SkinPen® Microneedling

The versatility and effectiveness of microneedling treatments are among the reasons they’ve become one of the most popular skincare procedures at our Schererville and Valparaiso, Indiana locations. Microneedling minimizes acne scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks and improves the skin’s texture. The minimally invasive procedure requires little downtime, and we can treat patients of all skin types.

What is SkinPen Microneedling?

The SkinPen is a handheld device with tiny needles at the tip that’s cleared by the FDA for collagen-induction therapy (CIT). It improves the skin’s appearance by creating thousands of controlled microinjuries in the skin’s epidermis, stimulating the body’s natural healing process. As the wounds heal, the body produces collagen, an essential element of smooth skin.

Who Can Benefit From Microneedling?

Virtually anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their skin—on their face or body—can get the results they want with microneedling treatments. The SkinPen microneedling procedure is safe for all skin types and ethnicities, and it works well for both women and men.

Microneedling with the SkinPen can improve the appearance of:

  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Uneven skin tone/texture
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Large pores
  • Sagging skin

We can adjust the SkinPen to penetrate at varying depths, depending on the type and severity of the skin condition. The results emerge gradually. Your immune system initially responds by increasing blood flow to the area before beginning to create new tissue. This process continues and ultimately results in the tiny wounds being replaced by new dermal tissue and blood vessels.

Dr. Galante

Meet Dr. Gus Galante

Thank you for visiting the Indiana plastic surgery practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gus Galante. Our team is committed to providing you with the information you need to make an educated decision about your procedure. We offer a full range of surgical and non-surgical treatments such as breast augmentation, liposuction, and BOTOX® Cosmetic. Our goal is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident about your choices. We have offices in Valparaiso and Schererville for your convenience.

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Complimentary Consultation

The popularity of microneedling attracts patients from Merrillville, Munster, and other areas throughout Northwest Indiana to our practice. You can request a complimentary consultation with one of our providers using the online form or call our Valparaiso or Schererville office at (219) 322-3131. During the consultation, your provider evaluates your skin type, medical history, lifestyle, and discusses your cosmetic goals. Your care and treatment plan at Galante M.D. are carefully planned and delivered to achieve your desired results.

How Much Does Microneedling Cost?

The cost of microneedling depends primarily on the number of treatments needed to get the desired results. Our practice offers a series of 3 or 6 treatment sessions with prices starting at $1,500, including 90-day post-care kit. The treatments are typically scheduled at least 1 month apart.

Save On Microneedling With the Galante Loyalty Group

Joining our loyalty program earns you premier service and savings on a range of our most popular nonsurgical treatments, including 15% off microneedling. You can save 20% on BOTOX® injections; 15% on chemical peels, professional facials, and dermaplaning; and 10% on intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser hair removal treatments.

A Reputation Built on Results

You deserve the highest caliber of service, care, and results, and at Gustavo E. Galant, M.D, we're committed to providing all that and more. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself what our actual patients have to say about their experiences with us.

