For profound skin improvement without downtime, Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics is proud to offer our patients in Minnesota STRATAPEN® microneedling. This quick procedure is an alternative or complement to our extensive range of laser skin treatments.
StrataPen microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that is perfect for patients of all ages and skin types. This treatment works by stimulating your body’s natural healing processes to create new skin cells and collagen, leading to clearer, more rejuvenated skin. Our patients love the fact that microneedling treatments build on the results of previous sessions, allowing you to enjoy beautiful skin all year round.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
A microneedling treatment involves using extremely fine needles to puncture thousands of micro-channels into the skin. These micro-injuries trigger the skin’s natural healing response by stimulating the release of growth factors, kickstarting the production of collagen and elastin, the building blocks of healthy, youthful skin. Microneedling also breaks apart unwanted scar tissue and collagen bundles in the superficial layer of the skin that contribute to various skin concerns. This improves the condition of blemishes such as acne scars, uneven texture and even stretch marks.
Unlike at-home treatments such as the popular dermal roller, each StrataPen treatment uses a disposable tip containing extremely fine, surgical-grade needles, reducing the likelihood of contamination and infection. The device is also capable of much more consistent delivery of vertical needle penetration into the skin. This consistency stands in contrast to dermal rollers, which drag across the skin and result in tearing wounds and uneven treatment.
A medical-grade microneedling treatment at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics can also deliver more collagen-boosting results, as our device is fully adjustable and can be customized for your skin condition and needs.
WHAT AREAS AND SKIN CONDITIONS CAN MICRONEEDLING TREAT?
Microneedling is an incredibly versatile procedure that can greatly improve a variety of skin concerns. By triggering the body’s natural wound response and initiating collagen and elastin growth, microneedling produces newer, healthier skin. Most mild to moderate skin concerns will be improved as new skin cells come to the surface to replace the old for a more youthful, radiant complexion.
Some of the conditions StrataPen microneedling can address include:
- Acne scarring
- Large pores
- Uneven skin texture and tone
- Hyperpigmentation including sun damage, dark spots and age spots
- Light to moderate fine lines and wrinkles
A StrataPen microneedling treatment can be performed on almost all areas of the body that could use a boost of collagen and elastin, with the face, neck and decollete being the most common treatment areas. Patients concerned about stretch marks on the abdomen and thighs can also benefit from a series of microneedling treatments.
Other areas of the body that StrataPen Microneedling can treat include:
If you do not see your particular skin concern or area of the body listed, please schedule a consultation by contacting us at 952-460-1970 or visiting our contact page. Our team would be happy to discuss treatment options to address your specific needs.
HOW IS STRATAPEN DIFFERENT FROM OTHER MICRONEEDLING TREATMENTS?
At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, we are proud to offer StrataPen microneedling, a state-of-the-art microneedling system that features superior safety features and delivers optimal results compared to many other microneedling systems on the market. The StrataPen microneedling system was developed after consultation with dermatologists, estheticians, nurses and other skincare professionals who weighed in on what features the ideal microneedling system should provide.
Microneedling treatments require the use of a group of needles that penetrate the skin to stimulate the body’s natural wound response. Because the skin is pierced, there may be some blood present during the treatment that presents a risk of cross-contamination. The StrataPen features a proprietary Biolock cartridge that has a unique seven-step safety system designed to stop any fluids from getting through the cartridge and into the device, protecting patients from cross-contamination. Other microneedling systems can trap fluids inside the device that cannot be removed or sterilized and risk contaminating the patient’s skin.
STRATAPEN MICRONEEDLING AND MORPHEUS8 AT SAPPHIRE ADVANCED AESTHETICS
At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, we offer Minneapolis microneedling with StrataPen and Morpheus8, two cutting-edge devices that promote the appearance of healthier, clearer skin with microneedling technology. Both StrataPen and Morpheus8 work by creating thousands of tiny micro-wounds within the skin to induce collagen production and skin cell renewal. We love both these devices for different reasons.
Morpheus8 takes microneedling one step further with the inclusion of radiofrequency energy. Building upon traditional microneedling treatments like StrataPen, the Morpheus8 device simultaneously releases radiofrequency energy while the needles penetrate to gently heat the skin. Morpheus8 goes deeper than other microneedling devices, penetrating the subdermal tissue up to 7mm. Combining heat with microneedling allows for greater results and increased collagen production than when microneedling is performed alone. This makes Morpheus8 microneedling a powerful treatment option for patients who have more severe skin concerns.
For patients with mild to moderate skin concerns such as those listed above, a StrataPen microneedling treatment may be sufficient. However, for more severe skin concerns that respond best to deeper penetration within the skin tissue, we may recommend Morpheus8.
Additionally, the Morpheus8 system has benefits that extend all over the body. At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, we offer Morpheus8 for cellulite removal, a treatment that can specifically treat cellulite on areas of the body that are more difficult to target, such as the thighs, buttocks and legs.
Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling can help with the following skin concerns on all areas of the body:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin laxity
- Acne scarring and other types of scarring
- Stretch marks
If you have questions or concerns about which of these treatments is right for you, one of the aesthetic professionals at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics can help you determine whether StrataPen or Morpheus8 is best suited for your skin concerns and overall goals. Please call us at 952-460-1970 or visit our contact page to request a free consultation.
