SkinPen is a procedure that significantly reduces signs of aging. This is a great treatment option for those seeking younger-looking skin and a healthy complexion. The procedure is painless and requires no downtime. If you’ve been meaning to correct discoloration from years spent outside during the Illinois summers, this might be the treatment for you. Schedule a consultation with our Mt. Vernon cosmetic dermatologists office to start working toward the perfect complexion.
What is SkinPen?
SkinPen stimulates your skin’s natural ability to produce new collagen and elastin for healthier, younger-looking skin. It accelerates this repair process by creating microscopic channels, which also allow products to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. New collagen and elastin production can reverse years of sun damage, improve acne scars, and enhance the overall appearance of aging skin.
What Areas of the Body can be Treated?
SkinPen is extremely versatile and can be used on all parts of the body. The face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back are all excellent candidates for this treatment. SkinPen is remarkably effective for treating the following skin imperfections:
- Sun Damage
- Uneven Skin Tone
- Lax Skin
- Large Pores
- Thin Skin
- Acne Scarring
How is the Procedure Done?
First, a topical numbing cream is applied for 20-30 minutes. After the area is sufficiently prepped, a thin layer of serum is applied to the skin, and the appropriate SkinPen treatment is selected for the particular type of skin. Then, the medical professional will glide the pen across the repair areas using a gentle motion. The procedure itself typically takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area and the severity of skin damage. In all, patients should expect to spend up to an hour in our Mt. Vernon office when coming in for a SkinPen treatment.
What is the Downtime?
Immediately following the SkinPen treatment, you will notice a healthy pink glow. We will recommend products to aid your skin’s natural healing process. The total healing time depends on the severity of the damaged skin and the depth of the repair process required. On average, patients will experience a flushed, pink complexion for two to four days and may experience some shedding of dead skin in the treated areas. We recommend that no make-up, creams, sunscreen, or any other product be applied to the skin until the day following treatment.
When Will I See Results?
Most people notice healthier-looking skin immediately, and the natural repair process of the skin will progress over the course of several weeks. Dermal collagen remodeling takes place over time, meaning your skin will continue to improve for up to six months after your final treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The course of your SkinPen experience will be determined based on your individual treatment goals and the health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of three treatments spaced about four weeks apart. For patients with more severe skin issues, additional sessions may be necessary. One of our doctors will recommend a treatment course designed for your unique skin.
Is SkinPen Right for Me?
The best way to find out if this treatment will work for your skin is to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist at one of our southern Illinois dermatology clinics. We can assess your skin’s health and problem areas and recommend a treatment course. Contact us to schedule your consultation today.