Microneedling | Dr. Diana Ponsky Facial Plastic Surgery

When to consider microneedling aka collagen induction therapy with Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ponsky

It is considered effective in treating minor scarring related to acne scars, stretch marks, and improves the appearance of maturing skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  Ideal results are achieved after multiple sessions but may require a long-term maintenance plan.  Microneedling is far more effective than at-home rollers. It is less expensive than laser therapy and may work better for some people, especially those with darker skin types. Microneedling has minimal downtime, and most patients have minor redness the day after the procedure.  It can be combined  with topical serums, radiofrequency treatment and platelet-rich plasma (“vampire facial”).

How It Helps

Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to stimulate new collagen production and skin tissue to generate a smooth even skin tone.  It is usually used on the face and helps the appearance of acne, scars, dark spots, wrinkles and large pores. This treatment creates micro-punctures in the skin using miniature, sterilized needles. Studies have shown that the skin’s healing process after microneedling can help reduce the appearance of scars and dark spots as well as improve skin elasticity.

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What to expect before microneedling

Before the microneedling procedure, we would usually ask that you stop taking medications like retinoids and exfoliants a day or two beforehand.  Also medications like Accutane should be avoided for at least 3-4 months before the procedure.  Avoid ibuprofen or other medications/topicals which may add to bruising or which may increase the sensitivity of your skin before the procedure.


What to expect during microneedling

During the procedure, we will numb the skin with topical medication for about 10-15 minutes.  After the medication is cleaned off your face, a pen-like device with tiny, sterilized needles is used to make small pricks under the skin. The device is moved over your entire facial skin, or areas of stretch marks in an even motion so all skin is rejuvenated during the procedure.  The areas where there is acne scarring will be adjusted accordingly.  Thin skin areas will also be accounted for. This procedure usually takes 30 minutes. After that, the treatment session may be finished by applying a growth serum or calming serum to the area.


What to expect after microneedling

Microneedling has minimal recovery time, because it is not surgery.  Most people can go to dinner that evening with camouflaging makeup.  There may be minor skin redness for 1-3 days after the procedure.  This is a natural response to the small needles to stimulate collagen. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen SPF 30 should be applied for at least one week, even if it is not sunny outside.  Avoid harsh chemicals to the skin for 1 week. After the microneedling session, your skin works fairly quickly to rejuvenate new tissue.  You should see results within a couple of weeks.  To maintain the results of your treatment, you will likely need multiple sessions, depending on your goals.

What Our Patients Say

  • The office was nice. Receptionist was very polite. Dr. Ponsky was great. The experience was comfortable and she explained everything to me before doing anything. She made sure I understood. Thank you Dr. Ponsky!

    - YM( Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgery )
  • I have always been apprehensive of ANY cosmetic procedures. Not any more! Dr Ponsky and her entire staff are friendly, professional and reassuring. Dr Ponsky is gentle, thorough, professional, talented, knows medicine and her craft. I can’t recommend this entire practice more. It is a gift that we have her in Cleveland.

    - SA( Cosmetic Surgery, Cleveland )
  • I can’t be happier with the results of my Rhinoplasty on both aspects functionally and aesthetically, Dr. Ponsky did such a great job, before, during, and after surgery, she is on top of everything and follow her patients very carefully after surgery to ensure complete healing and great results. Thank you Dr. Ponsky and her staff from the bottom of my heart🙏🙏

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    - A( Rhinoplasty, Cleveland )
  • I have nothing but positive to say about Dr. Ponsky and her entire staff! The first time I came in for a appointment I felt a welcoming and warm energy from the entire group . Dr. Ponsky’s assistant Jaime is fabulous and I love how she can answer all my questions if I don’t understand all!!
    Thank you everyone !!!

    - DB( )
  • Dr Ponsky’s staff are full of energy and very friendly. They are extremely personable, and worked to ensure that I felt comfortable and had everything I needed (down to a blanket during the procedure). Dr Ponsky is thorough, sweet, and gentle in her explanations. She made sure to explain the answers to each of my questions and I never felt rushed/forced to make a decision. I love the fact that we could do the entire procedure under local anesthesia.

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    - EE( Blepharoplasty, Cleveland )