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
"Love the procedure, will go back again and again, will not let anyone touch my face but him. Couldn't be happier. Krisa"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Dec 16, 2019
"I just finished day seven of my post-surgery checkup with Dr Fernau, and here’s my personal experience. Upon arrival of my consultation, I was greeted by the friendliest staff. Every one of them helped in my progression, aided in my treatments, calmed my anxiety, and exceeded my expectations. Scheduling surgery and getting the medications for the operation were straightforward. As for the surgery, the instructions were clear, the procedure explained, and questions answered. The results were beyond what I expected. Dr Fernau is exceptionally passionate about his work and cares for his patients. The open communication that Dr Fernau has with his staff is what creates such a successful business model and positive outcomes for his patients. After surgery I had difficulty walking, and one of the staff members helped my wife with taking me home. The compassion, dedication, and excellence that I experienced with Dr Fernau and his staff give me the pleasure of providing the highest of recommendations."- C.M. / Google / Nov 24, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Fernau! If you are looking for a surgeon who cares about his patients and pays attention to detail, look no further. He is extremely talented and precise in everything he does. He is a leader in patient safety and recovery. He takes every measure to assure a good experience from start to finish. He is up to date on the techniques, technology and the latest developments in this field. He is meticulous and treats his patients like family. After my initial consultation with Dr. Fernau I knew he would be the one I would trust for my own care, and after the ensuing experience with him and his staff I was convinced he is the only one I would also trust to care for my family."- A.B. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"I was very nervous about having any type of surgery let alone plastic surgery. I researched several doctors and had 3 consults. I am so very pleased with my results and with the entire process. Dr. Fernau was amazing. He explained everything and took the time to answer my questions. He has an eye for detail and strives for perfection. Highly, highly recommend. I felt safe and secure with him as my surgeon. Follow up with so easy and timely. Overall the procedure had very little pain or down time. Would do it again."- S.W. / Google / Oct 10, 2019
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.