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Microneedling is a great procedure for my skin to keep it youthful and glowing.  After completing a series of 3 monthly treatments, I now get microneedling every 3 months to maintain the results. I see a huge improvement in the texture and clarity of my skinAG, Englewood Cliffs

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Microneedling is a safe, low-downtime, cost-effective and efficient way to treat a variety of dermatologic conditions including acne scars, wrinkles and pigmentation. My patients love the ease of this procedure and it is appropriate for all skin types including dark skin and sensitive skin.” —Dr. Michele Grodberg


Microneedling, technically known as percutaneous collagen induction therapy, is a safe, low-downtime, cost-effective and efficient way to treat a variety of dermatologic conditions including acne scars and wrinkles.  Dr. Grodberg uses the SkinPen. The microneedling device creates numerous epidermal and dermal micro wounds to stimulate collagen production. The most well-described indications for microneedling in dermatology include acne scarring, periorbital and perioral wrinkles, skin laxity, post-traumatic/burn scars, and striae distensae (stretch marks).

The SkinPen device has a sterile disposable reciprocating tip with multiple surgically sharp needles that puncture the skin at different depths.  While this sounds painful, it isn’t because we apply a numbing cream for 30-45 minutes before the procedure.  The procedure takes about thirty minutes.  We then apply a cooling sterile Biocellulose mask followed by a light layer of hyaluronic acid serum.  Initially, your skin will be very red, with mild swelling, mild burning, and some pinpoint bleeding.  There should be very little to no pain.  Within the first three days there will be peeling, experienced as a sandpaper feeling of the skin, otherwise healing should be quick and uneventful.  Let us know if you experience anything unusual"

It is totally normal for your skin to appear red after you’ve had microneedling done, and the majority of the redness should subside within 24 hours.  Certain more aggressive treatments can result in redness lingering for a bit longer.

It is normal for your skin to peel within a few days after microneedling.  Microneedling creates a large number of tiny punctures on your face which your body responds to by initiating repair.  A new layer of skin is produced and the old skin begins peeling off. The peeling is experienced as a sandpaper-like roughness to the skin which may appear as tiny dark dots.

Microneedling reduces fine and deep wrinkles.  The primary appeal of microneedling is its ability to stimulate growth of collagen and elastin -- the key to new youthful-looking skin.

Approximately 48 to 72 hours after the treatment you will have an increase in collagen production.  However, it often takes at least four weeks to begin to see noticeable results.

  • Cold sores. As a precaution, if you are prone to cold sores, we will provide you with a prescription for Valacyclovir to take prior to your procedure and for the next two days.
  • Hyperpigmentation.  This is rarely seen.  Please avoid sun exposure before and after the procedure.
  • Granulomas.  These are inflammatory bumps in the skin which may be caused by using certain skin products before the skin heals.  Only use products recommended by your doctor for the first three days after the procedure.
  • Acne.   It is best to wait until acne is clear before scheduling microneedling.
  • Bleeding.   Bleeding problems are rare. Please let Dr. Grodberg know if you are taking any blood thinners such as Aspirin or other anticoagulants. Please let Dr. Grodberg  know if you have any bleeding disorders.

There may be other risk factors, let us know if you form keloids or if you are on any immunosuppressive medications.

MGMD® Maintenance and Care Regimen

Dr. Grodberg emphasizes post-procedure care and develops and reviews with each patient a customized post-procedure protocol.

Dr. Grodberg brings her extensive experience and deep physicians’s knowledge to follow-up care and has designed standard guidelines as a starting point for most common procedures. If you are planning to add Microneedling to your skin rejuvenation procedure see our make sure to drink plenty of water the day before and the day of our procedure since hydration facilitates blood drawing and the amount of plasma available.

See below for Dr. Grodberg’s recommendations of products commonly used by patients who get Microneedling. Click on any product to find out more. Our popular Skin Rejuvenation Package or Alastin Procedure Enhancement Kit both contain many of our most recommended products at a significant savings

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