7 Reasons to Try SkinPen Microneedling
Microneedling goes by many names: dermarolling, skin needling and collagen induction therapy (CIT) just to name a few. One common element between all these terms is skin rejuvenation through the creation of micro-injuries. It harnesses the body’s own healing mechanisms to achieve smoother, more beautiful skin.
Modern microneedling technique is most commonly associated with an automated device such as the patented SkinPen®. It deploys tiny needs into the skin with utmost precision to achieve controlled micro-injuries in the dermis.
As the skin repairs itself, a number of beneficial changes occur, both in the dermal and epidermal layers. Keep in mind that a series of 3-5 sessions are normally required to see a noticeable improvement as results appear gradually and cumulatively.
Below we’ll explore seven major benefits of this popular procedure and why you should give it a try to improve your skin health and appearance.
Microneedling with the SkinPen® has Minimal Downtime
If you’re looking for a skin treatment to improve your complexion, the question on your mind may be how many days will you have to take off work or not be able to go out in public? The great news is that with microneedling, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities almost immediately.
The quick recovery is thanks to microneedling’s non-invasive status, as far as treatments go. There’s no cutting, no intense heat, no resurfacing or ablation. There are only microscopic needles that traverse the skin in a controlled and safe manner.
Afterwards, the skin may look slightly pink and feel “sunburned” immediately after treatment, so booking a session at the end of the day is ideal. By the next morning your skin should be recovered enough, and only a little moisturizer and makeup may be needed to conceal any evidence of your microneedling treatment.
Microneedling Session Are Very Quick
From start to finish, your microneedling treatment can be completed in less than 30 minutes (not including numbing time). If numbing is desired, this can tack on an additional 30 minutes to your treatment time. Most people choose a topical anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.
If you’re short on time, however, and wish to speed things along, you can apply the numbing cream in advance, This will allow the technician to start your treatment right away. So if you’re short on time due to a busy work schedule or other reasons, microneedling is one of the fastest skin treatments available.
Microneedling is Suitable for All Skin Types
Patients with darker skin tones may be apprehensive about starting microneedling treatments due concerns of pigmentation, or making their skin look worse than it was before. That’s a valid concern that applies more to energy devices or those that produce considerable heat.
Fortunately, regardless of your ethnic background or skin tone, microneedling can be safely performed on your skin. Unlike with energy devices (laser, IPL), there’s no heat involved with microneedling. Therefore, the risk of developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIF) or other pigment-related conditions is extremely unlikely.
Microneedling Offers a High Degree of Versatility
Whether your concerns are on the face or body, microneedling can be performed almost anywhere. Have acne scars on your face, chest or back? No problem. Perhaps you have pigmentation on your cheeks, arms or even hands. The treatment can safely and effectively treat any body part.
Furthermore, the micro-needles themselves are highly versatile. They can be calibrated to penetrate the skin at various speeds and depths. This makes treating areas such as around the nose or under the eyes much more comfortable for patients.
Another element of versatility is using specialized products, such as serums, to boost the effectiveness of microneedling. The micro-channels created by the needles offer an excellent opportunity for serums to penetrate much deeper than they could on their own. A treatment targeting skin texture and wrinkles, for example, can benefit from incorporating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins.
Microneedling with the SkinPen® is Extremely Safe
When it comes to safety, the SkinPen offers cutting-edge innovation. All parts of the SkinPen device that come into contact with your skin are disposable. Furthermore, the handpiece housing is covered with a disposable protective sleeve that minimizes cross-contamination and further adds to patient safety.
The procedure itself carries minimal risk of complications. The needles are extremely fine and their deployment is very precise. Therefore only a few expected side-effects such as redness, tightness and increased sensitivity are common. A big part is played by the experience of your technician to properly assess your skin and eligibility for treatment.
Skin Rejuvenation Through Collagen Stimulation
As we age, our natural collagen begins to decline and our skin starts to look older. Some studies suggest this starts to happen in our early 30’s. It’s a very gradual process, and by the time we enter our 40’s and 50’s, diminished collagen is evidenced by sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and overall poor skin texture.
Additionally, during the teen years, many girls and boys struggle with acne that may leave behind both pigmented and pitted scars that have become permanent. Without treatment, these scars can greatly impact a person’s self confidence.
Microneedling is often referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT) because it’s excellent at boosting collagen production in the dermis. The micro-injuries created by the tiny needles set off a powerful healing response by the body that produces collagen in the injured areas.
As new collagen is generated, great improvement in skin texture and quality occur. Acne scars become less noticeable. Lines and wrinkles soften. Pore size is minimized and there are dramatic improvements in skin texture and smoothness.
In conclusion, microneedling is a great treatment to improve your overall skin health, even if you don’t have any specific concerns. For those with acne scars, sun damage, wrinkles and pigmentation, it can offer a quick, safe and effective solution for addressing these concerns.
The best place to start is with a consultation to determine how this treatment can help you achieve the skin you’ve always wanted. Your technician will advise you on how many sessions will be necessary to help you achieve your goals.