How to Improve Your Uneven Skin Tone

You’ve probably marveled at your skin’s regenerative ability — maybe when you last scraped your knee or cut yourself shaving. In the following weeks, your body sealed up the cut and created new skin over it. 

You don’t have to wait for an injury to harness that impressive capacity, though. With a treatment called microneedling, Robert M. Olson, MD and our team have a way to trick your skin into thinking it was hurt so that it goes to work creating new, healthy cells. With SkinPen® microneedling — available at our LH Spa & Rejuvenation offices in Livingston and Madison, New Jersey — we can address many of the causes of an uneven skin tone.

How does this treatment work? And is microneedling the right solution to your skin tone woes? Let’s take a look. 

Microneedling 101

Microneedling works because the SkinPen creates tiny pinpricks in the surface of your skin. (Don’t worry, we can apply a numbing cream to keep you comfortable.)

Your skin registers those pinpricks as injuries. This kickstarts its healing processes. Not only does your body create new, healthy skin cells — helping you get a more radiant, younger-looking complexion — but it also triggers changes under the surface.

SkinPen microneedling is a type of collagen induction therapy (CIT), meaning it stimulates your skin’s production of collagen. This is the protein that keeps your skin taut and supple, but you make less of it as you age. With CIT, we can increase the amount of collagen in your face, helping your skin tone look smoother. 

Because it supports the creation of new skin cells and new collagen, Dr. Olson often recommends SkinPen microneedling to address:

  • Dark spots
  • Scars, including acne scars
  • Large pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

In short, if your skin tone is uneven, this minimally invasive treatment can help. 

What to expect with the SkinPen

SkinPen treatment comes with minimal downtime. You might have some swelling or redness for the rest of the day, so we often recommend scheduling your appointment in the afternoon and relaxing at home afterward. 

Most people notice improvements in their skin tone within a week. Over the weeks that follow, your skin should continue to improve as it creates new collagen. 

Some people get the skin tone evenness that they want with just one SkinPen treatment. You may, however, want to get a series of treatments to give you more dramatic results. 

In a similar vein, the SkinPen works well on its own. But if you’re looking for skin transformation, don’t hesitate to tell Dr. Olson. He can combine your microneedling with add-ons like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or exosomes to drive even more results. 

To learn more about how SkinPen microneedling can help you reach your skin tone goals, call the LH Spa & Rejuvenation office nearest you.



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LH Lean Program Journey

Screening Process:

In-State (NJ ONLY) Screening Process:

  1. Submit the Patient Inquiry Form

  2. Fax or email a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card (front & back) to or (973) 735-2645.

  3. A required TSH/thyroid panel and CMP/Comprehensive Metabolic Panel will be ordered by one of our Nurse Practitioners.

    1. These panels can be ordered to Labcorp, Quest OR you can schedule a convenient appointment at our Madison office to have your blood drawn. ($50 draw fee applies)

  4. No insurance?

    1. You may purchase a panel out-of-pocket without an e-script through Labcorp Link



  1. The inquiry form and  labs are reviewed by our APN within 3-5 business days

  2. You will receive an email from LH Lean admin with your candidacy for the LH Lean Program.

Out Of State Screening Process:

  1. Submit the Patient Inquiry Form

  2. Fax or email the required labs (below) and a copy of your driver’s license to or (973)735-2645.

    1. Required labs: A TSH/thyroid panel and CMP/Comprehensive Metabolic Panel that has been drawn in the last 6 months.

  3. Don’t have recent lab work? Contact your primary provider to request labs.

    1. You may also purchase a panel out-of-pocket without an e-script through Labcorp Link



  1. The inquiry form and labs are reviewed by our APN within 3-5 business days

  2. You will receive an email from LH Lean admin with your candidacy for the LH Lean Program.

Consultation Process:
  • Candidates are scheduled for a 30-minute consultation with an APN to begin a trial period of 4 weeks.
    • Consultation: $125
    • 4 week trial period: $600
  • Consultations consist of a history & physical, body composition analysis, description of the program, and administration of your first injection.
  • Payment for the 4 week trial period will be reconciled at the conclusion of your consultation.
Program Continuation:
  • After the 4-week trial period, you will receive a 12-week supply throughout your journey to mitigate shipping costs and gaps in care.
    • There is a 7-10 day turnaround time from Rx submission to arrival of medication.
    • A Fed-Ex shipping notification will arrive via email 24 hours prior to delivery
  • Medication cannot be returned to the pharmacy; therefore, it is non-refundable.
  • The flexibility of LH Lean allows for the following options:
    • Visit us weekly to discuss symptoms, progress, dosing, and receive your injection from an APN or RN
    • Self-administer your medication weekly at home using dosage guidance from our medical staff
    • Visit us monthly at LH to allow medical staff to draw up your medication for storage at your personal home to allow for self-administration
  • You will meet with an APN in-person or via telehealth on a monthly basis to discuss dosing, symptoms, progress, and treatment recommendations.
    • It is recommended that you visit LH to use our complimentary InBody analysis device during your monthly follow-ups.
  • A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is required every 6 months while participating in the LH Lean Program to evaluate blood sugar, kidney function, electrolytes, and liver function.


Ending Treatment:
  • Many patients remain on a maintenance dose for weeks to months prior to ending treatment.
  • Each dosing plan is customized to each patient’s goals and tolerance
  • It is NOT recommended that you cease treatment without medical guidance, which will include a recommended “weaning off” schedule.
  • Treatment conclusion may occur over a 4, 8, or 12-week period. Allow our medical staff to make recommendations based on your current dosing, timeline, and tolerance.
  • An End-of-Program check-in with an APN will provide guidance for weaning off, maintenance while off the medication, and potential for restarting the program in the future, if desired.

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