Sapphire Dermatology
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Microneedling (Skin Pen)

Cosmetic, Medical, & Surgical Dermatologists located in Silver Spring, MD and Reston, VA

Microneedling services offered in the greater Silver Spring, MD and Reston, VA area

SkinPen microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that is used to improve the appearance of the skin by promoting collagen production and stimulating the skin's natural healing process. It is also known as collagen induction therapy. This procedure is particularly helpful at improving the apperance of acne scare, fine lines, and wrinkles.  Dr. Divya Angra and Dr. Kunal Angra are board-certified dermatologists skilled at performing this procedure. 

  1. Procedure: During a SkinPen microneedling treatment, a dermatologist or licensed skincare professional uses a small handheld device called the SkinPen. This device contains a cluster of fine, sterile needles that are used to create tiny, controlled micro-injuries in the skin's surface.

  2. Purpose: The micro-injuries created by the SkinPen trigger the body's natural wound healing response, which includes the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that are essential for maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin. They help to improve skin texture, firmness, and elasticity while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and other skin imperfections.

  3. Areas Treated: SkinPen microneedling can be performed on various parts of the body, including the face, neck, chest, and hands. It is commonly used to treat acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, stretch marks, and uneven skin tone and texture.

  4. Benefits:

    • Improved skin texture and tone
    • Reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
    • Diminished acne scars and other types of scarring
    • Minimized pore size
    • Increased collagen and elastin production
    • Overall skin rejuvenation
  5. Comfort: Topical numbing cream is applied 30 minutes prior to the procedure to ensure patients are comfortable throughout the procedure. 
  6. Procedure Time: A typical SkinPen microneedling session may take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.

  7. Downtime: There is typically some redness and mild swelling immediately after the procedure, which can last for a few days. Patients may also experience some peeling and flaking as the skin heals. It is essential to follow post-procedure care instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

  8. Number of Sessions: The number of sessions required varies depending on the individual's skin concerns and goals. Some people may see improvement after a single session, while others may benefit from a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart.

  9. Safety: SkinPen microneedling is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed professional. It is less invasive than some other skin rejuvenation procedures and carries a lower risk of complications.

  10. Results: Results from SkinPen microneedling are not immediate and may take several weeks to become noticeable as the skin's natural healing and collagen production process continues. Improvement in skin texture and tone can continue for months after the last treatment.

Before undergoing SkinPen microneedling or any other cosmetic procedure, it is essential to consult with a dermatologist to determine if it is suitable for your skin type and concerns. They can provide personalized recommendations and answer any specific questions you may have about the procedure. Please feel free to schedule a consultation with one of your providers at Sapphire Dermatology.