We all know the feeling of not being at home in the skin you’re in. A dull complexion, age spots, pigmentation, acne scars, and other skin irregularities can steal our confidence every time we look in the mirror or enter a room. At Derm on Bloor we love finding solutions that really work, and seeing how patients react when they get their glow back, or see their acne scars fade. SkinPen® is a solution that restores skin from the inside out.
What is SkinPen®?
SkinPen® is the first FDA-cleared microneedling device and is designed to improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and fine lines on the body and face. This device is especially celebrated for its ability to reduce the appearance of facial acne scars.
How does SkinPen® microneedling work?
The Skinpen is a handheld device with multiple tiny needles. The Skinpen makes many microscopic pricks or “micro-injuries” along the skin’s surface to stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing process, while still minimizing cellular damage. This process generally occurs in three phases:
» Phase 1: Renew
Each microprick from the Skinpen causes inflammation and increased circulation. This allows your immune system to disinfect and get rid of old scar tissue while also triggering the healing process.
» Phase 2: Reproduce
The body has taken note of the micro-wound and begins to rebuild with new cells. New networks of blood vessels develop as well
» Phase 3: Rebuild
Fresh dermal tissues and blood vessels replace the micro-wound and improve the appearance and health of the skin.
The healing that microneedling triggers remodels scar tissue and collagen production, but doesn’t affect the overall structure of the skin. Multiple treatments are recommended for maximum effect but the texture of your skin will be noticeably improved after one treatment at DOB.
Does SkinPen® hurt?
Most people describe microneedling as uncomfortable but not painful, and compare it to having sandpaper gently rubbed against your skin. If you have sensitive skin, your treatment provider can discuss the option of numbing the skin beforehand.
You may experience some redness and swelling but results become apparent within the first few days following treatment.
SkinPen® is a safe, clinically proven, and minimally invasive microneedling device. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on the size and location of the area treated. There is little downtime, so you can go about your everyday activities shortly after treatment.
Contact us at Derm on Bloor Toronto and let’s discuss how Skinpen microneedling can improve your skin.