According to one report, 65% of global consumers use between three and five skincare products each day. The top two issues they’re trying to tackle are acne and fine lines/wrinkles.
Do you ever wish you could press the reset button on your complexion? While time travel doesn’t yet exist, there is a treatment that could help you restore smoother, more youthful-looking skin: microneedling!
While there are a few different techniques available, we use the SkinPen system at The Wellness Lab.
Why choose SkinPen for microneedling? Today, we’re breaking down how this process works and the benefits it can provide.
What Is Microneedling?
Before we dive into the SkinPen specifics, let’s take a step back and review how the general microneedling process works.
In short, this is a minimally invasive skincare procedure. A trained provider will use thin needles to make small holes in the top layer of your skin, called your epidermis. While this creates a degree of initial damage, it also catalyzes a transformation.
As your skin heals, its collagen and elastin levels naturally increase. These are the two main fibers that form your skin’s extracellular matrix. Collagen is responsible for tensile strength, while elastin gives skin its elasticity.
As you get older, these fibers decrease in quantity and density. This can cause your skin to sag, dry out, and appear sallow. Microneedling helps re-stimulate their production. As a result, most people find that their skin appears smoother and plumper once the healing process is complete.
As microneedling penetrates deeper into the epidermis than other, similar treatments (such as microdermabrasion), it can also help reduce the appearance of many other skin concerns, including acne scars and uneven tone.
What Is SkinPen?
SkinPen is a special type of medical-grade microneedling device. With this tool, providers can create microscopic holes (called microchannels) in a patient’s skin through a process called stamping. The device can create more than 100 stamps and more than 1600 microchannels per second.
Each tiny wound stimulates the skin and activates its natural healing process, rejuvenating your skin from the inside out without the use of any heat or chemicals.
The device centers on a three-part process designed to temporarily inflame, rebuild, and remodel your skin. Let’s review each step.
As the SkinPen microneedles pierce your skin, they create minor inflammation. This sends a signal to your body that it needs to defend itself against what it perceives to be an injury.
Your immune system will go to work almost immediately, taking care of everything from disinfecting your wounds and removing debris to strengthening blood flow in your veins. As each step occurs, your skin begins to form new tissue.
Within each micro-wound that the SkinPen creates, new granulation cells begin to form, enhanced with collagen and elastin proteins. At the same time, new blood vessels start to develop at the site.
Once the proliferation process is complete, each wound will be completely replaced with new dermal tissues and blood vessels. These components are now enriched with proteins that directly target dull skin, fine lines, and other areas of complexion concern.
Why Choose SkinPen for Microneedling?
Are you wondering why you should choose the SkinPen microneedling procedure over a similar type of restorative cosmetic treatment? Let’s take a look at some of the unique benefits this tool offers.
SkinPen is the first FDA-cleared microneedling device. The tool first received clearance in 2018 and quickly became the go-to treatment for both patients and providers. To date, more than 90 validation studies have been performed to ensure the device is safe and effective to use.
In 2021, the FDA delivered a second clearance to SkinPen, permitting the use of the device to target neck wrinkles. Now recognized as the premiere microneedling technology in the world, the treatment is available in more than 40 countries.
The depth of the SkinPen microneedle can be adjusted depending on the area that patients want to treat. It’s safe to use on many different parts of the body, including:
You can talk to your esthetician to see if this treatment could work for the skin concerns you have, and the areas they’re located.
When you invest in a skincare solution, you want the results to last as long as possible. Most people find that their SkinPen results are noticeable for up to six months.
Whether you want to target acne scars, discoloration, or signs of aging, you should find that your problem areas are less apparent. For weeks after your treatment, your skin will continue to repair and restore itself.
Note that if your skin has extensive damage, the results won’t appear overnight. For some patients, the full extent of the treatment isn’t visible until the six-month mark.
Fast and Effective
No one wants to spend all day in a chair. The best skincare treatments are those that combine both speed and performance.
If you’re looking for a way to rejuvenate your skin quickly and easily, SkinPen can be ideal. The technique typically takes between 30 minutes and one hour to perform.
Some of the factors that can affect the duration of your treatment include:
- The number of areas you want to treat
- The size of each treatment area
- The degree of treatment you request
While you may notice some slight redness or swelling for two to four days after the procedure, the healing process is minimal. Many patients find that their complexion is restored in as little as 24 hours!
Schedule Your SkinPen Treatment Today
Are you tired of dealing with scarred, sagging, or dull skin? If so, there are many different treatments designed to help you reverse those signs and achieve a more youthful appearance.
Why choose SkinPen for microneedling? The benefits are clear and the results speak for themselves. If you’re looking for a safe and effective procedure that doesn’t require a major time commitment, this is a great one to try.
At The Wellness Lab, we’re proud to offer microneedling services in addition to other treatments that can help you feel and look your best. Book an appointment today!