Microneedling has quickly become a very popular nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedure. The SkinPen® is a versatile, handheld automated device that creates tiny punctures in the treatment area. Those punctures stimulate the production of collagen and elastin; the fundamental building blocks of smooth, youthful skin.
Our aesthetic specialists provide patients with personalized care and tailor the microneedling procedures to meet their unique needs. The most common recommended treatment regimen involves 3 full treatments, 6 weeks apart. The final results can take 3 to 6 months to appear as the skin’s healing process occurs gradually. If you would like to learn more about microneedling or other nonsurgical facial treatments offered at Partners in Plastic Surgery of West Michigan, request a consultation online or call us at (616) 464-4420.
How does SkinPen Work?
The SkinPen creates carefully controlled wounds, which prompt the skin’s natural healing process. The precision of the SkinPen allows us to produce long-lasting results that cannot be matched by devices used at home. We can customize microneedling treatments based on the specific cosmetic concern you have by adjusting the depth that the needles penetrate. The SkinPen uses needles that are adjustable from 0.25mm to 2.5mm.
Here at Partners in Plastic Surgery we also offer microneedling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), also know as the Vampire Facial. In this procedure, blood is drawn at the beginning of your session and spun in order to separate the PRP. This PRP is then used on the skins surface during the microneedling session. This is advantageous as PRP contains growth factors which help to further stimulate collagen production within your skin, making the microneedling more effective.
Who Can Benefit From Microneedling?
One of the advantages of using a SkinPen while microneedling is that it is safe and beneficial for a range of skin types. Our patients typically have one or more of the following concerns when they come in for a microneedling consultation:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne scars (and other scars)
- Dull skin tone
- Stretch marks
- Enlarged pores
What to Expect
A microneedling treatment typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes. When you arrive, your aesthetic specialist will apply a numbing cream on the treatment area before the procedure to keep you comfortable.
Depending how aggressive the treatment is, you may have slight swelling and a pink, sunburned look to your face that could last up to around 3 days. You won’t have to stay in the house, but your skin may have a rosy appearance.
Some patients choose to combine microneedling with one of our customized facials; the small punctures from microneedling promote the skin to better absorb components of the facial, giving you an even better result.
Can I wear makeup after microneedling?
We recommend allowing 24 hours after treatment before using makeup. Microneedling can be performed on areas other than the face, as well, such as the neck, décolletage, and even the arms.
What skin care products should I use?
Our skin care center carries several lines of medical-grade skin care products. We have packages of products available, hand selected by our skin care professionals, for optimal skin recovery and rejuvenation after microneedling.