Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) November 26, 2014
Tampa Bay cosmetic medical practice Skinspirations has added SkinPen microneedling treatments to their menu of services. Skinspirations is owned by Cynthia Elliott M.D., who has been practicing medicine for nearly 25 years. The SkinPen, which employs a process known as microneedling, is produced by Texas-based Bellus Medical. The pen-like device produces thousands of microscopic holes to stimulate collagen and the skin’s natural healing process. Research shows this safe, nonsurgical cosmetic procedure is more effective than previously thought in making skin healthier and younger-looking.
By stimulating the skin’s natural ability to repair itself, the SkinPen breaks down scar tissue and replaces it with normal collagen. The vertical technology of the SkinPen allows the device to be used safely anywhere on the body, even close to eyes in the case of treatment of crow’s feet. The SkinPen has been shown to be effective for wrinkles, thin skin, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, premature aging, scars, lax skin, sun damage, stretch marks and hair restoration. It has also been reported to reduce the size of pores. Compared to other areas of wrinkling, eye wrinkles see the quickest and most notable improvement. Scars like icepick acne and surgical scars also become less noticeable with microneedling treatments.
The goal of treatment in microneedling is to create a surge of growth factors that assist with cell proliferation and differentiation. According to Dr. Lance Setterfield, author of The Concise Guide to Dermal Needling, skin cells go through “cell amnesia” as they age, in which the cells “forget” to perform the process required for healthy and younger-looking skin. Microneedling works by manipulating cellular communication through the release of growth factors and other proteins associated with wound healing. Cells are then able to “remember” and perform their functions properly, resulting in skin that looks and behaves like healthy, youthful skin.
The SkinPen is performed in-office and normally takes about 30 minutes, depending on the size and number of areas treated. The SkinPen, which is not available for home use, uses sterile, disposable needle cartridges and is equipped with several safety features. Microneedling rollers for home use are also available and recommended to help speed up and maintain results. All three licensed estheticians at Skinspirations have had extensive training in SkinPen, as well as other professional skincare procedures.
Microneedling also allows for an increase in product penetration. Ingredients, such as vitamins, are able to travel down the columns produced by needling into the deeper layers of skin in order to assist with the cell rejuvenation process. Some of the most important ingredients to use with microneedling include:
Vitamin A, which encourages cell turnover and an increase in collagen production;
Vitamin C, which makes collagen structures stronger, helps reduce oxidation and combats free radical damage;
Copper peptides to promote the formation of elastin; and
Zinc, which is required for collagen production and DNA repair.
Dr. Elliott stresses that proper moisturizers and sun protection, in addition to a healthy lifestyle containing a proper diet and exercise, are necessary to obtain the most dramatic results with SkinPen treatments.
Microneedling optimizes skin health and is not intended as a quick fix. Collagen remodeling can take place for up to two years, and the SkinPen should be thought of as an ongoing process, like a fitness routine. SkinPen treatments for general anti-aging results should be scheduled starting with three monthly treatments followed by maintenance treatments twice a year – and for issues related to scarring, six monthly treatments are recommended.
About Dr. Cynthia Elliott and Skinspirations:
Cynthia Elliott, M.D., is the owner of Skinspirations, located in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Elliott obtained her M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and then completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has been on staff at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital, University Community Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital, and has served on the faculty of the USF School of Medicine. Dr. Elliott currently serves as an expert witness in Cosmetic Medicine for the Florida Board of Medicine. Her company, ExpertEsthetics, provides hands on technique training for other practitioners. Dr. Elliott is also a national and international trainer for Cutera Lasers, training other physicians in the use of aesthetic lasers with skin of all colors. Skinspirations specializes exclusively in rejuvenation, enhancement and anti-aging treatments for the face and body. With her staff of aesthetic experts, you know you’ll get the best results obtainable. Dr. Elliott has been in practice for over 20 years, and has the experience and reputation to have been chosen by the makers of Botox® Cosmetic and Juvederm to train other physicians and practitioners in her techniques. For more information, visit http://www.skinspirations.com.