SkinPen® Microneedling

Microneedling is a safe in-office cosmetic skin rejuvenation treatment designed to treat a number of skin conditions and is becoming a very popular skin care treatment at our Houston office. Microneedling is a non-surgical procedure where multiple precise “micro-injuries” are made to the skin. The thousands of micro channels to the skin serve to stimulate the body’s natural healing response and increases collagen production via Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Collagen & elastin are natural elements produced by our skin for healing and to promote a more youthful appearance

At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we use SkinPen® for our microneedling services. The first microneedling device to receive FDA approval, SkinPen® is safe and effective for all skin types and shades.

If you are curious about what microneedling can do for your appearance, please call our Houston office at 281-242-1061 to schedule a consultation. We serve Memorial, Spring Valley, The Woodlands, Katy, and all surrounding communities.

What Microneedling Treats Microneedling uses the body’s natural healing response to improve the appearance of:
  • Skin Texture
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Trauma scars
  • Stretch marks
Microneedling is a gentler anti-aging treatment than other forms of skin resurfacing, including lasers and IPLs, since it is more controlled and without heat or ablation.

What are the Phases of Healing with Microneedling?

Your skin recovers in stages following microneedling treatment. These are:
  • Inflammation. Following treatment, the area will swell slightly and become mildly pink to red as the body sends fresh blood and oxygen to the skin. This begins the healing response.
  • Proliferation. Collagen and elastin, which are part of the extracellular matrix, begin to form along with new blood vessels
  • Remodeling. New dermal tissue and blood vessels form in the area
Safe and effective, clinical studies have found that 90% of microneedling patients would recommend the treatment to family and friends. Call our office today to schedule your consultation and learn if microneedling is right for you.

The Microneedling Process

During the microneedling procedure at our office, the SkinPen® is moved evenly over the treatment area, creating thousands of precise micro-injuries to the uppermost layer of the dermis and spontaneously triggering the synthesis of new collagen – all without forming scar tissue. Extensive training by our aestheticians allows for controlled induction of the skin’s own self-repair process.

The actual procedure takes around 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the area, the number of areas treated, and the severity of existing damage to the skin. While often used for facial skin, the variable depth (.25mm to 2.5mm) of SkinPen® provides flexibility to create specific changes in multiple areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back. We are here to assess your areas of concern and help you determine if microneedling will be able to meet your needs.

Does Microneedling Hurt?

Microneedling is performed after treatment with a topical numbing cream, which helps guard against discomfort. The procedure is not considered painful and is well tolerated by a majority of patients.

Microneedling Recovery

As a nonsurgical procedure, microneedling will require little if any downtime. Some redness and swelling may be present in the treatment area and the skin may feel tight, but these things tend to self-resolve within a few days.

Pinpoint bleeding is possible with some levels of treatment. This stops almost immediately and will slough off with dead skin cells once dry. It is important that you do not pick at the treatment area during the healing phase.

Taking care of your skin after microneedling is important both for you comfort and for better results. During your time in our care, we will make sure you understand all pre and post-treatment instructions to help ensure your continued comfort.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient and depends on their unique needs. At your consultation, we will provide a customized plan to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

Microneedling Candidates

SkinPen® is safe and effective for all skin types. Minimally invasive and nonsurgical, microneedling requires little preparation and will not interfere with normal activities. Some minor discomfort is possible following treatment, but this is easily dealt with through proper skin care.

Our certified aesthetician will perform a thorough skin analysis and listen carefully to your goals before formulating a comprehensive skin care plan. For some patients, chemical peels and facials with ZO Skin Health products may also be recommended.

Is Microneedling Permanent?

Scars and stretch marks treated with microneedling will not come back. Fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and other skin conditions can reoccur, though proper skin care following treatment can delay or reduce these issues.

Unlike laser treatment, microneedling can be done repeated without risk of building up scar tissue. It is safe to undergo additional treatments.

Contact Us to Learn More

Would you like to learn more about microneedling with SkinPen®? Call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 to schedule a consultation today.

Meet Dr. Swapna Gopathi

Swapna Gopathi, MD is a highly experienced, board certified anti-aging and cosmetic physician, specializing in rejuvenative medicine. With her guidance, you can rediscover your youthful appearance. Practicing in the Houston-area for close to 10 years, Dr. Gopathi brings her patients innovative and transformative solutions to obtain their desired aesthetic and cosmetic results.

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Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wishes to all of those impacted by COVID-19. Dr. Ravi and our staff understand that this has impacted our community in multiple ways, but we are ready to support you in any way we can. Patients have multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.

Our office is currently open and ready to serve you. We are performing elective surgeries per Texas state guidelines at our Ambulatory Surgery Center, Houston Plastic Surgery Center.  All surgical patients are required to test for Covid-19, this will be reviewed in detail with you by your Patient Care Coordinator.  We are also still performing Injectables, such as Botox and fillers, and other in-office Med Spa procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling.  In order to do our part to decrease the spread of Covid-19, our office does have a strict screening protocol and all staff and patients are required to wear masks at all times.  Our staff continues to follow strict guidelines to increase the frequency of cleaning of all contact surfaces, such as door handles and countertops, with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety has always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, continue to offer in person consultations as well as virtual consultations via a secure HIPAA compliant platform. We are happy to provide these two options to guarantee your comfort.

As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing basis.

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