Skin Pen Precision Microneedling

Frank Mazza, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Concierge Medicine and Wellness

Frank Mazza, MD

Primary Care Physician & Aesthetics located in Richmond, TX

Your family deserves a dedicated medical care team that’s always there for support and care. At Concierge Medicine and Wellness in Richmond, Texas, Frank Mazza, MD, and his team use a retainer-based model, so they can maintain a smaller patient panel, and longer, more thorough visits. This model also provides patients more access to providers than you’d get with regular family medicine providers. The caring team handles all aspects of primary care for you and your family, so get in touch online or by phone to learn more now.

Skin Pen FAQs

 

 

 

What is SkinPen?

SkinPen by Crown Aesthetics is the first FDA-cleared microneedling device in the world, clinically proven to safely and effectively fight the appearance of neck wrinkles and facial acne scars for ages 22 and up.

With as few as three non-invasive and affordable treatments spaced 30 days apart, you can improve your appearance for six months after your last treatment – and step out with confidence. 
SkinPen creates hundreds to thousands of “micro” skin punctures per second to stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process – inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling – to prompt tissue remodeling without causing scar tissue formation.

Most patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
SkinPen is clinically proven to fight the appearance of neck wrinkles and reduce the appearance of acne scars. In fact, 90% of subjects in the clinical trial would recommend the treatment to friends and family.

It’s a minimally invasive procedure performed in-office with little downtime.

As the first FDA-cleared microneedling device, SkinPen sets the industry standard for safety.
Unlike some alternatives, SkinPen has been clinically proven to be effective for women and men with skin ranging from light to very dark.

Likewise, SkinPen treatments, when properly spaced and overseen by a physician, can be used for years.
Yes, by design. SkinPen’s patent-pending – and 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.

That’s part of the reason SkinPen by Crown Aesthetics is the world’s first FDA-cleared microneedling device. 
SkinPen should not be used on patients who have active skin cancer in the treatment area(s); open wounds, sores, or irritated skin in the treatment area(s); an allergy to stainless steel or anesthetics; a hemorrhagic (bleeding) disorder or hemostatic (bleeding) dysfunction; are pregnant or nursing; or are currently taking drugs with the ingredient isotretinoin (such as Accutane).
Microneedling procedures tend to cost less than the alternatives, due to their non-invasive nature. The cost of SkinPen procedures varies depending on the size and the number of treatment areas.

During your consultation, Dr. Mazza can develop a plan to work within your budget.
Quite a bit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s clearance covers not only the SkinPen device but the entire protocol. That includes the Skinfuse® Lift HG hydrogel used to protect against abrasion and friction during the treatment, as well as the custom-designed BioSheath to prevent cross-contamination.

SkinPen Preparation and Aftercare

 

PRE-TREATMENT:

  • 1 week prior to treatment:
    • minimize sun exposure (a tan could affect your treatment results and healing).

 

  • To reduce the risk of bruising:
    • 1 week prior to treatment- Discontinue aspirin, naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), coconut oil, omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil; ingestion of fish), ginseng, gingko, turmeric/curcumin, St.John's Wort.
    • 3 days prior to treatment- Avoid ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). (You may resume after the procedure.)
    • Acetominophen/Tylenol is fine to take before or after treatment.

*Note: if you need to take medications for medical reasons, do not discontinue without discussing with your prescribing healthcare provider.

  • Day of treatment:

    • If you are prone to cold sores, take your medication (e.g. acyclovir or valacyclovir/Valtrex).
    • Cleanse the treatment area well prior to your appointment.

 

 

POST-TREATMENT:

Optimize your results & reduce the risk of infection, irritation, and allergic reactions

  • Day of treatment:

For the first 4 hours after the procedure, USE ONLY:

SkinFuse Lift HG and Rescue Calming Complex ON THE TREATED AREAS unless otherwise instructed. Although this may sting for a few seconds immediately after application, the SkinFuse Lift serves as a skin protectant and "sealant," while the Rescue Calming Complex helps to calm the post-treatment redness. These included products help optimize the response to the SkinPen treatment.

* Do not use water (which is not sterile) or skin care products on the treated area until 4 hours have passed.

    • If you are prone to cold sores, continue your medications for 5 days.
    • If you have discomfort, you may take medications, e.g. acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen as directed.

 

  • 4 hours after the procedure:

    • you may use your skin care products EXCEPT for retinoids, scrubs & exfoliating products (see list below)*.
    • Use sunscreen daily and minimize sun exposure to reduce the risk of sunburn and unevenness It is normal for your skin to peel or flake for a few days after treatment.
    • Moisturizers (e.g. Trio, Medical Barrier Cream) or Aquaphor can be applied as needed to reduce dryness/flaking.

 

Do not resume the following until your skin is no longer sensitive or peeling:

* (usually 3 - 5 days on the face & neck; may take longer on other areas): retinoids (e.g. RetinA/tretinoin, AlphaRet, Retinal, Luminate, retinol, Differin, Tazorac), alpha-hydroxy acids (e.g. lactic acid, glycolic acid, malic acid), salicylic acid, physical scrubs, and exfoliating products. If you tape the area at night, you may resume when the skin is no longer sensitive.

 

Please contact the office at 281-207-0770 immediately if you have any concerns or if you experience any of the following: Increasing pain or redness of the skin; open sores or blisters; pronounced swelling or drainage; unusual discoloration of the skin; infection.