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SkinPen® is the only FDA-approved, medical grade microneedling device available, and has been proven to be an excellent way to increase the skin’s natural collagen. All skin types can benefit from this minimal downtime, in-office treatment.

SkinPen microneedling

SkinPen is an acne and anti-aging treatment that can be used to treat nearly any area of the body, including the face, neck, décolletage, stomach, arms, hands, legs, and back. The device uses 14 stainless steel, medical grade needles to create controlled micro-wounds in the skin that kickstart the body’s natural wound-healing process, which create brand-new collagen and elastin. This new collagen and elastin helps the skin become smoother, firmer, and more youthful.

Advantages of SkinPen

  • Minimal downtime
  • Great for all skin types
  • Very little discomfort
  • Quick, convenient treatment time
  • Can be done any time of year
  • FDA-approved for safety and efficacy
  • Minimally invasive
  • Completely natural

The science of SkinPen

Once the micro-needles puncture the skin, the brain is signaled to send in wound-healing properties — cytokines and growth factors — which results in the production of new collagen and elastin. The wounds will all be replaced with healthy new dermal tissue. Blood flow is increased, and a new network of blood vessels will develop. This helps reduce the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks, lines, and wrinkles.


In the hands of a skilled medical professional, SkinPen is incredibly safe. It’s the only FDA-approved microneedling device in the United States, which means it has had to go through rigorous clinical testing for safety and efficacy. In short, SkinPen has set the standard for microneedling safety.

SkinPen treatment details

Before your treatment begins, a topical numbing agent may be used to keep any discomfort minimal. The majority of patients find SkinPen treatments to be very tolerable, and very worth it. Gel will be applied to the tip of the SkinPen device to help it move more easily over the skin. The 14 micro-needles are able to create 1,600 tiny penetrations per second, and the needle depth will be adjusted by your specialist based on your specific needs. The sensation feels like a small vibration. Treatment time is approximately 30 minutes to one hour.

Recovery and results

You can expect to appear flushed for about 24 hours after treatment, and then your skin color will return to normal and you’ll have a radiant glow which will continue to improve over the course of the following weeks. For the best results, we usually recommend a series of 3 to 6 treatments scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart. Some patients experience dryness, itching, peeling, discomfort, rough skin, tightness, redness, tenderness, and slight burning, but this is rare and temporary.

SkinPen candidates

SkinPen (and microneedling in general) is a great option for almost anyone who wants to improve the appearance of acne, scarring, or wrinkles and is interested in regenerating collagen. Those who should not undergo SkinPen treatments are those who:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are allergic to stainless steel
  • Have bleeding disorders
  • Have problems with anesthetics
  • Are taking medications that include isotretinoin
  • Have active skin cancer in the treatment zone
  • Have open sores or skin irritation in the treatment zone
SkinPen Microneedling

Larson Plastic Surgery for outstanding microneedling in Tucson

Dr. Larson is a trusted resource for excellence in cosmetic procedures and compassionate patient care throughout southern Arizona. He and his team strongly believe in compassionate care, and make it a priority to provide individualized, natural results to each patient. Dr. Larson has partnered with ZL Medspa to offer his patients effective and tested options for skincare and anti-aging treatments, providing some of the highest quality medspa experiences Tucson has to offer.

All procedures are performed in the comfort of our private Tucson clinic. We look forward to getting to know you and assisting to achieve the microneedling and skincare results you want.

Meet Your Doctor Dr. Ethan Larson

Dr. Ethan Larson is celebrated throughout Tucson for his unmatched technical skill and the breadth of his knowledge. By embracing innovation at every turn, he continues to raise the bar in Southern Arizona for top-quality cosmetic care. Known as one of the best plastic surgeons Tucson has to offer, he is highly trained and experienced in all aspects of plastic surgery, including reconstruction of traumatic, oncologic and surgical defects. Dr. Larson is Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is also a member of the Arizona Community Surgeons (ACS) group.

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