The SkinPen is a microneedling (AKA collagen induction therapy or CIT) device that helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, lax skin
and more. It is the only FDA approved microneedling device in the United States.
The SkinPen delivers thousands of micro-injuries to initiate the body’s wound healing process. The body begins to break down the damaged tissue and produce healthy new cells. These cells repair and remodel the injured tissue, producing organized, healthy dermal tissue such as collagen and elastin.
There are three phases to the wound repair process:
- Phase I: Inflammation. Piercing the skin triggers your immune system to disinfect the wounds, remove debris, increase blood flow and begin to create new tissue.
- Phase II: Proliferation. The wound is re-built with new granulation cells, as well as a temporary (type III) collagen and elastin, which are part of the extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.
- Phase III: Remodeling. The wound has been replaced with new dermal tissues and blood vessels. The type III collagen in the newly formed tissue is replaced with stronger type I collagen, which can contract to create a tightening or “shrink wrap” effect on the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why use it?
SkinPen is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of acne scars. In fact, 90% of subjects in the clinical trial would recommend the treatment to friends and family. It’s a minimally invasive procedure performed in-office with little to no downtime. As the only FDA-cleared microneedling device, SkinPen sets the industry standard for safety.
Who is a candidate?
One of the most exciting things about SkinPen is that it can be used on all types of skin for a wide range of problems, including acne scars and any area requiring cell regeneration or an intense repair process.
How does it work?
SkinPen creates hundreds to thousands of “micro” skin punctures per second to stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process – inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling – to prompt tissue remodeling without causing scar tissue formation.2 Most patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
How can I make it more effective?
While SkinPen treatments are effective on their own, you might be able to see additional results by using Bellus Medical’s Skinfuse® Post-Treatment Kit.The 90-day combination of PURIFY Cleansing Complex, RESCUE Calming Complex, FORTIFY Vita C Serum, RECLAIM Hydrating Support, and SHIELD Zinc Oxide SPF 30 optimizes the results of microneedling. More specifically, a study demonstrated the addition of the Skinfuse protocol post-microneedling significantly increased collagen and elastin for three treatments.
Is it safe?
Yes, by design. SkinPen’s patent-pending – and single-use – sterile needle cartridge is built with safety in mind. SkinPen is also surrounded by a proprietary BioSheath that acts as a barrier to prevent cross contamination between procedures. No other manufacturer can make that claim, which is part of the reason SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the only FDA-cleared microneedling device.
What about the SkinPen did the FDA approve?
Quite a bit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s clearance covers not only the SkinPen device but the entire protocol. That includes the Skinfuse® Lift HG hydrogel used to protect against abrasion and friction during the treatment, as well as the custom-designed BioSheath to prevent cross contamination.
Who should not use it?
SkinPen should not be used on patients who have active skin cancer in the treatment area(s); melasma or history of melasma, open wounds, sores, or irritated skin in the treatment area(s); an allergy to stainless steel or anesthetics; a hemorrhagic (bleeding) disorder or hemostatic (bleeding) dysfunction; are pregnant or nursing; or are currently taking drugs with the ingredient isotretinoin (such as Accutane).
How is the procedure done? Numbing gel is applied to the skin one hour prior to the procedure. Then, the face is cleansed and a thin layer of serum is applied to the skin, and the appropriate treatment is selected for a particular type of skin. The pen is then glided across the repair area in a gentle motion.
What does it feel like?
The unique design of the SkinPen allows for individualized settings, which makes the treatment comfortable for most patients.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure typically takes about 15-30 minutes depending upon the size of the area and the severity of skin damage.
What is the downtime?
Immediately following the treatment, you will notice a healthy pink glow. Your skincare professional will recommend products to you to aid your skin’s natural healing process. Total healing time depends on the severity of the damaged skin and the depth of the repair process required. On average, patients are pink for two to four days. Some patients completely heal in 24 hours.
When will I see results?
Most people notice healthier-looking skin immediately, and the natural repair process of the skin continues to progress over the course of several weeks. Dermal collagen remodeling takes place over time, and it will continue to improve for up to six months after your final treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The course of treatment will be determined by your skincare professional based upon your individual treatment goals and the health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of three treatments spaced about four weeks apart. For patients with more severe skin issues, additional sessions may be necessary.
Where is the SkinPen available for purchase?
For your safety and protection, SkinPen is not intended for home use and is available only through a physician’s office.
How much does the treatment cost?
Microneedling procedures tend to cost less than the alternatives, due to their non-invasive nature. The cost of SkinPen procedures varies depending on the size and the number of treatment areas. During your consultation, your skincare professional can develop a plan to work within your budget.