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The Skin Pen Microneedling 

The SkinPen Precision System treats using a process known as collagen induction therapy, which utilises the body`s own healing responses to treat and improve many skin cares concerns and scarring.

SkinPen uses 14 state of the art smooth Japanese needles in the cartridge tip, all the needles are the same length. Using super tensile strength for treating scar tissue whilst at the same time, the needles are so precise that it prevents skin tear. The micro-needles housed in the SkinPen cartridge create hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermal skin layer as they penetrate in by a few millimetres. These microscopic puncture wounds stimulate the natural repair process and start a cascade of new collagen and elastin production, a release of growth factors and new cell creation, without leaving any signs of real injury. This goes on to improve the appearance of the skin through natural healing. Furthermore, these microscopic channels allow for the application and deeper penetration of active serums which can help to hydrate and repair the skin, improving the result.

 

SkinPen is safe for use on all skin types and colours, but there are some people who may not be a suitable candidate for treatment. It should not be performed on women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Micro-needling is also not recommended for those with a history of keloid scarring, scleroderma, collagen vascular disease or other cardiac abnormalities, and haemorrhagic disorders. Furthermore, the procedure cannot be carried out if there is an active fungal, viral or bacterial infection in the area to treated, such as the herpes simplex virus (cold sores).

 

The procedure

The SkinPen procedure is minimally invasive and non-surgical. It creates minimal discomfort which is tolerable to many people, however a topical anaesthetic cream is applied before treatment to numb the skin’s surface and avoid unnecessary discomfort which may occur.

Treatment sessions tend to last between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. After the numbing cream has taken effect, treatment will start with the application of an active serum, and then the SkinPen will be moved over the skin, held in an upright position so the micro-needles penetrate the skin smoothly and help with the absorption of the serum. The trauma created immediately kick starts the healing process. 

Following treatment, I will able to recommend an aftercare regime that will help prolong the results. Depending on the treatment area and the problem being addressed, 3-6 treatments will be required with an interval of 4-6 weeks between sessions.

 

Pre treatment instructions 

  • Please let your skincare specialist know if you are on any medications (topical and/or oral), have any medical conditions, or are being treated by a physician for any conditions.

  • No shaving, laser treatment, peels, waxing, or aggressive exfoliations one week prior to Microneedling treatments. You should wait 14 days after receiving botox or dermal fillers to receive Dermaplaning treatments.

 

Post treatment Instructions 

  • Avoid sun exposure as much as possible for a minimum of 3 days post treatment. If you must be in the sun, apply SPF 50, wear a wide brimmed hat, and seek shade when possible. Be careful of sun exposure and wear sunscreen daily for 2 weeks. 

  • Avoid excessive heat 3 days post treatment, i.e. heavy workouts, steam rooms or saunas, etc. 

  • Do not use scrubs or other exfoliators for 1 week.

  • Avoid chlorine for 72 hours.

  • Use a gentle cleanser and apply moisturizer at least twice daily for a minimum of 7 days post treatment.

  • A void facial waxing for 7 days. 

  • Avoid Dermal Fillers or Botox for 2 to 4 weeks based on area.

  • Do apply serums as absorption levels will be elevated.

  • Immediately following treatment, most people experience minor swelling, redness and tenderness to the area treated. This should resolve quickly, within 24 hours, but for some people it may persist for between 2-4 days. Cool compresses may be used to relieve symptoms.