The SkinPen™ is the only micro-needling device that has been FDA approved for use in the United States. At Synergy, we are proud to be the only practice in the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla area to offer this superior device and service. Automated Microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance.
What are the Benefits?
During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin, the cornerstones of healthy, firm, smooth skin. SkinPen™ also creates superficial micro-channels which allow topical serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.
The benefits of micro-needling are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. SkinPen™ also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.
Before & After
How does Microneedling Help Restore Skin Volume and Texture?
The skin is a unique organ in the human body. While it is the largest organ, it also provides an effective barrier against disease causing germs and foreign invaders. The structure, firmness and elasticity of the skin is maintained by two skin health proteins called collagen and elastin. Collagen not only provides structural support to skin but helps in tissue repair and new cell generation. It is released in the body whenever there is an injury, to help with healing and regeneration of skin cells.
The process of aging, excess exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, certain medications, smoking, or pollutants lead to loss of collagen. Low levels of collagen leads to formation of wrinkles, fine lines, folds, creases and under eye bags that are not welcome.
Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy and involves the use of a hand-held device to produce micro-injuries on the skin. At Synergy, we use cutting-edge techniques that are performed by highly skilled practitioners in a relaxed, boutique atmosphere. We use SkinPen™ which is the micro-needling device that has received FDA approval to create micro injuries in a controlled, precise manner.
Although superficial, the micro-wounds initiate a wound healing cascade causing the body to step up collagen production in a natural way. This helps restore the skin’s original firmness and vitality.
Microneedling has been shown in multiple studies to transform the appearance of the skin by improving its tone, radiance and texture. While it is a safe, non-invasive way to address fine lines, wrinkles, scars, sun damage, stretch marks, skin laxity and enlarged pores, it is also the preferred delivery system for platelet rich plasma or other biological components and topical serums.
What Areas of the Body can be Treated?
The SkinPen™ can be used on all parts of the body; face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
The SkinPen’s adjustable depth settings make it possible to treat wide ranging signs of aging and skin damage on different parts of the body. It produces firmer, tighter and plumper skin with improved elasticity while also treating scarring as a result of acne, skin allergies or other illnesses.
The SkinPen can be Used to Safely Treat:
- Signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines on the face, décolleté, neck and hands
- Stretch marks on the abdomen, legs and back
- Hyperpigmentation on arms, décolleté, hands, legs, abdomen, neck or face
- Irregular skin tone on face, décolleté, neck, hands, back, legs and abdomen
- Acne scars
- Large pores on the face
- Sun damage on the back, abdomen, legs, neck, face, décolleté, and hands
- Chicken pox scars
- Other scarring as a result of wound, burns, surgery or trauma
- Uneven skin texture
Extensive training and practice has helped us achieve precise results while the detailed pre-treatment assessment we perform ensures there are no harsh side effects.
How is the Procedure Done?
First we apply topical numbing cream for comfort. Then, a sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the SkinPen™. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate treatment depth based on your unique needs. Next, the pen will gently glide over your skin while the SkinPen™ does the work causing tiny, controlled micro injuries to your skin in order to stimulate collagen and elastin which are the keystones to youthful, healthy looking skin.
What Does it Feel Like?
Most patients feel nothing but the smallest amount of pressure due to the numbing cream. Patients with a stronger resistance to numbing compounds such as lidocaine and tetracaine report a feeling similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating microneedle tip reduces discomfort.
Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Patients heal faster when they combine the Microneedling treatment with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin), or BioPelle StemCell/Growth Factor serums. The speed of the reciprocating microneedling tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more tolerable.
How Long does the Procedure Take?
The procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.
What is the Downtime?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the depth of the needles used and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs.
When will I See the Results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues.
How Many Treatments will I Need?
Some patients only require a single treatment to see an improvement. However, for corrective results, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 3 to 6 treatments spaced about 6 to 8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6 to 8 sessions at 6 weeks intervals.
Microneedling can also be performed with the addition of PRP or PRF, boosting results and healing time. If you would like to find out more about microneedling or to schedule a consultation, please feel free to reach out to us and one of our office staff will assist you.