The field of aesthetic medicine has continued to expand with innovative ways to address the common signs of aging. In our dermatology centers in the San Antonio area, we provide gentle care that effectively handles fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, hyperpigmentation, scarring, and other concerns. One of the treatments gaining a lot of positive attention is micro-needling, also called CIT, or Collagen Induction Therapy.The idea behind micro-needling is to cause controlled micro-injuries on small areas of skin. Because of these tiny “wounds,” the body produces elastin and collagen to heal them. Through this healing process, the dermis becomes thicker and lines and wrinkles become less noticeable. The tool we use for micro-needling is the Eclipse Micropen™, a device that also makes micro-channels in the skin for the maximum absorption of topical serums, creams, and gels in the treatment of various skin conditions.
Benefits of the micro-needling procedure
Micro-needling provides safe, effective skin rejuvenation in the comfort of your dermatologist’s office. This treatment has a positive effect on the skin, reducing wrinkles and minimizing the appearance of both hyper- and hypo-pigmentation. Micro-needling may be used to reduce stretch marks, acne scars, and other scarring. Treatment areas are diverse, including:
The Eclipse Micropen™ experience
Treatment in our office typically takes thirty minutes or less, depending on the area we are treating. Although the micropen uses a tiny reciprocating needle tip, this treatment feels more like rubbing the skin with sandpaper. Some treatment areas may experience increased sensitivity, but most patients find sufficient comfort in the hydrating gel applied before or during needling. The immediate effects of treatment are dependent on how many times the needle is passed over the skin and the depth of needling. Usually, the skin shows a new glow right away, though redness may also occur. This redness can last up to four days, but may subside faster with the use of the Eclipse Skin Revive System™ or other high quality products recommended by your dermatologist. In the six months that follow treatment with the Eclipse Micropen™, the skin continues to improve as collagen repairs and supports its health. Many people who undergo treatment will see an enormous difference after just one session. Optimal results, however, may be achieved with as many as eight sessions scheduled several weeks apart. Dr. Vivian Bucay has been helping men and women address their skin concerns for many years. During your consultation, the appropriate number of treatment sessions will be estimated after discussion and a thorough skin assessment. Aging skin does not always require surgical treatment for rejuvenation. At Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, there are several non-surgical anti-aging options from which to choose. Contact us today to learn more about our services.