Any of you who know us, know we are ALWAYS looking for ways to add effective, proven treatments to offer you. We are excited to introduce SkinPen by Crown Aesthetics — the only FDA cleared medical grade micro-needling device that treats sun damage, age and brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scarring, enlarged pores and uneven skin tone.

How can this one device address so many common skin concerns? SkinPen creates thousands of precise micro-injuries or “micro-channels” in the dermis, which stimulates new collagen synthesis without causing scar tissue formation. What it’s actually doing is taking advantage of the skin’s natural healing process, producing new collagen and elastin in the treatment areas, leading to a fresher skin appearance.The SkinPen actually “stamps” the skin, creating tiny channels along the surface.

While it’s safe for all skin types and all ages, SkinPen is primarily for patients aged 22 years old or older. We start with a topical numbing cream, which is allowed to do its work for about 15-30 minutes prior to the procedure. Depending on the number of areas treated and severity of the issues we are addressing, the actual procedure typically takes 20-30 minutes. There is usually very little downtime following the process, but you may experience some redness and swelling for a short time immediately afterward. 

Through these microchannels I am able to introduce various serums targeting different problem areas. However, for the ultimate use of your own body’s healing power, you can opt for platelet-rich plasma (PRP also known as the Vampire facial) to make the microneedling even more effective. Platelets are blood solids that aid in  clotting, so they are vital for healing wounds and injuries. Using a special centrifuge to separate the blood, I am able to concentrate the plasma or liquid that contains proteins, including growth factors and cytokines along with the platelets to help skin tissue repair itself. Using your own growth factors can decrease recovery time while increasing collagen production. This combo works to give you a dewy complexion as well as smooth wrinkles.

While every patient is different, for optimal results we recommend a series of 3 treatments (annually after that), customizing the treatment plan based on your particular skin issue as well as your goals. For more information on SkinPen and whether it’s right for you, give us a call at 415-925-8555, or simply set up a free consultation with us!