SkinPen is a collagen induction therapy procedure for the treatment of ageing, wrinkles and scarring.
SkinPen comfortably creates thousands of controlled micro-injuries in the skin to trigger the body’s natural wound healing process. This process results in the formation and remodelling of collagen, which supports the underlying tissue. This treatment is effective when used on the face, neck, décolletage and hands.
This quick, yet effective procedure targets premature signs of ageing, acne scarring, pigmentation, open pores and generally aims to improve skin tone and texture.
If you would like to know more about SkinPen treatment, call our London clinic and we can arrange a consultation for you.
How much does Microneedling Skin Pen Treatment cost?
Medical Micro needling is a treatment that constitutes a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). It is also referred to as a non-ablative skin treatment. This means that the deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer of skin. It is designed to treat various skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, light scarring from acne and photodamage, and to improve skin colour and other skin texture changes.
The skin is cleaned and numbed with an appropriate numbing cream. Occasionally local anaesthetic injections may be required in certain sensitive areas.
The treatment involves rolling a small hand held roller device that is covered with numerous tiny closely-spaced needles many times back and forth along the affected skin region. The skin is thoroughly needled in such a way, that each skin part is needled about 15 to 20 times.
As the device rolls along the skin, these needles penetrate the upper layers of skin to a depth of up to 2 mm (depending on the needle length used) producing thousands of tiny puncture marks or micro-medical needle-channels in the skin. Each channel goes no deeper than the skin layer and will be approximately 0.1 mm in width.
An even pattern of petechiae (minute haemorrhagic spots, of pinpoint to pinhead size, in the skin) develops after the procedure and is usually the best indication that the procedure has been done effectively.
More recently our clinic has also been using the Dermapen, also known as the Dermastamp, which works slightly differently from the roller device by being more useful in certain difficult to get to areas.
Side effects and risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with some mild scab formation in rare circumstances.
Infections are extremely rare. Since the tiny pricking channels close within minutes, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post-op infections are very unlikely. Nonetheless small white skin spots (milia) may form on the skin which can be treated if these become persistent.
As this is a non-ablative treatment, hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin area treated is highly unlikely but can very rarely occur. This is usually temporary and subsides after the first couple of months. Suitable make-up will be able to conceal this if necessary.
If you have a history of cold sores we may need to prescribe appropriate anti-viral medication prior to treatment to avoid any appearance of your cold sores.