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. Strata Pen 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 clearer, more rejuvenated skin. Patients will 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 healing response by stimulating the release of various growth factors, kickstarting the production of collagen and elastin, the building blocks of healthy, youthful skin. Microneedling also breaks apart unwanted scar tissue or collagen bundles in the superficial layer of the skin. This improves the condition of various blemishes such as acne scars, and even stretch marks.
Unlike at-home treatments such as the popular dermal roller, each Strata Pen treatment uses a disposable tip of extremely fine, surgical-grade needles, reducing the likelihood of contamination. The device is also able to deliver much more consistent delivery of vertical penetration of the skin, unlike dermal rollers which drag across the skin and result in tearing wounds. A medical-grade microneedling treatment at Sapphire is also able to deliver more collagen inducing 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?
A Strata Pen treatment can be performed on almost all areas of the body, with the face, neck, and decollete being the most common. However, patients concerned about stretch marks on the abdomen and thighs can also benefit from a series of microneedling treatments.
Some of the conditions Strata Pen microneedling can address include:
- Acne scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Large pores
- Skin texture irregularities
- Pigmentation irregularities
- Stretch marks
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 is delivered to the skin during the treatment, there is no risk of collagen coagulation, hyper-pigmentation, or hypo-pigmentation. A Strata Pen microneedling treatment can also be performed on patients of all ages.
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 also avoid this treatment. We will go over your medical history in detail during your consultation to determine if this treatment will be a safe and effective one 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.
After your treatment is over, we will go over your aftercare instructions so you’ll understand how to care for your skin post-treatment. Avoid 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 like skin flaking or peeling can be expected, but should subside within three days.
When will I see results from a Microneedling treatment?
Once any peeling and redness have subsided, you will be able to see immediate results of a plumper and more radiant complexion. As your skin remodels itself from within, in the weeks after your treatment, you should be able to see a smoother skin texture and the improvement in the appearance of blemishes. For acne scars and large pores, a series of treatments will be required in order to see the best results.
Experience the difference a course of Strata Pen treatments can make to your skin by booking a medical-grade microneedling treatment at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics. Schedule your complimentary consultation at our conveniently located office in Plymouth today. Fill out our online form, or call us at (952) 460-1970 to get started on your journey towards healthier, more radiant skin.