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5.0/5
Jul 31, 2021
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
I had a mommy makeover 3 weeks ago and I feel amazing. Dr Galante and his staff are so friendly and make you feel comfortable and amazing! they answered every question and I felt confident leading up to my surgery day! Dr Galante held my hand and comforted me in the operating room before going under and it felt like genuine care. You can really tell he not only loves what he does, but cares for his patients! he’s also great at it. My incision was done so neatly and perfect. You can tell he took his time to make it as nice as possible. My body looks great! And I have my confidence back thanks to Dr Galante!
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5.0/5
Jul 22, 2021
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Dr Galante and his staff are amazingly kind and helpful. I felt like my health and well being were put as the top priority before the procedure. A few months after my procedure I developed a small lump in my breast. I called the office to have them check to see if it was no big deal, just scar tissue or something from my implant. Dr Galante saw me right away. He determined that it wasn’t normal and quickly arranged for me to be seen by a women’s diagnostic doctor. His nurse kept me calm as I heard him talk to the other doctor on how they’d coordinate care for my testing. Honestly he was a God send because I didn’t have to do a thing except pick up my phone to confirm the appointment. I was a wreck and he took that huge burden off my plate. In the end it was a teeny fluid bubble, but I’m so thankful that he was prompt in his response to my concern.
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5.0/5
Jun 9, 2021
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable. They made me feel very comfortable and explained everything thoroughly. Not only did the staff and Dr. Galante take the time to understand my careers, and hone life, but they were also able to calm my fears about surgery. They are truly professionals! Highly, highly recommend!
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5.0/5
May 24, 2021
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff have been EXCEPTIONAL throughout this process. I had breast augmentation and everything the doctor and nurse told me to expect was to a T. In the Operating room Dr. Galante made me feel so calm, comforted, and safe. He put on music of my choice, and with a smile held my hand and didn’t let go (until I fell asleep of course) Afterwards, recovery nurse absolutely AMAZING! Received a personal phone call from Dr. Galante that night just to follow up and see how I was feeling. Few days later, the surgical center checked on me to also see how Everything was progressing. My recovery is only 9 days post op and IM IN LOVE WITH THE RESULTS!! I did my research and I would do it ALL OVER again with this physician and staff! I have so many people to refer and honestly if you want superb results and patient care, go to THE BEST! Thank you Dr. Galante and staff.
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5.0/5
Apr 22, 2021
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My only regret is that I didn’t come here sooner!!! I was working so hard in the gym but couldn’t see results because my body was so rough from having babies. Dr. Galante changed all of that! It is miraculous to me that so many kind, hospitable, and encouraging people all work in one office! I was feeling really nervous and pretty insecure about the whole process, especially because I had received consultations from elsewhere and had a very negative experience. Dr. Galante and his staff were so uplifting and made me feel beautiful even before my procedure. He could charge a lot more for his work but doesn’t, I think because he just likes helping others feel beautiful. Every person in this office is gifted with making people feel welcome and cared for. Also, his work is incredible. He far exceeded my expectations for what I would look like after my surgery. I will never go anywhere else and I encourage all of my friends to see him. Thank you, Dr. Galante and staff for taking such good care of me! My results are amazing and just keep getting better.
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5.0/5
Jan 16, 2021
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Had a brow, neck and face lift. Dr. Galante did an excellent job. The doctor and staff was amazing. The scars you don't notice, can't believe how you have to point them out to see them. Can't wait till I can go back and have other procedures done. Their concerns are what you want and what will make you happy. I highly recommend the work of him and his staff.
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5.0/5
Jan 9, 2021
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Dr Galante is amazing! I recently had breast augmentation in Nov 2020. I am a mother of 3 children and work full time. I went to a total of 4 consultations with other surgeons and decided to go with Dr Galante. He took his time and went through everything. He answered my questions and concerns. I was so nervous on the day of surgery and is whole team of nurses, surgical tech, and CRNA made the process easy. I have no regrets and am very pleased with my results, he did exactly what I asked and I feel amazing!!
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Sep 12, 2020
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Flawless. I recently had breast implant removal and replacement with Dr. Galante, who came highly recommended, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. After many years, I was at a crossroads about having my implants removed or replacing them. At the consultation, Dr. Galante and Megan, nurse & patient coordinator, we’re attentive, informative and caring. They gave me the information, pros and cons, and didn’t try to sway my decision either way. I didn’t wait too long and decided to go for it and have removal and replacement. He is a truly gifted surgeon and put in just the right size for my frame. This breast surgery was a cinch the second time around. Wish I hadn’t waited. His staff are all very nice and professional. The nurses and anesthesiologists at the clinic all top notch too. It was win win! Thank you!
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5.0/5
Aug 20, 2020
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BEST decision I’ve ever made!! I have had two procedures done by Dr. Galante, including a breast augmentation and lower eyelid procedure, and have recommended many friends to him! I got my breasts done 7 years ago now and have never felt more confident in my own skin, I will be surprised if they ever need to be replaced. While the healing was a bit uncomfortable, I would do it a million times over again. They look SO GOOD. I can’t tell you how many “compliments” I’ve gotten on them. My lower eyelid lift was a few days ago & WOW the results already! My eyes look like they did before I hit puberty. Although I’m not fully healed I am already so happy. He is a true artist and extremely professional. Wonderful staff as well! Would highly recommend him and his practice!
