Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that uses small needles to refresh the skin by making small punctures. Collagen induction therapy (CIT) is another name for it. This treatment boosts the body’s collagen and elastin production, making the skin look younger, firmer, and smoother. It has a reputation for treating skin problems like pigmentation issues and reducing post-acne scars.
Microneedling works by creating tiny channels in the skin leading to stimulation of collagen production.
Collagen, a vital structural protein in your skin, is responsible for its strength and elasticity. Skin needling increases collagen production and controls the types of collagen produced. Furthermore, this procedure influences the gene expression related to collagen production. It helps your skin make more collagen, making your skin smoother, reducing wrinkles, and making it firmer.
Needling helps reduce inflammation and skin problems like redness and irritation by affecting growth factors and cytokines. It improves skin health and appearance by reducing factors that disrupt balance and harmony in the skin.
Despite the multitude of available treatments, micro-needling remains highly popular for good reasons. While it may not provide quick results, it offers several unique advantages.
One key benefit is that it’s non-ablative, meaning it doesn’t strip away the top layer of your skin. Skin needling stimulates the release of growth factors, which help to produce collagen and break down scar tissue. This gentle method is popular for skin rejuvenation without the harsh effects of invasive procedures.
Recently, RF microneedling, or radiofrequency microneedling, has seen a surge in popularity. However, it’s important to recognize that these are two fundamentally different procedures. The traditional procedure is safe for all skin types as it does not use heat, which has its own benefits.
Opting for an in-office procedure offers distinct advantages over at-home solutions such as derma rollers. We highly recommend the in-office approach for several reasons.
Our dermatologist checks if microneedling is right for you by understanding your specific needs and concerns. This personalized evaluation helps maximize the effectiveness of the procedure, ensuring that you achieve the best possible results.
Also, we only use an FDA-approved microneedling device SkinPen for treating the face and neck. This guarantees we use perfect needles, precise depth control with less pain, and a lower risk of side effects compared to microneedling at home. When needed, we offer different add-on treatments after microneedling sessions (platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or different serums). Moreover, we are not just selling you treatment, but rather developing a treatment plan for your specific concern.
Microneedling can cause discomfort, but it usually isn’t very painful. At Dermatology Circle, we make sure you’re comfortable by using numbing cream before the procedure.
Skin treatments are swift and typically range from 10 to 15 to 30 minutes, contingent on the treatment area. Before the procedure, we apply numbing cream for 15-20 min.
To get the desired results, you should have 3-8 treatment sessions. The time between each session should be 4-6 weeks. The number of sessions and the time gap depend on how your skin reacts.
Before and after microneedling: improvement of skin tone and pigmentation after 2 sessions of microneedling
While this procedure can safely and effectively treat all skin types, caution must be exercised when treating darker skin. Active infections are a contraindication for treatment. Active acne doesn’t stop micro needling, but it might temporarily worsen acne.
After the procedure, you can expect some redness and slight tightness or sensitivity of the skin. It typically subsides within 24 hours or 48 hours. Approximately 3-5 days post-treatment, you may experience some mild temporary shedding of the skin. Microneedling aftercare is simple: wait until your skin fully heals before using any active ingredients in your skincare.
Some results may be permanent (improvement of scars or pigmentation). However, when used for aging, usually the results achieved stay with you for 3-6 months. You might have to schedule touch-ups every 6-12 months to keep the desired effect, depending on your situation.
Yes, the procedure leads to skin tightening due to the stimulation of the collagen. However, the results remain mild, and you should consider regular maintenance treatments. In general, skin tightening is difficult to achieve and results are highly subjective.
Collagen induction therapy helps treat acne and its aftermath, like pigmentation and scars. Acne is a complex problem and it’s best to combine microneedling with other treatments. In our office, we offer different treatments like medical treatments, chemical peels, subscision, and laser treatments.
Side effects from micro needling are extremely rare which makes this versatile treatment one of the most popular ones. The literature describes a few side effects, including scarring, granuloma formation, and allergic reactions.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is frequently added after micro-needling. People sometimes refer to this treatment as “vampire facial”. Several clinical studies demonstrated that PRP improved healing and the appearance of acne scars.
Microneedling procedures in NYC can range from $555 to $1100 per session, depending on the area and other factors. A discount is applicable when purchasing by package (minimum 3 sessions).