Microneedling is an effective, minimally-invasive treatment for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes, but it’s also used to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. The SkinPen is a handheld device used by the practitioner to create controlled channel wounds in the skin, and the result of this action is an increase in collagen production. After a series of treatments, the skin is smoother, and surface irregularities such as stretch marks begin to fade from view.
This pen-shaped device is considered a good alternative to the traditional roller-style devices that create puncture wounds across a larger area such as the cheeks. The SkinPen was designed for use on smaller areas where scarring or fine line wrinkles exist. Below, we outline the SkinPen in more detail and describe how it can help you get rid of those annoying stretch lines.
A Special Instrument
The SkinPen looks like a fat writing pen, and at one end there is an attachment fitting. The tips are sterilized and wrapped for protection until ready for use. This eliminates the risk of cross-contamination. The tip style used for microneedling is determined after we consult with the client and examine the skin thickness in areas where treatment is needed.
How We Perform the Treatment
Skin needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, stimulates collagen growth through the creation of controlled wounds. The needles don’t penetrate the skin very deeply. They create tiny column wounds in the epidermis and the upper level of the dermis. These small channels quickly fill with lymphatic fluid and nutrients, and this signals the body to begin a process of new tissue creation.
Since collagen production continues at an accelerated rate for more than a month following the last treatment, the visual improvement lasts for quite some time. Stretch marks fade because the skin surface is more supple and taut. The SkinPen can also reduce the visibility of other blemishes such as acne scarring and even age spots.
Eliminate Stretch Marks Without Surgery
This is a minimally-invasive procedure with little to no downtime following treatments. It’s suitable for all skin tones and textures. Learn more by scheduling a consultation at the office of Dr. Joseph Banis in Louisville. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.