Microneedling is a popular in-office treatment performed by our Medical Aesthetician Ashley. It rejuvenates the face and can treat a wide array of skin conditions. Here are the answers to patients’ most common questions.
What is Microneedling?
The procedure is performed in the office under topical anesthesia. Ashley uses a handheld instrument called a “Collagen Pen”. The pen precisely creates microscopic channels in the skin to stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, the elements that are abundant in youthful skin.
What Skin Conditions can be Treated with Microneedling?
Microneedling can address a variety of skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and dull texture. It can also improve the appearance of acne scars.
Can I do Microneedling at home?
A dermaroller is a device with a small wheel covered with needles. “Dermarolling” is an at-home treatment designed to mimic the action of the Collagen Pen but there are important differences.
- Different skin conditions and thicknesses can be treated by changing the depth of the needle penetration. Therefore, microneedling can be performed to the delicate skin around the eyes – areas that cannot be treated with a dermaroller.
- A dermaroller’s needles penetrate the skin on an angle which can increase trauma to the skin, increasing the risk of scarring.
- Treatment time is shorter and pain is less compared to treatment with a dermaroller.
- Microneedling is safer because it’s performed by a medical professional under sterile conditions.
- Topical serums that can help rejuvenate the skin typically have molecules that are too large to penetrate the deeper layers of skin by themselves. Microneedling creates channels that allow the serums to reach the skin’s deeper layers where they can be more effective. Ashley uses Physician-Grade serums from Skinceuticals – clinically proven products that are not available for at-home use.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
Topical medication minimizes pain during the procedure. Pain medication is rarely required after the treatment.
How Long is the Downtime?
Collagen Pen maximizes results while keeping downtime to a minimum. Skin typically gets pink or slightly red that lasts for 72 hrs after the first treatment and but only 48 hrs for the subsequent treatments. Most patients benefit from three treatments.
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"I listen to my patients’ concerns and devise unique treatment plans with their input, rather than pushing my ideas upon them. I make sure patients have realistic expectations. It’s my job to help them meet their goals while also being honest about what they can and cannot expect from any given procedure."
Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz