Microneedling – SkinPen®

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Minimally invasive skin REJUVINATION procedure that helps minimize signs of aging, appearance of acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles!

What is microneedling with SkinPen®?

Using SkinPen microneedling device creates controlled micro-injuries that triggers your body's natural healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and healing factors that lead to remodeling of collagen and elastin. Microneedling is collagen induced therapy.

The Three Phases to microneedling wound repair:

  • Phase I: Inflammation. Piercing the skin triggers your body's healing properties to start repairing the area by disinfecting the wounds, remove debris, increase blood flow and begin to create new tissue.
  • Phase II: Proliferation. The area where microneedling procedure is performed starts it's rebuilding process with new granulation cells, as well as a temporary (type III) collagen and elastin. Also, new network of blood vessels develops.
  • Phase III: Remodeling. The microneedling area has been replaced with new skin tissues and blood vessels. The type III collagen is then replaced with stronger type I collagen, which can contract to create a tightening or “shrink wrap” effect on the skin.

* Results may vary based on individual program adherence

SkinPen®

Microneedling with SkinPen® can help to improve your skins appearance, making it the market standard. How do you know if SkinPen® is right for you? If you’re searching for:

  • A procedure that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and smooth wrinkles, SkinPen® may be used on all skin types.
  • A safe solution with little recovery time.
  • Results from a minimally-invasive procedure
  • A procedure for ongoing maintenance of healthy skin.
  • SkinPen® is different from traditional microneedling derma-rollers that can bend, break or even rust, resulting in possible infection or scarring with reuse.

SkinPen® uses adjustable length, disposable straight needles to penetrate at a 90-degree angle. This adjustability allows for differences in skin thickness and skin types. The vertical technology allows for extra precision.

Microneedling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Microneedling,  a.k.a. the “Vampire Facial”, is often performed with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) on the skin in order to trigger a healing response. The Skin Pen device is used for micro-needling that contains many tiny needles that create hundreds of tiny channels in the skin. The micro-channels created by the micro-needling pen provide a direct pathway to the deeper layers of the skin. The PRP is then topically applied to the skin immediately following the micro-needling procedure. This is the first step in order to provoke healing and to help speed and intensify the repair and rejuvenation of your skin. PRP is your own blood sample that is drawn in office and is then centrifuged to separate the platelet plasma, which is then used for your treatment. We call PRP, our body's very own "Liquid Gold". PRP is used for facial rejuvenation that works by targeting the collagen within the dermis of your skin by using your own body’s growth factors. This helps to create new collagen as well as revive the existing collagen. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can help rejuvenate the face and overall appearance. Microneedling with PRP at Hello Smooth is an ideal treatment to help smooth fine lines, wrinkles, scars and improve pigmentation & texture to your overall skin's health. It can also help increase plumpness and overall rejuvenation of the skin.

Growth Factors and Cytokines present in PRP:

Growth factors in the PRP serum and platelets are the main agents that help stimulate and repair the skin. The plasma that is enriched with your own platelets contain various growth factors that can help to remodel and repair skin damage by creating new skin.

  • platelet-derived growth factor
  • transforming growth factor beta
  • fibroblast growth factor
  • insulin-like growth factor 1
  • insulin-like growth factor 2
  • vascular endothelial growth factor
  • epidermal growth factor
  • interleukin 8
  • keratinocyte growth factor
  • connective tissue growth factor


What are the benefits of microneedling?  

  • Helps reduce signs of aging and improve appearances of acne scars as well as rejuvenate aging skin. In one study of 60 patients, there were a 31% improvement in skin texture after 3 micro needling treatments for acne scarring. 
  • Works with all skin types without fear of hyperpigmentation.
  • Microneedling is not only for the face, but it can be used on many body parts. The SkinPen need can be adjusted from 0.25 mm to 2 mm which will be able to adjust to the type of skin in each body part making it versatile than other traditional rollers.
  • SkinPen has a low risk of infections or scarring due to the nature of the technology patented for SkinPen.
  • Works with the Skinfuse line of skin care regimen that is specifically formulated to provide the nutrients your skin needs to fully optimize the results of the SkinPen procedure.

Does microneedling hurt?

  • The pain level that most people report back on average is about 1.08 out of 10 pain scale. For most people, that’s less painful than having your eyebrows waxed.
  • Before the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied to the area of the SkinPen procedure and that allows the client to practically feel little to no pain at all.

Is there downtime after the microneedling procedure?