FAQs: StrataPen Microneedling
CAN MICRONEEDLING BE PERFORMED ON ALL SKIN TYPES?
Yes! Unlike laser treatments that usually have contraindications for darker skin tones, microneedling has proven to be safe and effective for all skin types. As no heat from a laser is delivered to the skin during the treatment, there is no risk of collagen coagulation, hyperpigmentation or hyperpigmentation.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR STRATAPEN MICRONEEDLING?
A StrataPen microneedling treatment can be performed on patients of all ages, skin types and skin tones. StrataPen microneedling is a suitable option for patients suffering from enlarged pores, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone and texture.
Microneedling is an excellent treatment for younger patients who wish to slow down future signs of aging by increasing collagen production early on. Microneedling is also suitable for older patients who wish to treat existing signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, poor texture and loss of skin elasticity.
WHO IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR MICRONEEDLING?
It is advised that patients with active acne, diabetes and keloid scarring avoid this treatment. Additionally, patients who are pregnant or who are currently on blood thinners or isotretinoin must also avoid this treatment.
One of our aesthetic professionals will go over your medical history in detail during your consultation to determine if StrataPen microneedling will be a safe and effective treatment for you.
WHAT IS A MICRONEEDLING TREATMENT LIKE?
Topical numbing cream will be applied before your treatment to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your procedure. The treatment itself can be completed in under 20 minutes once the numbing cream takes effect. Microneedling is FDA-approved, minimally invasive and relatively painless.
Depending on the depth of the needles used, there may be some immediate pinpoint bleeding which is completely normal. Immediately after your microneedling treatment, the treated area may feel dry and tight; however, these side effects usually subside within 24 hours. There will be slight redness for two to four days following your treatment, and the area may feel tender, like it has a mild sunburn.
DOES MICRONEEDLING HURT?
Before your microneedling treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied and allowed to absorb, making the treatment relatively painless. Depending on the depth of the needles used, there may be slight discomfort, but the entire treatment is easily tolerated by most patients.
WHAT ARE THE AFTERCARE PROCEDURES FOR MICRONEEDLING?
After your microneedling treatment at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, we recommend avoiding the gym, swimming and anything that will make you sweat for at least 24 hours post-treatment. Sun exposure is likewise greatly discouraged in the week post-treatment. Depending on the intensity of your treatment, some skin flaking or peeling can be expected. This is typically short-lived and should subside within a few days.
You must wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 following your microneedling treatment and for several weeks afterward, especially if you are completing a series of microneedling sessions. Skin cell renewal and new collagen production take several weeks to take maximum effect and show visible results. During this time, it is critical to protect your skin from UV damage that can hinder your microneedling results.
CAN I RESUME MY NORMAL SKINCARE ROUTINE AFTER MICRONEEDLING?
Your skin will be delicate in the days immediately following your microneedling treatment. It’s recommended to avoid any makeup and harsh skincare products such as those containing retinoids and chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs for one to three days post-treatment.
After your microneedling treatment is over, your clinician will advise you on a skincare routine to follow post-treatment for optimal results. They will also go over any other aftercare instructions and be happy to answer any questions you may have so you’ll understand how to care for your skin.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS FROM A MICRONEEDLING TREATMENT?
Once any peeling and redness have subsided, you will be able to see a firmer, plumper and more radiant complexion. As your skin remodels itself from within in the weeks after your treatment, you should start to notice a smoother skin texture and an improvement in the appearance of blemishes.
The long-term results from microneedling will continue to be visible over the weeks and months following your microneedling treatment, as the skin cell renewal process can take several weeks to complete.
HOW MANY MICRONEEDLING TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
While most patients see an initial improvement in skin clarity, texture and tone following their microneedling treatment, the best and most dramatic results will be seen after a series of microneedling sessions.
Typically, most patients need between three and six microneedling treatments with four to six weeks in between to achieve the desired results. For patients with deeper wrinkles and more severe skin concerns, more treatments may be needed. During your consultation at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, one of our clinicians will be able to assess your skin concerns and design a treatment plan that is right for you.
ARE THE RESULTS FROM MICRONEEDLING PERMANENT?
The results from microneedling are long-lasting, but your skin will continue to age and be affected by the environment. You may need more than one Minneapolis microneedling session initially to meet your goals, and you may require regular maintenance treatments to sustain your results indefinitely. A maintenance schedule can be established based on the severity of your skin concerns and your overall goals.
DOES MICRONEEDLING LEAVE SCARS?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive nonsurgical treatment that does not leave scars. While the treatment does use needles, the needles are very tiny because only small injuries are needed to trigger a healing response. Any pinprick marks that result will fade away within a few days.
CONTACT SAPPHIRE ADVANCED AESTHETICS TODAY
Experience the difference a course of StrataPen treatments can make to your skin by booking a medical-grade microneedling treatment in Minneapolis, MN, at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics. Schedule your complimentary consultation at our conveniently located office in Plymouth today. Please fill out our online form or call us at 952-460-1970 to get started on your journey towards healthier, more radiant skin.