We all want to look young and feel confident about our appearance. Unfortunately, lifestyle choices made when you were younger, like unprotected sunbathing, can make you look older than you actually are, not to mention the natural aging process depleting the natural regenerative resources in your skin. At Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL, we are excited to offer an FDA-approved solution for your premature aging concerns. SkinPen is a revolutionary microneedling device that can correct several of your most troubling superficial skin concerns.
What Does SkinPen Do To Your Skin?
The SkinPen is a medical device approved by the FDA to improve and rejuvenate the appearance of your skin. Microneedling treatments such as this one are generally used to address superficial skin concerns, which are concerns that largely affect the surface appearance of your skin. Some skin concerns that can be addressed with this microneedling treatment include:
- Rough or dry skin
- Uneven skin tone
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dark spots
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Acne scarring
Right now, microneedling treatments are some of the most diverse and effective treatment options available to patients. Microneedling is highly diverse and can address multiple skin concerns at one time, including more difficult concerns like scarring. In fact, many patients use microneedling treatments are a primary treatment for maintaining the tone and quality of their skin, particularly those who want to perfect the skin surface and achieve a radiant glow.
Does Treatment Hurt?
Even though this treatment involves needles, you will not feel any significant pain during your session. Most people compare the sensation of this treatment to a cat scratch or a prickling sensation from a cactus.
However, depending on your sensitivity to pain, you may want to request the use of a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort for the duration of the treatment. Many patients also opt to take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol, about one hour before their appointment to ensure their comfort.
How Long Does it Take?
How long your sessions will take depends on the size of the area you’re treating and the condition you are trying to treat. In general, microneedling treatments can be completed within 20 to 40 minutes.
Your treatment sessions may take longer if you are seeking to treat multiple areas of the face or body during one appointment. Overall, however, your treatment appointments will be fast “lunchtime” appointments that allow you to quickly return to your normal daily schedule.
Which Areas Can Be Targeted for Treatment?
You can target just about any part of your face or body for treatment with this device. It is most commonly used to enhance the appearance of the face, but it can also be used to improve the aesthetic of other parts of your body, like your abdomen, chest, or thighs.
During your initial consultation, we will go over your appearance goals to determine if this device can improve your trouble areas. This treatment is most commonly used in areas such as:
- Glabellar forehead lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Chin wrinkles
- Smile and frown lines
- Skin laxity in cheeks
- Loose jowls
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
The number of treatments you will need will depend on the severity of your treatment locations. For example, those who are treating mild concerns may only require a few treatments, while those who are treating more complex concerns, such as scarring, may require a series of four or more treatments. We will determine the number of initial treatments you will need based on how well you respond to the treatment.
How Frequently Should You Have Treatment?
During your initial round of treatments, your treatments will be spaced four to six weeks apart to give your skin enough time to heal and begin increasing collagen production and skin cell turnover. After you have achieved your desired results, your treatment frequency will change; most patients have maintenance treatments a few times a year, sometimes as often as every three months to maintain the results of their treatment.
Ultimately, your maintenance treatment frequency will depend on what skin concerns you are treating, as some results of this treatment will be permanent. For example, when treating atrophic acne scars, you will probably not need maintenance treatments unless new scars form since the collagen restructuring results of this treatment will restore skin texture for a long period of time. We can help you figure out how frequently you will need treatments.
How Should You Maintain Your Results?
In addition to attending maintenance appointments, there are other things you can do to maintain your results. For the most part, many of these methods address lifestyle and self-care choices you can make, so the task of maintaining your results is truly up to you. Some common methods used to maintain results include:
When we talk about preventative skincare we are talking about using products and methods that will prevent your skin concerns from reappearing. For example, if you suffer from acne and acne scarring, then the best preventive skincare you can do is to control your acne breakouts by using acne-fighting products, such as benzoyl peroxide.
By the same token, if you are trying to reduce the visible signs of aging, then your preventative skincare should focus on using products that will reduce the likelihood of forming fine lines and wrinkles. This means using products that help stimulate collagen production, such as retinoids and hyaluronic acid. For anti-aging, it’s also important that you incorporated Vitamin C products to fight free radical skin damage.
