Treatment Spotlight: The SkinPen
As we age, our skin loses the ability to produce collagen and elastin, substances that give structure to the skin and keep it looking youthful. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Many people also have unwanted skin imperfections like acne scars. The good news is that the SkinPen can help! Read on to find out about this revolutionary skin treatment that we offer right here at Clipzone.
What Is It?
The SkinPen is a micro-needling device from Bellus Medical that can only be used by trained skincare professionals. It’s designed to stimulate your skin’s natural ability to repair itself, which then encourages it to produce new collagen and elastin.
Because the SkinPen has a variable needle depth, it can be used on many different parts of the body. The face is the most common, but it can also be used on imperfections on the neck, décolleté, arms, legs, abdomen, and back.
Who Is It For?
This treatment can be used on all types of skin, so it’s for anyone who would like to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and/or acne scars.
There are many advantages to the SkinPen when you compare it to other types of skin treatments. SkinPen treatments are minimally invasive and very fast. The procedure is performed right in our salon, and there’s little to no downtime.
How Does It Work?
The micro needles of the SkinPen create microscopic channels into the top layer of your skin. When the skin is injured like this, it begins to dissolve the tissue damage and replace it with new cells. These precise mini-injuries signal to your skin that it’s time to produce new collagen and elastin.
You’ll undergo this procedure a number of times, as determined by your skincare professional. The total times will depend upon your goals and how healthy your skin is. On average, patients receive a series of three treatments spaced about four weeks apart.
Does it hurt?
For most patients, no. Because the SkinPen can be adjusted for each individual, most people find the treatment very comfortable.
How long does it take?
Expect each treatment to take about 30 minutes. If the area being treated is larger than normal, this will of course take longer.
Are there any side effects?
The only side effect experienced by most patients is slight swelling and pink/reddish skin for a few days. It’s generally no worse than a mild sunburn. Follow the aftercare instructions to the letter and any slight discomfort will fade quickly.
How long before I see results?
You will probably notice that your skin looks healthier immediately, but it’s common to see the full effects of your skin’s repair process after a few weeks to a few months. Keep in mind that it took a long time for your skin to get so damaged—repair may take some time, too.
Interested in checking out what the SkinPen can do for you? Schedule an appointment for your initial consultation with us today!