Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a skin rejuvenation treatment that can target a wide range of skin concerns, including acne scars, fine lines, stretch marks, large pores, and hyperpigmentation. As a minimally invasive treatment, microneedling has minimal downtime, few potential side effects, and is safe and effective for patients of all skin types and skin tones. To guarantee the best cosmetic results, microneedling treatment should always be performed by a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green in NYC. At her private, boutique dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, Dr. Green offers traditional microneedling, radiofrequency microneedling, microneedling with depigmentation serum, and microneedling with platelet-rich plasma.
During a microneedling procedure, Dr. Green moves a handheld microneedling device across the skin’s surface in the treatment area. The microneedling device contains tiny needles that create thousands of micro-punctures in the skin, inducing the natural wound-healing process and stimulating new collagen production. The result is a naturally smoother, brighter, and healthier complexion. The microneedling procedure can be customized and enhanced by adding depigmentation serum, radio frequency energy, and platelet-rich plasma. A skin rejuvenation and skincare expert like Dr. Green can recommend an optimal microneedling treatment plan for your specific concerns and unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Michele Green in New York City is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments, including traditional, platelet-rich plasma and radiofrequency microneedling. Regarding skin rejuvenation, Dr. Green takes a holistic approach and embraces a less-is-more philosophy, customizing each patient’s treatment plan to cater best to their needs. She is consistently identified as one of NYC’s best dermatologists by New York Magazine, Super Doctors, and Castle Connolly for her dedication to her patients and expertise. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to create a skin rejuvenation treatment plan that leaves you looking and feeling your absolute best.
What Does Microneedling Do?
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment where a healthcare provider moves a microneedling device containing tiny needles across the skin’s surface to create micro-punctures. This process stimulates the natural wound-healing process, which involves new collagen production. Collagen is an essential skin protein contributes to its firmness, smoothness, and youthfulness. Acne scars, stretch marks, sun damage, and various signs of aging develop due to collagen depletion or destruction. By replenishing collagen, microneedling can improve a wide variety of skin concerns. Microneedling provides many skin rejuvenation benefits, including:
- Improve skin texture and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Correct an uneven skin tone by reducing unwanted pigmentation, hyperpigmentation, melasma, dark spots, and sun damage.
- Provide an overall brightening effect and boost skin radiance
- Reduce the appearance of acne scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Tighten skin and improve its elasticity to achieve a more youthful overall appearance.
- Improve the appearance of stretch marks on the body
- Reduce the look of large pores
- It can be combined with radiofrequency energy to target the dermis below the skin’s surface, maximizing the cosmetic results achieved through a single microneedling session.
- It can be combined with Platelet Rich Plasma, a specialized serum derived from a sample of the patient’s own blood and potent with epidermal growth factors. PRP enhances the healing process and boosts collagen and elastin production within the skin
- It can be combined with depigmentation serum, a specialized topical serum composed of a proprietary blend of skin-brightening agents for targeting uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and melasma.
When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in NYC, you will discuss your particular skin concerns and aesthetic goals; she will physically assess your skin condition and determine what microneedling treatment can do for you.
Who is a good candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling treatment is safe for all skin types and tones, meaning almost anyone interested in skin rejuvenation can be a good candidate. This minimally invasive cosmetic treatment can target sun damage, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne scars, large pores, fine lines, and an uneven skin tone. Individuals with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, active acne, or cold sore breakouts may not be good candidates for microneedling. Patients with a history of keloid scarring may not be candidates. Consulting a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, is the best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for microneedling. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience in cosmetic dermatology and will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan for your skin rejuvenation.
What are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling treatments offer a myriad of skin rejuvenation benefits for patients of all ages, skin tones, and skin types- including those with sensitive skin and darker skin tones. Microneedling can target skin concerns on many different body areas, including the face, neck, stomach, legs, chest, back, and hands, stimulating collagen production and leading to smoother, softer, more youthful, and refreshed skin. Plus, applying these tiny needles on the skin increases the absorption of topical serums that may be used during the microneedling treatment, making them more effective.
