SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the first FDA-cleared microneedling device.
It causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process, while minimizing cellular damage. The result is effective remodelling of scar tissue, while keeping the overall structure of the skin safe and intact.
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 rebuilt with new granulation cells, which are part of the extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.
Phase III: Remodeling. The wound is replaced with new dermal tissues and blood vessels.
1. What is SkinPen® Microneedling?
SkinPen® is a microneedling procedure that creates hundreds to thousands of “micro” skin punctures per second to stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process, which triggers new collagen synthesis. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin. Multiple treatments may be required to achieve optimal results. Most patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
2. Why choose SkinPen®?
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.1 It’s a minimally invasive procedure performed in-office with little downtime. As the first FDA-cleared microneedling device, SkinPen sets the industry standard for safety.
3. What can I expect after a SkinPen® procedure?
Immediately after your treatment, your skin is expected to look and feel like a sunburn with mild to moderate redness, slight swelling, feeling tight, and mild burning sensation for the first 24 hours. The next day will be more comfortable, however redness will be visible. Side effects are temporary and typically resolve within three days. Mild flaking typically starts on day 2 or 3 of your healing process and my flake for up to 5 – 7 days. Total healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type and skin condition. Some patients may heal completely in 24 hours. Proper post-care is provided to ensure more effective healing.
4. Is it painful?
Topical numbing is applied to the skin to ensure a more comfortable treatment. Most patients report feeling a tickling sensation, thus no medication or anesthesia is needed.