SkinPen: The Next Advancement in Micro-Therapy
There has been much ado about reducing the appearance of aging skin with the increased use of injectables, facial resurfacing techniques and topicals by the mainstream. A recent article in eDermatology News titled “Early Intervention May Forestall Menopause-Related Skin Aging” sheds some positive light on estrogen supplementation and collagen stimulation as tactics women can use. Collagen stimulation takes many forms, including laser resurfacing, microneedling or radiofrequency.
How SkinPen Works
Here at KMC, we offer SkinPen, a type of microneedling that helps the skin increase production of collagen. The treatment not only reduces the signs of aging, but can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars.
In the first phase, the microneedling creates channels of injury in the dermal tissue. This sends a message to the cells that activate the inflammatory and repair process to clear debris, increase blood supply, and create fresh cellular and extracellular materials for the skin. In phase two, the cells that make up much of the dermal tissue continue to populate excreting growth factors such as elastin and collagen. In phase three, the ‘wound’ has been replaced with new dermal tissue with stronger collagen which creates a ‘shrink-wrap’ effect to the skin.
When a patient comes in for SkinPen, he or she can expect a short procedure time, with steps taken to ensure maximum comfort. The provider will apply a topical numbing solution prior to the procedure. The treatment itself can take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Most patients feel only the mild vibrating of the SkinPen during the procedure. After, the provider will apply soothing aftercare to calm the skin and promote the remodeling process.
Depending on the patient’s goals, the clinician may recommend more than one treatment to maximize the effects of the microneedling procedure. The patient will also receive the post-treatment Skinfuse® kit to continue boosting the cellular activity in the days following the procedure.
Most patients experience no significant downtime after the procedure – just a few hours or less. Any redness or swelling usually comes down within 24 hours, and most people resume normal activities the next day. If a patient chooses, he or she can conceal any residual coloration with light makeup.
Where We Offer SkinPen
SkinPen is offered in our Shawnee and Lawrence clinics by Tiffany Engelken, APRN. She has more than a decade of experience in cosmetic and medical procedures, and joined our Shawnee location this month. If you have any questions about the SkinPen procedure, please contact our clinics directly at Shawnee: 913-631-6330 or Lawrence: 785-331-4488.
6333 Long Avenue, Suite 360