Dr. Michael Gold has acquired new technology to give our patients another option for skin rejuvenation through a procedure known as microneedling. This treatment makes use of tiny needles to induce collagen production in the skin, making it healthier and younger-looking. We provide the following options:
What is microneedling?
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create controlled skin injuries. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through this process, skin texture and firmness improve. There is also a reduction in the appearance of scars and stretch marks, along with pore size.
What does microneedling treat?
Numerous skin conditions can be treated with microneedling — fine lines, melasma, hyperpigmentation, surgical scarring, chicken pox scarring, stretch marks, and large pores. Usually, such skin problems can be effectively treated with a series of four to six microneedling sessions.
How does microneedling work?
Once microneedling produces tiny wounds in the skin, the body reacts to this by starting to renew itself using its healing mechanisms. The skin, particularly, creates new stem cells, fibroblasts, as well as other wound-repairing cells. This process induces the production of new collagen in the skin, known as neocollagenesis. Not only does this procedure stimulate collagen production, it also builds up the growth of endothelial cells, which are the thin layers of cells lining the blood vessels and capillaries. This means there will be better blood supply to the skin, which creates a healthy glow.
Is it safe to undergo microneedling?
Because the epidermis remains intact, microneedling is safe and can be used in areas where laser treatments and deep peels are not typically performed. A topical numbing cream is used to prevent any pain during the procedure. The tiny pricking channels close within one hour, so post-procedure infections are extremely rare. The procedure can be repeated every four to six weeks as needed. For one to two days after treatment, patients will experience some redness and mild swelling akin to a mild sunburn.
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