SkinPen® Microneedling

SkinPen Microneedling device

As nonsurgical procedures grow more popular than ever, SkinPen microneedling is an important tool in cosmetic dermatology. Men and women from Houston and beyond enjoy using this innovative treatment to refresh and rejuvenate their skin’s texture.

SkinPen stimulates the skin’s natural ability to repair itself, creating new collagen and elastin for healthier, younger-looking skin. A treatment easily fits into the busiest of schedules.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a procedure that uses small ultra-fine needles to prick the skin carefully. These micro-injuries to the skin spur the generation of more collagen, causing the skin to become smoother and firmer over time. SkinPen accelerates this repair process by creating microscopic channels, allowing nourishing serums to penetrate deeper into the skin. New collagen and elastin production can reverse years of sun damage, improve acne scars, and enhance the overall appearance of aging skin.

Microneedling is mainly used on the face and treats issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, and more. While some retailers offer “DIY” microneedling alternatives, they deliver inferior results, at best. For the safest results, it’s important to have your procedure performed by a board-certified dermatologist.

Before & After SkinPen Microneedling

SkinPen before and after

Who is a good candidate for microneedling?

Microneedling is a suitable procedure for those in overall good health who want to fade imperfections and improve skin texture. It works well for diminishing scars related to acne or aging, and you’ll likely notice brighter, firmer skin after treatment.

Microneedling also often costs less than other treatments, making it a great starter option for those new to skincare or on a budget. It is also an excellent alternative to more aggressive anti-aging procedures such as chemical peels.

What happens during a microneedling treatment?

Microneedling begins with your provider numbing the target area with a topical anesthetic. They will then use a small pen-like tool to make small pricks to the skin, moving evenly across the face as they go. After the procedure is done, a soothing serum is applied to the skin to calm any irritation. A single treatment session usually takes 30 minutes to perform, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Is microneedling painful?

Even though it uses needles, microneedling isn’t a very painful procedure. The topical anesthetic reduces most discomfort, and the pinpricks are so small that you likely won’t notice them after the procedure.

How long is recovery after a microneedling session?

Because it is a nonsurgical treatment, most microneedling patients don’t need an extended recovery period. Most men and women can return to work or school 1 to 5 days after their session. Your skin may feel red, swollen, or slightly raw for a few days after the procedure. Some patients require 3 to 4 sessions for the best possible results.

If you want to brighten and tone your skin using your body’s natural healing processes, a customized microneedling session may be right for you. Request a consultation at one of our Greater Houston dermatology practices to learn more about your treatment options.