A minimally invasive procedure involving the movement of a pen-like device

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As we age the natural architecture of our skin deteriorates, which leads to fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and uneven skin texture.

Microneedling is a way to address these signs of ageing.

Skinpen before and after

What is SkinPen®?

SkinPen is a micro needling medical device used for the treatment of melasma, surgical scars and acne scars through collagen induction therapy.

Micro needling is a minimally invasive procedure involving the movement of a pen- like device with an attached sterile, disposable cartridge tip containing small needles over the skin’s surface.

The microneedles puncture the skin and create tiny micro injuries that are not visible to the naked eye. These tiny punctures stimulate tissue regeneration through a process called collagen induction therapy (CIT) which improves the appearance of the skin.

The process of CIT is instigated through the breaking of the old and damaged strands of collagen in target tissues via micro- needling. This leads to the production of new collagen, which improves the structure and function of the skin while improving its appearance

By utilising CIT, skin concerns such as acne scars, surgical scars and melasma may be treated. Cosmetic concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles and scars may also be improved. It generally takes at least up to 3 months before a physical improvement can be seen, and multiple treatments may be required to achieve desirable results*.

What to Expect Following a SkinPen® Procedure

The following are expected following SkinPen® procedures with experiences varying between clients*:

  • Low grade redness and swelling for up to 4 days post treatment
  • Slight discomfort subsiding with 24 hours
  • Bruising
  • Mild crusting and scabbing for 2-3 days post treatment
  • Short term skin dryness, tightness, itching and burning
  • Skin peeling
  • Short term darkening of skin pigmentation followed by lightening

Frequently Asked Questions

SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the first FDA cleared microneedling device in the world, clinically proven to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars. Skin pen causes controlled micro injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process, while minimising cellular damage. The result is effective remodelling of scar tissue, while improving the overall skin tone & texture.

SkinPen is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of acne scars. It’s a minimally invasive procedure with very little down time. As the first FDA-cleared micro needling device, SkinPen sets the industry standard for safety.

SkinPen has been clinically proven to be effective for women and men with skin ranging from light to tanned skin.

SkinPen creates hundreds to thousands of “micro” skin punctures per second to stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process to prompt tissue remodelling without causing scar tissue formation. Most patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours.

While SkinPen treatments are effective on their own, we do advise to do a Healite (LED) light Therapy after skin needling as it helps to speed up the healing process. And we advise to follow the recommended before & after care protocols provided to you by your skin therapist.

Yes, by design. SkinPen’s single use sterile needle cartridge is built with safety in mind. SkinPen is also surrounded by a proprietary BioSheath that acts as a barrier to prevent cross contamination between procedures.  Which is part of the reason SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the world’s first FDA-cleared microneedling device.

SkinPen should not be used on patients who have active skin cancer in the treatment areas, open wounds, sores, or irritated skin in the treatment areas, an allergy to stainless steel, a hemorrhagic (bleeding) disorder or hemostatic (bleeding) dysfunction, pregnant or nursing or are currently taking drugs with the ingredient isotretinoin (such as Accutane).

Micro needling procedures are generally deemed minimally invasive with a low risk of adverse events and complications as long as treatment instructions and pre and post skin care advice is followed effectively. Most adverse events and complications are directly associated with poor skin care post procedure and not following instructions pre and post procedure

Depending on the individual, some clients may be able to resume normal activities immediately following a SkinPen® procedure with other resuming normal activities the day after. The exception to this is exercise and activities that induce sweating and heat, as they may aggravate the skin post-procedure.

Microneedling procedures may improve the appearance of acne and surgical scars, however they cannot completely remove them.

Microneedling procedures may improve the appearance of melasma*, however cannot completely remove it or prevent it from coming back again.

Every client varies with regards to their treatment needs, with most skin concerns requiring more than one procedure to achieve results. Your treating practitioner will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs and explain this to you during your first consultation. This plan may need to be reviewed over time.

Some results achieved through microneedling procedures may last for a longer period of time than others. Due to this reason further procedures may be required to maintain results.

It may take up to 3-6 months to see results with SkinPen®. This is because beneficial effects associated with microneedling rely upon the wound healing process within the skin which takes time, hence results may take this long to physically appear*.

It is essential that you only use skincare products recommended by your treating practitioner following your SkinPen® procedure. This is due to your skin having microchannels within it that can enhance the absorption of topically applied products for 24-48hrs post procedure. Various products may lead to allergic reactions and the formation of unwanted adverse skin reactions, hence any product that has not been approved by your treating practitioner should not be applied due to this risk.

The recommended protocol following a SkinPen® procedure is as follows:
SkinFuse® Lift HG only should be used for 24hrs following the procedure and the use of SkinFuse® Rescue Calming Complex may commence 24hrs after the procedure.

*Note results may vary from person to person


before & after – Client gallery

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