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5.0/5
Jul 8, 2020
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It has been 7 months since my breast reduction and I couldn’t be happier! From beginning to end Dr. Galante and his entire staff have been outstanding. The high reviews and no consultation fee is what first drew me. From day one he makes you feel very comfortable and secure. He is patient and friendly. Most importantly, he is informative and he knows what he’s doing! I love my results. This was so worth it! Absolute best decision I could’ve made. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5.0/5
Jun 18, 2020
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
I highly recommend Dr. Galante and his staff. Everyone on staff is truly wonderful! My results exceeded my expectations. I love the way Iook! The Dr. and staff made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process.
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5.0/5
Apr 16, 2020
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He is 1 of my FAVORITE Dr.'s! So sincere n makes you feel VERY COMFORTABLE! ❤❤❤❤
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Jan 31, 2020
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante is very knowledgeable, caring, and exhibits excellent judgement.
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5.0/5
Dec 10, 2019
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff are all fine, compassionate people and his skill is second to none! As I have moved many times over the years, my body is my primary household; my experience with Dr. Galante changed my life vastly for the better and I thank him every day!
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5.0/5
Sep 13, 2019
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff are wonderful. This was my first plastic surgery experience and I’m extremely satisfied. The doctor and his staff are very thorough while explaining the procedure, costs, options, and results. I felt like Dr. Galante helped me make decisions of what size implants fit me best based on my “ideal” size and my body size/structure. He made sure to give me the most realistic size for my build. I felt like the pre-op directions were very straight forward and easy to understand and I never got nervous or felt like I had unanswered questions going into surgery. The post-op follow ups and appointments were also thorough and I felt comfortable being under Dr. Galante’s care. Never did I feel uncomfortable or uneasy about my decision, the procedure, or the professionalism of Dr Galante and his staff. To some people, undergoing a procedure like I did (along with all of the appointments) May make them feel uncomfortable, vulnerable, or uneasy but I promise that you will not get this feeling around Dr. Galante and his staff. They are EXTREMELY professional, helpful, informative, thorough, and friendly. I’m beyond satisfied with my procedure and experience and appreciate all of the care that I received from Dr. Galante and his staff. Thank you so much & I will definitely be back in the future.
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5.0/5
Aug 7, 2019
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I am beyond pleased with my results, the amazing, compassionate staff and of course the brilliant mind and magically talented hands of Dr Galante. From the minute you walk in for your very 1st consultation, to scheduling, to the Dr holding your hand as you are being put under anesthesia, to the phone call from him later that evening of surgery checking in on you, till your last post op appointment you feel comfort, ease and confident you chose the right doctor. He answered all my questions. Gave me realistic expectations. Told me exactly what to expect and when to expect it. I’m so happy he was able to give me back physically something I couldn’t achieve on my own and a new sense of confidence! He and his staff really are the best!
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Jul 27, 2019
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
I had an abdominoplasty performed by Dr Galante. During the consultation he was very personal-able and knowledgeable. He gave me realistic expectations of my requested procedures. He was familiar with the tendency of ethnicities with more melanin to keloid. . And had a plan to minimize them if it happened. He patiently answered our questions and didn’t attempt to push unnecessary procedures. I was particularly impressed with his concern for my medical safety by explaining the risks of staying under anesthesia too long and getting multiple procedure at once. Office staff was also wonderful. Surgicenter was clean and the staff outstanding. My husband and I are totally thrilled with my results. Yes, I would do it again. Absolutely. I highly recommend him to everyone.
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5.0/5
Jul 27, 2019
RateMDs Gustavo E. Galante, MD
I had an abdominoplasty performed by Dr Galante. During the consultation he was very personal-able and knowledgeable. He gave me realistic expectations of my requested procedures. He was familiar with the tendency of ethnicities with more melanin to keloid. . And had a plan to minimize them if it happened. He patiently answered our questions and didn’t attempt to push unnecessary procedures. I was particularly impressed with his concern for my medical safety by explaining the risks of staying under anesthesia too long and getting multiple procedure at once. Office staff was also wonderful. Surgicenter was clean and the staff outstanding. My husband and I are totally thrilled with my results. Yes, I would do it again. Absolutely. I highly recommend him to everyone.
RateMDs
5.0/5
Jun 30, 2019
RateMDs Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff are extremely professional and beyond knowledgable. They guide and comfort you before, during, and after your procedure. He and his team answer any question you may have straight forward and make aware all the fine print. HIGHLY recommend!
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5.0/5
May 28, 2019
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his entire staff are amazing at what they do! They were all so nice and informative while giving me the best possible care for my breast augmentation, while even holding my hand through anesthesia. They called frequently to check up on me after surgery and made me feel so comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr. Galante was so easy to trust and I am very happy with my results!

