Microneedling is the fastest and easiest way to beautiful, clear, glowing skin. Most of us have had too much sun exposure, or suffered from acne breakouts, and are left with the visible signs of aging. After years of sun damage, acne, acne scars, sun spots, melasma, fine lines and actinic damage, you need the right skincare coupled with the best dermatologic skin treatments to reverse this damage. One of the most popular methods, in Dr. Michele Green’s NYC office, is to rejuvenate your skin is through microneedling, or Collagen Induction Therapy. Microneedling will help repair your skin without laser treatments, injections, or downtime. Through the creation of tiny micro-injuries in the skin, along with the infusion of supportive anti-aging serums, microneedling can reverse the visible signs of aging.
Collagen Induction therapy, also known as microneedling, uses the Dermapen, Dermarolling, or Eclipse Micropen, a hand-held device which has very small surgical-grade needles which are able to create tiny microscopic wounds in the epidermis. These controlled microscopic wounds cause the growth of new collagen and elastin. These tiny needles can treat the face and body and can be adjusted with different depths of penetration. With this adjustment, Dr. Green can treat the delicate skin around the eyes more superficially and the skin on the body more deeply. In this way, Dr. Green can customize your microneedling to treat fine lines, acne scars, pore size, and stretch marks, without any downtime.
Dr. Green often combines Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with collagen induction therapy to increase the collagen production. PRP utilize the patient’s individual growth factors which are derived from their own plasma. Through microneedling, micro-injuries are created in the skin and PRP and other anti-aging serums can be used to boost the effects of the procedure itself. The overall goal of microneedling is skin rejuvenation without the need for injections, lasers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or any significant downtime. With over 25 years of cosmetic dermatology experience, Dr. Michele Green is an expert in non-invasive skin rejuvenating procedures, such as Botox, Juvederm, Kybella, PRP, and microneedling, to bring you the best cosmetic results.
What Does Microneedling Do?
Microneedling treatment is able to successfully do the following:
- Diminish Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Treat skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, melasma, dark spots, and sun spots
- Improve skin tone and texture
- Treat acne scar and acne marks
- Tighten skin
- Improve the appearance of stretch marks
- Diminish pore size
- Can be alternated with radiofrequency laser to maximize the cosmetic results
- Pair with PRP for patients suffering hair loss
Who is a good candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling can be performed on patients of all skin types and textures, even patients with sensitive skin. A good candidate for microneedling is someone in good health without any active infections or active acne lesions. In addition, anyone with an active herpetic lesion should not have microneedling until the infection resolves. A history of keloids, eczema, or psoriasis is also a relative contraindication for microneedling.
What are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Dermapen and other microneedling procedures have a myriad of benefits for almost all ages and skin types, even patients with sensitive skin. As it can be used on all parts of the body, on the face, neck, stomach, legs, chest, back and hands, it can stimulate new collagen and elastin production virtually anywhere. Plus, through using these tiny needles, serums and growth factors can get infused directly into the skin and increases absorption and effectiveness.
Microneedling is a simple, painless way to reduces sun damage, sun spots, melasma, and hyperpigmentation, as well as stretch marks, fine lines, and wrinkles. Microneedling can even temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. As microneedling reduces pore size and improves tone and texture of the skin, it’s able to treat acne marks and acne scarring with virtually no down time. Additionally, dermapen microneedling is incredibly customizable, as needles can be adjusted for depth of penetration for different parts of the face and body. It can also be combined with treatments such as Dermal Fillers and Botox. Dermapen microneedling has been an amazing breakthrough in skin rejuvenation to achieve beautiful, younger-looking skin.
Does Microneedling Help Acne?
Microneedling is an ideal treatment option for those who suffer from acne scars. As microneedling engages the natural wound healing process of the body, it’s able to rewire the skin’s “memory” of acne scarring, and in turn rejuvenate the skin and eliminate the appearance of acne scars.
Does Microneedling Tighten Skin?
Microneedling’s collagen induction and elastin boost both work to tighten skin. Microneedling is frequently used to tighten the surface of the skin, creating a healthy, youthful glow.
What is the Process of Microneedling treatment?