Traditional microneedling, PRP microneedling, and radiofrequency microneedling are excellent treatment options for improving overall skin tone and texture by reducing visible sun damage, age spots, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, fine lines, and large pores. Microneedling can even be used to improve the appearance of cellulite temporarily. It is also an effective cosmetic treatment for reducing the appearance of acne scarring. Some of the benefits of microneedling include that, as a minimally invasive treatment, there is no downtime and few potential side effects. In addition, microneedling treatments are incredibly customizable, as the tiny needles on the microneedling device can be adjusted to different depths for optimal penetration in various target areas. Microneedling treatments are also easily combined with other non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as dermal filler injections, Botox injections, and laser treatments like the V-Beam. Microneedling has been a fantastic breakthrough in non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments for achieving beautiful, younger-looking skin.
Does microneedling work?
Yes! Microneedling works to improve skin tone and texture, as well as boost overall skin radiance and health. To determine if microneedling will work to treat your specific skin concerns, you should schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in New York, who understands the complexities of the skin and can recommend the cosmetic treatments that are most appropriate for meeting your needs and providing ideal cosmetic results.
How does microneedling work?
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that improves skin texture, tone, and radiance. During a microneedling procedure, the healthcare provider moves a microneedling device across the skin’s surface in the treatment area. The microneedling device contains tiny needles that create thousands of micro-punctures in the skin. These tiny needles have an adjustable depth, allowing for greater precision and control while treating different face and body areas. The procedure induces the skin’s natural healing process, stimulating new elastin and collagen production. Collagen and elastin are skin proteins that contribute to a firm, smooth skin texture and youthful appearance. Over time, collagen and elastin are depleted faster than they are produced. By replenishing collagen and elastin levels, microneedling effectively results in a smoother, firmer skin texture, even skin tone, and enhanced radiance. Most patients require several microneedling sessions, with each treatment spaced approximately four weeks apart, to attain ideal results.
Is Microneedling Safe?
When you have microneedling treatment with an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green in New York City, the procedure is safe and effective for skin rejuvenation. The microneedling devices used by Dr. Green at her private boutique dermatology office are FDA-cleared, and she has over 25 years of experience providing the most innovative non-invasive cosmetic treatment options. Serious side effects can occur when microneedling is performed by an unqualified provider or with an at-home microneedling device, including bruising, skin infection, skin damage, and scarring. To guarantee safety, efficacy, optimal results, and avoid unwanted side effects, seeking microneedling treatment from a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green is always recommended.
What are the side effects of microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment with few potential side effects and minimal downtime. Common side effects of microneedling include mild facial redness, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, dryness, and flaking. These side effects resolve independently within several days of the microneedling procedure. More severe side effects can occur if the microneedling treatment is performed in a non-medical setting, by an inexperienced or unqualified provider, or with an at-home microneedling device. Such side effects may include hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration, and scarring. To guarantee safety, efficacy, and ideal cosmetic results, seeking microneedling treatment from an experienced board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green in New York City is critical. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing NYC’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatment options, including traditional microneedling, PRP microneedling, and radiofrequency microneedling.
What is the Microneedling treatment process?
The first step is consulting Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. In your consultation, Dr. Green will collect a thorough medical history, physically assess your skin condition, and review any previous cosmetic treatments you may have had. Depending on her evaluation and your specific skin concerns and aesthetic goals, she will determine which treatment options you’re a good candidate for.
On the day of your microneedling treatment, a topical numbing cream should be applied to the entire treatment area one hour before your appointment. Once you arrive at Dr. Green’s, the numbing cream will be removed, and the skin sterilized. During the microneedling procedure, Dr. Green will move the handheld, FDA-approved microneedling device across the skin’s surface. The microneedling device contains tiny needles that will make micro-punctures in the skin, inducing the natural wound-healing process and stimulating collagen production. If specialized topical serums are used during your microneedling treatment, such as depigmentation serum or platelet-rich plasma, they will be applied to the skin after the micro-punctures have been made with the microneedling device. These micro-punctures enhance the absorbency of the serums, maximizing their effects. The microneedling procedure is complete in less than one hour.
