Q: What should I expect during this procedure?
A: First and foremost, no procedure takes place until you are completely informed and prepared for what lies ahead. We ask that you come to your SkinPen ® appointment with a clean face and neck; however, I will wash and tone your face regardless. A numbing cream is then applied to your face and neck and given time to take effect. I then wash and tone your face and neck again before starting the session. The SkinPen is run across the skin with a bit of pressure. The more troubled areas will receive a more pressured application. I am looking for a nice red appearance to the skin. After the procedure is completed, I then clean the skin and hydrate it with a special aqueous gel.
Q: How does the SkinPen actually work?
A: The SkinPen process takes approximately 20-30 minutes, and works in three phases:
Inflammation: SkinPen’s microneedles penetrate the skin’s surface, triggering a natural immune response to disinfect, remove debris, increase blood flow, and activate the creation of new tissue.
Proliferation: The micro-channels, or tiny holes, created by SkinPen are rebuilt with new granulation cells that include collagen proteins. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.
Remodeling: New dermal tissues form, rich in collagen and elastin proteins. These proteins improve skin quality, visibly reducing facial acne scars and neck wrinkles, leaving skin more smooth, radiant, and younger-looking.
Q: What should I expect after the procedure?
A: After the procedure, you will experience a red face and neck, feeling tight and hot. This gradually subsides after 4-6 hours. The next day, your skin may look “sunkissed” and then back to normal by the following day. There are no restrictions, other than watching what you use on your skin for 48 hours.
Q: How should I care for my face after the SkinPen procedure?
A: You will receive two creams to use for application day and night for the next 48 hours. These creams are designed to not clog your pores or create any infection. It is strongly recommended that aside from the creams, no other products are used on your skin (i.e. makeup).
Q: How can I cleanse my skin during the 48 hours following the procedure?
A: Please wash your face following the SkinPen procedure, just don’t use anything with exfoliation, or salicylic acid. My favorite is my hands and CeraVe ® Foaming Facial Cleanser in the morning and in the evening.
Q: How often should I do a SkinPen procedure?
A: I recommend monthly treatments for three months, followed by maintenance sessions 2-4 times per year. If your goal is to improve acne scarring, I recommend 6 monthly sessions, followed by maintenance.
The way you look and age is completely subjective. Everyone is on their own journey and only you can truly decide if this is the right path for you.