The process for microneedling treatment is fast, easy, and painless. You will consult with Dr. Michele Green in her New York Upper East Side Dermatology office and evaluate your current skin condition and review proper at home skincare. Dr. Green will assess your sun damage, fine lines or acne scars and determine if microneedling is the best procedure. She will determine which growth factors, such as PRP, might work best for you.
The microneedling procedure takes under an hour of time in total. During the procedure, a dozen sterile fine needles create micro-injuries in your skin which stimulate the body to heal itself. If microneedling is enhanced with hyaluronic acid, growth factors, or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), it is infused after each pass of the needle. You will be instructed to leave the serums in place and not wash the treated area for 24 hours. This 24 hour period allows the skin to infuse these serums during the healing process and activate the skin to form new collagen and elastin. You may feel like you have dry skin for the next 24 hours and moisturizers and serums are advised to use during her healing process. Patients are advised to use a gentle cleanser and apply sunblock of at least an SPF 30 to protect your skin.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
The majority of patients feel little to no discomfort during their treatments. Before your microneedling procedure, the treatment area is numbed with a topical numbing cream to prevent any potential discomfort. After 30 minutes, the treatment area is cleaned with alcohol and the microneedling process begins.
24 year old treated with PRP Microneedling (6 months before and after)
Does Microneedling work?
Microneedling’s use of fine needles creates tighter, younger looking skin in just a few treatments. Microneedling is able to stimulate the wound-healing system of the body in order to improve the skin’s elasticity and boost collagen for a wide variety of patients. Dr. Green recommends 3 to 5 microneedling sessions spaced one month apart and biannual follow-up treatments for the best cosmetic results. Microneedling is also often combined with Botox and dermal fillers for pan-facial rejuvenation. In cases where patients have deeper acne scars or winkles, Dr. Green may suggest other skin resurfacing treatments.
Is Microneedling Safe? Are there any Side Effects?
There are minimal side effects associated with microneedling. As long as the procedure is performed in a dermatologist’s office, under sterile conditions, there is little chance of serious side effects. Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure which Dr. Green performs daily in her NYC based private New York office. Microneedling is safe for all skin types and has a low risk of hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration. The procedure itself is painless as a topical anesthetic is applied before the microneedling is performed. You may feel some tiny pinpricks as the tiny needles glide on the treatment area.
What to Put on Skin After Microneedling
It is always important to use the proper skincare in combination with Dermapen microneedling to have the best cosmetic results. Regular sunscreen use is essential both before and after dermapen treatment. Dr. Green also suggests combining hyaluronic acid serums and Vitamin C serums to provide the essential antioxidants to infuse into your skin on a daily basis. Retinols aid in increasing collagen production and creating healthier looking skin.
Following your procedure, Dr. Green will review with you the best anti-aging serums and skincare products for you to continue with at home, to maximize the effects of your treatment. Many of Dr. Green’s patients use her AM/PM Duo serum and Vitamin C serums from MGSKINLabs at home to help boost the anti-aging effects of the procedure. At bedtime, Dr. Green recommends using a retinol such as the Antioxidant Infusion that she developed in her MGSKINLabs product line.
Since new skin is generated after microneedling, you should avoid the use of skincare products which contain retinols, alpha hydroxy acids, or any exfoliants, for one week after a Dermapen microneedling procedure. After your skin heals from the Dermapen microneedling, you can resume your regular skincare products.
Should I do At-Home Microneedling?
While many cosmetic companies offer microneedling kits for at-home use, it is inadvisable to do DIY microneedling treatments at home. Microneedling requires absolutely sterile conditions to avoid skin irritation and infection, and the majority of at-home microneedling treatment users don’t experience significant results. When you work with Dr. Green, she will use her expert knowledge of over 25 years in practice in NYC, and her skilled microneedling treatment technique to ensure both a safe and highly satisfactory experience.
Who is Qualified to Perform Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that is best performed by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. While there are spas and aestheticians who perform these procedures, microneedling must be done under sterile conditions to avoid infections and any other side effects. It is always best to do your research and find out the experience of your treating physician.
