August 22, 2019
Molly Muecke, NP


Microneedling is trending in aesthetic dermatology. The procedure is talked about everywhere from Instagram to beauty magazines as one of the newest, must have procedures. But what exactly is microneedling? 

First of all – What is Microneedling? 

Microneedling is, in essence, the process of causing controlled injuries to the skin through the process of multiple fine needle pokes. When there is an injury to the skin, the body begins to immediately repair itself through a process called the healing cascade. A vital component of the healing cascade is the addition of new collagen. Collagen affects the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


1. Microneedling Pen 
skinpen microneedling pen

The microneedling pen is very effective for general collagen formation. This motorized device causes small, controlled punctures through repetitive fine needle motions. The microneedling pen utilizes a single use adjustable needle tip. As the procedure is performed, the needle depth is adjusted based on the area of treatment. The provider typically performs three or more passes with the pen in the treated area based on desired goals. Once the treatment is complete, a client can expect to have increased redness in the treatment area for approximately three to seven days. The microneedling pen treatment is a great option for general collagen building and exfoliation.

before and after photos for pigment removal - after 1 microneedling session

2. RF Microneedling

RF microneedling is completely different from microneedling. RF microneedling technically is a microneedling device, but the power behind the treatment comes from the addition of radiofrequency waves. The needles of the device are a delivery system for the radiofrequency waves. Radiofrequency waves delivered into the skin have been shown to effectively cause the production of new collagen and elastin in a treated area. New collagen resurfaces lines and wrinkles. The production of new elastin has a dramatic skin tightening effect. Another benefit of RF microneedling is that it has the power to even out skin tone. The radiofrequency component downregulates the action of melanin (the brown pigment in the skin). The decrease in melanin has the overall effect of evening skin tone. SLK’s RF microneedling device of choice is called Vivace.

vivace before and after 1 session for tightening and pigment

Which Procedure Is Right For Me? 

If your main goal of the treatment is to improve superficial concerns like fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles then the microneedling pen may be the best course of treatment. Vivace is an excellent option for desired goals of skin tightening, lifting, contouring, and severe acne scarring and wrinkles. The right procedure should be chosen based on treatment goals. 

SLK Clinic offers both the microneedling pen and RF microneedling. Need help deciding? Book a complimentary consult to help you learn more:



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