If you’re looking for a solution to acne scars, SkinPen may be the treatment you need. This revolutionary device is the first FDA-approved microneedling acne scar treatment. It can also be used to address other skin concerns, such as hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, neck wrinkles, and surgical scars.
The SkinPen contains 14 microneedles that are used to repeatedly pierce the skin on the face, resulting in thousands of tiny pinpricks that cause micro-injuries. These puncture wounds cause the skin to engage in its natural healing processes, including releasing growth factors and boosting collagen and elastin production.
Individuals who seek acne scar treatment utilizing the SkinPen can expect to undergo several different procedures that are spaced apart across several weeks. Results from the SkinPen microneedling treatment typically last up to six months before requiring maintenance procedures.
What Are the Benefits of SkinPen?
There are several benefits to using SkinPen as a microneedling treatment. A few include:
A SkinPen treatment is minimally invasive. Unlike other treatments that may require significant downtime, those who choose to try microneedling can return to their daily activities immediately following their appointment.
Can Be Tailored
The SkinPen is fully adjustable, which means that the needles can be adjusted to reach different depths on the skin. Parts of your face may require shorter needles, while others may be thicker and respond better to longer needles. Microneedling can also be used on different parts of the body, such as the neck, chest, or the back of the hands.
Good for All Skin Tones
While other treatments, such as laser or IPL, may not be suitable for darker skin tones, SkinPen may be used on all different skin tones and types. It’s less intense than other treatments, such as chemical peels, and is considered to be a more gentle option for those seeking to target specific skin issues.
Encourages Production of Collagen
Key to the development of many skin issues is the loss of collagen that occurs with age. Microneedling encourages the production of new collagen when it creates tiny wounds on the face. This can help increase the elasticity of the skin and result in fewer fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to resolve issues related to hyperpigmentation.
Smooths Out Acne Scars
Microneedling is especially helpful for reducing the appearance of acne scars. These scars form in individuals who had cystic forms of acne as young adults or battled adult acne.
Through the pinpricks that the SkinPen device inserts into the skin, the skin is forced to heal over areas that were subjected to scarring in the past. This can result in a smoother, less bumpy look.
What Can I Expect During a Microneedling Appointment?
Before undergoing a microneedling treatment at Miia Medspa, you’ll meet with one of our trained technicians to discuss your goals. We’ll examine your skin to determine the best treatment plan for you, as well as make recommendations for any further treatments that may benefit the conditions you are seeking to improve.
If you have questions, feel free to ask! We are more than happy to walk through the procedure with you.
You should also be prepared to provide us with your full medical history and a list of medications that you are taking. While microneedling is non-invasive and can generally benefit most people, we want to make sure that you are an appropriate candidate before proceeding.
During the microneedling appointment, we’ll fully cleanse your face and any other areas to be treated. Next, we’ll move the SkinPen across your skin. We’ll adjust the depth of the needles to meet your specific needs. Once we have completed a full pass, we’ll apply a calming cream that can reduce any irritation or redness.
We will then discuss aftercare instructions with you. However, you can return to your regular activities immediately following the appointment. In most cases, the entire session will last less than one hour.
The results of the treatment will begin to be apparent after a week, but it will take longer to see the most significant changes. Issues resolved through microneedling are generally deep in the skin, and your body will need time to go through the entire rejuvenation process.
Oftentimes, the best results come with repeated treatments that are spaced over time. You’ll need touch-up treatments approximately six months following your last session to maintain your results.
Can Microneedling Be Combined with Other Treatments?
Microneedling often goes hand in hand with other treatments, such as facials, dermaplaning, or light chemical peels. All three of these treatments can help to rejuvenate the skin, leaving it more hydrated.
At Miia Medspa, we offer facials that can be customized to meet your needs. For example, you may choose a facial that has a light glycolic peel to remove the top layer of the skin. This layer often contains dirt or debris that can clog the pores and result in a dull appearance of the skin.
Oftentimes, it’s best to schedule a facial before starting the microneedling process to clear up any debris covering the face. A light peel has no downtime and is primarily used to help the skin absorb serums on the face.
Ready to Try SkinPen Microneedling?
If you have acne scars or other skin issues that have formed on your face, microneedling with the SkinPen can help you resolve them. As an acne scar treatment, the SkinPen is uniquely designed to help those with acne scars on the face. To learn more, schedule a consultation at Miia Medspa in Rowley, MA.