- 1 What is Microneedling?
- 2 What Does Microneedling Treat?
- 3 What Are the Types and Brands of Microneedling?
- 4 Who Should Perform My Microneedling Treatments?
- 5 What Does Microneedling Cost?
- 6 How Should I Prepare for Microneedling?
- 7 Will it Hurt?
- 8 Is There Downtime?
- 9 What is the difference between RF Microneedling and regular microneedling?
- 10 Be Transformed, Inside and Out
- 11 Frequently Asked Questions on Microneedling
- 11.1 Can microneedling ruin my skin?
- 11.2 How long do the results from microneedling last?
- 11.3 Can you wear makeup after Microneedling?
- 11.4 Can you microneedle too often?
- 11.5 Can I wear makeup after Microneedling?
- 11.6 Does Microneedling help sagging neck?
- 11.7 Does Microneedling work on older skin?
- 11.8 Does your face bleed after Microneedling?
Discover the most effective Microneedling treatments in New Jersey, provided by Top Cosmetic Physicians.
Microneedling is an easy and effective way to stimulate new collagen growth and cell growth, as well as remodeling the skin’s surface and allowing for deep penetration of serums and skin boosters. The type of device used in your microneedling treatments and the combination of serums and treatment boosters are the real determining factors in the quality of results you’ll see. That’s why Reflections has curated a collection of several different technologies for microneedling, as well as cutting-edge boosters that create significant results when combined.
This page is dedicated to microneedling treatments. To learn about Radiofrequency Microneedling (also called “RF Microneedling” and “Fractional Radiofrequency”), please visit our RF Microneedling page.
“I did 2 microneedling sessions and I have noticed a big improvement in my acne scarring!”
–kayla2017456 on RealSelf.com
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling (also sometimes written as “micro needling” or “micro-needling”) refers to a treatment using small needles to penetrate the skin. The needles used can vary in size, number, and depth of penetration. The treatment works by creating micro-damage to the skin, which creates a reparative response, causing the body to build new collagen in the treated areas.
Collagen supports the skin, making it thicker, smoother, bouncier, and more resilient. Young skin naturally has an abundance of collagen and elastin, but we lose these as we age and when the skin is damaged.
What Does Microneedling Treat?
Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Both fine lines and deeper wrinkles form when the collagen below the skin has been damaged, usually from repetitive motion that crease and break apart the support structure below. Microneedling encourages the body to repair and rebuild the damaged collagen, for thicker, more resilient skin.
Similarly, stretch marks appear where the skin has been stretched so drastically that the collagen and lower layers of the skin rip apart. The top of the skin stretches thin over these gaps in the collagen and support layers, creating rippled stretch marks. Microneedling stretch marks helps the body to stimulate new collagen growth in those gaps. Your body can never completely undo the damage of stretch marks, but microneedling can make a big impact in their appearance by increasing the thickness of the skin and reducing the ripples and waves. Other technologies, like Fraxel and VBeam, can be used to remove the red or purple color of stretch marks.
Scars from Acne, Surgery, or Other Trauma
Acne scarring and other types of scars occur when the body lays down too much scar tissue while healing from trauma. Microneedling helps to break up the scar tissue that creates the firm, indented ice-pick and box-car scars, as well as raised and thick scars from trauma and surgery. The micro-damage created by the needles triggers the body to build new collagen and repair the skin.
What Are the Types and Brands of Microneedling?
This page covers microneedling, as compared to RF Microneedling, which is a treatment that emits radiofrequency energy from the needles for heat-based therapy in addition to the benefits of microneedling.
Dermapen, Skin Pen, and Eclipse MicroPen are some of the most well-known microneedling brands. Each of these 3 devices works very similarly. They look like pens but emit a bundle of 10-12 microneedles that punch in and out. The pen moves across the skin, punching at even intervals of time, to treat the skin. The individual performing the treatment needs to be skilled at their movements to ensure punches are placed optimally to not injure the skin too much or too little to be effective. Dermapen is our favorite because it offers several depth options so that we can customize the level of aggressiveness to your treatment, and optimize the depth of penetration of any add-on serums.
Dermarollers have gained popularity, especially in Europe. We do not condone the use of microneedle dermarollers because the needles drag across the skin, and instead of creating smooth vertical columns of damage, create holes on the skin as they enter at one angle, twist, and then exit at another angle. This makes dermarollers risky because they can create textured scarring that resembles ice-pick acne scars and hyperpigmentation (dark discoloration) on Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Indian skin.
MicroBotox and MicroRejuve with Hyaluronic Acid
We recently introduced a cutting-edge microneedling system to our practice that allows us to deliver Botox, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, serums, vitamins, and more directly into the skin. 24-karat gold microneedles with spiralized channels down the length of the needles deposit microdroplets of these products into the top layers of the skin to reduce redness, shrink pores, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture and quality. MicroBotox is used to reduce redness from rosacea and shrink pores, while MicroRejuve has both Botox and dermal filler-quality hyaluronic acid to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture, and shrink pores.
Who Should Perform My Microneedling Treatments?
The state of New Jersey regulates microneedling treatments because deeper penetration of both needles and products can have adverse results in the hands of untrained professionals. We offer 3 different depths of treatment, performed by 3 different types of professionals within our office.
