It’s no secret that microneedling is one of the most popular and effective skincare treatments available. With its explosion in popularity among celebrities and influencers over the past few years, many patients want to see what the hype is about. At Gilpin Facial Plastics, we strive to offer the best in skincare treatments so you can achieve a healthy glow that leaves you looking awake and youthful. Fortunately, SkinPen® is an excellent treatment for most skin types and can be a regular part of your skincare regimen.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a quick and easy skincare treatment that uses 14 accupuncture-needles to create tiny channels in the skin with a specialized handpiece. These channels trigger the skin’s natural healing processes where collagen is created without damaging the surrounding cells. This process is sometimes called collagen induction therapy (CIT). Although many microneedling procedures use a tool called a dermaroller, SkinPen is a specialized handpiece that “stamps” the skin for greater control and targeted treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Although the methods might seem strange, microneedling can have a lot of benefits. Because the process triggers your body’s collagen production, these healthy new cells give a rejuvenated, youthful appearance to the skin while your skin’s underlying collagen matrix is enhanced. This can make your skin more supple, firm, and supported.
Microneedling works best as a series of treatments so that your skin continues to rejuvenate and repair itself. In particular, microneedling has been shown to improve many different skin concerns like acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, signs of aging, visible pores, pigmentation, and early stretch marks.
Am I a Good Candidate for Microneedling?
One of the biggest benefits of SkinPen is that many different skin types can be treated, and it isn’t limited by things like skin tone or age (whereas treatments like chemical peels can come with a risk of hyperpigmentation with certain skin). It can even be used on some areas of thin or sensitive skin since the SkinPen handpiece can be adjusted for a specific treatment depth. One of the few limiting factors of microneedling is the presence of active infections or conditions like acne or lesions. Similarly, any history of abnormal scarring or keloids can be reason to look at other treatment options. For these reasons, it’s important to discuss your skin and concerns with our skincare specialists.
What Happens During SkinPen Microneedling?
The procedure begins with a thorough cleanse of your skin and some careful planning so that your treatment will be tailored to you and your concerns. Then, the SkinPen device is applied to the skin where it creates micro-channels. A serum with active ingredients to suit your skincare goals can be applied as well so that it can easily penetrate the skin using the micro-channels. Once the whole area is treated, the skin is soothed, and you can return home.
When Will I See Results?
Immediately after a SkinPen procedure, you can expect some slight swelling and redness, similar to a sunburn. However, this usually lasts for only a day or two. We require you to use only the products supplied by our office for the first 24 hours and then you can begin using your sunscreen and other skincare products.
Most patients begin to see improvement in their skin at one week after their first treatment. Although our skincare specialists can recommend the right treatment package for you, the general recommendation is a series of three to six treatments spaced one month or more apart. This gives your skin plenty of time to recover between treatments so you can maximize your results.
Schedule a Consultation
With regular treatments, SkinPen microneedling is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your skin and address your unique concerns. During a consultation at our Nashville office, our skincare specialists can create the right treatment plan for you using our professional-grade skincare treatments. To schedule a private consultation, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.
Microneedling Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to see results from microneedling?
You will likely see some changes immediately after your microneedling procedure, but these will continue to improve over time as new collagen develops.
What does microneedling do for your skin?
Microneedling rejuvenates the skin by stimulating the body’s natural healing response. This causes new collagen to develop. The result is improved texture, tone, and elasticity.
Does microneedling really work?
Microneedling is very effective in treating a wide range of skin concerns when performed by an experienced and qualified professional.
Is microneedling painful?
Microneedling using SkinPen is typically done after a topical numbing cream has been applied. For this reason, the procedure is not painful.
Will microneedling tighten skin?
Microneedling stimulates collagen production, which creates tighter and firmer skin.
Is microneedling better than Botox?
Choosing between microneedling and Botox usually comes down to your specific skin concerns and their severity or cause. Some patients who are dealing with wrinkles due to skin laxity may be better suited towards microneedling than Botox. Botox is designed to reduce wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles, while SkinPen improves wrinkles that are caused by lost collagen.
Is microneedling better than laser?
Microneedling and laser treatments work in different ways, so it’s difficult to compare them in terms of which is favorable. The most suitable treatment varies from patient to patient. Generally, microneedling is better for patients seeking simpler or faster results for a wider range of skin concerns, while laser treatments are better for more targeted treatments.
Which is better microneedling or microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is often considered a safer procedure for a wider range of patients, but microneedling may be more effective in some cases. This is because microneedling effects skin below the surface, while microdermabrasion addresses only the top layer of the skin.