What is microneedling with the Collagen PIN?
The Collagen PIN is an automated microneedling device that treats fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, pore size, stretch marks and other textural issues. Unlike over-the-counter rolling devices, this more intensive treatment is medical-grade and is performed by licensed medical professionals in clinical settings.
How does it work?
Microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy. The tip of the Collagen PIN contains sterile micro-pins that are used to create micro-injury sites at precise depths in the skin. This treatment makes use of the skin’s natural healing process to stimulate collagen, growth factors and elastin production. The result is a reduction in the appearance of textural issues. The Collagen PIN treatment is paired with specialized products to maximize the benefits of treatment.
What kind of results can I expect?
The Collagen PIN produces noticeable improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, pore size, stretch marks and other textural issues. The Collagen PIN is most often used on the face, but can treat scarring and stretch marks on other areas of the body. It is possible to treat multiple areas of the skin in a single session.
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What is the difference between Collagen PIN and rolling microneedling devices?
The term “microneedling” can refer to two different treatments: microneedling pens for clinical use, and rolling microneedling devices that may be purchased over-the-counter.
Microneedling pens, such as the Collagen PIN and Dermapen, are more intensive treatments performed in clinical settings by medical professionals. These devices use tiny sterile needles in the tip of the device, which retract and extend to the desired depth in the skin. The needles on these devices are adjusted by your medical provider for the specific condition and treatment areas. The result is a more effective and precise treatment.
Microneedling rollers, also known as dermarollers, are over-the-counter products. These rollers can be purchased online or in drug stores at a range of fixed needle depths, typically under 1mm. Dermarollers with longer needles are sometimes used in clinical settings, but should not be used at home.
Microneedling with at-home dermarollers has increased in popularity recently. We believe patients can see positive effects by adding this treatment to their skin care regimen, but it’s important to understand that using dermarollers incorrectly can damage your skin. If you do not properly select, store and clean your dermaroller, you risk introducing bacteria to vulnerable layers of the skin, creating excess injury to the skin, and worsening existing textural issues. Our skin care experts are on hand in the office and over the phone to discuss your options, and proper use of at-home microneedling with dermarollers.
How many treatments are necessary? How long will the results last?
Your provider will discuss your goals and create a treatment plan to best achieve them. In general, multiple sessions are necessary to achieve results. Depending on the treatment area and concern, you can expect a series of three to six treatment, spaced four to six weeks apart. More advanced textural issues may require additional treatment. Collagen PIN results are permanent, but do not stop the natural process of aging or prevent further scarring.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Before the procedure begins, a topical numbing gel will be applied to the treatment area. This ensures that you will not experience pain during the procedure. Once the numbing is complete, the treatment area will be cleansed and a hyaluronic acid serum will be applied. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating product that occurs naturally in the skin. This serum makes it easier to move the tip of the Collagen PIN across the treatment area as it delivers the specialty product to deeper layers of the skin.
The actual microneedling treatment lasts 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. You will feel the tip of the Collagen PIN moving across the treatment area. Because the area is numbed, patients do not typically report discomfort or pain.
How long does recovery take?
Recovery depends on the intensity of the treatment. Some patients experience mild redness, swelling and discomfort, while others experience crusting, scabbing and more moderate swelling and discomfort that may persist for a few days. Following treatment, you will be provided with specific post-care products. It is important to use these products exactly as instructed to prevent complications and achieve the best results. We also recommend drinking lots of water and avoiding sun exposure. Patients typically see results one to two weeks after treatment, with results improving each treatment session.
What is the difference between Collagen PIN and laser treatment?
Collagen PIN and fractionated laser treatments like Fraxel and Clear + Brilliant both work by creating controlled micro-injury sites. Collagen PIN accomplishes this mechanically through the use of tiny sterile needles, while fractionated laser treatments use light energy. Because the Collagen PIN does not heat the skin like laser treatments, it causes less inflammation and is often considered the less intensive. The Collagen PIN also does not target pigment like some lasers, making it a better choice for some conditions, especially in people with darker skin.
Is it safe?
Microneedling with the Collagen PIN is a safe and effective treatment. Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, there are risks associated. Dr. Cox stresses the importance of finding an experienced team who understands the finer points of collagen induction therapy.
Who is a good candidate?
Collagen PIN treats a range of issues related to skin tone and texture. A wide range of patients can benefit. We find that Collagen PIN produces especially good results for patients with acne scars and stretch marks. The face is the most commonly treated area, but the neck, décolletage, hands, arms, legs, abdomen, breasts, back and other areas can also be treated. The Collagen PIN can treat all skin types, including darker skin types. As with any procedure, good candidates are those who understand the procedure and post-treatment care, and have a realistic understanding of the results of the treatment.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
It’s possible to perform less-intensive microneedling with a dermaroller at home, or to receive microneedling pen treatment from a medispa, but Dr. Cox strongly recommends seeking care in the office of a board certified dermatologist. As a pioneer in the area of aesthetic dermatology, Dr. Cox and her team are excited to introduce microneeding with the Collagen PIN to Aesthetic Solutions. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.