Microneedling in San Francisco

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Pricing
$650
Consultation Required?
Yes
Expected Downtime
Minimal
Sessions Needed
4 to 6
Results Last
3 to 4 weeks

Treatment Overview

SkinPen® Microneedling Firms Skin with Collagen

Collagen is the building block of skin health. Promote your collagen production for more supple skin with added volume.

SkinPen® Microneedling uses a special hand-held device  tiny, sterilized needles to cause micro-injuries to the skin. This triggers your body’s amazing healing response to form new collagen in the treatment areas.Over time, your skin becomes fuller, more supple, with less appearance of acne and scarring, while shrinking oversized  pores and improving overall skin texture.

SkinPen Microneedling

Targets
Fine lines, wrinkles, texture, pores, collagen building, acne scars, surgical scars, undereye, jowls, nasolabial fold, neck.

Overview
After 20 – 25 years of age, we lose approximately 1% of collagen per year! Microneedling procedures create micro-channels in the skin, which triggers the body’s natural healing process to produce new collagen. The result is smoother, healthier, and radiant-looking skin.

SkinPen® microneedling is the gold-standard in microneedling devices and has the most robust research among any other microneedling devices on the market. The procedure is performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of 14 medical-grade stainless steel need tips. Over the course of the 20-30 minute procedure, approximately 2 million micro-channels are created in the skin to induce neocollagenesis – new collagen production.

Not to be confused with micropenning, in which an aesthetician uses a microneedling device at superficial depths, microneedling is performed by a medical practitioner at the proper depths to induce new collagen production, help with fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Treatment Plan
For the treatment of acne scars: Treatments are typically performed in a series of three, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and then every 3 – 6 months for maintenance. Number and frequency of treatments varies depending on your skin type and treatment area. Results will typically last 2-5 years.

For general skin maintenance: Treatments are typically performed quarterly (every 3 months). This treatment can also be paired with wrinkle relaxers (Dysport, Botox) at the provider’s discretion.

What To Expect
If it’s your first time receiving a SkinPen® microneedling treatment, you’re in good hands! You’ll first have an initial consultation with the provider to assess your goals and develop a treatment plan.

On the day of treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area for approximately 30 minutes.

The SkinPen® treatment takes 20-30 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. Immediate aftercare includes the AnteAGE® stem cell-derived growth factor kit to expedite the healing process and further boost collagen production.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

Two Weeks Prior To Treatment

  • Avoid intentional tanning.
  • Apply sunscreen every day prior to treatment.

Four Days Prior To Treatment

  • Avoid taking ibuprofen, Aleve®, aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba to reduce your risk of bruising or bleeding.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid topical retinoids including retinol, Retin-A, or tretinoin cream.
  • Avoid hair removal creams, waxing, tweezing, or bleaching the treatment area.

Two Days Prior To Treatment

  • If you have a history of herpes / cold sores around the treatment area, discuss with your injector about starting an antiviral medication two days before your appointment.

Day of Treatment

  • Arrive for treatment with clean skin – there should be no lotion, make-up, perfume on the skin.

Aftercare & Recovery

  • Results take time, typically 1-2 months after your first treatment.
  • Mild redness and swelling typically occur after treatment and will last for 2-3 days.
  • Avoiding intense exercise and alcohol for 24 hours after treatment to help reduce any swelling.
  • Swelling is not common, but may occur around the eyes. To help reduce swelling, it is recommended to sleep with 2 pillows during the first couple days of recovery.
  • Avoid applying makeup for 48 hours after treatment.
  • Avoid tanning, saunas, hot tubs, hot wax, or prolonged sun exposure until swelling and redness subside.
  • Washing your face with a gentle face wash is okay!
  • Avoid any active ingredients such as retinol, tretinoin, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid until your skin has fully recovered.

Side Effects

Common side effects of SkinPen® treatment include skin redness (erythema), and swelling (edema) similar to a moderate sunburn. You may also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on certain areas. This should diminish within a few hours following the procedure. 48 – 72 hours after the procedure, the skin will have healed significantly. After 4 – 5 days, there is rarely any evidence that a procedure has taken place.

Our patients say it all

"I am hooked. My skin was glowing, so smooth and continues to glow post-treatment."

After many months without a skin care treatment, I went in yesterday for my first dermaplane and hydrafacial experience yesterday based on a friends recommendation. Monica was my super esthetician and she is amazing. …

Gil C.

