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SkinPen Precision System Microneedling

The concept of microneedling for facial rejuvenation, also known as collagen induction therapy, is not a new technique. In fact, microneedling was first described in the 1950’s by the French physician, Michael Pistor, who advocated for the procedure to increase collagen and elastin, or substances in the skin that improve the youthfulness of the skin. The technique is minimally invasive and painless, using tiny needles to penetrate the top layer of skin hundreds of times in order to wound the skin and trigger the healing process. The precise small needle punctures in the skin induce your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, or the building blocks of youthful and rejuvenated skin. Collagen and elastin are important because they are proteins in the skin that provide structure, support, and strength. These are all key components of youthful skin and attributes that we lose as we age, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin.

The microchannels that are created are also beneficial because they allow the penetration of topical skin products such as growth factor serums and or when microneedling is combined with plasma rich protein (PRP).

The SkinPen precision system is the only FDA cleared device for microneedling in the US and is the only microneedling device used at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago.


The SkinPen microneedling device has been FDA cleared for the treatment of acne scars of the face, however, other indications include treatment for facial rejuvenation. The face is typically one of the first parts of our body to show signs of aging, often in the form of frown lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, or forehead furrows. Wrinkles in the face can give you the appearance of being perpetually tired or angry. As we age, our skin thins and the quantity and quality of the structural components decrease, such as collagen and elastin. Microneedling has been shown to increase the thickness of the dermis or skin by 0.5 mm.

Microneedling is one tool in the plastic surgeons armamentarium for facial rejuvenation. Many patients also combine good skin care products like ZO skin health, Botox, fillers, and laser treatments to improve and maintain the youthfulness of their skin.


When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will review your aesthetic goals with you and perform a facial aesthetic evaluation to see if you are a good candidate for microneedling. Be prepared to discuss your current skin care regimen and your long term aesthetic goals.


Although minimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatments seem like very simple procedures, it is always important to have an expert board-certified plastic surgeon perform the procedures or a certified aesthetician under the direction of a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Microneedling is performed in the office by your plastic surgeon or designated aesthetician. Your plastic surgeon or aesthetician will determine the optimal technique and settings for the SkinPen microneedling device based on your aesthetic goals. First, your face will be cleansed and numbing medication will be applied to the skin to be treated. Once the skin is anesthetized, the microneedling procedure will begin. The SkinPen device creates hundreds of micro punctures of the skin that are both painless and minimally invasive. After the treatment, post procedure skin care products are applied to the treatment area. The treatment time is usually 30 to 45 minutes and post procedure instructions are provided afterwards. Recovery after the treatment is typically 2 to 3 days, it is important to follow your post procedure instructions closely. Patients usually have 3 to 6 treatments at 4 to 6 week intervals.


Recovery after microneedling is typically 2 to 3 days, after that timeframe patients may resume their normal level of activity. It is important to avoid sun exposure or soaking the treated area in a pool or bathtub for the 3 days after the treatment. Also avoid skin care treatments such as facials until after 4 weeks from the procedure date. Be sure to follow your post procedure instruction carefully.

The results of microneedling are not typically apparent right away. It may take 2 to 3 weeks to see the full effect of treatment and if additional treatments are planned, you won’t see the full effect until all the treatments are performed. Many patients schedule at least 3 treatments at 4 to 6 week intervals to improve the quality and texture of their skin.


The SkinPen microneedling device has been thoroughly tested and is the only FDA-cleared device on the market. As with any treatment, there are potential risks that can be associated with any procedure. The potential risks of microneedling may include:

  • Redness, bruising, or swelling at the treatment site

Overall, microneedling is a safe and effective treatment for acne scars and facial rejuvenation. As non-invasive aesthetic procedures are becoming more popular and more unqualified practitioners are performing them, it is important for patients to do their homework. We recommend finding a practice where a board certified plastic surgeon or his/her trained associate is performing the procedure.


The average cost of microneedling ranges from $350 to $450. This can also vary depending on if PRP or other services are performed at the same time. Be sure to discuss all costs associated with your treatment during your consultation.


If you would like to treat acne scarring, reduce wrinkles, reduce the signs of aging and have a more youthful appearance, schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago. You will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon or aesthetician who will discuss your specific aesthetic goals and determine if microneedling is right for you.

All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.



Midterm follow-up on this lovely #rhinoplasty patient who wanted nasal surgery to improve her nasal breathing but also to improve the aesthetics of the nose. Fixing the crooked nose is a challenge in rhinoplasty and on the bird’s eye view, you can visualize improvement in the dorsal aesthetic lines. Dorsal aesthetic lines are two curvilinear light reflex lines that travel from the inner eyebrow to the tip of the nose on frontal view. On profile view you can see a nice profile with the dorsal hump removed. Posted with permission.

