*Note results may vary from person to person
As we age the natural architecture of our skin deteriorates, which leads to fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and uneven skin texture.
Microneedling is a way to address these signs of ageing.
What is SkinPen®?
SkinPen is a micro needling medical device used for the treatment of melasma, surgical scars and acne scars through collagen induction therapy.
Micro needling is a minimally invasive procedure involving the movement of a pen- like device with an attached sterile, disposable cartridge tip containing small needles over the skin’s surface. The microneedles puncture the skin and create tiny micro injuries that are not visible to the naked eye. These tiny punctures stimulate tissue regeneration through a process called collagen induction therapy (CIT) which improves the appearance of the skin.
The process of CIT is instigated through the breaking of the old and damaged strands of collagen in target tissues via micro- needling. This leads to the production of new collagen, which improves the structure and function of the skin while improving its appearance
By utilising CIT, skin concerns such as acne scars, surgical scars and melasma may be treated. Cosmetic concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles and scars may also be improved. It generally takes at least up to 3 months before a physical improvement can be seen, and multiple treatments may be required to achieve desirable results*.
What to Expect Following a SkinPen® Procedure
The following are expected following SkinPen® procedures with experiences varying between clients*:
· Low grade redness and swelling for up to 4 days post treatment
· Slight discomfort subsiding with 24 hours
· Mild crusting and scabbing for 2-3 days post treatment
· Short term skin dryness, tightness, itching and burning
· Skin peeling
· Short term darkening of skin pigmentation followed by lightening
Frequently Asked Questions
Are complications or side effects commonly associated with SkinPen® procedures?
Micro needling procedures are generally deemed minimally invasive with a low risk of adverse events and complications as long as treatment instructions and pre and post skin care advice is followed effectively. Most adverse events and complications are directly associated with poor skin care post procedure and not following instructions pre and post procedure
How much downtime will I have with SkinPen®?
Depending on the individual, some clients may be able to resume normal activities immediately following a SkinPen® procedure with other resuming normal activities the day after. The exception to this is exercise and activities that induce sweating and heat, as they may aggravate the skin post-procedure.
Can SkinPen® remove my acne and surgical scars?
Microneedling procedures may improve the appearance of acne and surgical scars, however they cannot completely remove them.
Can SkinPen® remove my melasma?
Microneedling procedures may improve the appearance of melasma*, however cannot completely remove it or prevent it from coming back again.
How many SkinPen® procedures will I need?
Every client varies with regards to their treatment needs, with most skin concerns requiring more than one procedure to achieve results. Your treating practitioner will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs and explain this to you during your first consultation. This plan may need to be reviewed over time.
Are results achieved by SkinPen® permanent?
Some results achieved through microneedling procedures may last for a longer period of time than others. Due to this reason further procedures may be required to maintain results.
How long does it take to see results with SkinPen®?
It may take up to 3-6 months to see results with SkinPen®. This is because beneficial effects associated with microneedling rely upon the wound healing process within the skin which takes time, hence results may take this long to physically appear*.
I already have skincare at home – do I have to use particular products after a SkinPen® procedure?
It is essential that you only use skincare products recommended by your treating practitioner following your SkinPen® procedure. This is due to your skin having microchannels within it that can enhance the absorption of topically applied products for 24-48hrs post procedure. Various products may lead to allergic reactions and the formation of unwanted adverse skin reactions, hence any product that has not been approved by your treating practitioner should not be applied due to this risk.
The recommended protocol following a SkinPen® procedure is as follows:
SkinFuse® Lift HG only should be used for 24hrs following the procedure and the use of SkinFuse® Rescue Calming Complex may commence 24hrs after the procedure.
*Note results may vary from person to person