Boost Your Skin’s Beauty with the SkinPen
Throughout history, men and women alike have demonstrated an intense interest in their own beauty. This doesn’t make us vain, it simply speaks to human nature. As we look back over time, we can see numerous ways in which beauty has been enhanced and preserved. Some ideas worked, like bathing in rose water or milk and honey. Some, like applying urine to the skin, did not. Aside from entertainment, we have gained quite a bit from our forays into the realm of beautification and anti-aging. Now, we have more ways than ever to support beauty through the aging process. In our Houston office, SkinPen treatment paves the way to natural rejuvenation.
What is SkinPen?
SkinPen is a form of microneedling in which micro-channels are made with an automated, handheld device. Microneedling can be performed with or without PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. The inclusion of PRP enhances the effect of microneedling because this substance contains numerous growth factors that promote cellular rejuvenation. Even without the addition of platelet-rich plasma, SkinPen treatment is an excellent way to promote your body’s own collagen-making process so your skin ages more slowly, more beautifully.
Why Would You Want to Wound the Skin?
Remember when you were a child and fell off your bike? That scrape on your knee was a micro-injury, but one that the body responded to with collagen. Because we now know that collagen is the foundational protein for firmer, softer, generally healthier tissue, ways to increase production have been developed. The most natural way to bring more collagen into a given area is to wound it. That’s what microneedling does, but in a way that doesn’t cause you to need downtime.
Wounding the skin stimulates a three-part healing cascade that includes:
- The tiny channels that are made in the skin begin to heal almost immediately. Patients may be slightly red for only a few hours, that’s how quickly healing begins. During this time, though, the immune system is triggered to remove cellular debris and increase blood flow to the injured tissue.
- Granulation cells, an integral part of the extracellular matrix of the skin, flood injured tissue to repair it. New blood vessels also form to restore proper circulation for healing.
- To regenerate healthy new tissue, what we want is for the cellular matrix that supports it to be remodeled, essentially rebuilt from its foundation. In the remodeling phase of wound healing, the injured tissue is replaced with regenerated dermal tissue and remodeled blood vessels.