If you’re tired of looking into the mirror and only seeing dull, aging skin, it may be time to consider cosmetic solutions. Dr. Roberta Gartside and our experienced clinical staff take pride in offering our patients the latest in cosmetic treatments and state-of-the-art technology to help you achieve the results you want.

At New Image Plastic Surgery Associates, we are pleased to announce that we now offer patients in the Washington D.C. area a revolutionary treatment that stimulates your skin’s natural ability to produce new collagen and elastin for a healthier, younger-looking appearance called the SkinPen. But what, exactly, is the SkinPen?

If you are in the Washington D.C. area and would like to learn more about your non surgical skin care options, give our office a call at 703-742-8004 to schedule your initial consultation.

What is SkinPen?

SkinPen is an advanced minimally invasive microneedling technology.

It is a handheld device that accelerates the skin repair process by creating microscopic channels, allowing new collagen and elastin production. The device features 14 fine microneedles that pierce the skin to create thousands of micro-injuries. By stimulating your collagen and elastin production, the SkinPen helps improve your skin’s firmness, which effectively creates a more youthful image. Microneedling is also referred to as collagen-induction therapy for this reason. 

Collagen-induction therapy occurs in three stages:

Inflammation: This first stage involves piercing your skin to trigger your immune system, which occurs to disinfect the wound, remove debris and increase blood flow to support the creation of new, healthy tissue.

Proliferation: The proliferation stage causes new cells to form and boosts your production of collagen and elastin. These essential proteins are vital for the extracellular matrix of your dermis (lower layer of skin), promoting skin suppleness. 

Remodeling: The final stage ushers in the production of new blood vessels and tissues, which completely replaces the wound. More substantial collagen forms and tightens your skin. 

Our clinical staff will select the appropriate treatment and depth of penetration, which depends on your particular skin type and where treatment is desired. The microneedle’s length ranges from 0.5 mm to 3 mm. For example, your cheeks will require a deeper penetration, while your forehead, an area of your face that is less fleshy, will need a shorter microneedle length. The treatment involves gently moving the handheld device across the treatment area. SkinPen is incredibly unique because it can be performed on any skin tone and type. SkinPen requires little downtime. 

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Benefits of SkinPen

SkinPen can improve the appearance of your skin in various ways, including:

  • Reverse sun damage
  • Improve acne scars
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Improve large pores
  • Enhance the overall appearance of aging skin
  • Reduce the appearance of stretch marks

SkinPen is extremely versatile. It can be used on all parts of the body, including:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Legs
  • Abdomen
  • Back

This revolutionary treatment option can be applied to virtually any skin type and treat a wide range of problems, including skin areas that require cell regeneration or intense repair.

What to Expect During a SkinPen Treatment

Your SkinPen treatment may involve prepping your skin weeks before your initial session. Topicals, such as a steroid, retinoid or SPF, may be recommended for nightly application before your SkinPen session to prime your skin and ensure optimal results. 

Before beginning your treatment, your provider will cleanse your skin and apply a topical numbing agent to the treatment site. A thin layer of serum is then applied. Once prepped, the SkinPen handheld device is moved gently across your treatment area. The needle length will vary, depending on where you have the treatment performed. The individualized settings of the treatment make it quite comfortable.

This in-office treatment typically takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the target area’s size and the extent of the damage to the skin. After your treatment, a cooling serum is applied.

What to Expect After a SkinPen Treatment

Immediately following your treatment, you will notice a healthy pink glow throughout the treated area. Dr. Gartside 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. However, on average, patients can see results within a couple of days of receiving treatment.

Our clinically trained staff will ensure you get personalized care instructions to help you get the younger-looking skin you want.

Enjoying the Results of Your SkinPen Treatment

After the redness has faded, you will notice a significant improvement in your skin’s quality. Your skin will be visibly smoother and defined by a youthful glow. Over time, because the treatment helps improve collagen and elastin, a visible reduction of such cosmetic concerns as fine lines and acne scarring will become more apparent. 

Three SkinPen treatments are typically recommended to attain optimal results. Most patients receive a series of treatments spaced three to six weeks apart. For patients with more severe skin issues, additional sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired outcome. Maintaining your SkinPen results will require having it performed on a quarterly or biannual basis. 

Is the SkinPen Treatment Right for Me?

SkinPen is the first FDA-approved microneedling device, meaning it has a long and proven history of being both safe and effective. The unique treatment can be performed on men and women of virtually any skin tone and type, unlike other microneedling devices. The SkinPen treatment is ideal if you are unhappy with the appearance of your skin’s quality, which is taking a toll on your confidence. Contraindications that can prevent you from having the procedure include active acne, skin infection and keloid scarring. During an initial consultation, Dr. Gartside will review your skin and concerns to determine if the treatment is right for you. 

SkinPen is a beneficial treatment that can help restore a youthful appearance. However, to fully determine if this procedure is right for you, Dr. Gartside will meet with you in person to discuss your cosmetic goals and needs. Together, our team will work diligently to create your personalized treatment plan, so you get the aesthetic results you want to achieve.

If you are in the Reston, VA, area and would like to learn more about SkinPen or other skincare treatments we offer, give our office a call at 703-742-8004 to schedule your initial consultation.