What are the 3 basic phases?

  • Phase One | Inflammation: Activated by piercing the dermal tissue, platelets release cytokines and growth factors which act as signals for the body’s immune system. Neutrophils and macrophages cells are sent in to disinfect the wounds, clear the debris, increase the blood supply (a process called angiogenesis), and begin the creation of fresh, new cellular and extracellular materials (the granulation process).
  • Phase Two | Proliferation: In this stage, the fibroblasts (cells that make up much of the dermis and create the extracellular matrix) keratinocytes and epidermal cells continue to divide to populate the areas of damage and secrete growth factors and extracellular matrix, such as elastin and collagen.
  • Phase Three | Remodeling: At this stage, the wound has been replaced with new dermal tissues and the newly formed vasculature is now matured. The collagen in the newly formed tissue is now replaced with the stronger collagen and the tissue contracts to cause a “shrink-wrap” effect of the skin.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of micro-needling are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Eclipse Micropen™ also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.

What does it feel like?

The feeling associated with the Eclipse Micropen™ is similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more tolerable. Learn more at the Eclipse MicroPen’s Website

COVID-19 NOTICE

Due to Covid-19, non-essential skin condition appointments will be rescheduled and our offices will be closed until further notice. Our phone lines are still open to receive incoming calls for urgent matters and refills. Please keep in mind that refills will be answered within 24-48 hours from initial call.

We are also offering TeleMedicine as an alternative for those patients who want to keep in touch but do not require in-person care. Most insurances will be honored as usual. TeleMedicine appointments are digital visits, performed from the comfort of your home using your cell phone, tablet or camera-enabled computer. You will be able to speak with and see your provider in real-time. The provider will ask you to use your camera to show them the rash, spot, or condition you are concerned about, and will proceed to counsel you and prescribe medications as applicable, just like an in-office visit.

If you wish to schedule a TeleMedicine or in-office appointment, please call your preferred location.

Finally, take care of yourselves and take care of those within your community.
Please remember that all those working to provide “essential” services are working tirelessly, doing their very best to support you.


Thank you for being a patient of Dermatology Associates of San Antonio.
Warmest regards,

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