Microneedling is a non-invasive treatment that produces small punctures into skin, and stimulates collagen formation and skin regrowth.  It is used to treat areas of discoloration, small wrinkles, sun damage, and acne and other scars.   It is used by itself or in combination with plasma injections (combination is called Vampire Facelift).  The tool used to make the punctures can be a roller or a pen.  Either way, numerous little needles puncture the skin and cause regeneration.


Reasons to perform microneedling

  • improved skin texture
  • skin tightening
  • improvement of acne scars and pits
  • improvement of pigmented spots
  • similar results to some lasers but less downtime and more affordable


Recovery After Microneedling

Immediately after the procedure you will be red and have multiple punctate marks on your face.  There might be mild swelling.  The downtime is usually 2-3 days.   The redness is similar to a sunburn and can be covered with makeup.  There is usually no skin peeling, however sometimes very minor skin peeling can occur.   The collagen regeneration happens over the next few weeks and months, to rejuvenate your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I do microneedling at home?

Yes you can, and many people do.  However, they do not get the proper results because the proper technique involves numbing the face with prescription anesthetic and using relatively long needles to puncture significant amount into the skin.  At home most people just scratch themselves a little.

New York City Plastic Surgeon