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A-list celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have been known to sing the praises of microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy), a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that pricks tiny holes over the face and neck with microscopic needles, to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin for tighter, fresher looking skin. The needles also make it easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and other topical anti-aging treatments. The Doctors at Alamo Heights Dermatology offer a range of general, cosmetic and surgical dermatology treatments in San Antonio, TX.

Microneedling for Younger Looking Skin

When it comes to fighting the signs of aging and maintaining tighter, smoother, younger looking skin, collagen is the primary ingredient. As the skin ages, it produces less collagen, which leads to the classic signs of aging – sagging, loss of firmness and fine lines and wrinkles. Although there are millions of products that claim to be packed with collagen, nothing beats the real thing when it comes to getting the best results.

How it Works

The microneedles are attached to a pen on a roller shaped head and are approximately 1/2 millimeter to 3 millimeters in size. As the needles poke tiny holes in the skin, it stimulates the skin’s natural healing response by producing more collagen and elastin. Many patients report noticing almost immediate results after the first treatment. Some of the benefits of microneedling include:

  • Tightening and firming of the dermis for smother skin and pores
  • Improves texture and tone
  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimizes scarring on the skin’s surface

Although there is some surface bleeding during treatment and the skin may remain pink for a day or two after the procedure, microneedling generally does not have lingering side effects compared to other treatments, and is appropriate for darker skin tones which may experience pigmentation with other treatments.

For more information on the benefits of microneedling, call Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX at (210) 255-8447 to schedule an appointment

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Microneedling, PRP, and vampire facials, OH MY! If you are looking to rejuvenate and help minimize what summer did to your skin, then you’ll want to keep reading. We are discussing all things microneedling. This non-invasive therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing response and can be used as a solo treatment or along with others.

Microneedling uses microscopic needles that are attached to a pen with a roller shaped head that prick tiny holes in the skin’s surface of the face and neck. Also called collagen induction therapy (CIT), the procedure stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. These two assists in the minimization of fine lines and wrinkles, and also help tighten and firm the skin. The tiny holes also make it easier for the skin to absorb anti-aging and moisturizing treatments. A topical numbing agent is applied to the face before the procedure.

PRP and Microneedling

Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) involves processing a small sample of your blood, making a higher concentration of platelets and growth factors. It is then applied to the treatment area by injection or topically. PRP helps stimulate the healing response along with the production of collagen and elastin. It is an effective anti-aging treatment and helps to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. It is used in hair restoration treatments, and in conjunction with other treatments like BOTOX and facials.

The Vampire Facial

The vampire facial is essentially a souped-up version of microneedling with PRP added to the process. Have no fear; the only similarities this facial has to vampirism is the blood. Microdermabrasion or microneedling is done to the face and neck, and then the PRP concentration is applied to the treatment area. This process aids in the healing and the deeper penetration of the PRP properties.

Choosing the Right Setting

Choosing which collagen induction therapy is right for you involves seeing the right professional. A non-dermatological setting may be attractive but have hidden dangers. Each state has different requirements, and many only mandate a medical doctor to be on call, versus on-site. Seeing a board-certified dermatologist ensures a thorough evaluation. This better helps determine which treatments you may or may not be a candidate for, so you get the proper care.

If you would like to sink your teeth into our vampire facial treatment, we are currently offering 15% off, so don’t delay! You can schedule a consultation for this or any of our other services by calling 210-255-8447, or request an appointment online HERE.


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