SAN ANTONIO -- A new cosmetic procedure uses tiny needles to rejuvenate the skin. It’s a way to create a more youthful look.
Eleven microscopic needles are at the heart of a new procedure called Dermapen. It’s been in use for the last couple of months at ContourLase Body Institute in San Antonio.
“I’m not very old. I’m 35,” said Dermapen patient Melinda Rosenthal, “I can see the difference and changes in my face.”
Rosenthal’s treatment started with the application of platelet rich plasma (PRP), a concentrated concoction spun down from her own blood.
The Dermapen uses fine needles on a piston that’s connected to a driver that varies the speed and depth. It pushes the PRP into the dermis, jumpstarting a healing process and harnessing the body’s own power to rejuvenate.
“These needles are going back and forth, in a minute maybe 150 times,” explained Dr. David Mozersky, a vascular surgeon. “And then they make microscopic little holes in the skin.”
Some patients say it feels like a scratchy cat’s tongue on their skin. Rosenthal said the pain is minimal.
“In some spots when you don’t have too much muscle in that area, you can feel it a little more,” she said. “But it just feels like small little needles going across the skin. Not painful.”
In just a few weeks, patients end up with a more youthful and rejuvenated complexion.
“There’s no clinical downtime and the results have been amazing,” Mozersky said. “It’s a maintenance thing. So if you want to have nice skin, maybe a treatment like this every year or so would be in order.”
Mozersky usually recommends two to three Dermapen treatments. They cost $600. Results may last a year.