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Microneedling treatments to improve texture and tighten skin.





John Q. Cook, M.D.

Chicago 312-751-2112
Winnetka 847-446-7562

Whole Beauty® Institute Has Over 10 Years Experience In Microneedling and Skin Tightening in Chicago and Winnetka

  1. Activate Collagen
  2. Tighten and Smooth Skin
  3. Reduce Wrinkles
  4. Minimize Pores
  5. Improve Acne Scars
  6. Reduce Stretch Marks
  7. Reduce Burn Scars

Our patients benefit from a wide range of technologies that help to reduce fine wrinkles, diminish pore size, even out pigmentation, and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Our team in the Chicago Gold Coast and Winnetka North Suburban offices has extensive experience with IPL (intense pulsed light), laser technology, fractora radio-frequency resurfacing, microdermabrasion, Whole Beauty® medical grade products, and chemical peels.

The Dermapen system of microneedling plays an important role in our skin rejuvenation and repair techniques, either by itself, or in combination with the other treatments we have just mentioned.

What is Dermapen Microneedling and why is it so useful?

The Dermapen is a device that produces tiny pinpricks in the skin with very little discomfort. This process is referred to as microneedling or microchanneling. These tiny holes in the skin produce two beneficial effects.

First, the holes themselves stimulate the body’s healing and repair mechanism, so that the deeper level of the skin is plumped up with new collagen and other substances. This is the same process that occurs with fractora radiofrequency treatments, microablative laser treatments and other methods of skin resurfacing.

Second, the holes allow us to deliver treatments to the cells at the deeper layers of the skin. This allows us to supercharge our treatments for wrinkles, fine lines, excess pigmentation, scars, and stretch marks.

Our Experience with Microneedling began over 10 years ago.

Over 10 years ago, Dr. John Q. Cook, became familiar with the pioneering work of Dr. Desmond Fernandez, a South African plastic surgeon who developed a device that was essentially a small rolling pin with needles on its surface. Dr. Fernandez showed that a person’s skin could be improved by a series of treatments in which the device was rolled across the skin.

Dr. Cook worked with the device and found that his patients noticed a rejuvenating effect when he treated their skin with the roller. There were several practical disadvantages to this early form of microneedling. First, the treatment itself was a bit intimidating for most patients. Second, the treatment was relatively uncomfortable. Third, the potential of the device to deliver beneficial compounds to the depth of the skin was not fully realized. insertion-diagram-of-dermapen-hand-piece

Three reasons Dermapen is an improvement over previous methods of microneedling.

The first improvement is the device itself, which allows for the production of tiny perforations in the skin without the “fear factor” of previous generation devices.

The second improvement is the great reduction in discomfort compared to earlier methods. We have much better types of anesthetic creams that can be spread over the treated area ahead of the treatment. Also the device itself produces less discomfort than older “pinwheel” versions.

The third improvement is the ability to combine a microneedling session with serums that target specific skin conditions.

The skin’s defensive barrier protects us but makes treatment frustrating.

We tend to disregard our skin until it shows signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles, and gradual thinning. Then we seek ways to restore a youthful appearance. What we fail to realize is that our skin has been carrying out an important job during all the years we gave it little appreciation: it has been our defensive barrier against the harsh external world.

Our bodies are moist; the outside world is dry and full of dangerous poisons and solar radiation that can damage cellular genetics. The most brilliant bioengineer in the world could not have designed a better system to protect us than our skin. skin-3-layers

The skin is a two layer system. The outer layer, called the epidermis, is made of skin cells that grow from the deepest level and move up to the surface. This process of upward migration takes about a month, so our skin is constantly shedding and renewing itself. The net effect of this is that cells whose genetic apparatus has been damaged by solar radiation or chemicals are shed, so that they cannot do damage. The cells are also tightly connected, so they seal in the body’s moisture and prevent us from drying out.

The next layer down, the dermis, is what gives the skin its wonderful suppleness and resiliency. Factory cells, know as fibroblasts, churn out a variety of materials that keep our skin thick and healthy: collagen, elastic fibers, and hyaluron (the same material that is found in injectable filler). This layer provides a further defense against the outside world.

Thank Goodness for this defensive barrier! Without it we would not have survived very long as a species.

