Before and After
Some Frequently Asked Questions
What is SkinPen®?
SkinPen® by Bellus Medical is a transient, non-surgical, cosmetic micro-needling device for the creation of “micro” skin punctures to improve the appearance of the skin. SkinPen® is an automated microneedling technology device designed for use by medical professionals. Sterile microneedle cartridges are provided for single use only.
How does SkinPen® work?
Microneedling allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair process by creating precise, micro injuries in the skin.
What are the benefits?
SkinPen® procedures are beneficial to assist in reducing the signs of ageing, improving the appearance of acne scars, as well as rejuvenate aging skin.
Who is a candidate?
One of the most exciting things about SkinPen® is that it can be used on all types of skin, on all skin colors. Talk to your SkinPen® provider to discuss specific needs.
What areas of the body can it be used for?
SkinPen®’s variable needle depth allows for versatility and therefore it can be used on many parts of the body, including the face, neck, and décolleté.
How long does the procedure take and will it hurt?
The procedure typically takes 30 minutes. Most SkinPen users apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to the procedure. This allows for a relatively pain-free experience. Ask your doctor what they do to ensure patient comfort during the microneedling procedure.
What is the downtime and what side effects should I expect?
The total healing time depends on each individual patient. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild sunburn) for 2-4 days. Some patients may heal completely in 24 hours. *Individual results will vary.
When will I see results?
Patients may notice healthier looking skin immediately. However, the natural repair process of your own skin continues to progress over the course of several weeks. Damage that has occurred over an extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately. You may not see the final result for up to 3-6 months following your final session. *Individual results will vary.
How many procedures are recommended?
The number of procedures required will be determined by your skincare professional based upon your individual procedure goals and the health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of 3 procedures spaced about 4 weeks apart. Your provider will develop a procedure plan specific to you and also a maintenance plan to help maintain the rejuvenating effects.
Do I have to use a certain product line with SkinPen®?
We recommend Skinfuse® post-microneedling. Please consult your skincare professional on which products will best fit you post-microneedling.
Can I wear make-up immediately following a procedure?
Patients typically can resume their normal makeup regimen 2-3 days following their SkinPen® procedure depending on the area and type of procedure performed.
Can I get a SkinPen® procedure if I’m pregnant?
SkinPen® is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.
Is there anyone who should not use SkinPen®?
SkinPen® users should take precaution when determining whether the SkinPen® procedure is right for them. Consult your provider to discuss whether SkinPen® is right for you.