Microneedling dates back to Ancient Asia and the advent of acupuncture, however, most modern references reflect back to 1950 and Dr. Michel Pistor, who discovered mesotherapy. Using a device with one needle, Dr. Pistor came up with the theory that creating holes in the skin would stimulate collagen production. This theory turned out to be correct when he noticed the skin changing and becoming healthier, however, one needle was not an efficient process!
By the late 90’s a needling stamp came around but that was still time consuming and looked barbaric, although effective. We now knew that microneedling definitely made positive changes in the skin.
In 2000, Dr. Horst Liebl invented the dermaroller. It quickly became a mainstay in doctors offices, medi-spas and with clients themselves.
In 2018, SkinPen, became the first and only FDA cleared microneedling device. It had been shown to dramatically improve acne scarring for individuals 22yrs and older. Today, it has also acquired clearance for fine lines and delicate neck tissue.
SkinPen treatments trigger the healing cascade in the skin. This controlled wounding leads to a renewed proliferation of the collagen and elastic fibers that give the skin its support, structure, and flexibility. The one time use needle cartridge effectively creates millions of micro-channels on the skin without damaging surrounding tissue. This leads to very low, if any, scarring risk.
Regenerating the collagen and elastin in the skin can help to give you a more youthful overall appearance with improved tone, texture, pore size, hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. It is also a plus that it is appropriate for all skin tones, something other treatments can’t boast.
You can expect light numbing from a topical anesthetic for a comfortable experience. You will leave looking sunburned for the first 24 hours. After 72 hours, there will be little or no evidence that you have had a procedure, nothing that makeup could not camouflage easily. Treatments are done in a series of three, one month apart. Results may appear after just one treatment but will continue to improve over 6 months. In some cases, as with significant laxity and/or lines, or acne scarring, 6 treatments may be the recommendation.
This simple treatment has been my go to for the last decade and I credit it for significantly lessening fine lines, maintaining great texture and prolonging youthfulness.
You will literally watch your skin rejuvenate and become more vibrant and youthful with SkinPen!