Even those of us who take meticulous care of our skin will, over the years, see damaged tissue appear along with the early signs of aging. Environmental factors, such as smoking and sun exposure, as well as harsh chemicals inevitably lead to dry, dull tissues. Genetics and the normal aging process, coupled with trauma from acne scarring or stretch marks can rob skin of its smooth, glowing appearance. The highest quality topical products can do little, if anything, to reverse this skin damage. However, at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, a cutting-edge treatment known as microneedling, stimulates the skin’s natural healing response, reestablishing collagen and elastin production, dramatically improving the appearance without downtime or surgery.
The SkinPen at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique
Sometimes referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), microneedling is a unique, minimally invasive technique that rejuvenates the skin. By creating thousands of tiny micro-injuries in the tissue, microneedling encourages the natural healing process, revving up the production of collagen and elastin, as well as establishing new blood vessels in the treatment area. As the building blocks of healthy, strong skin are increased, tissue becomes smoother, tighter, and more lifted. Fine lines, dark spots , and scarring are reduced, and sometimes eliminated. The result is glowing, luminous skin. Microneedling is safe and effective for almost any area, including the face, neck, arms, back, and hands.
Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique performs its medical microneedling treatments using the SkinPen, from trusted Bellus Medical. Containing a set of tiny needles, which can be adjusted to a varying depth of .25 to 2.5 mm, each microneedling treatment is completely customizable, offering more consistent results than seen with traditional dermal rollers. As the SkinPen gently glides across the skin, using a small applicator, the sterile needles break the tissue’s upper-most surface, creating minor lesions. The predetermined depth of these punctures correlates to the desired correction. Once the skin’s natural barrier function has been crossed, a unique blend of topical ointments or creams can be added to the treatment process, getting the hydrating products to the deepest layers of tissue, providing optimal results. In one to two weeks, patients will see fresher, tighter, more beautiful skin.
The Benefits of the SkinPen
- Improves scars from acne and trauma
- Rejuvenates the appearance
- Safe for all skin types
- Good for multiple areas, including the face, neck, back, arms, and extremities
- Little risk for serious complications or scarring
- Works well alone or in conjunction with topical solutions for optimal results
The Best Microneedling Candidate
Medical microneedling with the SkinPen can be beneficial for almost anyone looking to improve their appearance. Safe for all skin types and ethnicities, the SkinPen works well for both men and women. The ideal microneedling patient will be in overall good health, with an understanding of the treatment process. Those with an active skin infection or who are pregnant may be asked to postpone their SkinPen session.
Prior to scheduling your medical microneedling appointment, a private consultation with one of Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique’s aestheticians will be arranged. At this time, the provider will perform a skin evaluation and discuss your aesthetic goals. The SkinPen treatment process will be explained, including the pros and cons of microneedling. If the SkinPen is right for you, a personalized treatment plan will be created, including any additional treatments that are recommended for optimal results.
The SkinPen Microneedling Treatment
Each SkinPen session is performed in one of the comfortable, private treatment rooms at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique. Sessions will take approximately 30 minutes to perform. Once the client is situated, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area, ensuring a comfortable procedure. Next, the provider will glide the SkinPen across the target skin, allowing the tiny needles to penetrate the surface of the tissues at a predetermined depth. Finally, an individually designed ointment will be applied to the treatment area, getting nourishment deep into the layers of tissue for optimal results.
SkinPen Phases of Healing
Phase 1 – Inflammation
As the SkinPen pierces the skin, the body’s immune response system kicks into gear, disinfecting the wounds, eliminating debris, maximizing blood flow to the area, and regenerating new tissues.
Phase 2 – Proliferation
The micro-injuries are rebuilt using new granulation cells, collagen, and elastin, all creating a youthful, stronger extracellular matrix. A new, vital network of blood vessels is established, as well.
Phase 3 – Remodeling
Once new dermal tissue and blood vessels are established, the body makes an even stronger, Type 1 Collagen, which tightens and essentially ‘shrink wraps’ the skin for protection.
The SkinPen’s Recovery and Results
No downtime is necessary after a SkinPen session, although the treated tissue may be mildly red or swollen. Most patients are feeling good enough to return to school or work the same afternoon, although some prefer to take the day to recover. The treated tissue may be pink and tender, as with a sunburn, for the next one to four days. Makeup can be worn in 12 -24 hours and showering can continue as normal. It is vital that patients avoid excess sun exposure during the healing period and wear a high-quality sunscreen at all times. Some patients may note immediate improvement in their tissue quality and elasticity, however it will take from one to two weeks for healthy skin to appear. The full benefits of the SkinPen will continue to increase for up to six months.
