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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.

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