SkinPen is the very first device approved by the Food and Drug Administration that lightly pricks the skin. It is safe and effective against many common skin conditions such as acne or signs of aging. The question is, is the SkinPen the same as the famous micro-needling treatment?
The Shortest Answer
Yes, SkinPen is a micro-needling device. However, it is different from other micro-needling devices because it is safer and more effective. This post focuses on the effects of SkinPen micro-needling, its benefits, how long before you see results, and more. Let’s begin.
What is SkinPen Micro-Needling?
SkinPen micro-needling device is the first medical-grade and state-of-the-art cosmetic tool designed to trigger the skin’s self-repair processes. The self-repair processes restore the skin’s elasticity, evenness, glow, health, and beauty and synthesize new collagen tissue that gives it its structure.
The device itself looks like a pen or a wand – hence SkinPen. The tip is covered with sanitized micro-needles – hence the name micro-needling.
How Does SkinPen Micro-Needling Work?
During the treatment, the cosmetic practitioner lets the SkinPen micro-needling device glide across the surface of the treatment site. The device creates micro-injuries on the dermis, the top-most and thin layer of the skin. The micro-injuries automatically initiate a self-reparation process in the skin without causing any scar formation.
In a way, micro-injuries simulate wounds without actually wounding the skin. They just damage the skin enough to make it react.
When the skin gets an injury, its reaction is to rush out the formation of new collagen tissues. Collagen, in turn, restructures the skin back to its glory. Collagen makes the skin more even in tone and texture and combats signs of aging.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the tissue that makes the skin firm, smooth, even, and youthful. Its effects are most prominent in the face. This tissue not only repairs or repairs damaged skin tissue but also reinforces healthy tissues to prevent further damage.
The skin naturally loses collagen tissue due to age or injuries. By forcing the skin to produce new collagen-rich tissue, you make your skin look younger and become firmer.
What are the Effects of SkinPen Micro-Needling?
So, what exactly does SkinPen micro-needling do to the skin? We’ve covered how it incites the production of collagen tissue, and we saw how collagen helps the skin retain its youthful qualities. Now let’s look at the results of such an operation.
The primary function of collagen is to provide structure to the skin. And scarred tissue is an area of the skin out of the standard form.
As stated above, one of the reasons that the skin loses collagen is through injuries or wounds. Scar tissue is still made of collagen, but its structure is different from normal healthy skin. Instead of forming a basket-weave pattern like in normal skin tissue, collagen forms a cross-linked way that stands out in the skin.
But in a SkinPen micro-needling treatment, the minuscule injuries promote new collagen to replace the scar tissue. But this time, the collagen follows the standard basket-weave formation. Around 90% of SkinPen micro-needling patients report a significant improvement in how their scars look after six months of regular treatment.
Lightens Age Spots
Although the primary purpose of micro-needling is to force the skin to produce more collagen, it also breaks down melanin concentrations in the skin. Melanin is what makes the skin dark. But concentrated melanin in a particular area appears as dark spots commonly called age or sun spots.
When the SkinPen micro-needling device passes over an area of the skin with a pool of concentrated melanin, the melanin breaks down. The body then absorbs the melanin, making the skin look even in color.
SkinPen micro-needling is an effective and non-invasive treatment against uneven skin tone.
Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles
The collagen and elastin in the skin slowly break down due to natural wear and tear. When these proteins break down, the skin loses its natural firmness and elasticity. While in themselves, lost firmness and elasticity don’t result in fine lines and wrinkles.
When we make facial expressions, the muscles beneath the skin contract and form ridges, the skin above these muscles also forms these ridges. As elasticity and firmness vanish, the skin is more prone to never recovering from the formation of ridges, therefore resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.
But when the production of healthy collagen increases, the skin gets back its firmness and elasticity. Goodbye, fine lines and wrinkles!
Collagen ensures that pores are tiny and tight because that’s the skin’s natural structure.
The second-primary cause of enlarged pores is lost skin elasticity around the pores. And because collagen helps the skin restore its elasticity, it helps correct the sizes of enlarged pores.
How Long Before I See Results?
Surprisingly, you can see the results of SkinPen micro-needling immediately after one session. Your skin will become noticeably brighter and radiant due to more nutrient-rich blood flowing to those areas. However, you will only see the most dramatic results after around a couple of weeks.
However, you will need to have multiple sessions in weeks or months based on your desired effects. An expert cosmetologist should provide you with a suitable treatment plan.
You are a Suitable Candidate
SkinPen micro-needling is suitable for all skin types and tones. The treatment is minimally invasive and does not damage the epidermis – the second layer of the skin. It is even safe for sensitive skin such as the skin around the eyes, neck, or at the back of the hands, as long as administered by a professional like Yuni Medina.
As long as you don’t have any skin health problems, are pregnant, or are nursing, SkinPen micro-needling is safe for you. Speak to a physician about the treatment for guaranteed safety.
Avail of the Best SkinPen Micro-Needling Services in Florida
Yunik Aesthetics specializes in non-surgical aesthetic procedures such as SkinPen micro-needling. Book an appointment by calling 754-210-3150 or emailing [email protected]. You can also visit us at 4651 Sheridan St, Suite 250B, Hollywood, FL 33021.