• Jonith Breadon, MD

Derm in Chicago explains what SkinPen is, and what to expect from microneedling treatments

We all want smooth, glowing skin. It makes us look younger and feel more confident. Unfortunately, age, scars, and sun damage can affect the appearance of our skin. Dermatologist Dr. Jonith Breadon of Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery in Chicago, IL explains what SkinPenⓇ is and what to expect from treatments. SkinPen is the only legally marketed and FDA cleared microneedling device in the United States. The procedure is designed to improve the skin’s appearance.

Microneedling with SkinPenⓇ

Also called skin needling or collagen induction therapy, microneedling is used in skin care and aesthetic procedures. The procedure improves the skin by promoting collagen and elastin production. SkinPenⓇ is a motorized pen with several sterile fine tip needles. The pen moves across the treatment area piercing the skin. This triggers the body’s natural response system as it works to repair itself. Brand new collagen and elastin are produced, creating smoother, more even skin. Microneedling treatments can be customized for each patient as the doctor controls the speed and depth of the needles.

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Skin PenⓇ by Bellus Medical is a non-surgical aesthetic microneedling device used to create micro skin punctures. These microneedling treatments improve the skin’s appearance, keeping it healthy. SkinPenⓇ is an automated microneedling device designed for medical professionals only. It uses a disposable stainless-steel needle cartridge with a lockout mechanism that ensures it is single use only, improving patient safety and avoiding contamination. It can be used on all skin types to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure is safe, minimally invasive, and has little recovery time.

SkinPenⓇ is different from other microneedling rollers that may break or rust, which could result in infections or scarring. SkinPenⓇ allows the physician to adjust the depth of the needle penetration to allow for differences in skin thickness and types. The needles are disposable and penetrate at a 90-degree angle allowing extra precision.

What to expect

SkinPenⓇ allows variable needle depth, giving maximum versatility. It is safe and effective for use on many parts of the body including the face, neck, and décolletage. Your physician may apply a topical anesthetic first. This ensures patient comfort throughout the microneedling treatment. The device is easily and smoothly moved over the treatment area. By piercing the skin creating a series of microscopic wounds in the dermis, SkinPenⓇ stimulates the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin.

As the skin is perforated, minimal pinpoint bleeding may occur. Immediately following the procedure, patients may notice a feeling of warmth or skin tightness. Healing times vary from patient to patient. Most patients have minor swelling and skin redness like a sunburn for two to four days after the treatment. Although the skin may look healthier immediately, the natural repair process of the skin continues over the course of several weeks. For some patients, it may take up to six months to see the full results of your treatment.

The number of treatments needed depends on the individual patient’s needs and skincare goals. Generally, a series of treatments, spaced four weeks apart produces the best results. Dr. Jonith Breadon and the team at Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery will develop a treatment plan customized for each patient.

Skin benefits

Microneedling improves your skin’s appearance. It is one of the top aesthetic procedures for wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and pigmentation. The results are similar to that of a Fraxel laser treatment. In each treatment, the upper layer of the dermis is traumatized. However, the method of causing the trauma differs leading to a different healing response.

There are numerous benefits to microneedling treatments with SkinPenⓇ.

The treatment stimulates new collagen and elastin production. The new collagen forms a basket weave pattern, which gives the skin a smooth, natural appearance and reduces the signs of imperfections.The epidermis remains intact, so patients require little downtime after treatments.Although skin improvement is noticeable after a single treatment, a series of treatments are recommended for optimal results.Microneedling can treat fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars.SkinPenⓇ treatments are safe for all skin types and colors.

Let Dr. Jonith Breadon and the team at Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery help you achieve smoother, more youthful skin. Contact our Chicago, IL office today for an appointment. Call  (855) 400-3818.

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