Use Sun Protection
Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is one of the easiest ways to maintain your desired results. Adequate sun protection means using SPF 30 or higher when you plan to be outside during the daytime; if you have fair or sensitive skin, or skin that tans easily, you may want to wear SPF with greater protection or apply SPF more frequently.
Protecting your skin from the sun is a two-fold issue. For one thing, unprotected sun damage can burn or damage the skin by itself. But more importantly, UV exposure over time will eventually break down the cellular integrity of your skin and make it easier to damage deeper skin layers, which is what usually causes sun damage, dark spots, age spots, and premature wrinkling.
Other Cosmetic Treatments
You can also maintain your results by using other cosmetic treatments. Much of the results of microneedling are dependent on collagen maturation, but for issues that concern the tone or quality of the skin, you have several cosmetic options that can help maintain skin health and radiance.
For example, chemical peels are an effective treatment that can keep your skin glowing. Please ask one of our skilled aestheticians about compatible cosmetic treatments you can combine with microneedling to maintain your results.
What Are the Benefits of Treatment With This Device?
There are several attractive benefits to using SkinPen microneedling treatments, such as the long-lasting results and the versatility of the treatment. Some other benefits of using this device include:
A Non-Surgical Treatment
As a non-surgical treatment, you will be able to benefit from the virtually painless and minimally invasive nature of this treatment. Non-surgical treatments generally have less downtime than cosmetic surgeries, which can make a treatment like this one attractive for someone who wants fast results.
Non-surgical treatments are also good options for those who only have minor cosmetic concerns that aren’t qualified for invasive surgeries, or for those who are looking for affordable cosmetic surgery alternatives.
An Anti-Aging Powerhouse
One of the most common reasons people seek microneedling treatments is to erase age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. While age spots are generally caused by sun damage, other skin issues like skin laxity and wrinkles are caused by natural collagen loss associated with the aging process.
As an anti-aging treatment, microneedling can address both surface and deeper skin issues at one time, which means this treatment is an efficient anti-aging option for rejuvenating the appearance of the skin.
Effective Scar Removal
Another incredibly exciting benefit of this device is that it can erase acne scars from the face, upper back and anywhere else you are experiencing acne scars. Acne scars are usually caused by a combination of inflammation and poor collagen reformation around a wound (acne). Acne scars come in many different forms, including atrophic (textural) scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Both types of acne scars can be addressed with microneedling. Textural acne scars, including icepick, rolling, and boxcar scars can all be smoothed away with microneedling treatments since the treatment process breaks down scar tissue and helps with smoother collagen reformation. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is the leftover red or brown discoloration on the skin, which can be removed with accelerated skin cell turnover.
Noticeable Pore Reduction
The size of pores can also be reduced by this treatment. One of the most common goals many people have is to achieve a poreless skin appearance or to otherwise shrink the size of the pores.
While it’s true that our pore size is largely determined by genetics, some factors such as acne-prone skin can also contribute to larger pores. By reforming the collagen on the surface of the skin, the size of pores will eventually shrink and appear more refined.
A Safe and Effective Solution
The basic principle behind microneedling is to induce minor skin damage or “micro-injuries” that will stimulate the body’s natural regenerative response to heal the skin. When the natural regenerative response is stimulated, the body produces more collagen, elastin, and fibrin, and also carries more blood to the skin surface to aid in healing. This simple principle is a large part of why this treatment is so effective at resolving superficial skin concerns.
This treatment is also safe. In addition to not causing a significant amount of pain and having a low risk of creating scarring or pigmentation concerns, this treatment is also highly hygienic. Each SkinPen treatment uses fresh sterilized needles and does not involve any chemicals that pose a risk of allergic reactions.
Who Are Ideal Candidates?
Most people are ideal candidates for microneedling, particularly if they have mild to moderate superficial skin concerns such as acne scarring, fine lines, or age spots. The treatment is appropriate for people of every skin tone and type, and can even be used on younger people who are aiming for preventative anti-aging skincare. We will determine your eligibility for this microneedling device during your consultation appointment.
Feel Younger and More Confident With SkinPen Treatments
The SkinPen is an incredible device that penetrates your skin dozens of times during a microneedling session to increase collagen and elastin production. This diverse treatment system can radically improve the appearance of your skin and turn back the clock so you can feel younger and more confident. To see for yourself what this highly effective device does to your skin, contact Hanna Facila Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to schedule your first appointment today.