For those in and around Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY, who are eager to improve the appearance of their skin, our team of dermatologists are ready to help. If sun and environmental damage have left you with skin that’s not smooth, and if you see new lines and wrinkles from the natural aging process, microneedling along with SkinPen or platelet-rich plasma enhances the skin’s natural ability to regenerate. Call or book an appointment online today for a consultation.
Microneedling / Collagen Induction Therapy
What are the benefits of microneedling?
Microneedling helps reduce the signs of aging, improve the appearance of acne scars and rejuvenate aging skin. In one study of 60 patients with acne scarring, three microneedling treatments resulted in a 31 percent improvement in skin texture, with no discoloration of the skin. Microneedling was effective for all skin types.
Is appropriate for all skin types. The SkinPen microneedling device creates hundreds of tiny micro-channels in the skin with minimal damage to the epidermis. SkinPen disrupts the junctions between the skin cells, temporarily disrupting the skin’s barrier function. This brief, mechanical disruption does not cause the melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) in the epidermis to react by increasing pigment production and darkening the skin in a process called hyperpigmentation. Therefore, SkinPen can be used on all skin types, including darker skin that is more susceptible to hyperpigmentation.
Can be used on many body parts. The SkinPen needle depth adjusts from .25 mm up to 2 mm, allowing the provider to tailor the treatments to the patient’s particular skin thickness as well as his or her needs. SkinPen’s variable needle depth makes it more versatile than traditional rollers, and it can be used efficiently on many parts of the body.
Has minimal risk of infections or scarring. SkinPen doesn’t remove or damage the epidermis and doesn’t trigger the inflammatory pathway, meaning infections and scarring are unlikely.
Does microneedling hurt?
A topical anesthetic is typically applied prior to a SkinPen procedure. This allows for a comfortable experience for most people. Generally, patients report feeling just the slight vibration of SkinPen during the procedure. In one study of micro-needling used to treat acne scars, the patients’ average pain rating was only 1.08 out of 10. For most people, that’s probably less painful than having your eyebrows waxed.
Is there downtime after the microneedling procedure?
The total healing time depends on each individual. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild to moderate sunburn) for two to four days following the microneedling procedure. Some people may see their skin return to normal in about 24 hours.
What does it it treat?
- Acne Scars – in conjunction with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Scars – in conjunction with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Rejuvenation – Aging and Sun Damaged Skin
- ALL SKIN TYPES
- Striae – STRETCH MARK
- “Porous” skin, skin tone
- Hair loss – in conjunction with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Neck lines
- Loose facial skin