- The most superficial treatments are performed by our Aestheticians, who can add on serums and vitamins for deep moisturization, exfoliation, and stimulation of cell turnover and a mild collagen response.These are ideal for anti-aging and skin quality.
- Our Registered Nurses (R.N.s) provide deeper treatments with the Dermapen, and can add on serums and vitamins for moderate collagen remodeling and rebuilding. These treatments are ideal for deeper wrinkles and generalized uneven skin texture, often from widespread small ice-pick acne scars or rolling acne scars.
What Does Microneedling Cost?
Our pricing of microneedling varies by size and area treated, as well as who is performing the treatment.
Dermapen performed by an Aesthetician is generally $250 – 450 per treatment.
Dermapen performed by a cosmetic nurse is generally $400 – 500 per treatment.
How Should I Prepare for Microneedling?
You will remove all makeup and cleanse your face prior to treatment, at our office.
Other than that, there’s no need to change your routine prior to treatment.
Will it Hurt?
Dermapen alone is not painful, especially at the more superficial depths.
For those having a deeper treatment, we apply a topical numbing cream, or alternatively, you can have a stronger numbing injection.
Is There Downtime?
Microneedling alone typically creates very little bleeding and some minor pinkness that resolves in an hour or two. You will need to avoid wearing makeup as well as washing your face or applying any products for the evening, to ensure you’re not delivering those products much too deeply into your skin.
What is the difference between RF Microneedling and regular microneedling?
Microneedling has been around for thousands of years, showing up in archaeological digs from as far back as ancient Egypt. It’s a proven treatment that works to induce the body’s natural collagen rebuilding process by creating tiny areas of micro-injury. This is the same method of action used by lasers which create tiny columns of super-heated skin. Unlike lasers, microneedling’s lack of thermal injury has made it a safe choice for all skin types, but also because of its lack of thermal injury, microneedling is somewhat limited as to the impact of a single treatment.
RF Microneedling combines the best of these 2 technologies. By delivering heat only from the tips of the microneedles and having varying depth and heat settings, RF Microneedling creates the profound change of a laser treatment, without the risk of pigmentation change, no matter your skin tone. For this reason, it has quickly become our treatment of choice for most types of acne scarring, and also for skin tightening.
Be Transformed, Inside and Out
The Reflections Center team is dedicated to providing treatments that create natural-looking and long-lasting results. Microneedling is one of our favorite treatments because the results are all you – natural, and long-lasting. Our dedicated team of cosmetic physicians and providers enjoys access to all of the best microneedling and cosmetic treatment technologies, which allows us to match the individual with the very best treatments for their goals.
Frequently Asked Questions on Microneedling
Can microneedling ruin my skin?
In the right hands, microneedling is a very safe and effective treatment. Good results depend on the experience of the provider and the technology there are utilizing. Improper use of the devices or inexpensive, non-FDA-cleared technologies may result in bad outcomes, such as pigmentation issues or scarring. Only Skin Pen is currently FDA-Approved for Microneedling (which is different from RF Microneedling).
How long do the results from microneedling last?
Collagen synthesis that is induced from microneedling is long-lasting (please note: that superficial microneedling does not reach deep enough into the skin to stimulate collagen. Deep enough microneedling to stimulate collagen is limited to physicians, ARNPs, and PAs in New Jersey - whereas nurses and aestheticians are allowed to microneedle at more superficial levels of the skin only). Patients looking to increase the amount of improvement and longevity of results combine this treatment with components from their own blood to safely and effectively rejuvenate the skin.
Can you wear makeup after Microneedling?
You should avoid wearing makeup or applying skincare or other potential sources of bacteria to your face for the first 24 hours after microneedling.
Can you microneedle too often?
Yes - It is not recommended to microneedle the skin more often than once a month. Your skin needs time to heal itself and when you injure skin (which microneedling does) while it is already inflamed, there is risk of scarring and pigmentation changes. One month is enough time to ensure the inflammation of the previous treatment has resolved.
Can I wear makeup after Microneedling?
Yes, but not within the first 24 hours, while microneedled channels may still be open.
Does Microneedling help sagging neck?
No, microneedling is not a good option for sagging skin. RF Microneedling can improve skin's elasticity and tighten loose skin, but microneedling alone is not going to make a visible difference for sagging neck skin.
Does Microneedling work on older skin?
Yes, but like all fractional therapies (which treat some fraction or percentage of the skin) in a given treatment, the improvements are incremental and dependent upon the response your body has. Generally, younger patients see a bigger response from any treatment, and microneedling is no different. The way we counter that is by doing a series of microneedling, instead of just 1 treatment, and/or augmenting it with other treatment modalities, including a few options that can boost the results from each single treatment.
Does your face bleed after Microneedling?
The area treated during microneedling may have pin-point bleeding during the procedure. This depends on how much of a bleeder you are, whether you've stopped all blood thinners (including supplements like fish oil and vitamin E, advil, alcohol, etc.), and how deep your treatment is. However, that picture of Kim K that everyone seems to think of, shows her having her own blood rubbed in over top of her microneedling, and that's not a normal reaction to microneedling alone. We've never heard of a patient experiencing bleeding after treatment, unless they have been very rough with their skin, which you should avoid at all costs.