New treatment promises smoother skin without surgery

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There is a new non-invasive way to rejuvenate the face called micro-needling. (WPVI)

There is a new non-invasive way to rejuvenate the face called micro-needling and it's getting a lot of attention lately.

Lisa Landau's days of fighting acne are long gone, but the reminders aren't.

"The acne scarring just stayed with me and I couldn't get rid of it," said Landau.

Two rounds of laser treatment helped a little, but it was harsh and the results were only temporary.

"As years went on, it came back," Laudau said.

Lisa was reluctant to try anything more until a friend mentioned Rejuvapen treatments.

Dr. Paul Glat says Rejuvapen is in a new group of treatments which use micro-needling.

"There are nine almost microscopic needles that are puncturing the skin over & over again," said Dr. Glat.

The needles go less than a millimeter deep but they make hundreds of tiny injuries.

The body reacts by rushing collagen and other healing substances there to build new tissue.

It's the same principle used by Fraxel skin lasers.

To keep people comfortable, a numbing cream is used before the procedure and topical creams are used after to cool the irritated skin.

"I just feel a vibration, but I don't feel anything else," Landau said.

Dr. Glat says it usually takes 2 to 4 treatments - 1 every 2 weeks - to see the best results.

"Each treatment, you're going to get 15-20-25% improvement," he said.

Landau had 4 treatments, because she had extensive scarring but even before the last one, she saw a significant change.

"My pores are much smaller. My overall, the overall complexion is smoother, definitely my, the acne scarring has lessened," she said.

"I've gotten a lot of comments, 'Oh, your skin looks really good.' It's not one of the things I heard before."
Landau also says her skin was red for about 2 days after each treatment and it peeled a little, similar to a mild sunburn.

Each treatment costs several hundred dollars, but the overall price can be half the cost of laser treatments.

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