Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?


It's relatively painless—nothing that a little topical anesthetic can't handle.




Can I go back to work immediately after the treatment?


Our advice? Don't plan on it. While technically you could, you may experience noticeable redness, swelling, or raised bumps which should disappear in 1-2 days.




Can I wear makeup after my treatment?


For best results, we recommend avoiding makeup for 1 to 2 days after the treatment. You should expect to appear blushed a few days after your appointment and slight redness for up to 1 week depending on your treatment.




What is SkinPen®?


SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the first microneedling device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, clinically proven to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars for ages 22 and up. With as few as three non-invasive and affordable treatments spaced 30 days apart, your patients can improve their appearance for six months after their last treatment – and step out with confidence.1




How does SkinPen® work?


SkinPen® works by creating a series of hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermis to stimulate the skin’s natural production of new collagen and elastin, helping skin to look and feel healthier. SkinPen® needles cycle at 100+ stamps/second, potentially creating 1600+ microchannels per second when moving the SkinPen®.




How is microneedling performed?


Microneedling can be performed using SkinPen®, a medical-grade, state-of-the-art microneedling tool available only through medical professionals. The treatment typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and number of areas treated and the degree of treatment requested by the patient.




What areas of the skin can be treated?


SkinPen’s® variable needle depth allows for maximum versatility, making it safe and effective to use on many parts of the body, including the face, neck and décolletage. Talk to your SkinPen® provider to discuss your specific needs.




What can I expect during treatment?


A topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment. Generally, patients report feeling just the slight vibration of the SkinPen® during the treatment.




Is there downtime after microneedling?


The total healing time depends on each individual. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild to moderate sunburn) for two to four days following the microneedling procedure. Some people may see their skin return to normal in about 24 hours.




When will I see results?


The natural repair process of your own skin continues to progress through the course of several weeks. Damage that has occurred over an extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately. You may not see the final result for up to six months following your final session. *Individual results will vary.




How many treatments are recommended?


The number of procedures required will be based upon your individual procedure goals and the overall health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of three procedures spaced about four weeks apart.