After your microneedling treatment, Dr. Green will ask you to refrain from cleansing your skin for 24 hours. This will allow the topicals used during your microneedling treatment to fully absorb, enhancing the healing process and the skin rejuvenation results achieved. It is normal to feel like the skin is dry or tight following a microneedling treatment. To alleviate the feeling of dryness, Dr. Green may recommend her patients take advantage of some of the ultra-nourishing skincare products from her MGSKINLABs, Inc., such as Hydra Repair. The Hydra Repair is a specially formulated, high concentration of hyaluronic acid that provides the skin with the essential moisturization it needs throughout recovery. Dr. Green will also recommend which moisturizers and topical serums are advised to use during healing, including a gentle cleanser and broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen is especially important, as the microneedling treatment increases the skin’s photosensitivity. When you have your microneedling treatment with Dr. Green, you will receive all the pertinent aftercare required for achieving and maintaining optimal results.
24 year old treated with PRP Microneedling (6 months before and after)
What Skincare to use after microneedling
One of the benefits of microneedling treatment is that it creates microchannels on the skin’s surface, enhancing the absorbency of topical skincare products. Depending upon your consultation, Dr. Green may suggest topical serums such as hyaluronic acid or depigmentation serum. Sunscreen is essential, especially after a microneedling procedure, since the skin in the treatment area will be more sensitive to sun exposure. When you have microneedling treatment with Dr. Green, she will provide you with all the pertinent aftercare required for achieving and maintaining ideal results, including the topical skincare products you should use.
What is PRP microneedling?
PRP is an abbreviation for platelet-rich plasma, a serum potent with epidermal growth factors that enhance the skin rejuvenation results of microneedling treatment. PRP is a serum derived from a sample of the patient’s blood, spun in a special centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. After the PRP is drawn up, it is used as a topical serum during microneedling. Dr. Green will move the microneedling device across the skin’s surface to create the micro-punctures and then apply the PRP to the treatment area. PRP promotes even more regeneration at the cellular level to rejuvenate your skin. Following the microneedling procedure, you will be instructed not to cleanse the skin in the treatment area for 24 hours to maximize the effects of the PRP and allow it to absorb fully. PRP is commonly used for treating joints and other orthopedic areas. Dr. Green has also found PRP injections to be incredibly successful in treating female and male-patterned hair loss and different types of alopecia.
What is RF microneedling?
Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy to stimulate maximum collagen production. The microneedling aspect induces new collagen production in the epidermis, while the radiofrequency energy simultaneously delivers heat to the dermis to stimulate new collagen production. Like traditional microneedling, radiofrequency microneedling is a s safe and effective skin rejuvenation treatment for all skin types and skin tones with minimal downtime and few potential side effects.
Dr. Green offers the Vivace radiofrequency microneedling treatment at her boutique dermatology office in NYC. Vivace has a robotic motor to deliver extremely precise, controlled pulses and gold-tipped, insulated micro-needles. These aspects of Vivace make the radiofrequency microneedling procedure painless for the patient while optimizing collagen induction therapy. Vivace is an excellent treatment option for fine lines, large pores, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, stretch marks, an uneven skin tone, and improving skin elasticity. Most patients require several Vivace RF microneedling sessions, each spaced 4-6 weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. Radiofrequency microneedling treatments like Vivace are designed to reverse sun damage and other signs of aging and provide a more youthful complexion by stimulating collagen production in different layers of the skin.
Microneedling with depigmentation serum
The micro-punctures created in the skin during the microneedling treatment allow for enhanced absorption of specialized topical serums and skincare products. Patients interested in treating unwanted pigmentation and correcting an uneven skin tone can benefit from pairing their microneedling treatment with a topical depigmenting serum. Whether melasma, sun damage, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or another form of pigmentation, a microneedling treatment with depigmenting serum is a safe and effective option for achieving a more even-toned complexion. The depigmenting serum used in the private dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green is a unique blend of powerful yet gentle skin-brightening agents that work against melanocyte activity in the skin. The result is an even-toned complexion with an observable reduction in hyperpigmentation. Patients enjoy that after their microneedling treatment with depigmenting serum, their skin tone is even, their face is more radiant, and they have a lasting healthy glow. Most patients require a short series of 3-6 microneedling sessions with depigmentation serum to achieve their ideal results. Limiting sun exposure and using adequate sun protection, including daily sunscreen use, is especially important to prevent hyperpigmentation from returning. When you have microneedling treatment with Dr. Green, you will receive all the pertinent aftercare information required to maintain the best cosmetic results and a long-lasting, even skin tone.