Depending on the individual patient, between one and three SkinPen treatments will be necessary for optimal results. These sessions should be spaced between six and eight weeks apart.
Potential Risks and Side Effects from the SkinPen
The SkinPen is safe for all skin types and ethnicities. As the SkinPen does not remove or damage to the epidermis, no inflammation response is triggered, so scarring, tissue discoloration, infection, and nerve damage are rare. Mild side effects, such as redness, swelling, and pinpoint bleeding are common, but are quick to resolve.
It’s your turn to have beautiful skin, with the SkinPen from Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique
To learn more about medical microneedling with the SkinPen, contact Houston’s Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique at 281.810.9083. An experienced patient coordinator is available to answer all of your microneedling questions and can assist in scheduling a free consultation appointment. For added convenience, simply fill out our online Contact Us form, and a patient coordinator will get back to you, as soon as possible.
What is the SkinPen?
The SkinPen is part of the microneedling process, utilizing a set of very small needles which, when gliding across targeted tissues, will create tiny micro-injuries in the skin’s surface. These tiny punctures stimulate the body’s natural healing process, kick-starting the production of collagen and elastin. As the tissue heals, skin becomes stronger, tighter, and firmer. Fine lines, acne scars, and areas of hyperpigmentation are dramatically improved, as younger, fresher skin is formed.
How is a treatment with the SkinPen performed?
Once you are comfortably situated in a Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique treatment room, a topical anesthetic is placed on the skin. This process takes from 15 to 20 minutes. Once the skin is numb, the provider will gently glide the SkinPen across the targeted skin, creating micro-injuries at the predetermined depth. Finally, a topical ointment or cream may be applied for optimal treatment results.
Does microneedling hurt?
The microneedling technique is not considered painful. However, for total patient comfort, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the skin prior to treatment.
Where is the SkinPen treatment performed?
All SkinPen treatments are performed in a comfortable patient room, at the Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique office, located on Richmond Avenue in Houston.
Am I a good candidate for treatment with the SkinPen?
The ideal candidate for the SkinPen will be someone in generally good health, who understands the microneedling treatment process. While the treatment is safe for all skin types and ethnicities, those with a skin infection or are pregnant may be asked to postpone their treatment.
How long does a SkinPen microneedling session take?
Treatment with the SkinPen will take less than an hour to perform, getting you out of the office in no time.
When will I begin to see results from my microneedling session?
As soon as your SkinPen treatment has been performed, the tissues will begin the repair process. The tissue’s collagen and elastin supplies will dramatically increase as the blood flow is revamped. Most patients will note dramatic improvements in one to two weeks, however the full benefits from treatment can continue to increase over the following six months.
Will, I need more than one SkinPen session?
Depending on the condition of your individual skin and the extent of correction desired, two to three SkinPen sessions, spaced six to eight weeks apart, may be required for optimal results. During your complimentary consultation, a personalized treatment plan will be created, establishing the right number of treatments for your situation.
What can I expect from my SkinPen recovery?
Immediately after a SkinPen treatment, the target area may be mildly red or pink, with minor swelling, similar to a light sunburn. In as little as 24 hours the skin will begin to heal and in less than four days, most side effects of the SkinPen will begin to resolve.
When can I return to work after a microneedling treatment?
While patients can return to work the same day as their SkinPen treatment, redness and mild swelling are common over the first several days. For this reason, you may decide to take the afternoon off, to let the healing process do its work rejuvenating the appearance.
What are the risks the SkinPen microneedling?
The SkinPen is an extremely safe treatment, with little chance for infection or scarring. When performed by a well-trained, aesthetic professional, patients can expect good results with little risk for serious complications. Redness, tissue swelling, and minor irritation are normal but will resolve in less than a week.
How much does a microneedling session cost?
The exact cost of each SkinPen session will vary according to the needs of the individual patient and the extent of the procedure. On average, a microneedling session will cost between $150 and $700. To determine the exact cost of your SkinPen session, schedule a consultation at the Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique office.
Can I finance my SkinPen microneedling treatment?
Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique offers several payment options to patients considering the SkinPen microneedling procedure. These include cash, all major credit cards, and healthcare financing through CareCredit or ALPHAEON CREDIT. Speak with a patient coordinator at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique by calling 281.810.9083, or by filling out our Contact Us form, to find out more.