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SkinPen® Microneedling in Northern Virginia

Even for our patients who have crystal-clear skin, the complexion can be marred by acne scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. At Elle Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer our Northern Virginia patients a way to “reset” their skin: visible rejuvenation and fine-tuning with SkinPen microneedling. Microneedling is an in-office procedure that takes only about 30 minutes and can have dramatic results.


How Does Microneedling Work?

SkinPen microneedling is a fantastic way to diminish the appearance of acne scars and fine lines on the face and neck. This process works through the creation of tiny controlled micro-injuries which help stimulate the skin’s natural healing process. No cellular damage is caused to surrounding tissues, which means that this precise treatment targets only areas of concern while keeping the structure of the skin intact, and microneedling is safe for all skin types.1

SkinPen microneedling rejuvenates and remodels the skin in 3 phases:

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Phase 1: Inflammation

When the tiny needles of the SkinPen pierce the skin, it triggers a natural immune response. Blood flow is increased to the affected area, debris and dead skin are removed, the skin is disinfected, and fresh new tissue is created.

Phase 2: Proliferation

New granulation cells rebuild the skin affected by SkinPen, initiating the proliferation of new blood vessels that increase blood flow to the area and promote healing.

Phase 3: Remodeling

New dermal tissue and blood vessels “remodel” the skin by replacing damaged tissues. This reveals fresh, youthful, scar-free skin.

Why Choose Elle Aesthetic Arts and Plastic Surgery for Your Microneedling Treatment?

Dr. Larry Lickstein and the entire team at Elle Aesthetic Arts and Plastic Surgery are committed to only providing treatments that have been proven to be both safe and effective. A plastic surgeon with years of experience and expertise, Dr. Lickstein personally researches each piece of equipment used and each treatment offered. Dr. Lickstein has thoroughly researched the FDA-cleared SkinPen microneedling system, and is confident that it will safely and effectively help our patients achieve their aesthetic goals. 

Our Director of Medical Aesthetics, Zineb Moussafir, oversees all treatments in our medical spa and is highly experienced in providing microneedling treatment. In fact, she has developed our proprietary treatment protocols.

Benefits of Microneedling

Our patients enjoy so many benefits of SkinPen microneedling, including:

  • FDA-cleared
  • 30-minute, in-office treatment
  • Little to no downtime
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Treat acne scars and other scars
  • Diminish the appearance of sun damage
  • Reduce pores
  • Reduce Rosacea
  • Fade stretch marks
  • Great for all skin types

The Microneedling Procedure: What to Expect

Microneedling with SkinPen is a quick, in-office procedure that takes only about half an hour. Prior to treatment, your provider will gently cleanse your skin and apply a topical anesthetic to enhance your comfort. During the treatment itself, you may feel a tingling or scratching sensation but you should feel no pain.

Little to no downtime is required after SkinPen microneedling. Some patients notice slight redness and/or swelling following microneedling, but this resolves within a day or two. Please be sure to protect your skin from the sun after microneedling treatment.

Microneedling Results

Immediately after microneedling treatment, your skin may feel a bit tighter. The full results of your treatment will be visible as the healing process and production of new collagen takes place. Most patients see optimal results within a few weeks of microneedling with SkinPen.

Frequently Asked Questions About Microneedling

  • Is microneedling with SkinPen painful?

    No. Before your SkinPen treatment, your skin will be numbed with a topical anesthetic. You should not experience pain at any point during treatment or recovery.

  • How many microneedling treatments will I need?

    Each patient’s SkinPen microneedling treatment plan is customized for his or her unique needs and goals. Most of our patients achieve optimal results after several sessions, spread 30 days apart. Results last for up to six months.

  • Are there any side effects of treatment with SkinPen?

    SkinPen is cleared by the FDA and considered to be a safe treatment. Minor side effects are temporary and may include redness, bruising, and swelling.

Contact Elle Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery

If you are interested in getting rid of stubborn acne scars and diminishing the appearance of fine lines on your face and/or neck, SkinPen microneedling may be the ideal treatment for you. To learn more about your options, please contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced provider.

1 Data on file. Bellus Medical. 2017. SkinPen® U.S. patent pending serial number: 15566665. Available at: Accessed December 14, 2021.

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