How much does Microneedling cost?
The total cost of your microneedling treatment depends on several varying factors. Your geographic location and the experience level of your healthcare provider are two contributing factors to the total cost of microneedling treatment. While it is typically less expensive to have microneedling with an aesthetician in a medical spa setting, they may not have the qualifications necessary to safely and legally perform your microneedling procedure. In New York, only a licensed acupuncturist, board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon can perform microneedling. Seeking microneedling treatment from an experienced board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green is always recommended to guarantee safety, efficacy, and ideal results.
Additionally, any enhancements, such as depigmentation serum, platelet-rich plasma, or radiofrequency, to the microneedling procedure will increase the cost of treatment. When you consult board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green at her private office in NYC, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your skin concerns and aesthetic goals. Dr. Green will physically assess your skin condition and recommend a microneedling treatment plan for your skin rejuvenation. At that time, the total cost of your microneedling treatment can be best estimated.
Is Microneedling Worth It?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that can target various skin concerns with minimal downtime. Safe and effective for all skin types and skin tones, microneedling can be customized and enhanced in several ways. For optimal results, microneedling can be combined with depigmentation serum, platelet-rich plasma, and radiofrequency energy. Whether you’re frustrated with acne scars, stretch marks, large pores, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, loss of elasticity, or an uneven skin tone, microneedling can help. Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is an innovative, effective way to improve elastin and collagen production within the skin, revitalizing it. While many at-home microneedling devices are available for over-the-counter purchase, these are not authorized by the FDA and can be accompanied by a significant risk of more severe side effects or poor cosmetic results. Rather than risk encountering skin damage and scarring or wasting money on at-home microneedling devices that don’t work, invest in the health and appearance of your skin by scheduling a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist like Dr. Green. Consulting with Dr. Green is the best way to create a customized skin rejuvenation treatment plan that works for you and your specific skin concerns and aesthetic goals.
PRP before and after 3 sessions
Is Microneedling permanent?
While the skin rejuvenation benefits of microneedling are long-lasting, they are, unfortunately, not always permanent. Microneedling can often permanently improve skin concerns like acne scars or stretch marks. However, the skin is a living tissue that is susceptible to the natural aging process. As we age and collagen continues to break down over time, skin concerns treated with microneedling may become more apparent again. Most patients who take advantage of traditional, PRP, or radiofrequency microneedling develop a timeline for regular maintenance microneedling sessions to achieve the best results. Dr. Green may suggest patients with severe acne scars or facial wrinkles have skin resurfacing laser treatments or dermal filler injections in place of or in combination with microneedling therapy. No matter your specific skin concern, Dr. Green in NYC has a non-invasive cosmetic solution that will leave you with stunning, natural-looking, and long-lasting results.
How long does microneedling last?
Microneedling provides long-lasting skin rejuvenation results after a short initial series of 3-6 treatment sessions. Most patients enjoy the benefits of their microneedling treatments for up to six months, depending on how much new collagen was produced from their treatments and the initial severity of their skin concerns. The benefits of microneedling are not permanent, and many patients choose regular maintenance microneedling sessions to keep up the best cosmetic results. The skin is a dynamic, living tissue subject to natural aging. As collagen continually breaks down through the natural aging process, new signs of aging can develop. One of the benefits of microneedling is that it can be adapted over time to address evolving needs. For example, a patient who has had traditional microneedling in the past can take advantage of platelet-rich plasma or radiofrequency microneedling in the future should they develop more severe signs of aging. When you work with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Green, she will evaluate your skin condition during each follow-up to recommend the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments that refresh and rejuvenate you.
How many microneedling sessions do I need?
