David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253
HKB Knoxville Staff


The writing’s on the wall. We’re obsessed with the SkinPen.

Dr. Reath Recommends SkinPen
Great For: Improving lines around the lips, crepey skin under the eyes, acne scars and overall skin tightening.
Not For: The day before a big event.

Have you ever heard of a skin care procedure that gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it? So far, that is our experience with the SkinPen. We kid you not. Everyone on our staff, including Dr. Reath, counts the days until they can have their next treatment, and our patients are pre-booking their SkinPen appointments a month in advance.

You may have heard of something called “microneedling”. Well, the SkinPen is essentially the same idea but with a much more advanced, comfortable and predictable delivery.
SkinPen Collagen Therapy
SkinPen’s advanced micro-channeling system stimulates the growth of healthy new skin that’s full of fresh collagen. It plumps the skin from below, repairing lines and other skin imperfections. With three SkinPen treatments, you can reverse years of sun damage, smooth acne scars and wipe out wrinkles with just a day of social downtime after each one.

It’s adjustable.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 2.13.12 PMOne of the best things about the SkinPen is that the depth is adjustable so it can be used on the entire face regardless of skin thickness. It’s uniquely effective in the delicate area around the eyes (the periorbital region) and around the mouth (the perioral region). These areas often display the first signs of aging and can be the most challenging to treat. We are so impressed with the results that we have virtually replaced ablative fractional laser in favor of three SkinPen treatments.

It doesn’t require a blood draw.

We’ve skipped the whole messy process and use AnteAGE MD Serum. It’s a home run for patients: an easily obtained, consistent product of anti-inflammatory growth factors individually packaged and designed specifically for microneedling.

It plays well with others.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 2.13.50 PMWe often combine SkinPen treatments with our facial patients to get the best results from both. A facelift, for example, does a great job at tightening the skin in the jowl area and the neck but doesn’t touch the lines around the mouth or improve overall skin texture. Botox does a great job of preventing crow’s feet wrinkles from forming but doesn’t rejuvenate and plump the skin beside and underneath the eyes. That’s where the SkinPen comes in.

Don’t be put off by the whole “needle” thing.

The one thing everyone wants to know is, “does it hurt?” We’re not going to lie to you. This is the most aggressive skin care treatment we do in our office, with the results to match. The medical numbing cream we use really helps, and although it’s not super-relaxing like a facial, most patients give it about a two on the 1-10 pain scale. So it is pretty accurate to say that it’s quite easily tolerated. Everyone we’ve talked to so far said they would “definitely do it again”.

The results are something to write home about.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 2.30.46 PMIn terms of recovery, it’s not nearly as bad as the results would suggest. Expect to be red, in some cases very red, for the rest of the day of your treatment. The response the SkinPen sets in motion feels like a sunburn, but the process in the skin is very different. The next day, you’ll probably be pink and may still feel a bit irritated, but you can put on makeup and go about your normal activities.

You’ll feel the smoothness in your skin, particularly around the eyes and mouth right away. It’s hard to stop touching your skin, it’s so remarkable. You can expect to see all-over improvement in the weeks following your treatment. The best part is that you will continue to notice changes in your skin up to three to six months as new collagen begins to grow and your skin volume increases.SkinPen Micro needling

Buh-bye ablative laser.

In the past, we have used Pearl Fractional Laser to create tiny pore-sized holes deep in the skin to stimulate the skin’s collagen growth. The microchannels created by the SkinPen are accomplishing much the same thing…just without the week’s downtime. We are so impressed with the results that we have virtually replaced ablative fractional laser in favor of three SkinPen treatments.

Looking younger never gets old.

You’ll see immediate improvement but the best results come after a package of three treatments, one month apart. If you are treating acne scars, you may need six treatments one month apart. You can also alternate a SkinPen treatment with a Probiotic YouthBoost for even faster results. You can have a YouthBoost two weeks after your SkinPen treatment.

The question everyone asks once they see how smooth and tight their skin is looking is “How soon can I have another treatment?”

Sorry, you have to wait a month for the next one. But you can make your appointment as soon as you like.

SkinPen with AnteAGE MD Growth Factors Price
Series of 3, one month apart $950
Series of 6, one month apart $1,750
Add on: Series of 3 SkinPen neck treatments $600

Skin Care Greatest Hits

Rock star skin care procedures

Don’t commit to just one rockstar procedure, when you get your big break working in concert.

SkinPen groupies mix it up with some Genesis (Laser that is). Slide on in for new wave Excel V action. It’s got the power to rap those grunge spots the way of vinyl.

This VIP all-access package is your backstage pass to all three: SkinPen, Laser Genesis, and Excel V Laser. Get cheap trick package pricing but jam on your hit single. Can you dig it?

Greatest Hits Combo: Skinpen, Laser Genesis and/or Excel V Price
Series of 6. You get to pick. $1,750

Meet Christy Ledford, Licensed Aesthetician

Wondering what you need to do to get great skin? Then you’ll want to meet Christy Ledford, our talented Medical Aesthetician and Skincare Specialist.Christy Ledford Licensed Aesthetician Knoxville

If you haven’t met Christy yet, you are in for a real treat. It took us a while to find her, but boy did we make the right choice. Charming, professional and kind, Christy demonstrates a sincere interest in the well-being of our patients and the overall results of their treatments. She is a favorite of patients and staff alike.

Her 14 years of experience as a Licensed Aesthetician have given Christy an extensive understanding of medical-grade skin care products and procedures.

Helping patients design their perfect, personalized skincare plan is Christy’s specialty. She has a talent for finding just the right mix of treatments to achieve great results. Her extensive knowledge in combating aging, hyperpigmentation, redness, and acne is what sets her apart.

Dr. Reath and Dr. Walker are true believers in aesthetic skin care and the impact it can have on our surgical procedures. Together, Christy, Dr. Reath, and Dr. Walker stay up to date on the newest technologies and ingredients to give the best results to our patients. Whatever your unique concerns, skin type and budget, you’ll love your time with Christy almost as much as you’ll love your results.

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