Rough skin texture, scarring and fine wrinkles can all develop on the skin as a result of poor skin care, damage or simply age. Your skin is a constantly renewing organ capable of rapid healing, but that doesn’t mean it can’t use a little help along the way. SkinPen® is a microneedling treatment that creates tiny micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the production of important proteins and new skin cells to minimize the appearance of scars and wrinkles.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington understands what a struggle proper skincare can be for men and women of any age. During your consultation, she’ll help you understand the benefits of facial rejuvenation so you can feel comfortable and confident moving forward.
Harrington Plastic Surgery has helped women and men from throughout Minnesota retain a youthful and clear complexion with microneedling. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about SkinPen®, including pricing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for SkinPen®?
Almost any man or woman who wishes to improve their complexion can be a good candidate for micro needling pen treatments. Some of the most common reasons to consider SkinPen® include:
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Rough skin texture
- Dull complexion
Your SkinPen® Treatment
SkinPen® treatments are performed by our certified physician assistant and nurses. Before your microneedling treatment, a topical numbing solution will be applied to your face to minimize any discomfort you may feel during your appointment. Most patients report that the procedure feels like a vibration on the skin and does not cause pain, though some areas of the face may be more sensitive than others.
During your micro needling pen treatment, the SkinPen® device containing 12 tiny surgical-grade needles will be moved over the entire surface area of your face. The needles are too small to cause lasting damage to the skin. Instead, they barely puncture the skin’s surface, creating tiny micro-injuries just deep enough to stimulate your skin’s healing mechanisms. The entire process usually takes around 30 minutes and can be likened to an aggressive facial.
Depending on your appearance concerns, Dr. Harrington and her staff may suggest additional treatments to complement your SkinPen® results. Skin rejuvenation treatments are often used in conjunction with injectables like BOTOX® or dermal fillers to further enhance your appearance. Many women choose to begin SkinPen® treatments while they plan their mommy makeovers to maintain a youthful look as they move into motherhood.
While SkinPen® is a nonsurgical facial rejuvenating treatment, you should not plan any social activities to take place immediately after your SkinPen® facial. You can expect redness and swelling for the first 24 hours after microneedling. Dr. Harrington may ask you to use special products for the first few days after your treatment, such as a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer. You should also avoid direct sun exposure for at least 1 week following your SkinPen® procedure.
By 2 or 3 days after your appointment, you may begin wearing makeup to cover up any lingering pinkness. You may experience a mild amount of peeling in some areas. Most people can see an improvement in the appearance of their skin in as little as 3 days. All redness and swelling should be completely gone by 5 days after your appointment.
Because SkinPen® stimulates collagen production and cell turnover, your results should continue to develop over the following weeks and months. Most people benefit from a series of 3 to 6 microneedling treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. SkinPen® can also be used on the neck, décolletage and hands, as well as to treat stretch marks on nearly any part of the body.
Complications of SkinPen® are rare, but it’s still important to discuss any potential risks with Dr. Harrington or her staff prior to your appointment. If you experience any prolonged bleeding or severe swelling, notify our office immediately.
Microneedling treatments can refresh your complexion, improve scars and reduce wrinkles without surgery. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your SkinPen® consultation and learn more about how to enhance your natural appearance.