Orchard Park dermatologist explains what microneedling really does to your face
Microneedling—it’s all the rage, but the name and idea of it may give you more than a little apprehension. Below, Dr. Peter Accetta, dermatologist at Orchard Park Dermatology in Orchard Park, NY, explains what microneedling really does to your face, what the procedure is like, and why it is so effective.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a procedure where a highly qualified and trained professional uses a device called a “microneedling pen” to gently penetrate the skin by creating over 1,000 microchannels per second. The device contains very fine, surgical-grade needles that oscillate to create controlled trauma to the skin. While this sounds like something no one would ever want done—let alone pay for!—it leads to remarkable skin rejuvenation results.
What microneedling does to your face
When the microneedling pen is passed over your face and creates micro-injuries, it creates a cascade of healing and rejuvenating effects deep in your skin. As your body begins to repair the microscopic injuries, it stimulates your skin to boost collagen, elastin, and growth factor production, a process that naturally diminishes over time.
- Collagen comprises about 80% of your skin’s top layer and gives your skin its strength and youthful firmness
- Elastin gives your skin stretch and bounce, helping it to recover from facial expressions without wrinkling
- Growth factors help give skin a great tone and texture and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
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Your skin’s levels of these youthful proteins and platelets skyrockets after microneedling treatment, which results in more glowing, evenly toned, and youthful looking skin. Microneedling is a natural way to combat the following skin issues:
- Signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, thin skin, and sagging skin
- Scarring and stretch marks
- Sun damage and sun spots
- Pigmentation issues such as rosacea, melasma, vitiligo, and freckles
- Red capillaries
- Large pores
After the microneedling process is complete, topical skin care products such as anti-aging serums are able to penetrate much more deeply into the skin, and your skin is also more receptive to cosmetic injectables such as neuromodulators and dermal fillers. Similarly, platelet rich plasma (PRP) microneedling is a popular treatment right now—you have likely seen Hollywood celebrities touting the benefits of “vampire facials” on social media and for good reason. In PRP microneedling, we harness the power of your body’s own healing platelets to boost the effects of the microneedling treatment and achieve even more amazing results.
How the procedure works
The first step in microneedling treatment at Orchard Park Dermatology is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Peter Accetta to determine if it is right for you. Because it is safe for all skin types and has minimal risks of injuries or side effects, microneedling can be a great choice for a wide variety of patients.
When you come in for your microneedling session, we will ensure that you are comfortable and then gently roll the sterile, single-use microneedling pen over your face. The minimally invasive procedure only takes a few minutes and is comfortable—most patients find it virtually painless. When you are done, you are free to go back about your day with zero downtime. While some patients may experience minor swelling or pinkness in their skin, it typically dissipates within a couple of days and you are free to wear makeup the day after your treatment.
After just one session, your skin will have a healthy, fresh radiance that is amplified over the next few weeks. Patients typically achieve the best results with three or more sessions that are spaced about a month or two apart, and your skin continues to benefit from the treatment for up to two years after all of your microneedling sessions are complete!
Schedule a consultation today!
Dr. Peter Accetta is highly skilled at working with patients to identify their cosmetic goals and then creating customized treatment plans to rejuvenate and revitalize aging or damaged skin with remarkable results. The entire team of professionals at Orchard Park Dermatology is here to help you look and feel your best. From the moment you step into the office, you will feel at home in our warm and inviting atmosphere, and every treatment you receive will be highly personalized for your unique skin care needs and desired results. Call our Orchard Park, NY office today at (716) 675-7000 to schedule your consultation!Back to Microneedling Page