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Honored to lead the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons (MAPS) as president for 2021-2022 with this group of esteemed colleagues on the board with me. MAPS is a plastic surgery society that was founded in 1961 to foster the development of plastic surgery in the Midwest region and involves plastic surgeons and plastic surgery programs from the states of Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. We are currently planning our annual meeting which will take place in Chicago on May 20-21st. The meeting will have renowned plastic surgeons from all over the United States to share ideas and to advance our specialty forward.

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Happy for this mother of 2 who wanted to improve the contour and aesthetics of her abdomen and waist with an #abdominoplasty or #tummy tuck. After children, women can experience rectus diastasis or separation of the abdominal muscles as the uterus expands. During a tummy tuck, plastic surgeons will address this separation by stitching the muscles back together. In the post-operative photos you can visualize the muscles re-positioned more centrally. Additionally, we will perform liposuction, remove excess abdominal skin and re-set the belly button. Posted with permission.

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Asian upper blepharoplasty or “double eyelid surgery” is a variation of an upper eyelid lift or upper blepharoplasty procedure where the upper eyelid crease is raised and more defined. Additionally, the epicanthal fold or skin that covers the inner corner of the eye can be removed depending on the patient’s goals. The goal of this surgery is not to necessarily create an occidental appearing eye but to maintain the patient’s features and create the appearance that the eye is larger and more refreshed. Posted with permission.

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Six month follow-up on a natural #otoplasty procedure or #earpinning procedure. Plastic surgeons board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have pioneered the techniques used today for ear pinning surgery. The surgery entails improving the definition of the ears and setting the ears closer to the scalp. The patient reports feeling more confident in the size, shape, and symmetry of his ears in social and work settings. Posted with permission.

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6 month follow up on a #malerhinoplasty patient who wanted his dorsal hump removed, the nose straighter, and the tip less bulbous. The patient underwent a #primaryrhinoplasty where the dorsal hump was removed, the entire nose was straightened, and the tip refined. Pay close attention to the tip of the nose, in male rhinoplasty we try to avoid over rotating the nose or making the tip “upturned”. This maneuver feminizes the nose. Posted with permission.

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This patient is 3 months from a breast augmentation with gel implants. The patient’s goals were to go from an A cup to a D cup but to still look natural. In the post-operative photos you can see that the patient has improved volume, more projection, and a natural result that fits her frame. Posted with permission.

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Happy for this patient who wanted to look and feel more rested and youthful. The patient underwent a lower facelift and neck lift to improve the aesthetics of the lower 1/3 of the face and neck. In the post-operative photos you can see improvement in the jowls, the contour of the jawline, and the neck. Posted with permission.

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Just a little hi def liposuction and abdominal etching before sweater weather.

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Happy for this patient who wanted to look less tired, more youthful, and natural. The patient underwent an upper and lower #blepharoplasty or #eyelid lift. In the post-operative photos, you can see improvement in the “bags” under the eyes, the deep crease between the eyelids and cheek, and loose skin. Posted with permission.

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Challenging #rhinoplasty in a thick-skinned patient with a lot of things to address. The patient wanted a reduction in the dorsal hump, a straighter nose, and a smaller nose over all. The patient underwent a dorsal hump reduction, the nose was medialized, and the tip de-projected or pulled closer to the face and refined. Still her nose that fits her ethnicity but more balanced and refined. Posted with permission.

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This mother of 2 wanted a #mommymakeover to get her pre-baby body back plus more. The patient underwent a #BBL and breast augmentation. In the post-operative photos you can see the snatched waist, the abdominal etching, and improved contour of the hips and buttock. Posted with permission.

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Happy for this mother of 3 who wanted improvement in the size, shape, and symmetry of her breasts. The patient underwent a breast augmentation with 400 cc gel implants. In the post-operative photos you can see restoration of volume and improved shape and symmetry. Posted with permission.

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My fellow Chicago Booth alumni will appreciate this post. It was a great night for the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons where we had Professor Jean-Pierre Dube speak about “The Chicago Booth Approach to Pricing”. Dr. Dube is the James M. Kilts Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and he is the director of the Kilts Center for Marketing. Dr. Dube discussed strategies on how to use marketing models and analytics to price medical services and medical products.

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I don’t usually post rhinoplasty results this early but she was looking so good so early that I had to share. This patient with thick skin is 6 weeks out from a primary ethnic rhinoplasty but already showing a positive impact from the surgery despite the long road to recovery. Posted with permission.

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Not getting the gym gains you want? Your plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery can help. This patient underwent hi-def liposculpting and abdominal etching to improve the contour and aesthetics of his abdomen and waist. Posted with permission.

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This is a great case to highlight the importance of evaluating the chin with the nose in all rhinoplasty cases. Look at the video and focus on the nose, watch it a second time and focus on the chin, and then watch it a third time and focus on the nose and chin or the whole face. For the rhinoplasty, most of the work was focused on the nasal tip. For the chin, a reduction genioplasty was performed to narrow, lower, and set the chin back. Posted with permission.

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