If you wish to completely renew your skin without undergoing surgery, SkinPen™ microneedling may be a powerful solution to your aesthetic concerns. As a minimally-invasive technique that takes advantage of your body’s natural healing process to foster regeneration of healthy skin cells, SkinPen™ microneedling can improve the tone and texture of your skin while treating acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, and more. Plastic surgeons J. David Kriet, MD and Clinton D. Humphrey, MD offer microneedling using the state-of-the-art SkinPen™ system at our Kansas City practice for patients seeking a smoother, healthier, and more vibrant complexion.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is an aesthetic treatment that can achieve natural rejuvenation of your skin appearance. Using the SkinPen™—a handheld device resembling an actual pen that is guided over the targeted area—this innovative technique creates micro-perforations in the surface layers of treated skin in order to catalyze the body’s natural repair mechanism. As a result, collagen and elastin production is stimulated while growth factors are released to revitalize the skin and achieve a smoother, more youthful, and even-toned result. This collagen-inducing therapy can typically be used on all skin types for an array of common skin conditions, involving little to no downtime after treatment.
What Concerns Can SkinPen™ Microneedling Be Used to Treat?
Whether signs of age, discoloration, or other conditions are preventing you from attaining a glowing complexion, SkinPen™ microneedling can address a number of skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines
- Acne scarring
- Enlarged pores
Treatment with the SkinPen™ can target a number of regions, including the face, hands, neck, and décolletage. If you are interested in SkinPen™ microneedling, Drs. Kriet and Humphrey can evaluate your concerns during a consultation and suggest the most ideal skin care rejuvenation option for your needs.
What is Microneedling Treatment with SkinPen™ Like?
Once it has been determined that SkinPen™ microneedling is well-suited to achieve your cosmetic goals, the procedure is performed in-office and generally takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size and extent of the concerns addressed. Before treatment, a topical anesthetic (numbing agent) can be applied to the targeted area(s) to enhance patient comfort. The SkinPen™ is carefully drawn over the region planned for treatment, creating tiny micro-channels on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Production of healthy dermal collagen and elastin is encouraged, eventually yielding an enhanced skin tone and texture. Depending on the severity of the skin condition addressed, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary to achieve an optimal result.
What Can I Expect From SkinPen™ Microneedling Results?
Many patients notice improvement in their complexion immediately after treatment; however, results usually improve in the weeks following your initial session with the progression of your skin’s natural repair process. The final results may not become fully realized until the six month mark. The number of sessions required to attain your desired result will depend on your original skin health as well as the nature of your concerns. While many individuals receive a series of three treatments spaced four weeks apart, Dr. Kriet or Dr. Humphrey will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Are There Any SkinPen™ Microneedling Side Effects?
After this non-surgical cosmetic enhancement, the skin will likely appear pinkish and some minor swelling may be experienced. These reactions are completely normal and should subside within a few hours or days. There is usually no downtime required after microneedling treatment and patients should be able to return to work or normal activities immediately.
How Much Does SkinPen™ Microneedling Treatment Cost?
Since the cost of microneedling with SkinPen™ is determined by factors unique to your treatment plan, such as the number and size of the targeted regions, the price will vary from patient to patient. Most individuals also undergo more than one microneedling session, therefore the number of treatments necessary to achieve your desired outcome will also affect the total expense. Generally speaking, the cost of a single microneedling session can range from $350 to $500.
We aim to make cosmetic treatment as affordable as possible, which is why we work with CareCredit®— one of the premier healthcare lending options in the country. With CareCredit®, qualified applicants can choose from a range of low- to no-interest payment plans to achieve their desired enhancement while suiting any budgetary concerns. Please don’t hesitate to speak to a friendly member of our office to learn more about the cost of SkinPen™ microneedling, or our accepted modes of payment.
For more information about SkinPen™ Microneedling, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice today.