  • Downtime depends and varies from individual.  Some have had their skin return to normal within 24 hours.  The procedure will leave a slight swelling and redness (kind of like a sunburn) for 1-4 days after the microneedling procedure.
  • During the 1-4 days of recovery, using Skinfuse RESCUE Calming Complex helps soothes the skin and reduce inflammation.  During the recovery process, using this formula will help calm the skin following the microneedling procedure.,

* Results may vary based on individual program adherence

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FAQ

1What is SkinPen?
SkinPen® by Bellus Medical is a non-surgical, aesthetic microneedling device for the creation of “micro” skin punctures to improve the appearance of the skin. SkinPen® is an automated microneedling technology device designed for use by medical professionals only. It is the only U.S. engineered and manufactured microneedling pen on the market, with patent-pending, medical grade stainless steel needle cartridge. It is a disposable cartridge with a lock out mechanism ensuring single use only.
2How does SkinPen work?
SkinPen works by creating a series of hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermis to stimulate the skin’s natural production of new collagen and elastin, helping skin to look and feel healthier. SkinPen® needles cycle at 100+ stamps/second, potentially creating 1600+ microchannels/second when moving the skin pen.
3What are the benefits?
SkinPen® procedures are beneficial to assist in reducing the signs of aging, improving the appearance of stretch marks and/or acne scars, as well as to rejuvenate aging skin. The Benefits Of Your SkinPen® Microneedling Procedure Include: • Minimally invasive procedure performed in-office with little, to no recovery time • Noticeable results in less than a day • Safe for all skin types, light to dark • Effective on all body parts, including face, neck and décolletage • Post-procedure protocol for optimal results
4Who is a candidate?
One of the most exciting things about SkinPen® microneedling is that it can be used on all types of skin, on all skin colors. Talk to your SkinPen® provider to discuss your specific needs.
5Is microneedling with SkinPen® only used on the face?
SkinPen’s variable needle depth allows for maximum versatility, making it safe and effective to use on many parts of the body, including the face, neck and décolletage. Talk to your SkinPen® provider to discuss your specific needs.
6Does the procedure hurt?
Most SkinPen® providers apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to the procedure. This allows for a relatively pain-free experience. Ask your skincare professional what they do to ensure patient comfort during the microneedling procedure.
7What is the downtime and what side effects should I expect?
The total healing time depends on each individual patient. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild sunburn) for two-to-four days. Some patients may heal completely in 24 hours. Click on the SkinPen® procedure page to see actual patient results up to three days post-procedure. *Individual results will vary.
8When will I see results?
Patients may notice healthier looking skin immediately. However, the natural repair process of your own skin continues to progress through the course of several weeks. Damage that has occurred over an extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately. You may not see the final result for up to six months following your final session. *Individual results will vary.
9How many procedures are recommended?
The number of procedures required will be determined by your skincare professional based upon your individual procedure goals and the overall health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of three procedures spaced about four weeks apart. Your provider will develop a procedure and maintenance plan specific to you to help maintain the rejuvenating effects.
10Do I have to use a certain product line with SkinPen?
We recommend using the Bellus Medical Skinfuse post-procedure protocol. Skinfuse is an easy-to-use skin care regimen specifically formulated to help boost the cell renewal process. The 90-day protocol increases the opportunity for optimal results and healthy, beautiful skin post a microneedling procedure by: • Omitting common skincare ingredients known to increase the risk of inflammation or hinder the remodeling process. • Delivering essential nutrients required to support skin remodeling. • Relying less on harsh synthetics and more on plant based, naturally clean ingredients. • Maintaining skin moisture and homeostasis. Please consult your skincare professional on which products will best fit your maintenance plan.
11Can I wear make-up immediately following a procedure?
Patients typically can resume their normal makeup regimen two to three days following the SkinPen® procedure, depending on the area and type of procedure performed.
12Can I get a SkinPen procedure if I’m pregnant?
SkinPen® is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.
*Results may vary based on individual program adherence.

**In the U.S., the CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, upper arms, and underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll). In Taiwan, the CoolSculpting procedure is cleared for the breakdown of fat in the flank (love handle), abdomen, and thigh. Outside the U.S. and Taiwan, the CoolSculpting procedure for non-invasive fat reduction is available worldwide. ZELTIQ, CoolSculpting, the CoolSculpting logo, the Snowflake design are registered trademarks of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. © 2017. CoolSculpting is the treatment doctors use most for non-invasive fat removal.

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