Do you want to dramatically improve the look and feel of your skin with minimal downtime? Not ready for lasers or other invasive procedures? SkinPen® may be the answer you’ve been looking for! SkinPen, a type of microneedling, is an FDA-cleared device that uses fine needles to create controlled punctures in the upper layer of the skin. This controlled injury causes the body’s natural response of collagen stimulation. The result is effective remodeling of the skin while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact. Best of all, SkinPen is safe for all skin types and skin concerns!
What is Microneedling?
Acne scarring, old injuries, wrinkles, and fine lines can age and wear your facial features. Microneedling promotes smoother, healthier-looking skin and an overall more youthful and attractive appearance. Treatments can also help correct pigmentation issues such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), melasma, and lentigines.
Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery provides care to patients throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Patients typically choose our microneedling services because they want more noticeable improvement than they have gotten with treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels. The technology offers a predictable and effective avenue for rejuvenating your skin and facial features.
The Benefits of Microneedling
With the treatment, we use a handheld device to create tiny channels into the deeper layers of facial tissue. The process stimulates collagen production in the skin and releases natural growth factors. It also lets us introduce rejuvenating agents into the subdermal layers, encouraging the development of new, healthy skin.
Following treatment, CCFPS patients typically see:
- A reduction in the number and depth of acne scars.
- Softer, less noticeable scarring from trauma.
- Fewer and less prominent wrinkles and facial lines.
- A decrease in pigmented areas of skin.
Our doctors may recommend microneedling if you are ready for a more intensive approach than other skin treatments offer. In addition, we sometimes advise our Washington, DC patients to combine microneedling with other regimens, like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and home skincare products.
What is the SkinPen Treatment?
The treatment is performed in our office by our well-trained staff. Most patients experience mild to minimal discomfort. A topical numbing cream is applied prior to the treatment for increased comfort. A minimum of 3 treatments are recommended however most patients will need a series of 6 treatments for optimal results. Treatments are done every 4 weeks and use of medical grade skin care is recommended in between treatments. The skin will appear slightly pink to red immediately post treatment – similar to a sun/wind burn. Addition of plasma to the surface of the skin can reduce the redness a little quicker and aid in collagen stimulation and pore reduction.
The Actual Treatment
- You will receive a topical numbing cream, which will promote your comfort during the microneedling process.
- Your nurse will treat your skin with the microneedling device. We will apply the device to the entire face unless you are only targeting a single scar or very limited skin issues. This ensures that your facial features post-treatment have a consistent, healthy, and smooth appearance.
- After microneedling, we will apply one or several rejuvenating agents. These may include hyaluronic acid gel, as well as other advanced growth factors to help rejuvenate your face. You and your doctor will discuss which rejuvenating agents are the best fit for your needs during your consultation. After the serum dries in place, your treatment will be finished.
What is the SkinPen Recovery?
One of the best parts about microneedling is that there is practically no downtime. That being said, the face may have a reddish appearance with some markings from the device in the hours following the microneedling procedure, so it may be best to recover at home until this dissipates. For many people, this redness takes on the appearance of a light sunburn or a wonderful glow. If the treatment was intense, some patients can have some peeling, but this is rare. Depending on the depth of your treatment, you may see some temporary marks from the device. Patients will be restricted from wearing makeup for 24 hours to give the skin time to breathe so it can start repairing itself. Please avoid excessive sweating or sun exposure for 72 hours following the procedure. We recommend not scheduling social events the day of or after your SkinPen treatment. Follow with products recommended by Dr. Porter or our aesthetic nurse Gloria.
Before & After
- Female Patient
- 58 Years old
- 1 SkinPen Treatment by Dr. Porter
Combination Treatments with SkinPen
We love combining treatments for maximum results! With SkinPen, we are happy to provide multiple combination treatments to achieve your best results. We are able to combine SkinPen with the following treatments:
Designed to help improve the texture and appearance of the skin. Application of a retinol peel will increase cell turn-over and post-treatment exfoliation. Increase peeling is expected with this combination treatment
Ideal for any and all skin concerns, Aerolase Neo is safe for everyone! Aerolase Neo laser is FDA-cleared for various skincare concerns including skin laxity, hyperpigmentation, acne/acne scarring, hair reduction and more. Adding an Aerolase Neo treatment to SkinPen treatment will result in a more collagen stimulation for improved results
Platelet Rich Plasma, otherwise known as PRP, helps repair cells by utilizing growth factors within the plasma. The addition of PRP helps accelerate collagen production. It can also improve healing and decrease redness and swelling seen after SkinPen®. This treatment is commonly referred to as “vampire facial”.
CCFPS and Your Care
Focused. CCFPS exclusively provides facial cosmetic treatments, which we have designed around the needs and lifestyles of our patients. On a daily basis, our team performs procedures ranging from non-invasive options like microneedling to complex facial surgeries, and we are dedicated to providing results that are aesthetically appealing and natural-looking.
Expert. Our founder, Dr. Jennifer Porter, brings more than 22 years of experience and double-board certification to the treatment of patients in the Washington, DC area.
Personalized. Comprehensive consultation is a hallmark of the patient experience at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Porter will lead your initial visit in partnership with the licensed nurse who will perform your microneedling treatment. We will talk with you about the concerns you want to address, evaluate your needs, and advise you based on your treatment options.
Patient-centric. We have a lot of experience working with patients who have varied skin types. This is important because African American, Latina, Caucasian and Asian patients have different skin types and the treatment chosen should be customized to your skin type and history with other treatments. We can offer a range of solutions to meet the individual patient’s needs.
What Patients Want to Know About Microneedling
- Does it hurt to have the treatment?
Very few of our Washington, DC patients report discomfort from the process. Even with more intensive treatment — for example, treatment for deep facial scars — patients don’t usually describe microneedling as painful.
- How much better will my acne scars be after microneedling?
While every patient is different, we typically see a 20% to 30% reduction in the prominence of acne scars. This can make a big difference in the aesthetics of your appearance.
- What can I do to get the most benefit from microneedling?
As a comprehensive provider of facial cosmetic treatments, we can guide you in your home skincare regimen. Using retinol or Retin-A on a daily basis may improve your results. Dr. Porter may also recommend that you combine microneedling with Aerolase Neo in the same session for the most effective outcome.
Which Conditions Can Be Treated With Microneedling?
Microneedling is an excellent treatment for patients suffering from numerous kinds of skin issues in the Washington, DC, area. Because the treatment penetrates to the deepest layers of skin, it reaches skin issues at the source, fighting them from the inside out. While microneedling can be used to give the skin a revitalizing boost, it works well when targeting the following conditions:
- Facial lines and wrinkles, especially those that have formed around the mouth and eyes due to age
- Uneven skin tone, including melasma (brownish patches on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and upper lip) and hyperpigmentation (when patches of skin become darker than surrounding skin)
- Scars from surgery or acne, which can often be reduced in prominence by 20 to 30 percent
- Pores that are big and noticeable on the face
- Stretch marks in areas where the patient has gained or lost weight
Of course, not every patient with one of these conditions will qualify for microneedling. The patient must have healthy skin that’s free of infection or skin breakouts. Additionally, some skin types just don’t respond well to specific treatments. That’s why Dr. Porter carefully examines each and every patient at their initial consultation to determine whether or not microneedling is a good tool for their specific skin condition. If it’s not, she will work with them to find a procedure that can help correct their blemishes, erase signs of aging, or tackle whatever other problem is concerning the patient. Dr. Porter will also recommend other procedures that work in conjunction with microneedling.
To learn more about how SkinPen microneedling can help you, please call our office at (301) 652-8191 today!