Most patients require a short series of 3-6 microneedling sessions to achieve optimal results. Each microneedling session should be spaced approximately four weeks apart. Many patients undergo regular maintenance treatments every quarter to keep up the skin rejuvenation benefits of microneedling. When you consult with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Green at her private office in NYC, she will work with you to create a customized treatment plan and a timeline for your microneedling sessions that provide you with the best results.
Does microneedling help wrinkles?
Microneedling is an excellent cosmetic treatment option for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy that creates a smoother skin texture, helping to reduce the appearance of additional textural concerns like large pores, acne scars, and stretch marks. Most patients treating fine lines or deeper wrinkles with traditional microneedling, PRP microneedling, or radiofrequency microneedling require 3-6 treatment sessions to achieve ideal cosmetic results. Each treatment should be spaced 4-6 weeks apart. The details of your treatment plan can vary depending on your specific skin condition, the particular concerns you’d like to address, and your aesthetic goals. When you consult Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in NYC, she will work with you to develop a customized skin rejuvenation treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Does microneedling help acne?
Individuals with active acne breakouts should not have microneedling treatment. Additionally, those with other types of active skin infections or inflammatory skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis) should refrain from having microneedling until their symptoms have resolved. The microneedling procedure involves creating thousands of micro-punctures in the skin, potentially allowing bacteria to spread and exacerbating irritation. While microneedling is not recommended for active acne, it can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. If you want to treat acne scars but still break out, Dr. Green will work with you to eliminate any active acne first. That way, you can achieve a smoother, clearer complexion while limiting skin irritation and preventing new acne scars from forming.
Does microneedling tighten skin?
Microneedling improves the skin’s elasticity by promoting the production of new collagen and elastin, resulting in a smoother, firmer, tighter skin texture. Collagen and elastin are abundant skin proteins that contribute to firmness, smoothness, tightness, and youthfulness. By replenishing levels of these skin proteins, microneedling treatment can help with skin tightening. Radiofrequency microneedling maximizes collagen and elastin production by simultaneously targeting the epidermis and dermis.
If skin laxity is one’s primary concern, other non-invasive cosmetic procedures are solely designed to improve elasticity. Thermage is the gold standard treatment for non-invasive skin tightening. Thermage relies on radiofrequency energy to deliver heat to the dermis, stimulating collagen production and encouraging existing collagen to contract, gradually producing ideal skin-tightening results. There is zero downtime with Thermage, meaning patients can easily schedule their skin tightening treatment and resume their normal daily activities immediately after the procedure. With cosmetic results lasting up to two years, Thermage is an excellent alternative to plastic surgery, which can be invasive, costly, require significant downtime, and have many serious side effects. While the skin rejuvenation results of Thermage are not as dramatic as plastic surgery, Thermage produces long-lasting, natural-looking improvement and enhanced skin elasticity for a more youthful appearance. Not only can Thermage provide facial skin rejuvenation, but it can also be used to improve skin elasticity on the neck, chest, decolletage, upper arms, thighs, and abdomen.
Does microneedling work for hair?
Microneedling on the scalp has potential hair growth benefits. Some clinical studies have shown that microneedling with topical minoxidil can contribute to new hair growth in patients with hair loss. The FDA has not yet approved this microneedling procedure, and more studies need to be done before it can be widely implemented into patients’ hair loss and alopecia treatment plans.
Dr. Green regularly performs PRP injections in the scalp to treat hair thinning and hair loss in men and women. Platelet-rich plasma entails drawing a sample of the patient’s own blood and then spinning it in the centrifuge to separate the red blood from the plasma. Once the plasma has been prepared, Dr. Green injects the substance directly into the scalp. PRP contains an abundance of epidermal growth factors that contribute to the health and strength of the hair follicles and push the hair follicle into the growth phase and out of the resting phase. The result is decreased hair shedding, new hair growth, and increased hair resilience and retention. Patients typically benefit most by having a short series of PRP treatment sessions at one-month intervals. Hair growth is gradual, and results generally appear after several months of initial PRP injection treatment.
Does microneedling hurt?
