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WHAT'S NEW AT CORRECTIVE SKIN CARE CENTER
The SKINPEN uses 12 surgical-grade stainless steel needles to create thousands of micro-channels in the treated skin. This fractionated approach allows for two main benefits: Temporary (10-20 minutes) micro-channels allow for superior penetration and diffusion of topicals during and post-procedure, allowing for optimal delivery Fractionated injuries to the dermal tissues without ablation or introduction of thermal energy allows for quick, safe, and effective percutaneous collagen induction therapy, even in patients with darker skin types These benefits allow for the treatment of many skin conditions which may require either collagen remodeling (i.e., photo-aging, acne scarring, stretch-marks), optimization of topical drug delivery (i.e., acne, melasma) or both. Collagen Induction Therapy Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT, or also referred to as microneedling) is the procedure by which the body's natural response to healing is used to increase the amount of extracellular matrix (such as collagen or elastin) in the skin. The SkinPen creates a fractionated series of thousands of microchannels, which allow for leakage of blood, serum and lymph in a controlled and temporary manner. These "injuries" are enough to initiate the "wound healing cascade" which is composed of three basic phases:
Phase One: Inflammation In this stage the platelets that are activated by the piercing of the dermal tissue release cytokines and growth factors which act as signals for the body's immune system to send in cells such as neutrophils and macrophages to disinfect the wounds, clear the debris, increase the blood supply (in a process called angiogenesis) and begin the creation of fresh, new cellular and extracellular materials (the granulation process)
Phase Two: Proliferation In this stage, the fibroblasts (cells that make up much of the dermis and create the extracellular matrix) keratinocytes and epidermal cells continue to divide to populate the areas of damage and secrete growth factors and extracellular matrix, such as elastin and collagen III.
Phase Three: Remodeling In this stage, the wound has now been replaced with new dermal tissues and the newly formed vasculature is now matured. The collagen III in the newly formed tissue is now replaced with the stronger collagen I and the tissue contracts to cause a "shrink-wrap" effect of the skin.
ABOUT THE SKINPEN TREATMENT
Treatments with SkinPen are typically tolerated very well by patients, many reporting that they feel little to no discomfort during the procedure.
A Minimally Invasive, Non-Surgical Treatment
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure; however, since the skin is being penetrated there will be some mild effects afterwards. These effects will vary based on needle depth used and intensity of treatment.
Day 1: Mild to moderate swelling and redness, similar to a mild sunburn. There may be some mild bruising as well. Day 2: Some persisting redness may be present, but all redness bruising and swelling should be diminishing. Day 3: Most redness, bruising and swelling should be nearly gone. Normal appearance with makeup may be achieved. Day 4: Appear mostly normal at this point with some minor swelling. Find a SkinPen Physician Now
Your SkinPen provider will work with you to ensure your comfort during your procedure.Please speak with your SkinPen provider about what to expect following your treatment, and the best ways to properly care for your skin post-treatment to ensure optimal results.