MICRONEEDLING
Microneedling (SkinPen) treatments in Houston, Texas are becoming one of the most popular skin care treatments performed.  Microneedling is a safe and effective way to reduce wrinkles and treat scars without heat or ablation.  The Skin Pen uses a process known as automated microneedling which creates thousands of microscopic channels in the skin in order to induce collagen.  Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) makes use of the body's natural response to healing in order to increase the collagen and elastin in the skin.  Collagen and elastin are naturally found in the skin, and they help give the skin a healthy glow and more youthful appearance.
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How does it work?
The microscopic channels created by the Skin Pen allow the body's natural healers, blood, serum, and lymph, to leak into surrounding areas in a controlled manner.  These tiny, microscopic "injuries" are enough to initiate the wound healing cascade, allowing the skin to heal itself from the inside.  The microscopic channels also allow the skin to absorb topical creams, gels, and serums more effectively, allowing for superior results with minimal downtime.  Microneedling can also be done with Platelet Rich Plasma, which introduces growth factors into the skin that promote healing and rejuvenation.

What are the benefits?
Microneedling results in a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improvement in pigment, and overall more youthful-appearing skin.  The induction of collagen results in fewer signs of aging giving a fresher appearance and glow to the skin.  Microneedling helps to diminish hyperpigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars, and stretch marks.  It is considered a safe procedure for all skin types.  

What can you expect?
The procedure feels similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin.  In most areas, there is minimal discomfort, though some areas of the skin are more sensitive than others.  The use of topical numbing cream, the speed of the needles, and the hydrating gels uses help make the treatment very tolerable and virtually painless.  Downtime is minimal, and recovery is quick.  The first two days, patients can expect redness, almost as with a sunburn.  Most people heal completely within 2-4 days, although some patients report the redness fading as quickly as 24 hours.  Patients who have undergone the procedure should avoid wearing makeup and sunscreen for the first two days, so sun avoidance is extremely important.  After that, you can resume your usual topical regimen.

When will results be visible?
Results will begin to be visible about a week after the treatment, and they will continue to improve over the weeks following the treatment.  Results can continue to improve for up to 6 months following the treatment.  Patients typically receive 3 to 4 treatments, but some may need up to 6 sessions spaced about 4 to 6 weeks apart.  Patients with very deep scarring or wrinkles are more likely to need extra sessions.  When combined with other cosmetic procedures, results are even better.
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