Microneedling with SkinPen

Beautiful skin isn’t just aesthetically appealing, it’s a sign of good health and a powerful confidence booster. The SkinPen is an automated microneedling device used in aesthetic medicine to reduce the visible signs of aging and other blemishes on a cellular level. Also known as collagen induction therapy, this treatment stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to improve fine lines, acne scars, uneven pigmentation and overall skin appearance.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How does the SkinPen work?

The SkinPen device contains medical-grade micro-needles that create tiny injuries at a precise depth in the skin. These injuries act as a catalyst for the body’s natural healing and cell renewal processes. As the punctures heal and collagen production increases, the structure, quality and appearance of the skin is transformed from the inside out. SkinPen treatment can be an excellent option for patients who wish to rejuvenate their skin but do not want to undergo a more aggressive laser procedure or chemical peel.

What concerns can be treated with the SkinPen?

By stimulating the body’s natural healing response, microneedling can address a range of skin concerns including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Hyperpigmentation, sun damage, melasma
  • Skin texture irregularities
  • Enlarged pores
  • Dull skin

Is SkinPen treatment safe?

In the hands of a trained specialist, microneedling with the SkinPen is considered safe for most people. The risks associated with SkinPen treatment, as is the case with many cosmetic procedures, can be greatly reduced by visiting an experienced provider.

What happens during SkinPen treatment?

Your specialist will first apply a topical gel to your skin. This is a lubricating product that helps the SkinPen glide across your skin. After selecting the appropriate intensity setting on the device, your specialist will then maneuver the pen across your skin creating superficial micro-injuries until the entire treatment area has been covered.

Does SkinPen treatment hurt?

Though the idea of needles penetrating your skin may sound intimidating, most patients describe the discomfort as minimal. Some say it feels like sandpaper moving across their skin. Your experience will depend on your level of sensitivity and the intensity of the treatment. The rapid motion of the SkinPen’s needles helps reduce discomfort during treatment and a topical anesthetic may be applied before the procedure starts to make it a virtually painless experience.

Is there downtime after treatment?

SkinPen treatment requires little to no downtime. Your skin will be red, as though you have a sunburn, but you may return to regular activities immediately. You may or may not see pinprick marks or tiny blood spots where the needles entered the skin. During the first few days, your skin may be sensitive. Use gentle skin care products, avoid wearing makeup and keep your skin protected from the sun. Generally, patients can expect the redness to subside in two to four days. The time it takes for your skin to heal will depend on the extent of your treatment.

What results can I expect?

Your skin may look plumper and your complexion may be more radiant immediately after a session. Long-term benefits of microneedling develop over the weeks following treatment as the micro-injuries heal and new collagen production rejuvenates your skin. Two weeks after receiving a SkinPen Treatment, you may notice:

  • Fine lines are softened
  • Pigmentation and overall skin tone is more even
  • Pores appear smaller in size
  • Acne scars or stretch marks are less visible
  • Skin is smoother and softer
  • Complexion is brighter and more youthful

In addition to these benefits, microneedling can help the skin absorb topical creams, gels and serums more thoroughly, thus enhancing the effectiveness of your skin care routine.

How many treatments will I need?

Some patients achieve the results they want from a single SkinPen treatment. For optimal results, we recommend a series of treatments. Patients with advanced signs of aging, extensive stretch marks or significant acne scarring may require more sessions to achieve their desired outcome than patients with mild to moderate skin concerns. Our specialist will evaluate your skin and recommend a course of treatment based on your goals.

Who is SkinPen treatment for?

The SkinPen is a versatile device that can be used on all parts of the body and on all skin types and colors. If you’re interested in SkinPen microneedling, or another state-of-the-art nonsurgical treatment, contact U Laser Med Spa at 858-281-4560 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to customizing a comprehensive facial rejuvenation treatment plan for you.