Today we are talking about facial and body resurfacing. I have tried two different modalities in the past 6 months and wanted to share my experience with you. The new SkinPen and the newer Fraxel 1927 are the two resurfacing modalities I have tested out with some seriously exciting results. I am excited to share with you my journey with you so Let’s start with the SkinPen…. the less expensive of the two modalities… but pretty darn effective. Less downtime, a little easier to tolerate and a lot less money. What is the SkinPen? Read on…..
From the company….SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the first micro-needling device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, clinically proven to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars for ages 22 and up.
The SkinPen causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process, while minimizing cellular damage. The result is effective remodeling of scar tissue, while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact.
I decided to needle my face, neck, arms, hands and chest. The arms are so much more painful then the face… as the skin is much thinner in areas, hence painful enough that I chose to use a very exciting new machine that allowed me to administer a gas that numbed my brain enough to help get through the treatment. It’s called ProNox… and I call it genius!! I was able to hold the nozzle and breathe in when the pain became too much. It’s 50/50 oxygen and nitrous oxide and it takes the edge off enough to let your brain drift from the pain taking place. Within 30 to 60 seconds from your last puff… your head is clear.
Total prep and procedure time is about two hours.You’ll need to see a board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon or nurse for this procedure. I went to a plastic surgeons office where the nurses are highly trained in the SkinPen. I have done two at this point, but the company suggests a minimum of 4 spaced a month apart to get optimal results.
Micro-needling works by encouraging your skin to make more collagen. The idea is that pinpricks from the procedure cause slight injury to the skin and that the skin responds by making new collagen-rich tissue.This new skin tissue is, in turn, more even in tone and texture. It’s normal for the skin to lose collagen via age or injury. By encouraging the skin to make new tissue, there may be more collagen to help make the skin firmer, too.
Procedure for Micro-needling
Before getting started, my nurse used a topical anesthetic to reduce the chances of pain, which was done about an hour before the treatment. During the procedure, my nurse made small wounds under the skin with the SkinPen. The wounds are so small that I didn’t notice them until after the procedure, but you will notice your blood that is used during the procedure.The small wounds allow blood to come to the surface and your blood is used along with the smoothing gel allowing it to seep back into the wounds. My nurse moved the SkinPen evenly across my skin so that the new skin that rejuvenates would be even
The nurse then applied a calming serum after she wiped away all the blood and gel revealing some seriously red skin that calmed down a couple of hours later. Then…. I was sent on my merry way. My healing time was about a week with some redness and swelling that was not bad enough to be housebound. I was able to put on makeup a day later and within a week I had sparkling new skin.
I found this to be a relatively easy experience and was thrilled with the results. Had I done four, I think the results would have been much better… but still, I was satisfied with my new skin.
My next article will be on the Fraxel 1927, which is a bigger, more painful and seriously more money… but for the 300.00 per area I spent on the SkinPen… I would have to say I highly recommend this for anyone needing a quick fix without a lot of downtime and a lot of money
I was not paid for this article… it was written with love to hopefully to help those on the same anti-aging journey that I am on.
With some serious gratitude and love,