Patients seeking skin rejuvenation for their aging skin can see impressive results with microneedling. This minimally invasive procedure improves common issues such as acne scars, lines and wrinkles, and discoloration.
However, not all microneedling treatments are the same. At Premiere Aesthetics in Fort Myers, FL, we want our patients to have the best treatments available to achieve their ideal results. That’s why we offer SkinPen microneedling, the preferred choice for those seeking to restore their skin’s youthful appearance.
Why is SkinPen microneedling better than traditional options?
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling uses thin needles to create tiny micro-injuries in the skin’s top layer. This stimulates the body’s natural healing response so that it produces more of the skin-restoring proteins collagen and elastin.
Since collagen and elastin are essential to maintaining a youthful appearance, your skin will experience rejuvenation, restoring its firmness and revealing a smooth, fresh look.
While most patients choose to receive microneedling treatments on their faces, it’s possible to use it in other areas. Microneedling can restore the skin of your neck, chest, back, or other places where skin shows signs of aging.
What Is SkinPen?
SkinPen is the world’s first FDA-cleared microneedling device. The device’s disposable tip contains 14 stainless steel surgical-grade needles with adjustable lengths. SkinPen has a unique design; the device looks like a thick pen that restores your skin.
How Is SkinPen Microneedling Different?
Traditional microneedling treatments used rollers with hundreds of needles gently applied to the skin to create microscopic injuries called microchannels. While traditional microneedling was effective, it only provided a one-size-fits-all approach.
SkinPen microneedling updates the traditional process with a more reliable, more customizable treatment. Here are some of the features that make SkinPen different.
Sterile, Disposable Needles
Traditional microneedling used a dermal roller device — a sterile plastic cylinder with needles protruding from its surface. Often, these needles weren’t disposable. Although they were sterilized between uses, the same needles were used on multiple patients.
SkinPen uses disposable needle cartridges, so the needles permeating your skin are brand-new.
SkinPen allows us to customize how deeply the needles penetrate your skin, allowing it to target a broader range of skin concerns. For example, rough texture, minor scarring, crepey skin, and fine lines are treated with a shallow depth, with the needles penetrating only half a millimeter.
However, moderate lines, scarring, and stretch marks require a depth of about a millimeter.
If your skin concerns include deeper acne scars, ice pick scarring, deep wrinkles, folds, or skin laxity, a depth of 1.5 millimeters or more is appropriate.
Since most derma rollers featured needles that were all the same length, some areas had to be treated several times. The device was manually moved across the skin in the targeted areas.
In contrast, SkinPen uses a high-speed motor. The needles penetrate your skin faster and at the right depth, and your treatments take less time.
SkinPen treatments are typically complete in 30 minutes, though when we treat more extensive areas, like your back, the procedure may last up to an hour.
Skin Tightening Benefits
How does skin tightening with the SkinPen device work?
Since the SkinPen can penetrate the skin at deeper levels, it stimulates more collagen. Collagen typically resides in the skin’s dermis or middle layer. It makes the skin firm and flexible but decreases over time as the body produces less collagen with age.
When microneedling creates tiny injuries in the skin, your body sends out signals that activate fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells that help the body form connective tissue and secrete collagen, supporting the tissue’s structural framework.
The process results in skin tightening and resurfacing, so the ultimate effect is firmer, brighter, younger-looking skin.
More Treatment Options
Traditional microneedling treatments often required multiple dermal rollers. In many cases, they were unable to treat skin concerns in areas where the skin is thinner, such as undereye circles and crow’s feet.
The customizable depths of SkinPen microneedling allow us to treat all of your skin concerns, regardless of where they are.
More Effective Topical Solutions
The microchannels produced through microneedling allow topical products like serums and creams to penetrate the skin better, making them more effective. In addition, the increased product absorption that comes with microneedling allows your skin to reap the full benefits of your topical treatments.
When you choose SkinPen microneedling with our team, we’ll discuss topical treatments and ensure you select the most beneficial options for your post-microneedling care to reap the most significant rewards.
Can I Save Money with At-Home Microneedling?
While it can be tempting to try at-home microneedling versus the SkinPen for skin tightening, there are many good reasons to choose a professional treatment. Unfortunately, a skin pen home device doesn’t provide the same benefits as SkinPen treatment administered by a skin care professional.
First, at-home microneedling is not performed in a sterile environment. Because the device penetrates your skin, microneedling should only be performed in a clinical setting.
Secondly, at-home skin pens shouldn’t penetrate deeper than 0.3 millimeters. However, treating concerns such as acne scars, sun damage, wrinkles, and uneven tone and texture requires needle penetration of 0.5 millimeters or deeper.
Get the Most Out of Microneedling Treatments with SkinPen
When you devote your time and money to rejuvenating your skin with microneedling treatments, ensure you’re achieving the best results by choosing proven technology and skilled providers.
In Fort Myers, FL, Premiere Aesthetics offers our patients the latest technology to restore their skin’s youthfulness. Ready for firmer, smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin? Schedule your appointment with our team today!