Dr. Michele Green will design a customized approach using a combination of neurotoxins, hyaluronic acid and her unique MGSKINLAB’s Anti-Aging Serums to rejuvenate your skin. A personalized approach to anti-aging is possible with facial lines and difficult to treat areas such as the eyes, upper lips, hands, neck, and décolletage. The result is a youthful glow, which makes the skin radiant for weeks.
What is Dermapen Microneedling?
Dermapen is a handheld microneedling device that triggers the skin to increase the blood flow and stimulate new collagen and elastin formation. Through the Dermapen, targeted areas of the skin are stimulated to form micro-channels for hyperabsorption of topical treatments. This allows Dr. Green to introduce a variety of active ingredients, serums and growth factors directly into the dermis of the skin. These serums, such as hyaluronic acid serum, enhance the production of collagen and improve skin tone, texture, firmness, and all-around facial rejuvenation. Dermapen microneedling is one of the most popular anti-aging procedures in dermatology.
Unlike traditional laser treatments or microdermabrasion, Dermapen is safe to use with all skin tones. The Dermapen can even be used to treat the delicate under eye area, which other modalities cannot safely treat. Additionally, dermapen uses disposable needles that are discarded after each treatment, maintaining vital patient safety and eliminating risk of contamination.
What is the difference between Dermapen Microneedling Treatment and Dermarolling?
Both the Dermaroller and Dermapen are microneedling devices that use collagen induction therapy to help revitalize the skin. The Dermaroller has been around for longer, as it does not have an electronic component. The Dermapen, on the other hand, is an updated version of microneedling that is both safer and more effective than traditional microneedling rollers. For this reason, Dermapen is an oft-favored tool for dermatologists when it comes to microneedling treatment.
What is the Process of Dermapen Microneedling Treatment?
The Dermapen system uses microneedles, which adjusts to different needle depths, for the different area of the body. Like any microneedling treatment, it can be enhanced with hyaluronic acid, growth factors, or PRP, which is infused after each pass of the needle.
Combining Dermapen Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Dermapen microneedling with PRP, is a powerful anti-aging treatment which rejuvenates the skin. Many patients choose to have PRP, which is Platelet Rich Plasma, to be infused during this Dermapen treatment. The advantage of using PRP is that the growth factors, which are derived from your own plasma, speed up the healing process and promote even more regeneration at the cellular level to rejuvenate your skin. After your procedure, you will be instructed not to wash your face that day, to maximize the effects of the PRP. PRP is well known the treating joints and other orthopedic areas, and Dr Green has also found PRP to be incredibly successful in treating female and male patterned hair loss, as well as other types of alopecia.
How long does Microneedling Last?
For the majority of patients, optimal results can be achieved from 3-5 Dermapen microneedling treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart. If there are deeper acne scars, then more microneedling treatments may be necessary and, typically, Dr. Green recommends biannual follow-up treatments for the best cosmetic result. The microneedles will be adjusted, based on the area of the body being treated and the specific cosmetic indication. There is no bruising or downtime associated with any steps of this procedure.
Is Microneedling Permanent?
As Microneedling is able to reduce the skin’s memory of injury and scarring, any scar removal or reduction from microneedling will indeed be permanent. However, results can continue to improve further from follow-up treatments.
If patients have deeper acne scars or winkles, and Dr. Green may suggest other skin resurfacing treatments to in combination with microneedling treatment, resulting in renewed, younger looking skin.
What other procedures can be combined with Microneedling treatment?
Many patients combine Dermapen microneedling with Vbeam laser for Rosacea, Botox, and Juvederm injections for pan-facial rejuvenation. Additionally, Microneedling is often combined with Botox and dermal fillers, which results in true pan-facial rejuvenation.
Is Microneedling worth It?
If you’re frustrated by acne scars, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, or stretch marks, Microneedling may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. It’s an innovative, effective way to improve elastin and collagen production, which in turn can eliminate scar tissue and revitalize the skin.
For all-over facial rejuvenation, Dr. Michele Green can design a customized approach using a combination of neurotoxins, hyaluronic acid and her unique MGSKINLAB’s products to rejuvenate your skin. A personalized approach to anti-aging is possible with facial lines and difficult to treat areas such as the eyes, upper lip lines, hands, neck, and décolletage. Dr. Green’s expert, tailored microneedling treatment plans allow the skin to both look and feel truly radiant.