How Does Microneedling Work?

Many factors contribute to signs of aging, but collagen loss plays a major role. Collagen loss and environmental damage can leave skin with laxity, dullness, and hyperpigmentation. Microneedling rejuvenates your skin by triggering collagen production. It also promotes new skin cells to rise to the surface to replace old, damaged ones. We offer the most effective microneedling technology for maximum results. 

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a collagen-stimulating treatment that uses tiny needles to create microchannels in the skin. RF (radiofrequency) microneedling also transmits energy deep into the skin for even more powerful rejuvenation. Microneedling triggers new collagen production to provide smoother, more youthful skin. It also addresses a wide range of other skin concerns, such as pigmentation issues and enlarged pores. 

How Does Microneedling Work?

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery offers Morpheus RF microneedling for maximum skin rejuvenating results. Microneedling works by creating tiny channels in the skin with micro-needles. These channels cause damage to a narrow area of skin cells, triggering the surrounding cells to activate healing and repair pathways. The healing process triggers collagen development, bringing healthy skin cells to the surface. 

When using RF microneeding, the needles send pulses of radiofrequency (RF) energy into the deep levels of the skin. This energy heats cells called fibroblasts that live in the dermis, causing them to produce collagen. This new collagen gives skin more structure, making it firmer and smoother. It also improves textural issues, fine lines, and skin laxity. 

What Can Microneedling Treat?

Microneedling treats many skin concerns and issues, especially when combined with RF energy. Its skin renewal and collagen production treat issues, including:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Skin laxity
  • Uneven texture
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne scarring

We may recommend microneedling if you want to treat several skin concerns at the same time. It also makes an excellent choice for those who prefer a treatment with minimal downtime. Microneedling can provide a significant improvement over a series of treatment sessions. 

How Should I Prepare for Microneedling?

You can take a few important steps to get the most out of your microneedling session. We will provide complete instructions during your treatment planning. We recommend the following preparation steps:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure, especially sunburn
  • Do not smoke or consume alcohol
  • Stop taking NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin) that can increase bruising or bleeding
  • Stop any supplements that may increase bleeding
  • Do not use harsh products such as scrubs or peels in the days before treatment
  • Come to your session with clean, product-free skin

Following these steps will ensure your skin is prepared to benefit from treatment while minimizing risks. We will review all your medications and supplements to identify any that might need modification before your session. 

What Should I Expect During Microneedling?

When you arrive for your microneedling session, we will apply a numbing cream to your face and leave it to take effect. During the microneedling process, you may feel some tingling or heat but should not experience much discomfort. Microneedling can last 20 to 30 minutes or more, depending on the size of the treatment area. After treatment, we will review your care instructions one more time. 

Is There Any Downtime After Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure with very little downtime. You can return to most of your usual activities after treatment. However, your skin will look red and flushed and typically feel sensitive. These effects can last a few days, and you may prefer to avoid social interactions until it fades. Avoid using scrubs, peels, and irritating products such as retinol while your skin feels sensitive. The skin heals within days, and you can resume exercise and your usual routine. Avoid sun exposure and use sun protection to keep UV light from damaging your developing collagen and healing skin. 

How Many Microneedling Treatments Will I Need?

Microneedling usually requires several treatments to achieve desired results. We usually recommend at least three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. More significant textural issues like acne scarring, lines, and wrinkles may require more treatments. Increased collagen production can last a year or more. We recommend maintenance treatments yearly or as needed to keep your skin smooth. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Microneedling?

Almost anyone can be a good candidate for microneedling. Unlike many lasers, it works safely on all skin types and tones. Good candidates for microneedling want to address skin laxity, textural issues, and other skin concerns. You may not be a good candidate if you have a skin infection or active skin condition in the treatment area. You should also not have microneedling if you have a tendency to form unusual scars (keloids). 

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about microneedling? Schedule your consultation online or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About Our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

Dr. Anna Frants is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Her areas of surgical specialty include the face, neck, nose, eyelids, eyebrows, and ears. 

*Individual results may vary. 

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