Our skin’s barrier becomes a challenge when we want to deliver treatments that need to affect anything deeper than the very outer aspect of the skin. Most of the creams, lotions, and serums, whether pricey or inexpensive, that you find in department stores and drug stores are just plumping up the very outer layer of skin cells that are about to be shed. This makes the skin look better, but there is little biological effect.

Of course there is a whole category of scientists who develop ways to get around the skins barrier; think of the patches that many women wear to deliver hormones to their bodies. In general, it is easier to get smaller molecules to pass through the skin than larger molecules.

Microneedling allows the clinician to deliver a variety of beneficial molecules to deeper levels of the skin. The tiny pinpricks the Dermapen creates appear very small, but are huge from the molecular perspective. Treatments that would never make it past the skin’s defensive barrier can now be introduced with relative ease. The microchannels remain open for 15 to 60 minutes, which allows our team to deliver targeted treatments customized to each patient’s needs.

At the Whole Beauty® Institute our skilled clinicians deliver custom treatments for a variety of skin conditions with the Dermapen microneedling technology.

Patients who come to us for microneedling will find that a variety of skin conditions can benefit from this useful technology. The Dermapen microneedling process produces its benefits in two ways.

First, as shown years ago by Dr. Fernandez, the physical process of microneedling fires up the skin’s healing and repair mechanism, so that new collagen is produced.

Second, the microchannels allow us to deliver treatments into the skin that are tailored for each patient’s needs.

Wrinkles and fine lines are a prime targets for microneedling. These lines are largely a consequence of a loss of collagen and a depletion of hyaluronic acid content in the deeper layer of the skin. Dermapen therapy offers a relatively simple way to address these issues with minimal downtime. Our clinical team often combines microneedling with other treatments such as medical grade Whole Beauty® skincare products and peels to provide enhanced benefits.

We also offer our patients more powerful technologies, such as Fractora radiofrequency resurfacing, and fractional laser therapy. During your consultation our clinicians will guide you to the treatment that makes the most sense for you.

Dermapen microneedling is very helpful for a variety of conditions that involve scarring. Surgical scars, scars from acne, and scars from injuries often respond to microneedling. The mechanical benefits of microneedling are enhanced by formulations specifically designed to diminish scars.

We have also found that the Dermapen is very helpful for patients with areas of excess pigmentation. Microneedling allows us to deliver agents that calm the pigment producing cells that reside in the deeper layers of the skin.

For some patients the Dermapen technology can reduce the appearance of stretch marks. We apply a combination of peptides and growth factors to the area of stretch marks immediately after we have produced microchannels. Although it is impossible to make stretch marks disappear completely with any existing technology, many patient will experience a significant reduction in their appearance, in that they blend in better with the surrounding skin.

Dermapen therapy can also be a helpful component of a general program of skin rejuvenation. As we age our skin becomes thinner, drier, and less resilient. The stimulation of fibroblasts and the ability to deliver rejuvenating compounds to the deeper layers of the skin produce a fresher, more youthful appearance to the skin.

Our team of clinicians in Chicago and Winnetka can design a skin rejuvenation program that combines microneedling with other treatments and medical grade skincare products that are customized for each patient’s lifestyle and needs.

Dermapen is a gentle introduction to our more powerful skin rejuvenation treatments.

Like Dermapen, Fractora radio-frequency resurfacing produces tiny holes in the skin, but this can be done at much deeper levels and with much greater power. For patients with extensive aging changes in the skin fractional radio-frequency microneedling with the Fractora technology will produce a more powerful result, but also involves greater down time. We employ other treatment methods, such as fractional laser therapy and deeper peels, that produce a powerful response, but with a longer recovery period. The appeal of the Demapen therapy model is that it delivers good results for a variety of skin conditions with extremely low down time. It is a nice introduction to the range of procedures that we offer at the Whole Beauty® Institute.

Our experienced team at the Whole Beauty® Institute has the knowledge to design an individualized treatment plan for you.

Every treatment that we offer at the Whole Beauty® Institute has been carefully vetted by Dr. John Q. Cook and his team of experts. We have over 20 years of experience in advanced techniques of plastic surgery and non-surgical aesthetics. The breadth and depth of our knowledge is one of the benefits that we offer patients who come to us in consultation. We pride ourselves in offering our patients highly individualized therapy that takes into account each person’s goals and circumstances.

If you would like to schedule a consultation contact the Whole Beauty® Institute today or call 312-751-2112.