How Does Microneedling With Skinpen Work?

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Everyone dreams of having a perfectly smooth, bright, healthy-looking skin. There are millions of products available that claim to help you achieve this and treat skin conditions like wrinkles, large pores, or uneven skin tone. But many of these products fail to deliver. Thankfully, there is now a treatment that is proven to deliver these desired results: SkinPen microneedling.

If you have spoken to a dermatologist or beauty expert about treatments to address various skin conditions, chances are they have recommended microneedling.

This process involves using the SkinPen, which is a state-of-the-art piece of equipment designed to deliver results after several treatments. It is deemed to be a safe and effective dermatology treatment by the FDA – and has been widely used since the 1950s!

So, what is SkinPen microneedling exactly, and should you book a treatment?

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling with a SkinPen involves creating precise, tiny micro-injuries – or micro-channels – in the skin with sterile needles. These small cuts in the skin stimulate natural collagen production to heal these tears. This in turn helps to increase cell turnover and growth in elastin, resulting in healthier skin. A recent medical study confirmed that a treated area produced 400% higher collagen levels after just one month of treatments!

SkinPen Microneedling FDA Approved Treatment

Collagen and elastin are fibers in the skin that support the internal structure. This helps the skin feel firm and elastic. As we age, our collagen and elastin levels decline, which can cause the skin to feel saggy, less supple, and appear “older.”

Microneedling treatments are one of the most effective ways to naturally increase the body’s production of these fibers. This treatment can be used on the face, neck, chest, arms, abdomen, and even on the hands and legs. This treatment is non-invasive and has very mild post-procedure side effects – with little to no downtime.

The SkinPen microneedling device is the only FDA-cleared microneedling device on the market. It can create thousands of micro-punctures in the skin every second with needles that are between .25 to 1 mm long. This device is moved gently over the targeted area, with the entire procedure taking between 30 min to an hour.

SkinPen microneedling can also be used in conjunction with PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) treatment for optimal results. First, a sample of the patient’s blood is taken and run through a centrifuge to separate platelets and blood cells to create PRF. After the skin is treated with the SkinPen, the PRF is applied to stimulate the skin with healing platelets. This helps to speed up the healing process, promoting even more visible results.

Commonly Targeted Areas of Microneedling

Acne Scars - SkinPen Microneedling

Microneedling can be used to treat many skin concerns and issues.

Acne Scars

Microneedling is a great way to reduce the appearance of acne scars on the face or upper back. It can help treat discoloration as well as indented scarring, resulting in smoother, even-toned skin after several treatments.

Age Spots

Age spots can surface over time and are often caused by sun damage. These are merely just a concentration of overactive pigment cells – which have overproduced melanin. SkinPen microneedling helps to break up these cells, resulting in an even skin tone.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines often appear due to a lack of collagen and elastin in the skin. This causes the skin to start sagging, especially in areas around the eyes, lips, cheeks, and on the neck and chest. Microneedling helps to boost fiber production in these areas to lift the skin beneath and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Large Pores

SkinPen microneedling can also help to treat enlarged pores by plumping up the skin in the area to make them appear smaller and less noticeable.


Other types of scarring from injuries, surgeries, or burns can be treated with microneedling. This may not remove the scar entirely, but it can make it less noticeable and treat discoloration.

Reduced Skin Elasticity

Sagging skin around the face, neck, chest, or other areas of the body can also be helped with microneedling. It can even be used to help with stretch marks or “crepey” skin, as well as lost volume in areas like the hands.

Uneven Skin Tone

Any skin discoloration that occurs from sun damage or natural pigmentation production can be treated with microneedling.

Microneedling Is Done in Three Phases

before and after microneedling

Microneedling stimulates the skin into the healing process that involves three separate phases.

This is also known as Skin Cell Proliferation.

Phase 1: Inflammation

After the micro-tears are created on the skin, it will become almost instantly inflamed and often flushed. During this phase, the body rushes white blood cells and platelets to fight off infection and bacteria – and to close up these open wounds. The body then removes any bacteria or debris from this area to prepare it for new tissue growth.

This phase lasts for several days and may cause the skin to be red, sensitive, or feel slightly heated. Oftentimes, a patient feels like they have a sunburn for a few days after a microneedling treatment.

It is best to keep the area clean during this stage. Avoid using irritating products and sun exposure.

Phase 2: Proliferation

Once the wounds are closed and all bacteria are removed, the skin moves into the proliferation phase. New connective tissue and blood vessels are formed underneath the skin, which helps to close the tears and plump up the existing cells. The wound is then rebuilt with new granulation cells, which are a part of the extracellular matrix (part of the skin which contains collagen).

This can take anywhere between a few days to several weeks to complete.

Phase 3: Remodeling

Finally, once all of the new cells are produced, they begin to mature and create a more even, healthier exterior. The small micro-tears are replaced with new dermal tissues as blood vessels pump fresh blood and oxygen to the area.

This is when you will see visible results.

Benefits of Microneedling

There are countless benefits to SkinPen microneedling, which is why it is highly recommended for nearly all patients.

Microneedling treatments can help:

  • Improve skin texture
  • Stimulate collagen growth to fight the signs of aging
  • Reduce scarring and hyperpigmentation
  • Create a smoother, healthier appearance

There are very few side effects of microneedling treatments. Patients most commonly experience some discomfort or sensitivity following treatment. The skin may swell or become dry and flaky, but this often subsides after a few days.


If you have been looking for a solution to some of your skin issues, SkinPen microneedling could be the answer. However, you must receive treatment from a medical professional that you can trust and who is specially trained to use this device.

Here at Bella Vita Med Spa, we provide top of the line treatment options for microneedling and other skin treatments. Please reach out to us online or over the phone at 630-934-2848 to learn more about our options and to book an appointment with our professional team!

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Cindy Brooks, MD

Cynthia Brooks, MD is the founder and Medical Director of Bella Vita Med Spa. Dr. Brooks has over 17 years of experience in patient care, focusing the last 7 years in the field of cosmetic and laser medicine. Dr. Brooks’ vision is to always provide the safest, state of the art technological advances. Dr. Brooks has received advanced training in cosmetic medicine, obtaining her credentials in Laser and Aesthetic Medicine by the National Council on Laser Certification. She has expertise in all aspects of aesthetic injectables and laser treatments focusing on those that are minimally invasive, have minimal downtime, offering maximal results.