Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure that is used to improve the appearance of acne scars and fine lines. The device is composed of micro-needles when activated and placed properly against the numbed skin can create hundreds to thousands of “micro” punctures into the skin. Many microscopic punctures are made in the skin's outer layers because of the procedure. The remodelling process works to improve the appearance of facial acne scars as these punctures heal. Prior to treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied.
What is SkinPen®?
It is a microneedling device that is FDA cleared for use on acne scars. Other cheaper devices are not FDA approved and can have unwanted side effects. SkinPen® can also be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin texture and dullness of skin.
- CE Mark – Medical device Class IIa – In the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, SkinPen® Precision is a medical microneedling device and accessories, intended to be used as a treatment to improve the appearance of facial acne scars in adults aged 22 years or older and to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. The SkinPen is also intended to treat pigmentation conditions (Dyschromia) including Melasma, Vitiligo and Solar Lentigines.
- In Canada, SkinPen® Precision is a medical microneedling device, and accessories that utilizes Collagen Induction Therapy to treat acne and surgical scars and also improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck.
- In South Africa, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, SkinPen® Precision is intended to utilize Collagen Induction Therapy to treat melasma, acne and surgical scars.
- In Saudi Arabia (KSA), SkinPen® Precision is a medical microneedling device, and accessories, intended to be used as a treatment to improve the appearance of facial acne scars in adults aged 22 years or older.
- FDA-Clearance – In the US, SkinPen® Precision system is a microneedling device and accessories intended to be used as a treatment to improve the appearance of wrinkles of the neck for Fitzpatrick skin types II – IV and to improve the appearance of facial acne scars in adults with all Fitzpatrick skin types aged 22 years and older.
Are there any reasons why I should not have microneedling?
The use of the SkinPen® Precision System should not be used on patients who:
- Have active skin cancer, open wounds, sores in the treatment area(s)
- Have an allergy to stainless steel or anesthetics
- Have a bleeding disorder
- Are pregnant or nursing women
- Are currently taking medication with the ingredient isotretinoin (such as Accutane)
What are the side effects?
Dryness, redness, itching, peeling, discomfort and tenderness lasting 1-3 days.
What happens during the treatment?
A layer of glycerin is applied to the treatment area to protect the skin against abrasion and friction of the SkinPen device during treatment. As the SkinPen glides over the skin micro-channels are created on the skins surface. Gauze may be used to pat down the affected area after treatment, and it is suggested to apply a generous layer of gel to prevent the skin from drying out post treatment.
Does microneedling with the SkinPen® Precision hurt?
The SkinPen® Precision treatment may cause some minor discomfort during after the treatment. Numbing cream is used for the procedure.
What should I expect following the treatment?
Most common treatment responses experienced were: Dryness, rough skin, tightness, redness, itching, peeling, discomfort, tenderness, and burning. These conditions resolved over time without any further complications. Although not seen in the clinical study, you may experience reactivation of herpes simplex virus (cold sore), pigment changes that include lighter or darker skin in the area treatment that resolves over time, or no change in their acne scars.
Will I need more than one treatment to achieve my desired results?You may need a series of treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. Generally we recommend a series of 3 treatments however it can vary person to person which would be determined after the initial consultation with our certified esthetician.