If you are experiencing acne scars, stretch marks, cellulite, or the appearance of premature aging and fine lines, microneedling may be the skin treatment you’ve been dreaming of. Microneedling treatment is one of the most sought after treatments by internationally renown dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green in New York. Dr. Green incorporates microneedling for skin rejuvenation, and combines anti-aging serums, skin lightening serums, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with this process, to make your skin healthier and younger-looking. Microneedling involves puncturing the skin with micro-needles, which then activates the body’s natural healing process, increasing collagen production to create a younger, smoother, and even skin tone.
When it comes to microneedling, a microneedling stamp is a unique option to help revitalize scarred, aging, or dull-looking skin. Also referred to as a dermastamp or stamp pen, this tool provides targeted care with a higher concentration of needles. The needle length can be adjusted to treat fine lines and uneven skin tone, to deeper level of the skin and treat acne scarring and damaged tissue. Dermastamp is particularly excellent at targeting wrinkles, sun damage, and overall skin texture.
If you are tired of uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, or fine lines, Dr. Michele Green in NYC will design a unique treatment plan with microneedling to rejuvenate your skin.
Skin Care and Microneedling
Dr. Michele Green is passionate about skin care and has spent over decades consulting for some of the largest skin care companies like Biore, Loreal, and Lancome, among others. Along with advising you on the best skin care for your type of skin, Dr. Green has been involved at the forefront of skincare product development and testing.
When it comes to skin care, microneedling is a revolutionary approach that has been proven both safe and effective in a variety of clinical studies. Microneedling has been shown to reduce acne scarring as well as overall skin anti aging, by increasing the production of collagen and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
One of the benefits of microneedling is that you can infuse vitamins, skin lightening agents, and powerful serums, directly into the skin. Depending on your skin care needs, whether it be redness, or rosacea, hyperpigmentation or discoloration, or simply wrinkles, Dr. Green creates a custom protocol of skin care products to use at home as well as select products to infuse into the micro channels created by microneedling the skin. Dr. Green’s MGSKINLABs, Inc. line of products offers the perfect synergy in anti-aging products after your microneedling treatment.
What is a micro needle?
A micro needle is just as it sounds: a tiny, sharp needle intended to puncture the epidermis, as well as occasionally the middle layers of the dermis. The puncturing process engages the body’s natural healing process, which in turn activates both elastin and collagen production, creating an overall healthy, even skin tone. This process is often first used to deal with light scar tissue and fine lines, as the creation of these punctures to the skin can allow the skin to break-up layers of scar tissue, creating rejuvenated, healthy tissue in its place.
Microneedle treatments are commonly paired with micro-infusion treatments, as the punctures to the skin allow for an increased absorption of revitalizing nutrients and serums. Patients often speak to the skins’ ability to “soak in” moisturizers and vitamins after a microneedling experience, which can create healthy, glowing skin immediately after your first treatment.
Does Microneedling improve hair loss?
Microneedling combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), has been showed to effectively reduce hair loss. Microneedling helps to stimulate scalp circulation and allows the PRP to have increased entry into the scalp, and in turn cause an increase in hair growth. In addition to several treatment sessions of microneedling with PRP, Dr. Green often combines Keravive hydrafacial scalp treatments and topical Minoxidil to encourage even greater hair growth. A complete evaluation for the cause of hair loss, by an expert dermatologist, like Dr. Green in NYC, is always essential before any hair loss treatments are initiated.
Acne Scars and Microneedling
When it comes to acne scars, particularly atrophic scars which present as small indentations on the skin, the microneedling approach is able to reduce the skin’s natural “memory” of scarring, and in turn rejuvenate the skin without creating any scar formation or tissue damage. In a study from the US National Institute of Health, patients who received five microneedling treatments for moderate acnes scars experienced improved skin satisfaction, measurable scar reduction and, in some cases, near-complete disappearance of scarring. Microneedling also helps improve pore size and texture as well.
