The Power of the Pen

The Power of the Pen
The Power of the Pen

The list of non-surgical aesthetic procedures I'm willing to try just grew by one, and with very good reason. Microneedling has a proven track record of skin repair, and now there's a new post-procedure topical treatment designed to support it. Bellus Medical recently launched Skinfuse, a post-microneedling treatment to optimize the results of microneedling with SkinPenTM , also a Bellus Medical product.

Over the past few years, microneedling has certainly proven it is effective in improving the look and health of your skin. It works through the use of a device containing numerous fine needles that create a controlled skin injury which actually prompts the skin to fill these minuscule wounds with new, healthy collagen and elastin from the dermal layer up, setting the stage for the skin to actually repair itself. It seems there's nothing this rejuvenating procedure can't do. These microscopic incisions have proven to greatly diminish (and in some cases even erase) everything from wrinkles to scars to stretch marks - to lax and thin skin to sun damage, large pores and more.

I chatted with Pennsylvania-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Reedy who is a fan of Bellus Medical's in-office SkinPen and Skinfuse. He noted that use of Skinfuse after microneedling will "optimize the results of the SkinPen and provide a significant increase in the percentage of epidermal thickness." It basically gives the skin what it needs to repair itself, prevent inflammation and help restore its natural balance. Skinfuse is formulated with essential nutrients known to assist in tissue remodeling post-microneedling. Ingredients include hyaluronic acid and growth serum which patients can add to their at-home plan for post-procedural care of their skin.

Dr. Reedy notes that it’s the home care between your in-office appointments that can help to determine how effective the treatment will be for the patient.

If you're thinking of giving SkinPen and Skinfuse a go, here's what you need to know:

  • It's safe to use on all types of skin.
  • The settings can be individualized and the needles lengthened or shortened depending on the area being treated, making it comfortable for most patients.
  • The versatility of the pen makes it easy to treat other areas besides the face including the hands, abdomen, legs, back, chest and arms.
  • The side effects are minimal with many patients healing within 24 hours and others only experiencing a bit of pinkness -- like a sunburn -- for just a few days post-treatment.

Most patients will require 3 - 6 treatments spaced 4 - 6 weeks apart with a maintenance schedule suggested at 3 months to one year. The number of treatments required is based upon the overall health of the skin and patient’s goals. The majority of patients do notice healthier looking skin immediately after treatment but since the production of collagen takes time you experience improvement for up to 6 months. The cost of the treatment varies by city with most charging $300 to $400 per session.

I plan on signing up for a series of treatments, stat. Though I don't expect it to be a spa-like experience, if I'm anything like most of the patients undergoing this procedure, I'll notice healthier looking skin immediately which will make up for the slight discomfort I might experience during the procedure. If you too are looking for a non-invasive, anti-aging or rejuvenating skincare treatment with little to no downtime, SkinPen and Skinfuse might be worth considering. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area to determine if this procedure is right for you.

About the Author

Nancy Weinberg Simon is a beauty and lifestyle writer with over 20 years of experience. She's the founder and editor of the beauty and lifestyle blog, The Beauty Wall, the features editor at Beauty in the Bag, and was the beauty editor at Family Circle magazine from 1997-2007. She's also been a valuable contributor to Ladies' Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, More magazine and numerous other magazines and online beauty sites. Prior to finding her niche and writing about everything beauty related, Nancy dabbled in casting, production, talent management, advertising and the modeling industry. She loves reading everything and anything she can get her hands on, entertaining family and friends, trolling home decor sites and attending estate sales, open houses and outdoor markets. Nancy lives with her husband, two children and two very large cats, just outside of NYC.