Microneedling has been a popular skin rejuvenation procedure for years. It takes advantage of your skin’s natural healing abilities to remove old, damaged surface cells and produce more collagen.

Since collagen gives your skin structure, it is essential for smooth, firm skin and a youthful appearance. This makes microneedling an ideal solution for fine lines and uneven texture.

One of the multiple microneedling treatments we offer at Rapaport Plastic Surgery in NYC is with the Dermapen®. This hand-held, pen-like device uses tiny needles to cause micro-damage that stimulates your skin to repair damage and produce new collagen.

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Most people who want to improve their complexion are good candidates for Dermapen® microneedling. Since no laser or light is involved, the treatment is safe for all skin tones. Microneedling can address a wide range of common skin concerns, making it beneficial for many patients. Some of the conditions Dermapen® microneedling can improve include:

Ideal candidates for the treatment should be overall healthy with realistic expectations. We may not recommend microneedling if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an active skin infection in the treatment area. During a detailed consultation, Dr. Rapaport or one of our skincare experts will evaluate your skin and goals to determine if Dermapen® microneedling is right for you.

The Dermapen® is a handheld microneedling device with a dozen tiny needles. When these needles puncture the skin, the body works to repair the damage and, in so doing, replaces old, damaged skin cells with a healthy new surface. This leaves you with a brighter, clearer complexion. 

Microneedling’s greatest benefit, however, is in its ability to stimulate collagen production. The skin responds to the micro-damage by producing increased collagen. Over time, this gives the skin better structure and elasticity. The result is firm, smooth skin with fewer wrinkles and more even texture.

Dermapen® is one of three microneedling modalities we offer at Rapaport Plastic Surgery. Depending on the patient’s needs and goals, we may instead recommend RF microneedling with Morpheus8 or micro infusion treatments with AquaGold® fine touch™. These technologies can further enhance your results or help target specific concerns.

Microneedling treatments may sound intimidating, but the procedure is typically simple and easy. We’ll apply a numbing cream first to minimize discomfort. Your provider will then stamp the Dermapen® device over your treatment area, creating tiny, barely visible punctures. The device can be set to different depths for a personalized treatment based on your skin condition. 

After performing microneedling evenly over the face (and/or neck and body), we will apply PRP (platelet-rich plasma), exosomes, or another customized topical serum, to enhance benefits and minimize side effects. A Dermapen® microneedling session for the face typically takes an hour or less, making it a quick, convenient treatment.

Dermapen® microneedling doesn’t require any downtime. Patients can resume their usual activities as soon as they feel comfortable doing so. However, your skin may be somewhat red and swollen afterward, and you should avoid makeup for a day or two. Any redness and discomfort should subside within a couple of days.

Your skin will be more sensitive as it’s healing from microneedling, so it’s essential to avoid sun exposure and treat it gently. Keep your skin moisturized and avoid harsh products or exfoliating for a few days. However, your skin can better absorb products after microneedling, so some serums and skincare products may be beneficial. Your skincare expert at Rapaport Plastic Surgery will guide you on what to apply to your skin after microneedling and other important post-treatment instructions.

Patients often enjoy clearer, more radiant skin within a week of microneedling. The full results take longer as your skin gradually produces more collagen. Depending on your treatment goals, you may need a series of treatments for optimal results. For example, concerns like acne scars may take more treatments to fade. Most patients see the best outcome with multiple sessions approximately one month apart. Other skin rejuvenation treatments, such as microdermabrasion or a HydraFacial®, can enhance or preserve microneedling results.

As collagen increases over the next several months, patients may notice firmer, softer skin with improved tone and texture. This can also minimize fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks. Once patients achieve their ideal results, these typically last several months. Wearing sunscreen and good skincare habits can help preserve your improved complexion. An occasional maintenance session every few months is all most patients need for long-lasting benefits.

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Every patient’s transformation journey at Rapaport Plastic Surgery begins with a detailed consultation with Dr. Rapaport. To learn more about Dermapen® microneedling and determine if it’s the right choice for you, fill out the form below or call us at (212) 249-9955 to schedule an appointment. Our team is dedicated to providing the best plastic surgery NYC has to offer.

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