Dermal Micro Needling (SkinPen)
At Clinique Elan we use the SKIN PEN, which is the latest technology in skin needling. Clinically proven to induce collagen and reduce scarring, this engineering device is taking standard skin needling to a new level. Micro needling is one of the most effective ways for improving skin texture by softening fine lines and wrinkles, reducing pore size and stimulating new collagen formation. It also helps reduce acne scarring. SkinPen is the first microneedling device to be FDA approved for the treatment/management of Acne Scars and Melasma.
Needling is beneficial to all skin types for Collagen Induction. It is never too early or late to start looking after the structural integrity of our skin. It benefits both our skin care and injectables, as well as replenishing the loss of those vital fibres.
As we age we lose a percentage of collagen in our skin yearly from around age 25 onwards. The 5 years around menopause is the most detrimental to our skin, where we see a loss of around 30% of collagen in those years alone. While nothing can rejuvenate our collagen in our skin back to our younger selves, we can have treatments like skin needling to help replenish our losses as much as possible. Due to the collagen induction process that happens with skin needing, there isn't really a skin that wouldn't benefit from having treatment. While many see injectables as the main way of targeting the ageing process, this treatment is the most intensive you can do to help the entire facial canvas.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A pen-like device which has sterile, disposable cartridge tip containing small needles attached, is moved over the skin’s surface to create tiny micro injuries, not visible to the naked eye. A specially formulated hyaluronic acid is then used to fill the tiny channels created in the skin. Absorption of product introduced at this stage is increased by over 80% through these open channels. These tiny punctures also stimulate tissue regeneration through a process called collagen induction therapy. For ultimate results, growth factors from your own platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be used instead of the hyaluronic acid.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
For optimal results we recommended three treatments at 6 – 8 weekly intervals. The results start showing at about 6 weeks, but keep improving until they reach their maximum effect at 6 months. How long the results last is dependent on how well the skin is looked after following your sessions. Using active skincare and good sun protection is the best way to do this. It is also recommended to have maintenance treatments every year.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Immediately after a treatment you will look red (inflammatory reaction a bit like a bad sunburn), which will last 12 – 48 hours. Bruising in some areas is common and some puffiness may occur also. These will resolve in a few days. To speed up the recovery period, and reduce the risk of developing further side effects, the use of products in the post procedure kit following all treatments is essential. The kits are purchased at the time of the first session and will cover all treatments.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Full face micro needling treatment: $360.
Peri Oral or Peri Orbital (Around the eyes or mouth): $240.
PRP add on: $200
Post Procedure kit: $99
Prepay for three full face treatments and get your post procedure kit free.
Prepayments can be paid in increments or a lump sum.
Micro needling can also be combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma) - our version of the Vampire Facial, for the ultimate in collagen induction and skin rejuvenation.