The top layer of skin is prone to damage and aging. Skin appearance issues including acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and larger pores, are common aesthetic concerns. Microneedling is a non-invasive skin treatment that can help improve the appearance of the skin with collagen induction therapy, or CIT, rejuvenating and refreshing the top layer. At LM Medical NYC in Manhattan, world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Morgan Rabach and our dermatology team offer microneedling treatments to rejuvenate and improve the beauty of your skin.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive technique used to promote production of collagen and elastin to give your skin a dewy, even and youthful glow. Using a device called a microneedling Dermapen, expert dermatologist Dr. Morgan and her staff create tiny, closely-spaced skin wounds that stimulate your skin to make new collagen. This leads to better skin texture, reduced pore size, diminished fine lines and age spots and decreased stretch marks. This is also one of Dr. Morgan’s favorite treatments for acne scarring.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a 45-60-minute treatment utilizing an electric skin needling device in the shape of a pen. At the tip of the pen are various fine needles used to puncture the skin to break down scar tissue and regenerate skin cells. This new cell production directly contributes to the creation of additional layers of elastin and collagen.
Can I do microneedling at home or in a spa?
You can, however the microneedling pens that you can buy/at spas are very superficial, meaning 0.2 – 0.4mm only in length. They only treat the very top layers of skin, which is not deep enough to affect scars or wrinkles.
How does microneedling work?
Our microneedling device targets up to 2.5mm of depth within the skin. In response to the tiny needle wounds that are created, the skin will produce new layers of collagen and elastin fibers. As a result, the skin will appear fuller and will reduce the appearance of scars, lines and wrinkles.
What conditions does microneedling treat?
Microneedling treats mild to moderate acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, skin texture and pore size and stretch marks.
What will I look like after the treatment?
Most patients experience symptoms similar to a sunburn. The skin may appear red with minor swelling for 24-48 hours. Slight bruising and bleeding are common.
What does the procedure involve?
After cleansing and numbing the skin, a topical serum is applied. A needle-tipped pen is used to make tiny wounds on the skin. Both the speed and adjustability of the needles allow for a tailored approach to your skin’s needs.
What is the downtime after microneedling?
Any residual inflammation from this procedure subsides within the first few hours. Skin may remain slightly pink for the next 48 hours. Medical grade sunscreen and TNS serum are highly recommended to help reduce inflammation and protect the skin. Makeup should be limited to mineral-based.
How do I take care of my skin after treatment?
A gentle cleanser and TNS serum should be applied daily. We recommend no retinols or exfoliators a week prior and after treatment.
What are the advantages of microneedling?
This treatment stimulates collagen production from within the deeper layers of the skin. It can treat various parts of the scalp, face and body.
What effects does microneedling have on the skin?
Effects of this procedure include improved skin texture, reduction of wrinkles and fine lines, regeneration of tissue, improved appearance of pore size and reduction of acne scars.
Can microneedling be performed on any skin color?
Microneedling can be performed on any skin type or color without the risk of hyperpigmentation.
Is microneedling painful?
We compound a proprietary blend of numbing cream to ensure comfort.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments will depend on both the patient and his or her treatment goals. To treat moderate acne scars, 5-6 treatments are recommended. For treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, only 3-4 treatments may be needed. It is different for everyone and is tailored as such.
How often can microneedling procedures be repeated?
This procedure can be repeated every 4 weeks. Results can be seen after the first treatment; however, for the best results, several treatments will be needed.
What should I avoid on my skin after the treatment?
AHAs, retinol, acidic or active ingredients should be avoided seven days before and after treatment to prevent drying out the skin and allow for maximum healing. Sun exposure should also be avoided during this healing process.
Who is not an ideal candidate?
Any patient who has used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last six months, has open wounds, cuts or abrasions or received radiation skin treatment within the past year should not have this procedure.
What are the risks of post-op infections?
Post-op infections are extremely rare and unlikely given the speed of healing from the tiny wounds created on the skin.
If you would like to experience the benefits of microneedling treatments for collagen induction therapy, contact us at LM Medical NYC. We offer professional microneedling treatments at our state-of-the-art medical facility in Greenwich Village.