Microneedling

Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy) - White Plains, NY and Paramus, NJ*

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Overview

The concept of puncturing the skin to trigger a wound-healing response in the body is not new. It was originally proposed in the 1950s and then began to be used in the 1990s where tattoo guns without ink were used to treat post-surgical scars. Fast-forward to today, the practice is called microneedling at Aydin Plastic Surgery in White Plains, NY and Paramus, NJ. Double board-certifed plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Bill Aydin uses microneedling to improve skin texture and firmness, as well as to reduce scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Microneedling simply encourages the body to start the healing process, creating new collagen and elastin, improving the skin. In microneedling, a “pen” with 12 tiny needles is moved over the target areas of the skin. The needles create microscopic punctures/channels in the skin. The body reacts to this as if wounded, triggering repair mechanisms. As it produces new collagen and elastin, skin condition improves. Through these micro-channels, we are also able to apply topical gels, creams, and serums (like PRP therapy and hyaluronic acid) that can penetrate the skin more efficiently, improving the outer layer of the skin.

Treatment Technique

Microneedling can be performed on the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, and stomach to strengthen the skin in these commonly weak areas. Using a sterilized handpiece with new needles for each patient, the technician will pass the microneedling device over the skin. As part of the patient’s individual treatment plan, once the microneedling is completed, skincare products like hyaluronic acid or prepared PRP serum can be applied that will be able to penetrate further into the skin with the microchannels created. Although it sounds painful, most patients feel mild to no discomfort during their treatment.

During/After the Procedure

During a microneedling session, we first apply a topical numbing cream, and patients report that they usually cannot feel anything during the procedure. Microneedling is best done as an after-work procedure. There is no real downtime, but the patient’s skin is pretty red following the session. This redness typically subsides by the next day. Multiple treatments are usually needed to achieve the desired results — anywhere from 3 - 5 treatments, spaced 4 - 6 weeks apart. Since it takes time for the effects of increased collagen and elastin to become visible, patients may see some improvement immediately, but most will see their results 3 – 6 months after their treatment.

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Touch Up Treatments?

Most patients will get their best results after 3 – 6 microneedling treatments, but once the desired results are achieved, patients should continue to schedule touch up treatments to maintain the results. Patients generally see sustained results if they get 1 – 2 microneedling sessions every year.

What Are Collagen and Elastin?

Collagen and elastin are proteins found in the tissue to support the skin. The supply of collagen fibers and elastin in the body typically decreases with age and the decreased elasticity of the skin leads to sagging, wrinkles, and lines. 

Best Candidates?

The best candidates for microneedling are usually age 50 and under who are beginning to see the start of aging and environmental damage, but they still have good skin elasticity. Microneedling can be used on all skin types and tones, but it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Microneedling addresses a variety of skin issues with its collagen and elastin-producing effects. Unlike laser treatments, microneedling also works on all skin tones, without causing hyperpigmentation. Microneedling can be used anywhere on the body, but the face, neck, and chest are the typical targets. Here are the conditions we treat with microneedling:

  • Fine lines
  • Acne scars
  • Large pores
  • Uneven texture
  • Stretch marks

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.

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