What acne scars? Clinically proven to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars, SkinPen® by Bellus Medical is the first microneedling device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But how does SkinPen work? Who is a candidate for this procedure? Watch as Erika Wetherill, a Monarch aesthetician, explains more about this microneedling treatment, and read on to discover how SkinPen can enhance your skin’s natural beauty.
How the SkinPen Works
The SkinPen is a wand-shaped instrument with a set of needles at the tip. Depending on the thickness of the skin to be treated, the needle control is adjusted to allow just the right amount of penetration. The pen is then placed on the skin’s surface, and the needles are extended. This process of penetration, known as microneedling, uses that set of fine needles to create hundreds of tiny skin punctures in the top layer of skin. This stimulates the skin’s natural wound healing process, as well as collagen production, to prompt tissue remodeling without causing scar tissue formation.
One of the main benefits of the SkinPen is its ability to stimulate collagen and elastin growth, which is key to fresh, youthful-looking skin. According to Erika, “[SkinPen] stimulates collagen for up to 300 days if you do a series of three [treatments] a month apart. It also works on lines and wrinkles, reduces pore size by 30 percent, improves texture and works on acne scarring.” The procedure takes about 30 minutes, and most patients report feeling only a small vibration during the treatment. “The SkinPen is amazing,” Erika assures clients. “I’m a big fan of it! It has minimal downtime.”
Additional benefits of the SkinPen include its ability to address sun damage and discoloration. On top of microneedling’s ability to smooth and correct damaged skin, it also tightens loose skin caused by aging and collagen loss.
Who Is a Candidate?
Unlike other alternatives, SkinPen has been clinically proven to be effective for men and women ages 22 and up with skin tones ranging from light to very dark. While it is safe for patients with melasma, SkinPen should not be used on patients who:
- Have active skin cancer in the treatment area(s)
- Have open wounds, sores or irritated skin in the treatment area(s)
- Have an allergy to stainless steel or anesthetics
- Have hemorrhagic (bleeding) disorder or hemostatic (bleeding) dysfunction
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Currently take drugs with the ingredient isotretinoin (such as Accutane)
Schedule a Consultation
A $375 value, the Bellus SkinPen treatment is available at Monarch for only $300 during the month of April! This treatment must be purchased and completed by April 30, 2019. Book a complimentary consult or schedule an appointment by calling (913) 317-9386 (Leawood) or (816) 436-3262 (North KC). You can also learn more on our website.