What Happens During a Microneedling Treatment?

Your provider first applies a topical numbing medication to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. Patients typically say they feel some pressure and vibration as the pen moves across the treatment area. As it glides over the skin, the SkinPen creates tiny punctures. The procedure lasts about 30 to 60 minutes.

Patients usually notice that their skin appears a bit pink or red after each treatment. Some experience dryness, tightness, and itching. Your post-care kit includes information about how to care for your skin. Returning to work within 24 hours is typical for most patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SkinPen?

Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy (CIT), is performed with the versatile SkinPen device on all skin types. The procedure creates micro-injuries that stimulates the skin’s natural healing process, which produces new collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin and the fundamental elements of healthier, more youthful-looking skin. SkinPen can improve the skin’s appearance on the face, neck, décolleté, legs, abdomen, and back.

How does SkinPen work?

SkinPen triggers the body’s self-repair mechanism that in turn stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin. Doing this creates smoother, firmer, skin that looks younger. Treatments can reverse years of sun damage and minimize the appearance of acne and surgical scars, shrink pores, and enhance the skin’s overall appearance.

Who is NOT a candidate for SkinPen?

Microneedling with SkinPen is not possible if you are currently being treated for skin cancer, have open wounds or sores, have irritated skin, or keloid scars. Additionally, patients who are pregnant or nursing, who are allergic to stainless steel or anesthetics also aren’t candidates for SkinPen treatments.

SkinPen also can’t be performed on patients with scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, cardiac abnormalities, a hemorrhagic disorder or hemostatic dysfunction, or an active bacterial or fungal infection. Also, patients who are currently using isotretinoin (Accutane®) cannot undergo SkinPen treatments.

If you’ve had semi-permanent fillers injected, such as RADIESSE®, Sculptra® Aesthetic, Bellafil®, Artecoll®, or Aquamid, SkinPen treatments pose a risk of granulomas.

What is the downtime after a SkinPen treatment?

It’s normal for a patient’s skin to appear red and flushed similar to a mild sunburn after a SkinPen treatment. Tightness and mild tenderness are also possible. The time needed to heal varies, depending on the depth of the treatment and the severity of the damaged skin. You can expect skin to remain pinkish for 2 to 4 days.

When will I see results?

Patients usually notice their skin looks healthier immediately after the treatment. As the skin’s natural healing process continues for several weeks, the collagen remodeling improves the skin’s appearance for 6 to 12 months.

How many treatments are needed?

This varies from patient to patient. We recommend at least 3 treatment sessions, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Patients who need deeper treatments, such as patients with acne scars, may need as many as 9 treatment sessions. After the initial series of treatments, we recommend coming in for periodic procedures to maintain the results. Combining SkinPen with other aesthetic treatments can help customize the overall outcomes.

How do you prepare for a SkinPen treatment?

Two weeks before the procedure we recommend avoiding direct sun exposure as much as possible, waxing, depilatories, laser hair removal, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and injections of fillers or neurotoxins (BOTOX®). On the day of your treatment, we’ll take “before” photos and prepare your face with alcohol. Topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area and left on for 30 minutes.

What are the instructions for after a SkinPen treatment?

You can use SkinFuse Lift to minimize discomfort the day of the treatment. Showering and cleaning the treatment area with warm water is okay 2 to 3 hours after the procedure.

During the first 2 weeks after the treatment, only use skincare products that are included that we recommend. Using sunscreen is a must and should be re-applied regularly. You should expect light to mild flaking during the first couple of days and you should avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.

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