Strata Pen is a minimally invasive micro-needling device used for skin rejuvenation. Also, Strata Pen is the micro-needling device used at Lytle Plastic Surgery for a myriad of skin issues, such as acne scars, pigmentation issues, fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, loose skin, and brown spots. Micro needling is a very popular cosmetic procedure, and Pine Belt Dermatology has only begun offering it recently. Micro needling is defined as the use of small solid or hollow needles to cause punctures in the skin for therapeutic purposes. It’s a simple, safe, effective and easy to perform procedure with a growing list of applications. Mainly, micro needling devices cause patterns of tiny wounds that stimulate the healing cascade to produce healthier-looking skin of even texture and tone; this can be harnessed for simple rejuvenation via dermabrasion, or more profound indications such as the revision of various types of scarring. Additionally, micro needling is very affordable. Micro needle devices cost nowhere near as much as the complicated energy-based medical devices for skin rejuvenation , resurfacing or tightening, such as fractional CO2 lasers or radio-frequency devices, which can end up costing thousands of dollars over the course of multiple treatments. The cool thing with this new procedure is that it is great for all skin types and colors. Unlike laser, IPL, and chemical peels, Strata Pen can be used on all skin types without fear of hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, burning, and most importantly, recent mild to moderate sun exposure. However, if you’re considering micro-needling treatments, we recommend a cosmetic consultation first. In fact, we will not operate on a patient without first having a consultation about the procedure. So who makes the ideal candidate for the Strat Pen micro-needling procedure? The better question is, “Who doesn’t?” Because it’s minimally invasive, doesn’t cause significant wounding of skin, and isn’t light-based, virtually anybody can safely undergo micro needling therapy with minimal risk of long-term adverse effects. Typically important factors such as age or skin color don’t matter. Even areas of the body where skin is typically thin can undergo treatment with some micro needling devices, such as Strata Pen, where depth of penetration is consistent and easily regulated. The best candidates for Strata Pen micro-needling are:
- Male or female, 18+ and in good health.
- Are not pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
- Has not had dermal fillers (Juvederm & Restylane) within 2 weeks of the treatment.
- Has not had Botox/ Dysport, injections within 2 days of the treatment.
Medical contraindications for microneedling are:
- keloid scars
- active acne, rosacea or psoriasis
- blood-thinner or isotretinoin (>6 months) therapy
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