Micro-infusion with microneedling to treat wrinkles and fine lines
Combining microneedling beauty tools with an anti-aging routine is a popular approach to engage the body’s natural elastin and collagen production, as well as to prime the skin for maximum absorption of healing vitamins and serums. When a microneedling tool is applied to the skin, it creates micro-channels that can help the skin to absorb nutrients such as Vitamin C, as well as retinol and hyaluronic acid.
The combination of microneedling treatment with the insertion of anti-aging nutrients can maximize the effects of these skin care products. This process, commonly referred to as micro-infusion, has near-immediate effects on both the evenness of skin tone and the smoothness of the skin’s surface.
Microneedling before / after photo
How long does micro-infusion last?
The effects of micro-infusion are long-lasting. While the full effects can last up to six months, further collagen and elastin production can stretch the positive effects of micro-infusion much further. Many patients choose to have multiple treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and then have which regular maintenance treatments, in order to keep the skin healthy and glowing. If you are considering microneedling and micro-infusion treatments, Dr. Green will work with you to create a customized treatment plan for your skin type.
How does microneedling treat stretch marks and cellulite?
Due to microneedling’s unique ability to stimulate both collagen and elastin growth in the body, microneedling tools are often applied to stretch marks on the skin. In general, stretch marks require a slightly longer needle length, which will penetrate midway through the dermis. This process will open up micro-channels that make the skin of the stretch marks more available to intensive moisturizing and nutrient absorption, thus aiding in the overall reduction of stretch marks along the skin. Current advancements in microneedling technology show positive affects on cellulite along the body as well, creating smoother, more even skin with targeted microneedling treatment.
How long before you see results from microneedling?
As microneedling requires very little downtime, the effects of microneedling can be felt within just a few hours after treatment. Generally, skin feels sensitive and more absorbent over the first few days post-treatment and, within that time, brighter, smoother-looking skin will appear. When it comes to severe scarring and stretch-marks, multiple treatments may be needed to see the full effects of microneedling. However, a more even skin tone and surface will be apparent even after just one microneedling treatment.
Can you have dermal filler after microneedling?
Though it may seem counterintuitive, dermal fillers and microneedling are two treatments that can often compliment one another, and are often done during the same visit. Hyaluronic fillers and microneedling treatments both activate natural elastin and collagen production within the body through different methods, creating a holistic approach to skin treatment. The general consensus among dermatologists has shown that microneedling may even enhance the benefit of dermal fillers. Botox can also be used alongside microneedling treatments with added benefit.
There are various skin needling approaches and beauty tools that are tailored to treat a variety of skincare needs. Microneedling tools include:
A dermastamp is a microneedling tool with a more concentrated needle formation that is essentially “stamped” onto the skin. It can be motorized or manual and is used for site-specific treatment. Dermastamps are a top choice when it comes to targeted patches of uneven skin tone. When using a dermastamp, the stamp can be pressed firmly into a patch of scarring or a deeper nasolabial fold. This ignites a regenerative process in the skin and creates micro-channels that allow for important nutrients (such as vitamin A & vitamin C), as well as productive serums (such as retinol).
With an in-office visit, Dr. Green is able to use the dermastamp to its fullest extent, providing you with a natural collagen induction process that requires little to know downtime, while also minimizing the appearance of acne scars, deeper folds, and damaged skin tone.
A stamp pen is the same in functionality to a dermastamp, using microneedling to target specific areas of damaged skin. The microneedling technique incorporated into dermastamps and stamp pens was first popularized in Europe, and has quickly been accepted among dermatologist as an excellent way to reduce targeted acne scarring and other light to moderate scars.
Popularized stamp pens include Dew & Go and Tokstick, which can be used at-home but, be warned, improper use can lead to poor results. It’s important to contact your dermatologist before trying out any at-home microneedling treatments.