Microneedling treatment is not painful because a topical numbing cream is used before the procedure to eliminate any potential discomfort. Dr. Green conveniently prescribes the numbing cream to your selected pharmacy, which should be applied in a thick layer to the entire treatment area one hour before the microneedling treatment. Once you arrive at Dr. Green’s dermatology office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the numbing cream will be removed and the skin sterilized in preparation for the microneedling procedure. With the use of the numbing cream, most patients report minimal, if any, discomfort. The topical numbing cream should be used for all radiofrequency, Platelet-Rich Plasma, depigmentation, and traditional microneedling treatments.
Should microneedling bleed?
One of the benefits of microneedling is that there is minimal downtime and few potential side effects. While the most common side effect of microneedling is temporary facial redness, some patients experience pinpoint bleeding in the treatment area. This is a normal side effect of microneedling treatment that will resolve independently shortly after the procedure. Pinpoint bleeding does not need to occur for microneedling treatment to be successful, and patients who do not experience pinpoint bleeding still do achieve skin rejuvenation results from microneedling.
Does RF microneedling hurt?
Like traditional and PRP microneedling treatment, a topical numbing cream should be applied to the entire treatment area one hour before radiofrequency microneedling. This step eliminates any potential discomfort during the procedure to guarantee a comfortable patient experience. Dr. Green offers the Vivace radiofrequency microneedling treatment at her boutique dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. The Vivace RF microneedling device has a robotic motor for precise, controlled pulses and insulated, gold-tipped, tiny micro-needles. These two aspects of the Vivace radiofrequency microneedling device make the treatment painless.
Should I do at-home Microneedling? Do at-home microneedling devices/ pens work?
Although many at-home microneedling devices are available for purchase over the counter, it is not recommended to perform microneedling at home. At-home microneedling devices are not FDA-approved, and the risk of unwanted side effects or poor cosmetic results accompanies their use. To obtain satisfactory results and prevent side effects like skin infection, microneedling must be performed under sterile conditions, which can be difficult to achieve outside of a healthcare setting. For example, the derma-roller, one of the most popular at-home microneedling devices, is difficult to clean and can be a place for bacteria to grow. Additionally, the micro-needles on these devices typically do not penetrate the skin at the depth required to stimulate new collagen production or improve the skin’s health and appearance.
Consult a board-certified dermatologist instead of struggling through an at-home microneedling treatment and risking unwanted side effects for minimal or no results. When you work with Dr. Green, she will use her expert knowledge of cosmetic dermatology, over 25 years of experience, and her skilled microneedling treatment technique to ensure a safe and highly satisfactory experience.
6 months before and after Cosmelan and 1 microneedling
Microneedling vs. Microdermabrasion
Microneedling and microdermabrasion are cosmetic procedures designed to improve skin texture and tone with minimal downtime. Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation treatment that entails your healthcare provider using a specialized handpiece to remove the top layers of the skin gently and, by doing so, remove any impurities and dead skin cells to make way for healthy, new skin cells. This treatment enhances the absorbency of the skincare products that are applied subsequently, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin to deliver maximum benefits. Two popular types of microdermabrasion include crystal and diamond microdermabrasion. Crystal microdermabrasion is performed with a handpiece that emits small crystals, usually aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate, to sand away the outer layer of the skin gently.
Diamond microdermabrasion is performed with a diamond-tipped handpiece, applied directly to the skin to exfoliate the superficial layers. Like microneedling, microdermabrasion is safe and effective for all skin types and tones. Typically, patients require multiple treatment sessions of either cosmetic procedure to achieve ideal results. Both microneedling and microdermabrasion can target large pores, fine lines, and uneven skin tone. However, microdermabrasion is a superficial skin rejuvenation treatment that can not effectively target concerns like stretch marks or acne scars. When you consult Dr. Green at her dermatology office in NYC, she will work with you to develop a treatment plan targeting your unique concerns.
