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.
The SkinPen uses 12 surgical-grade stainless steel needles to create thousands of micro-channels in the treated skin.This fractionated approach allows for two main benefits:
1. Temporary (10-20 minutes) micro-channels allow for superior penetration and diffusion of topicals during and post-procedure, allowing for optimal delivery.
2. 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.
How it works: Collagen Induction Therapy
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT, or also referred to as microneedling) 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 thousands 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:
In this stage the platelets that are activated by the piercing of the dermal tissue release cytokines 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)
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.
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.
SkinPen alone can have dramatic effects on skin health and rejuvenation; Skin Pen with PRP is even more effective.
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