Here at the Institute of Natural Health we offer MicroNeedling with SkinPen – the first and only FDA approved MicroNeedling device on the market designed to help you naturally achieve radiant, youthful skin. SkinPen is a precision system that has undergone rigorous testing and met high quality and efficacy standards, setting it apart from all other MicroNeedling devices on the market. This makes SkinPen MicroNeedling the best, cleanest, safest, and most effective MicroNeedling option available.
SkinPen is a collagen induction therapy, clinically shown to:
- boost collagen
- reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- improve the texture and appearance of scars, including acne scarring
- treat stretch marks, large pores, crepe skin, and lax skin
- correct sun damage, brown spots, age spots, and uneven skin tone
- improve the overall quality and radiance of your complexion
How Does SkinPen Work?
SkinPen MicroNeedling works by creating thousands of precise micro-injuries or “micro-channels” in the dermis, which stimulates new collagen synthesis without causing scar tissue formation. As these tiny micro-channels are created in the skin, the body’s healing response is triggered, signaling the skin to produce new collagen and elastin in the treatment areas. This results in increased radiance and glow, improving skin texture, elasticity, and overall appearance. SkinPen technology harnesses the skin’s natural healing abilities and utilizes the tissue repair process to meet your skincare goals.
Who Can Use SkinPen?
The SkinPen is safe for all skin types and is safe for all ages, although we recommend the procedure for ages 15 years old or older.
What Should I Expect From My SkinPen Treatment?
Some patients say the process feels like having sandpaper rubbed across the treatment area. It doesn’t necessarily hurt, but it doesn’t feel “good” either. To maximize comfort, we apply a topical numbing cream to your face before treatment. During the MicroNeedling procedure, your skin may become red and feel tight, similar to the sensation of a mild sunburn. This is an indication that the treatment is effective, as we are creating a controlled “micro injury” to harness your body’s natural healing processes for effective tissue remodeling.
After treatment, your skin may feel warm and tight and have redness similar to that of a mild sunburn for one to three days. Usually the inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and any swelling and redness fades significantly within the first day after treatment. During this period, use only the post treatment care products we send you home with for 72 hours after the procedure. Avoid swimming, sweaty exercise, and excessive sun exposure in this time. Some patients experience mild peeling or flaking of the treatment area three to five days after MicroNeedling as a result of increased skin cell turnover. You will be sent home with moisturizing products to help combat dry skin. You can wear cosmetics 24 hours after your treatment to lessen the appearance of skin redness and peeling. It is recommended to avoid all makeup for at least 24 hours after your treatment as fragrance, dyes, parabens, and other cosmetic ingredients can irritate the skin and promote inflammation in the acute recovery stage. Mineral makeup is generally the safest option.
As early as the next day to several weeks after treatment you may notice increased radiance, vibrancy, and glow, though full results of MicroNeedling will become visible within two to six weeks as the skin continues to remodel. You may need three to six treatments to maximize your results. Six to eight sessions may be necessary when treating scar tissue. A yearly “touch up” session is recommended to maintain your results. We can discuss a personalized protocol tailored to your goals and needs at your appointment.
How Many Micro-Needling Treatments Will I Need?
Since outcomes are based off your body’s own natural healing abilities, every patient is different. Skin is a living, growing tissue, so no skin enhancement therapy including MicroNeedling is permanent. For optimal results we recommend a series of three to six treatments spaced a month to six weeks apart, then a yearly “touch up” for maintenance. This is a gentle, non-aggressive treatment designed for incremental improvement. You will continue to see improvement for three to six months after each treatment as new collagen forms. Your yearly maintenance appointment will help you keep your results and combat the normal process of aging. One treatment is ideal for those with an already healthy complexion seeking increased brightness and radiance. Six is best for those treating scar tissue or seeking to fill in deeper lines. We will work with you for a customized treatment plan based on your particular goals. In addition, we may make other recommendations to help support your body’s natural wound healing processes in order to optimize your results. Below are some examples of results achieved with three and six treatments.