Collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling, is a great way to address signs of aging at the cellular level. It comfortably creates thousands of micro-injuries in the skin to trigger the body’s natural wound healing process. This results in skin remodeling, including the formation of collagen and elastin, the two proteins predominantly responsible for the structure of the skin. The outcome is beautiful, youthful looking skin.
HOW MICRONEEDLING WORKS
The SkinPen Precision system is the only Class II, FDA cleared microneedling device in the U.S.
The SkinPen microneedling device causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodeling of collagen and elastin.
THERE ARE THREE PHASES TO THE WOUND REPAIR PROCESS:
- Phase I: Inflammation. Piercing the skin triggers your immune system to disinfect the wounds, remove debris, increase blood flow and begin to create new tissue.
- Phase II: Proliferation. The wound is re-built with new granulation cells, as well as a temporary (type III) collagen and elastin, which are part of the extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.
- Phase III: Remodeling. The wound has been replaced with new dermal tissues and blood vessels. The type III collagen in the newly formed tissue is replaced with stronger type I collagen, which can contract to create a tightening or “shrink wrap” effect on the skin.
MICRONEEDLING SIDE EFFECTS & RECOVERY
Microneedling side effects are very rare if the treatment is done properly. Microneedling is generally well tolerated but erythema may be seen after treatment, lasting for 2-3 days. Skin may also feel warm and tight for a short while, this normally resolves in 12 – 48 hours. Photoprotection is advised for a week.. The pricking channels close within 24 hours and therefore infections are unlikely. The procedure is well tolerated and well accepted by patients, is cost effective, can be done on all skin types and on areas not suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as near eyes.
Your clinician will provide Skinfuse LIFT, a clean, non-cytotoxic hydrogel used to prevent the skin from drying out post-treatment.
THE MICRONEEDLING PROCESS
- Initial Consultation
- Procedure: The treatment will likely take 30 minutes to one hour.
- Sessions Required for Optimal Results: maintenance as needed every 3-5 months
- Recovery Time: Client will be asked to refrain from using makeup for 24 hours.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Is SkinPen?
SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the only FDA-cleared microneedling device in the world, clinically proven to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars for ages 22 and up. With as few as three non-invasive and affordable treatments spaced 30 days apart, you can improve your appearance for six months after your last treatment – and step out with confidence.
Why Use It?
SkinPen is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of acne scars. In fact, 90% of subjects in the clinical trial would recommend the treatment to friends and family. It’s a minimally invasive procedure performed in-office with little to no downtime. As the only FDA-cleared microneedling device, SkinPen sets the industry standard for safety.
Will It Work For Me?
Unlike some alternatives, SkinPen has been clinically proven to be effective for women and men with skin ranging from light to very dark. Likewise, unlike lasers or chemical peels that can damage skin over the long term, SkinPen treatments, when properly spaced and overseen by a physician, can be used for years.
Is It Painful?
It’s a comfortable procedure. Your clinician will likely apply a topical numbing agent to the treatment area. The treatment generally takes 30 minutes to one hour. Most patients report feeling only the slight vibration of the device during the procedure.
How does it work?
SkinPen creates hundreds to thousands of “micro” skin punctures per second to stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process – inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling – to prompt tissue remodeling without causing scar tissue formation.2 Most patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
Is It Safe?
Yes, by design. SkinPen’s patent-pending – and single-use – sterile needle cartridge is built with safety in mind. SkinPen is also surrounded by a proprietary BioSheath that acts as a barrier to prevent cross contamination between procedures. No other manufacturer can make that claim, which is part of the reason SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the only FDA-cleared microneedling device.
How is It FDA cleared?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s clearance covers not only the SkinPen device but the entire protocol. That includes the Skinfuse® Lift HG hydrogel used to protect against abrasion and friction during the treatment, as well as the custom-designed BioSheath to prevent cross contamination.
Who Should Not Use It?
SkinPen should not be used on patients who have active skin cancer in the treatment area(s); open wounds, sores, or irritated skin in the treatment area(s); an allergy to stainless steel or anesthetics; a hemorrhagic (bleeding) disorder or hemostatic (bleeding) dysfunction; are pregnant or nursing; or are currently taking drugs with the ingredient isotretinoin (such as Accutane).
SKINPEN WITH PRP
PRP uses your body’s own natural pharmacy to repair and restore damaged tissues. Plasma contains molecules and proteins that provide nutrients to the skin’s cells, so it’s a healthy, natural way to improve the effects of aging.
PRP is performed by drawing a small vial of blood from the patient. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the growth factors, platelets, and stem cells from the rest of the blood. Once this unique mixture is obtained, the enriched plasma is applied to the desired treatment areas.