"I am somewhat of a beauty junkie, truth be told."

I’ve been getting facials for years and when a friend recommended Elinea, which I thought was strictly a MedSpa, I thought why not? I’ve been to a number of salons in the city and like to keep my options open. Monica did a hydrofacial for me which was truly one of the best immediate gratifications facially I can remember. …

Kimberly C.

"Just had the pleasure of receiving a Hydrafacial treatment from Monica. "

It was one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve had in a while! Everyone at Elinea exudes kindness, professionalism, and poise. Monica was especially personable, and made an already fabulous experience that much more enjoyable. Thank you all very much, I highly recommend!!

Marshall F.

"I am hooked. My skin was glowing, so smooth and continues to glow post-treatment."

After many months without a skin care treatment, I went in yesterday for my first dermaplane and hydrafacial experience yesterday based on a friends recommendation. Monica was my super esthetician and she is amazing. She is very knowledgeable about products and treatments. I had a bunch of skincare questions and Monica was really informative. I know there are other advanced procedures at Elinea such as Botox, injectables, etc but for me and for now, I am happy taking small steps in my journey to great skin. Elinea is a warm and beautiful new space in the Castro. I am booking my next skincare treatment now!

"I am somewhat of a beauty junkie, truth be told."

I've been getting facials for years and when a friend recommended Elinea, which I thought was strictly a MedSpa, I thought why not? I've been to a number of salons in the city and like to keep my options open. Monica did a hydrofacial for me which was truly one of the best immediate gratifications facially I can remember. The next day, I looked seriously five years younger. My skin was taut, supple and super hydrated...many fine lines were minimized. I'm definitely going to get this treatment again. Monica knows her stuff.

"Just had the pleasure of receiving a Hydrafacial treatment from Monica. "

It was one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve had in a while! Everyone at Elinea exudes kindness, professionalism, and poise. Monica was especially personable, and made an already fabulous experience that much more enjoyable. Thank you all very much, I highly recommend!!

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The best candidates for SkinPen microneedling are patients who are experiencing:

  • Moderate-to-deep wrinkles
  • Fine lines from aging
  • Age spots/liver spots
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Loss of collagen
  • Lost volume in the face
  • Sagging/loose skin
  • Dull/haggard-looking skinBecause of its advanced design and function, SkinPen microneedling can be done on all skin types and colors.

Because of the nature of microneedling, there is discomfort during the treatment. However, most of our patients find the level of discomfort manageable and tolerable.

Most patients will receive a topical numbing cream prior to commencing the treatment, so that any pain or discomfort is minimized.

Depending the concerns we’re addressing, and the size and number of treatment areas, costs average from $100 to $700.

SkinPen microneedling makes thousands of tiny punctures, called “microinjuries” to your skin. Most patients take 1 to 3 days for those to heal, depending on the intensity of your treatment.

However, you can return to your regular daily activities directly after treatment. We do ask that you don’t:

  • Engage in activity that will make you sweat excessively.
  • Wear make for a full 24 hours from the end of your treatment.
  • Spend time in direct sunlight for 3 days if possible.

To prepare for your SkinPen microneedling treatment session, Elinea Med Spa recommends that you:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure or sunburn for 3 days.
  • Refrain from using topical retinoids for 24 hours.
  • Wait for any active acne breakouts or open lesions to heal before having treatment.
  • Wait a minimum of 24 hours after autoimmune therapies.

To support your positive results, we recommend a touch-up session once a month after your initial treatments.

Directly after your microneedling, we suggest the following:

  • Only use Elinea Med Spa recommended products on your skin for the first 24 hours.
  • When cleansing, use a gentle cleanser (or just water) and do not scrub the treatment area.
  • Avoid exercise or any activity that causes excessive sweating for 3 days.
  • Stay out of the sun for 3 days.

Please inform the treating provider prior to treatment if you have any of the following conditions that may make you unsuitable for SkinPen® microneedling treatments:

  • History of keloid scars
  • Scleroderma
  • Collagen vascular diseases
  • Hemorrhagic disorder
  • Active bacterial, viral, or fungal infection
  • Any active condition in the treatment area such as sores, psoriasis, eczema and rash as well as excessively / freshly tanned skin
  • Use of Isotretinoin (Accutane®) within 6 months prior to treatment

If you have any questions about SkinPen® microneedling, please give us a call: (415) 400-5315 or email us at hello@elineasf.com.

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