If you’re looking to rewind the effect of time on your skin without any surgery, microneedling might be a good call for you. Our team at Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare offers SkinPen treatments from our Harrisonburg, VA, office. Our highly experienced and professional team would be happy to answer any of your remaining questions. For now, let’s go over some information about this versatile, minimally-invasive treatment option.
How Often Can You Get Microneedling Treatment?
It Can Be Tailored to Your Needs
Some patients benefit from microneedling sessions every four to six weeks, while other patients prefer to drop in several times a year. Ultimately, picking the right schedule for you depends on various factors including your aesthetic goals, your skin health, and how readily your skin responds to treatment. Our specialists are dedicated to helping our patients get the results they want, which is why we offer flexible treatment plans uniquely tailored to your needs and your schedule.
To get a better idea of how often you’d be able to receive treatment, we encourage you to stop by for a consultation. After meeting you in person and going over your needs, we’ll have the information we need to start tailoring a treatment plan. You may also get a better idea of how often you want treatments based on how long your optimal results last.
A Treatment Series Can Be Helpful
Many patients enjoy visible improvements after just one treatment, but a treatment series can be very helpful in encouraging excellent, long-lasting results. Just as results can vary per patient, the recommended length of your initial series may vary as well. In general, many patients benefit from three to five initial treatments to get them off to a good start.
FAQ About SkinPen Microneedling
1. What Is the SkinPen Tool?
The SkinPen is a device that takes microneedling to the next level. It’s handheld, and small enough for our skilled staff to specifically target problem areas. You may also hear it referred to as collagen induction therapy since this treatment is able to encourage a powerful boost of collagen. This will trigger your skin’s natural healing and regenerative abilities.
2. What Happens During Treatment?
One of our top-rated estheticians will be administering your treatment. They will gently maneuver the device throughout your specified treatment areas. The needles of the SkinPen will make light contact with your skin, creating what we call “micro-channels.”
This will stimulate your collagen production, and can also make your skin more receptive to topical skin treatments. We would be happy to recommend good skin products you could use during this window of opportunity.
3. What Can I Have Treated?
Sun damage is a well-known contributor to various skin issues, including uneven skin texture. That said, even if you stay on top of protecting your skin and do everything right, skin texture concerns can arise as a natural result of the aging process.
Regardless of the reason why, you may find yourself discouraged while dealing with skin texture concerns. This treatment is a wonderful tool when it comes to encouraging smooth, soft, evenly-textured skin.
Clogged or Enlarged Pores
While it’s common for patients to bring up “enlarged pores” as a concern, the truth is our pores don’t actually grow bigger over time. That said, they can start to get stretched out or appear bigger due to various factors. One common culprit behind enlarged pores is that they’re actually clogged. Makeup, dirt, and oils can all get trapped in our pores, even when we exfoliate on a regular schedule.
Another cause behind enlarged pores is they may be stretched out. This happens for the same reason we develop wrinkles. Over time, the pull of gravity and a loss of skin structure can cause our pores to sag. As this treatment can offer the ultimate exfoliation and improve skin structure at the same time, it’s a great solution for a range of pore problems.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As our skin ages, one of the first symptoms that shows up is fine lines. These fine lines will continue to develop over time and can appear just about anywhere on the face or across the body. Fine lines are especially common in sensitive areas, such as around the mouth or eyes. Our experienced team can use this gentle treatment to address fine lines in a way that’s easy on your skin and effective for your needs.
Gravity, a loss of skin elasticity, and consistent use of our facial muscles can all eventually contribute to wrinkles. If you have wrinkles you want to iron out, this treatment can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles by firming up the skin and encouraging better skin strength and elasticity.
Nothing feels much better than the sensation of the sun on your skin, but if we’re not careful that sun exposure can lead to skin issues down the road. Sun damage is one of the top contributors to skin texture concerns and premature aging. Patients may start to see signs of sun damage as early as their 20s, and often feel very upset about it.
The good news is this damage isn’t irreversible. There are things you can do to help your skin recover and thrive, and this treatment is thankfully one of them. Since the SkinPen encourages your skin to produce new, healthy skin cells, you should be able to see the signs of sun damage begin to fade throughout your treatment series. Sun damage can take a lot of different forms, but we’re happy to help you tackle this very common concern.
Even if it’s been years since your last severe acne outbreak, acne can leave some patients with lasting scars. These scars can be notoriously difficult to treat. Some of the scars are rounded out, others are flat, and others are sunken in. These texture irregularities can make the scars difficult to cover with makeup in some cases.
Microneedling is a wonderful way to improve the appearance of acne scars. It helps encourage healing and skin regeneration. Since stretch marks are also a type of scar, this treatment can be helpful in fading out stretch marks as well.
Age spots are a common symptom of aging skin. Most patients are especially aware of the age spots on their hands, arms, and face. Before seeking out treatment for age spots or pigmented lesions, we recommend ruling out skin cancer to be safe.
Once you know that this is a purely aesthetic concern, we can move forward with treatment. The SkinPen is able to help even out skin tone and texture at the same time, so age spots may make you a good candidate for treatment.
Melasma is something that can develop during pregnancy, due to age, or for no apparent reason. Any gender can develop melasma and it often presents as darker patches in various areas of the face or clusters of spots similar to freckles. This condition happens when there’s an overproduction of cells that make your skin color.
Some pregnant patients may notice their melasma improving on its own, but for others it is more permanent. If the appearance of your melasma is bothering you, this treatment can help even out your skin tone and texture so it blends more seamlessly with the rest of your face.
Have you noticed red patches developing on your cheeks, chin, forehead, or nose? Sun damage can sometimes cause red patches throughout the face. Facial veins may also appear within these patches. Helping your skin recover from sun damage can help you battle these symptoms and encourage your face to return to a more youthful tone.
4. Is This Treatment Only Used for the Face?
While the face is a very popular area to use the SkinPen device on, it isn’t the only area that can be treated. After all, the rest of the body shows signs of aging too. This treatment offers additional flexibility for patients who may want other areas treated separately from, or in addition to their face.
5. Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?
Since this treatment is minimally invasive and doesn’t introduce foreign ingredients to the skin, it’s considered very safe. It can be a good fit for patients of any skin tone or type, age, or gender. A consultation will ultimately help us determine if this treatment is the best choice for you. We will take your skin health and your goals into consideration as we look into your treatment options.
We Have More Answers
If you’ve lost confidence or comfort with your skin, our team has the knowledge, experience, and tools to help. At our friendly and welcoming offices, we can go over your treatment options, answer your questions, and recommend the course of action we believe has the best chance of meeting your needs. Reach out to us at Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare in Harrisonburg, VA, to set up your initial consultation!