Microneedling vs. Botox
Microneedling and Botox are two popular and complementary skin rejuvenation treatments that can significantly improve skin texture in different ways. Botox is well-known for its ability to reduce dynamic fine lines. Dynamic fine lines form over time due to repetitive facial expressions, most commonly affecting the forehead, between the brows, and the corners of the eyes. Botox is an injectable neurotoxin that limits the contraction of targeted facial muscles, resulting in a smoother skin texture. The effects of Botox can take up to two weeks to kick in, after which they typically last for four months. Most patients have Botox treatment sessions on a regular basis every four months to keep up the best effects. The effects of Botox can complement the skin rejuvenation benefits of microneedling, and many patients choose to include both procedures in their treatment plan.
Is Morpheus8 a microneedling device?
Morpheus8 is a type of radiofrequency microneedling device combining two treatment modalities to maximize new collagen production. At her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, Dr. Green offers the Vivace radiofrequency microneedling treatment. Vivace and Morpheus8 are both fractionated, radiofrequency microneedling treatments targeting fine lines, large pores, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars and improving skin elasticity. While they both use radiofrequency technology, there are slight differences between the two treatments. The main differences between Vivace and Morpheus8 are the pulse duration and customizability of the depth settings. While the pulse duration of Vivace is more controlled, the pulse duration of Morpheus8 can be up to the provider’s discretion, leaving room for error and the possibility of pain, burning, or scarring. Additionally, Vivace is equipped with a greater range of depth settings, allowing for more precise adjustments when treating different skin types and concerns compared to only three depth settings in the Morpheus8.
Should I get microneedling?
Microneedling is a popular skin rejuvenation treatment due to the variety of skin concerns it can treat, the consistently stunning results achieved, the lack of downtime, and the ease of having the procedure. The best way to learn more about the benefits of microneedling and whether you are a good candidate is by consulting an experienced board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green in NYC. Dr. Green is a world-renowned leader in the field of cosmetic dermatology with over 25 years of experience providing some of the globe’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive treatment options, including traditional microneedling, PRP microneedling, and radiofrequency microneedling, laser treatments, chemical peels, dermal fillers, Botox, and more. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the specific concerns you want to address and your aesthetic goals. Dr. Green will physically assess your skin condition and determine which treatment options you are a good candidate for to develop your personalized skin rejuvenation treatment plan.
Who can do microneedling?
The laws regarding who can perform microneedling vary depending on your state. In the state of New York, only a licensed acupuncturist, board-certified dermatologist, or plastic surgeon can provide microneedling treatment. While microneedling may be offered by some medical spas where nurses or aestheticians perform the procedure, it is important to check the qualifications of your provider, as training is not always legally sufficient. Additionally, not every microneedling device is approved for use by the FDA. Since microneedling entails delivering controlled trauma to the skin to induce collagen production, it is crucial to perform microneedling procedures in a healthcare setting under completely sterile conditions and that the needles penetrate the skin at precise depths to avoid unwanted side effects, including infection or scarring. To avoid unwanted side effects and achieve optimal results, consult a board-certified dermatologist regarding your microneedling treatment. Dr. Michele Green in New York is an internationally renowned board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years treating men and women from all around the world with a host of the best non-invasive cosmetic treatment solutions available, including PRP microneedling, radiofrequency microneedling, and traditional microneedling. Dr. Green will design a customized treatment plan to deliver long-lasting, natural-looking skin rejuvenation results.
How to get started with Microneedling treatment today
Microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy that can be used to improve fine lines, large pores, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, skin elasticity, stretch marks, and more. This non-invasive cosmetic treatment is safe and effective for all skin tones and skin types and can be enhanced by combining it with platelet-rich plasma or radiofrequency energy. The best skin rejuvenation results are always achieved when your microneedling treatment is performed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green. Dr. Green offers traditional microneedling, PRP microneedling, and Vivace radiofrequency microneedling at her boutique dermatology office in NYC. She will work with you to personalize your microneedling treatment plan to cater best to your particular needs and goals.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including various microneedling treatments. Regarding skin rejuvenation, Dr. Green takes a holistic approach and embraces a less-is-more philosophy, customizing each patient’s treatment plan to meet their specific skin concerns and provide optimal results. She is consistently identified as one of NYC’s best dermatologists by New York Magazine, Super Doctors, and Castle Connolly for her dedication to her patients and expertise. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and learn more about microneedling and other non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments, call 212-535-3088 or contact us online today.