The practice of microneedling dates back to the 90’s, but has gained significant traction in recent years. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is making waves in the skin rejuvenation world as a natural way to increase collagen production. Additionally, Microneedling stands out from other modalities because it is safe for almost every skin color and type. Find out more about what Microneedling does and why it’s so effective.
What is Microneedling?
The process of Microneedling creates tiny punctures in the skin using micro-fine needles in an electric pen-like instrument. This essentially is a controlled injury that triggers the body’s wound healing response, stimulating collagen and elastin production. This response is key in boosting collagen production for anti-aging, and also rebuilding tissue damage from acne scars or scars from injury. Additionally, once these punctures are made, topical applications of serums or PRP (link) are able to penetrate deeper into the skin in order to work more effectively. Your clinician will help you decide which course of treatment is best for your skin type and concern-, Microneedling with Hyaluronic Acid, or Microneedling with PRP.
Your Microneedling Procedure
Topical numbing cream is applied to the area(s) to be treated. Once removed, the skin is thoroughly sterilized and your clinician systematically delivers the treatment- keeping in mind any particular areas of concern and/or sensitivity. The treatment itself takes anywhere between 15-45 minutes and because of the topical anesthetic, is very tolerable.
Recovery from Microneedling
Mild swelling and redness should be expected immediately following your session, lasting anywhere between 1-3 days. Makeup can be applied after 24 hours. Some results can be seen immediately, but best results are achieved after a series.
Who is a Good Candidate for Microneedling?
Unlike lasers or light treatments, Microneedling can be performed on ANY skin type (Fitzpatrick I-VI) barring those with active acne or infections. Before this treatment was available, many darker skinned patients who were not candidates for laser had little to no options in terms of skin resurfacing and/or scar reduction. Microneedling is recommended for any patients concerned with acne scarring, fine lines or crepiness, large pores, and/or hyperpigmentation. Because no chemicals are used during a standard Microneedling treatment, it is a safe choice for those with topical sensitivities.
Learn More About Microneedling in New York
Achieving younger, smoother, and more even-toned skin is easy with the help of microneedling at Blaine Plastic Surgery. Our clinicians provide results-driven, medical grade skincare solutions for every concern- whether it be anti-aging or corrective. Our team will create a personalized treatment regimen for you complete with at-home maintenance tools that are realistic and achievable for your lifestyle all the while providing noticeable, lasting results. Contact us today to learn more about microneedling in New York.