At SpaDerma, we use the only FDA approved Microneedling device, called SkinPen. The device uses needles to pierce the skin in a controlled and precise pattern that works to tighten, lift, and rejuvenate the skin. It’s effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and surgical and acne scars. Microneedling is safe for all skin types, has a short treatment time, and minimal discomfort without much downtime. You can use our microneedling service at our Chicago and Wilmette locations.
Microneedling Treatment Overview
What you need to know about Microneedling Treatments
What Microneedling does
An automated device, SkinPen, with a disposable tip cartridge containing 11 microneedles is used to vertically stamp the skin at high speed to stimulate collagen production. The SkinPen tip creates micro-injuries that encourage and harness the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin through normal physiological processes. The SkinPen is as safe and effective as a fractional laser or intense pulsed light but with significantly shorter recovery period. You can treat your face, neck, décolleté, or any area of concern. A series of 3-6 treatments is recommended, spacing each treatment 3-4 weeks apart.
How to prepare for Microneedling
Discontinue use of retinoids and prescription topicals 14 days prior to your treatment. Wait until active acne and/or any possible sunburn has subsided. If prone to cold sores, take Valtrex or something similar for few days prior to treatment. This treatment cannot be performed on pregnant or breast-feeding patients due to the ingredients in the numbing cream applied before treatment.
What to expect during Microneedling
A numbing topical is applied prior to treatment to allow for a near-painless experience. While receiving treatment you may feel pressure and a vibrating sensation. Immediately after treatment you will feel like you have a moderate to severe sunburn and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. This is normal and will usually subside within 1-2 hours and will recover within 24 hours.