Kent V. Hasen, MD: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Med Spa of Naples
3699 Airport Pulling Road North
Naples, FL 34105
Phone: (239) 262-5662
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Microneedling is great for Fort Myers and Naples, FL, patients who visit our full-service medical spa. This treatment stimulates the skin’s natural healing process to increase elasticity, reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles, minimize pores, and more. A versatile treatment that corrects a variety of skin concerns, microneedling is an attractive option for men and women seeking comprehensive skin rejuvenation with minimal downtime.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling uses a small, pen-shaped device with a sterile cartridge at the end. To give our patients the safest, most beautiful results possible, we trust SkinPen®, the only FDA-cleared microneedling device legally available in the United States.
The cartridge contains a number of extremely small, perfectly straight needles, which differs from other devices that use needles with jagged edges or a hooked end. These straight needles treat targeted areas with precision by creating very small perforations in the skin’s top layers. Although these perforations are invisible to the naked eye, they stimulate the skin’s natural repair process. As part of this process, the affected skin begins to produce an excess of collagen and elastin, 2 proteins that play crucial roles in skin health.
At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Med Spa of Naples, microneedling treatments are administered by our licensed medical aesthetician. Our advanced knowledge of facial anatomy and our background in aesthetics make us highly qualified to perform this specialized service.
What can microneedling do for me?
SkinPen is an incredibly versatile tool for treating various skin conditions. Though it does not create the deep, structural improvements provided by a facelift, microneedling can be used in conjunction with surgery to address many concerns on the surface of the skin. Microneedling is effective for:
- Lax, sagging skin
- Large pores
- Sun damage, including dark spots
- Deep wrinkles, such as forehead creases
- Fine lines, such as crow’s feet
- Scars, especially acne scars
- Stretch marks
What are the advantages of microneedling?
Microneedling is nonsurgical, which means it comes with less risk and no scarring when compared to procedures that require an incision. Because no anesthesia is necessary, the chance of complications is minimized. Surgical risks, such as infection, are also greatly reduced. Unlike other microneedling devices, SkinPen uses sterile needles for each patient. In fact, once a SkinPen needle is used, it is effectively “locked out” and cannot be reused.
Additionally, each SkinPen needle is perfectly straight—not jagged or hooked—which mean it can gently penetrate skin exactly where administered without creating undue trauma on surrounding tissues.
Microneedling uses the body’s natural reparative mechanisms to improve the look of skin without the aggressive use of chemicals or other substances. Not only does microneedling activate cell regeneration, it makes the skin more receptive to the active ingredients in topical products, boosting their effectiveness.
The before and after pictures above are courtesy of SkinPen. Your results may vary.
Who is a good candidate for microneedling?
During your consultation, our aesthetician evaluates your skin and makes effective treatment recommendations based on your needs. Microneedling is suitable for many people because it treats a large variety of concerns. If you’re bothered by loose skin, enlarged pores, scars, or other irregularities, you may be a good candidate for microneedling. In a clinical study, 90% of patients treated with SkinPen said they would recommend the treatment to friends or family.
What happens after a microneedling treatment?
Unlike surgery, microneedling does not require an at-home recovery period. Most patients report feeling as if they have a sunburn, and skin warmth and tightness may persist for a couple of hours. These effects typically diminish within 24 hours. During this time, you should keep your hands and face clean and avoid using makeup to allow the micro-perforations to properly heal.
The results of microneedling typically take between 6 and 8 weeks to become visible. Some patients choose to undergo more than 1 procedure, while others achieve their desired results after a single session. Our aesthetician works with patients to help them create realistic timelines to achieve their skin care goals.