Microneedling Long Island
Microneedling isn’t a new idea. The concept is to create a superficial wound to trigger a wound-healing response from the body. Microneedling was introduced with a dermaroller in the 1950s, but didn’t catch on. A form of microneedling reappeared in the 1990s using tattoo guns without ink to treat post-surgical scarring.
More recent improvements, such as the handheld microneedling pen, however, make today’s microneedling at Schlessinger Eye & Face a great option to improve your skin texture and firmness, and to reduce large pores, stretch marks, and scars.
How Does Microneedling Work?
At Schlessinger Eye & Face, we use the Rejuvapen, which features nine micro-needles. We move the micropen across the treatment areas, and the needles move up and down to the selected penetration depth (up to 2mm) creating hundreds of tiny microscopic punctures/wounds. These punctures penetrate the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, and enter the dermis layer. The wounds are microscopic and the untouched skin around each puncture gets busy healing them immediately. But your body perceives these punctures as injuries and it initiates a wound-healing response. This involves producing new amounts of collage and elastin to send to the “wounds” to heal them. Collage is a protein responsible for providing the skin’s structural support framework. Elastin makes the skin firm, yet pliable.
In addition to triggering the would-healing mechanisms, these punctures enable us to apply topical gels, serums, and creams that penetrate into the skin far more efficiently. These topical applications further enhance the skin.
Why Do I Need Collagen?
Collagen is the key to healthy, vibrant skin. You see lotions and other topical products with collagen in them, but to be truly effective the body needs to produce its own collagen in the dermis layer of the skin. Unfortunately, our collagen production declines as we age. In fact, after we turn 20, our collagen production drops by one additional percentage point every year — at 50 your body produces 30 percent less collagen. This is why your skin starts to sag and droop, and wrinkles and lines form more easily.
What Skin Issues Does Microneedling Improve?
At Schlessinger Eye & Face, we use microneedling on all skin tones and it doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation. It can be used anywhere on the body, but the face, neck, and décolletage are the typical targets.
Here are skin conditions we treat with microneedling:
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Fine lines
- Uneven texture
- Stretch marks
Does The Treatment Hurt?
It would seem that puncturing your skin hundreds of times would hurt, but it doesn’t. We apply a topical numbing cream prior to your procedure, plus the needles used on our microneedling pen are very thin. Patients equate the feeling of microneedling as similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin.
Actual Patient Review
“Dr. Schlessinger is very skilled and knowledgeable. Willling to answer all questions to create the most comfortable environment. Wonderful professional staff, clean and modern office. Would highly recommend to anyone.” -Emery M
Who Would Be a Good Candidate For This Procedure?
Because the procedure only superficially punctures the skin, it is a procedure that almost anyone can have. The hyperpigmentation issues that occur with other resurfacing procedures usually do not occur with microneedling. Microneedling is effective for all skin types.
When Will I See Results and How Long Do They Last?
There is an immediate “glow” after your treatment session, but microneedling results build with time. This is because your collagen and elastin production elevates for weeks. Visible changes with the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Your results can continue to improve for up to six months.
How long your results will last is dependent on your unique body. The new collagen and elastin aren’t going anywhere, but their production still continues to drop with normal aging. That’s why continuing treatments with the Schlesinger team are recommended to keep up with these decreases.
What Will I Look Like After My Microneedling Session?
Your skin will appear red and flushed after your microneedling session; it will appear as if you have a mild sunburn. The degree of redness will correlate to the number of passes over the treatment areas and the depth of the setting for the needle penetration. This redness usually passes by the next day. There may also be some slight swelling and your skin will feel tight for a day or so. It’s optimal to schedule your session as an after-work procedure because by the next morning most of the redness will have passed. You don’t have to restrict your activities at all after microneedling.
Is the Treatment Safe?
Side effects are rate with this procedure. There can be a very minute risk of infection, but this is highly unlikely because the punctures are topical and begin to close immediately.
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How Often Can I Have Microneedling Done?
To allow the skin to fully heal and complete its collagen production increase, microneedling can be done once every 4-6 weeks. At Schlessinger Eye & Face, we recommend at least three treatments for collagen building and 3-6 treatments to lessen scarring.
Is There Anything I Need To Avoid After My Microneedling Session?
Don’t apply products with glycolic acid, retinol, other acids, or other skin reactive products for 2-3 days after your session. Plus, avoid sun exposure and be sure to wear sunscreen.