One of the newest skin rejuvenation treatments is microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, which reveals younger, fresher skin in patients without surgery. Microneedling improves the skin tone, smoothes the skin texture, and softens lines, wrinkles and minor scarring. Using ultra-fine needles to create micro-tears in the skin, microneedling prompts blood flow and healing properties to the treated area of the skin, as well as increase the natural production of collagen and elastin. The needles do not cause any tissue damage since the micro-tears close quickly. At his practice in Allentown, Pennslyvania, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Guarino offers microneedling for nonsurgical skin rejevenation.
"I had a really good experience at this office. Their micro needling treatment is one of the best I have ever had. If you are looking for results in your skin, you'll love this treatment. The esthetician was very personable. I will definitely return. Oh and the office... is beautiful."- L.H. / Google / Jul 03, 2017
Prior to the procedure, the treated area is cleaned and a thin layer of a topical gel is applied to numb the skin. The doctor will apply a sterile cartridge-tip with 12 micro-needles to a handheld device. The device will be pressed gently across the skin, gliding in one direction until the entire area has been treated. The feeling is comparable to sand paper moving over the skin. The procedure will result in tiny holes, known as micro channels, on the skin which will close almost immediately, triggering a healing response. This results in renewed skin, including a thickened dermis, which will soften the appearance of lines, wrinkles and scars. The procedure takes around 15-30 minutes. A patient can expect the treated area to appear bright red, similar to a sunburn, immediately after microneedling. The redness can last anywhere from a day to up to a week. The intensity and duration of the redness are dependent upon the number of passes performed on the treatment area, as well as the particular area treated since microneedling can be performed on the face, neck, arms and décolleté. In some cases, there’s pinpoint bleeding. Since microneedling allows improved absorption of creams, gels and serums, a doctor will determine the best products for the patient post-procedure. These can include bleaching or lightening serums, vitamin C or hyaluronic serums to accelerate results.
What to Expect
Right after the procedure, patients can expect the skin to glow. Over the course of a few weeks, a patient can expect to see a marked improvement in skin’s color, tone and texture. In addition, there should be a drastic reduction of lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is also effective in diminishing acne and traumatic scars and stretch marks. A patient’s appearance can continue to improve up to 6 months following initial treatment. While some patients benefit from a single treatment, 2-3 treatments are advised to get the best possible results. A doctor will work closely with a patient to develop the right course of treatment based on his or her individual needs.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $150 - $500
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 15-30 Minutes
- Procedure Recovery Location
Glowing, Gorgeous Skin
Microneedling is an effective, safe procedure that continues to be a popular skin rejuvenation treatment among our dermatology patients. If you are seeking a nonsurgical, advanced way to brighten your skin and create a glowing appearance, we invite you call our office for a skin analysis today. We will provide a custom treatment plan that meets your desired goals and aesthetic needs.