A dermaroller essentially looks like a miniature paint roller with teeny, tiny needles along the surface. They range in needle length and amount (typically from 200-500 needles), and are rolled across the skin. It is commonly used for wider-surface microneedle treatments. A popular at-home dermaroller is the GloPro from BeautyBio, which incorporates LED light. However, microneedling clients receive maximum results through in-office microneedling treatment, such as in the office of Dr. Green.
A microneedle roller shares the same mechanisms and functionality as a dermaroller. Different beauty tool brands will classify either as a dermaroller or a microneedle roller, but overall, both are used to create an all-over revitalized look to the skin, focusing on the enhanced absorbency of the skin due to micro-channel formation.
A dermapen is quite similar to a dermastamp, but it is motorized and therefore uses an automated stamping mechanism to puncture the skin. A dermapen has a small, round head with more condensed needles that can range in size from 0.25mm to 3 mm. Some derma pens also have multiple settings for adjustable needle size. It’s particularly useful for treating small-surface-area scars, or acute areas of damaged or uneven skin.
Titanium microneedle derma tools
Oftentimes, these microneedle tools will rely on titanium microneedles in order to create a safe and rejuvenating microneedling treatment. Titanium microneedle dermarollers are the most common titanium microneedle beauty tools, though stamps and pens are also available. Titanium offers up to 50% greater strength than stainless steel when it comes to the microneedling process, and therefore titanium microneedles less likely to bend. However, titanium needles can dull over time without proper maintenance, and are often considered less hygienic than their stainless steel counterparts.
Certain at-home beauty tools also offer silver or gold microneedles but, in each case, stainless steel microneedles have been proven to be more hygienic and hypoallergenic than other metals. If you are interested in exploring titanium microneedle derma-tools, or any other at-home microneedling tool, Dr. Green can help you find the best treatment option for you.
How do you use a microneedle stamp, pen, or roller?
A microneedle stamp treatment is typically applied to directly to an area of wrinkled, damaged, or uneven skin, targeting the tissue for natural healing through collagen production. You simply allow the microneedles to puncture the skin. After several hours, you can apply gentle cleanser to the skin, and you should avoid makeup for at least 24 hours after treatment. Before the treatment, it’s best to avoid any retinol-based serums or extreme sun exposure. Skin will also be very sensitive to sun afterwards, so you should definitely be prepared to wear sunblock and avoid outdoor activities immediately post-treatment. In order to prevent any irritation after microneedling, it’s best to only apply your standard daily moisturizer and sunscreen for the next few days following treatment.
How often should you use a derma stamp, derma pen, or derma roller?
Microneedling treatments do typically require downtime between sessions in order for the body to keep a balance of collagen and elastin. Two types of collagen in particular, Type I and Type III, can lead to stiffer, less flexible skin when they are out of balance, and this imbalance can often occur with repeated trauma to the skin. For this reason, a minimum of four weeks of downtime is recommended between microneedling sessions.
Can microneedling ruin your skin?
With proper skin preparation, application, and post-treatment care, microneedling is extremely safe for healthy skin. Your dermatologist will know what’s best for your skin type, but–unless you are currently experiencing acne, eczema, rosacea, or contact dermatitis – microneedling is typically quite mild and effective when it comes to skin rejuvenation treatments.
At-Home treatment options for microneedling
There are several best seller beauty tools with microneedling components available for sale by retailers like amazon and sephora. These beauty tools typically consist of stainless steel or titanium micro needlederma pens or microneedling stamps, though some choose high quality gold microneedles instead.
Though these at-home microneedling options are both trendy and popular, as this process involves puncturing of the skin, sometimes well into the dermis, in-office microneedling treatment is always preferable for proper safety and optimal results. As Dr. Green mentions in an interview with POPSUGAR Beauty:
“In-office microneedling treatment goes deeper than tools used at home. The depth of the needle can be controlled depending on what you are treating. For example, if you’re treating acne scars, the depth can be controlled to go deeper, unlike an at-home dermaroller, which is very superficial.” (more from the interview can be read here)
If you’re considering at-home microneedling treatments, be sure to consult with a board certified dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC to see whether these microneedling beauty tools are right for you.