SkinPen is a medical-grade, state-of-the-art tool available only through skincare professionals. SkinPen works by creating a series of hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermis to stimulate the skin’s natural production of new collagen and elastin, helping skin to look and feel healthier.
SkinPen is extremely versatile and can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, decolletage, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back. This versatility makes SkinPen helpful whether you need facial rejuvenation, treatment for acne scars on the back, or improving stretch marks on the body.
The SkinPen uses 12 surgical-grade stainless steel needles to create micro-channels in the treated skin. This fractionated approach allows for two main benefits:
- Temporary micro-channels allow for superior product penetration during and post-procedure, allowing for optimal delivery
- Fractionated injuries to the dermal tissues without ablation or introduction of thermal energy allows for quick, safe, and effective percutaneous collagen induction therapy, even in patients with darker skin types
These benefits allow for the treatment of many skin conditions which may require collagen remodeling (i.e., photo-aging, acne scarring, stretch-marks).
Collagen Induction Therapy
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT, or also referred to as face needling or micro needling) is the procedure by which the body’s natural response to healing is used to increase the amount of extracellular matrix (such as collagen or elastin) in the skin. The SkinPen creates a fractionated series of hundreds of microchannels, which allow for leakage of blood, serum, and lymph in a controlled and temporary manner. These “injuries” are enough to initiate the “wound healing cascade” which is composed of three basic phases:
Phase One: Inflammation
In this stage the platelets that are activated by the piercing of the dermal tissue release cytokinesis and growth factors which act as signals for the body’s immune system to send in cells such as neutrophils and macrophages to disinfect the wounds, clear the debris, increase the blood supply (in a process called angiogenesis) and begin the creation of fresh, new cellular and extracellular materials (the granulation process)
Phase Two: Proliferation
In this stage, the fibroblasts (cells that make up much of the dermis and create the extracellular matrix) keratinocytes and epidermal cells continue to divide to populate the areas of damage and secrete growth factors and extracellular matrix, such as elastin and collagen III.
Phase Three: Remodeling
In this stage, the wound has now been replaced with new dermal tissues and the newly formed vasculature is now matured. The collagen III in the newly formed tissue is now replaced with the stronger collagen I and the tissue contracts to cause a “shrink-wrap” effect of the skin.
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