as soon as your procedure is over if you like. However, patients often experience a significant bit of redness after microneedling, and many feel more comfortable remaining at home for the rest of the day due to this visible side effect. Soreness after the procedure is minimal, similar to a sunburn, and should not keep you from performing any tasks you like. The redness should subside considerably by the second day, with a generalized pinkness to the skin that can usually be covered up with makeup. It is critical to protect your skin from UV rays while it is healing since it will be more vulnerable to burning than usual.

Making the Most of Your SkinPen Treatment

While microneedling using the SkinPen is highly effective on its own, the results can be enhanced even further by combining the treatment with custom serums. The micro channels created in the skin allow for these skin saving formulas to penetrate even more deeply into your dermal matrix, and rejuvenate your skin from the inside out.

Serums our aestheticians can apply include bottled growth factors explicitly designed for microneedling treatments to help you gain a more youthful and even glow. There are a variety of serums to choose from, based on your precise skin needs, from hydrating formulations to those used to treat acne or aging symptoms.

Achieving Results

You will see positive results following your very first SkinPen microneedling procedure, once the redness subsides. Your skin should feel much smoother and sport a healthy glow. In the weeks following, you will see an improvement in your skin’s texture and tone, with a visible reduction in fine lines and scarring. However, to achieve the most dramatic results, we recommend three treatment sessions, spaced 30 days apart. Some patients may require one to three additional appointments to meet their aesthetic goals, particularly those that want to reduce acne scarring significantly. Once you complete your final session, your refreshed, rejuvenated appearance should last around six months before a touch-up treatment will be needed to maintain your positive new look.

The SkinPen is an innovative device that takes microneedling to the next level of safety and efficacy. At Ciaravino Total Beauty, we see remarkable results with this treatment, giving our patients another option in addressing skin concerns like early aging symptoms and acne scarring. If you would like to learn more about this procedure or find out whether SkinPen microneedling is the right treatment approach for you, contact Ciaravino Total Beauty today at 713-627-1200.