Pittsburgh, PA plastic surgeon, Dr. James Fernau, offers patients numerous treatments to help turn back the hands of time without having to have a surgical procedure. Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and smooth wrinkles. It assists in producing new collagen and elastin and is good for all skin types. You will see an improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as notice a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Microneedling can be done on areas of skin that may not be suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing such as around the eyes, mouth, hands, and chest. The treatment can go deeper on some areas where skin damage or scarring requires a more aggressive approach.
"If you want to be treated like family and get world class treatment at a very very reasonable cost this is the place to be. Thanks a lot doctor, and you wonderful staff. The best experience I have had at any doctor's office."- P.G. / Facebook / Sep 02, 2015
"Excellent, Talented Surgeon - Dr. Fernau performed a rhinoplasty, septoplasty, and otoplasty on me. I am extremely happy with the result. In addition to being extremely talented, he is also very big on patient safety and I would recommend him 1000%. The office staff were always very kind and willing to answer any questions."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 26, 2019
"Dr. Fernau and his staff are amazing! In June 2018 I had a no drain lipoabdominoplasty and the results are better than I ever could have imagined. During the consultation, I was given the options based on what I wanted to accomplish and Dr. Fernau was very honest with me in which procedures would get me the best results. In deciding to go through with the tummy tuck, Sheila was a wealth of knowledge in going over the paper work and preoperative procedures. On the day of the surgery at Trinity Hospital (and their staff was amazing too!), I was nervous, but knew I was in good hands because of how thorough and meticulous Dr. Fernau was before we went into the room for surgery. After surgery I couldn't believe how good I felt and already looked! The recovery process was much better than expected (I never took a pain pill!). I was walking pretty much normal after a week and back to normal activities within 6 weeks. My life has changed completely due to this procedure and the wonderful results thanks to Dr. Fernau. I am continuing to workout and watch my diet and after 5 months post-op I am down 20 pounds and look like a whole knew person! I highly recommend Dr. Fernau and his staff. They are truly AMAZING!"- A. / Google / Nov 26, 2018
"No drain tummy tuck with amazing results - Dr. Fernau and his staff are amazing! In June 2018 I had a no drain lipoabdominoplasty and the results are better than I ever could have imagined. During the consultation, I was given the options based on what I wanted to accomplish and Dr. Fernau was very honest with me in which procedures would get me the best results. In deciding to go through with the tummy tuck, Sheila was a wealth of..."- M. / RealSelf / Nov 26, 2018
"Very happy with my results - I had a Labiaplasty with Dr. Fernau and I'm very happy with my results. He and his staff are great and he just very thorough in expaining your procedure. He truly cares about his patients and their satisfaction with his work. I highly recommend him!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 16, 2018
In our Pittsburgh, PA plastic surgery center, microneedling is performed using the SkinPen. The treatment typically takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and number of areas treated and the degree of treatment requested by the patient. The treatment is performed with a hand-held device that contains tiny needles attached to a small roller head. The needles puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury, which in turn heels itself to rejuvenate new skin growth. Microneedling can be combined with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to enhance the procedure and improve the results. PRP is a highly concentrated serum that is taken from the patient's own blood.
Patients undergoing microneedling may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired result. This procedure can be an ongoing treatment for optimal maintenance and lasting results. It can be repeated every 4 – 6 weeks as needed. Microneedling is an outpatient procedure.
A topical anesthetic cream is applied to the area prior to the procedure to allow for a comfortable experience. The patient will feel a slight vibration during the procedure, but otherwise the treatment does not cause any pain. Healing time varies, but patients should expect to have redness and slight swelling for 2-7 days after the microneedling procedure. It is super important to wear sunscreen and to avoid sun exposure for 10 days after treatment.
$750 per treatment - 3 treatments for $1,800
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $750
- Recovery Time
- 2 to 7 days to heal
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 minutes - 1 hour
- Procedure Recovery Location
Patients seeking skin rejuvenation to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or minimize pore size are good candidates for microneedling. It is a unique skin rejuvenation treatment that works to improve various types of scarring, such as acne scarring, surgical scars, and stretch marks.
What Will I Look Like After?
Most patients will notice redness and mild swelling similar to a slight sunburn for 24 to 48 hours. There may be slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two.
Wearing makeup after?
We recommend resuming your normal makeup routine 2 to 3 days after a microneedling treatment.
Who Should Avoid It?
While microneedling is a procedure that is suitable for most patients, there are some precautions for those who have specific skin conditions, including severe acne or those who are on aggressive acne medications. During the consultation, we will do a thorough skin check to evaluate your condition before any treatment, and inquire about any medical case that may be present, or medications that have been taken within the last year. If it is determined that microneedling is not the right treatment, we will recommend another nonsurgical option to help you attain the results you desire.