What is Microneedling?
When home skin products aren't effective, but you aren't ready for surgery, learn more about nonsurgical treatments to rejuvenate the skin, like microneedling with SkinPen. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV is pleased to offer microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) at his office in Houston, TX. Microneedling uses several fine-gauge needles to safely and effectively create micro-injuries in the needed areas of the skin. The micro-injuries trigger the body's natural production of collagen and elastin, two nutrients that improve the appearance and health of your skin. Easily combined with other skin treatments, like serums or PRP (platelet-rich plasma), microneedling can help reduce pores, scars, and stretch marks. Schedule a consultation at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery to hear more about the benefits of microneedling and ways to customize the treatment for your needs and goals.
What are the Benefits of SkinPen Microneedling?
SkinPen is the first FDA-approved microneedling treatment. It was recommended by 90% of patients in a clinical study. The treatment reinvigorates skin with a minimally invasive procedure devoid of heat or chemicals that takes as few as 30 minutes to complete. Microneedling with SkinPen can reduce the appearance of all of the following conditions:
- Wrinkles, lines, and Crow’s feet
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration
- Skin laxity
- Sun damage and/or sun spots
- Rough skin texture
"Dr. Ellsworth performed a Flap surgical procedure on me. I had a stage 4 isheal pressure ulcer that required removal of tissue to the bone. I then had to lay on my side for 5 weeks in an LTAC facility.Dr. Ellsworth and his staff took very good care of me pre and post-op, which was over 1 year. He has an exceptional bedside manner. He and his entire staff are very professional. He takes time with his patients.In addition, Dr. Ellsworth did a procedure on our 22 year old son to remove excess skin from his tummy after he lost 65 lbs."- B.V. / Google / Jul 30, 2016
"Cannot recommend Dr. Ellsworth and his team enough. As a woman looking for good recommendations for a Mommy makeover, I only had Instagram posts to go by as many women aren’t openly recommending this procedure on Google reviews as they are public and not anonymous. However, my family is in the medical industry and Dr. Ellsworth comes highly recommended by other doctors because he puts your safety and wishes FIRST. I had one other consult with a popular Houston Plastic Surgeon on Instagram and honestly, I didn’t feel “heard”. Most plastic surgeons have their own aesthetic, and they say go to a surgeon who matches your aesthetic goals. Well, Dr. Ellsworth listens to YOU and matches YOUR aesthetic goals. As it should be! Dr. Ellsworth does not have many pictures online anywhere but let me tell you, I could not be happier with my results thus far and I am only 11 weeks post-op. My first stage I had a circumferential abdominoplasty and a buttock aug, NOT a BBL. He does a different procedure because BBLs are dangerous! (Google them). I also think BBLs don’t look natural and I wanted a natural looking result. I LOVE my results!! His bedside manner and his support staff has made this an amazing experience. Carina Nelson (his PA) is also the best!! I have staged my procedures as this was recommended. I have lost excessive weight and he wants to take time to make sure it is done as I wanted and safely. I cannot wait to see my results after stage 2 is done this summer. I get SOOOOOOOOOO many compliments already on stage 1 and I tell anyone who comments that it was with the help of an amazing plastic surgeon!! I have no shame! After 3 kids and losing 80lbs, I couldn’t look this good without Dr.Ellsworth and Carina!! Thank you!!! I will update after stage 2, I expect it to be an equally amazing experience. Do yourself a favor and definitely go in for a consult with Dr. Ellsworth and his staff if you are shopping around for a plastic surgeon, you will NOT regret it!"- K.M. / Office Visit / Jun 07, 2022
"Recomiendo 100% al Dr. Ellsworth y todo el staff Que trabaja en sus equipo en especial Carina y Cecilia. Este año tuve dos procedimientos tissue expander y DIEP Flap para reconstruir después de una mastectomia. Estoy satisfecha con los resultados, es increíble como pude volver a la normalidad. La recuperación y proceso del DIEP flap puede ser intimidante. Pero vale la pena, ya que los resultados son asombrosos. La naturalidad y la sensibilidad están volviendo. Agradezco mucho haberme encontrado a este equipo profesional, y me siento afortunada que me hayan recomendado este procedimiento. Gracias una vez más por su ayuda, y excelente trabajo profesional."- V.V. / Facebook / Nov 30, 2021
"If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon who is attentive, professional and has genuine bedside manner, look no further. You will be in good hands. My mommy makeover was easy and my recovery was a breeze! Dr. Ellsworth and his team of amazing PAs, nurses and front office staff were amazing. I am pleased and thrilled with my results!!"- A.A. / Google / Nov 21, 2021
"Ally is very personable, knows her stuff, and she is very gentle!! I will definitely be back!"- J.R. / Google / Jul 27, 2021
Am I an ideal candidate?
You may benefit from microneedling if you have slight to moderate skin issues, like a decrease in elasticity or rough skin texture. Microneedling treatments can also minimize the appearance of scars, pores, and stretch marks. You must be willing to wait a while before seeing improvements from your microneedling treatment since the collagen and elastin will need some time to have an effect on the skin, but you will develop natural-looking results and gain healthier overall skin.
How does MICRONEEDLING work?
A microneedling treatment is completed in a private treatment room in about 30 – 60 minutes with numbing cream or local anesthesia if preferred, but patients generally report mild or no discomfort. The skin being treated will be cleansed before the microneedling handpiece is passed evenly over. Ellsworth Plastic Surgery proudly uses the trusted SkinPen microneedling device for more stunning results. After the microneedling is complete, a topical treatment, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or a vitamin-infused serum, can be applied for deeper penetration of the nutrients into the skin. A moisturizer will be massaged in place along with UV protection since your skin will be sensitive after the treatment.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
After your treatment, you can experience mild swelling and redness for about a day, but this should fade naturally. It may take about 1 – 2 months as the collagen and elastin levels increase before you see visible improvements in the health and appearance of your complexion. You should plan to get about 4 – 6 maintenance treatments every 4 – 6 weeks for ideal results and long-lasting skin health.
Is microneedling safe?
Microneedling is safe and effective, but only when performed by a medical professional like Dr. Ellsworth. The needles used for microneedling are tiny and should not damage the skin. If proper technique is not used, there is a risk of puncturing the skin and causing problems like bleeding or scarring.
Who might benefit from microneedling?
People who benefit from microneedling have acne scars, sun-damaged skin, or fine lines brought on by natural aging. Microneedling is also used to treat discoloration and hyperpigmentation. The great news is microneedling can be performed on most skin types and textures at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery.
How many treatments will I need?
How many microneedling treatments someone needs depends on their goals and the condition of their skin. Just like any other cosmetic procedure, you and Dr. Ellsworth will devise a plan which can be tailored to your specific needs and budget in Houston, TX. Let's create your treatment plan together!
Natural Health and Radiance
Improve the health and appearance of your skin with microneedling treatments and the innovative SkinPen device at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. A minimally invasive treatment that can create impressive results, microneedling increases your natural production of collagen for smoother, firmer skin. Schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Ellsworth to find out more about this procedure and other skin improvement treatments.