Shahin Javaheri, MD
Over 20 Years of Experience in Plastic Surgery

Over 20 Years of Experience

Excellence in Plastic Surgery


Microneedling is essentially a manual form of exfoliation of the skin that resurfaces sun-damaged, dull, dehydrated skin. A surgical blade, administered by medical aesthetician, RN or doctor, will exfoliate the outermost layers of the epidermis to diminish dead skin cells, impurities and debris. This encourages the skin to regenerate new skin cells, leaving the complexion initially red and puffy,then smooth, soft and vibrant within a few days.

Micro-needling can be beneficial for:

  • Diminishing fine lines and smooth out wrinkles*
  • Smoothing scars, especially acne scarring, burn scars*
  • Improving overall skin tone and texture*
  • Helping to unblock blackheads*
  • Temporarily reduces facial hair (hair does not grow back thicker)*
  • Generate new healthy cell growth and increase collagen*
  • Enhancing penetration of skin care products*
  • Improving stretchmarks*

Microneedling is a procedure that uses multiple fine needles to vertically pierce the skin to cause trauma to the treatment site. The purpose of the needled site is to cause collagen regeneration and enhance skin rejuvenation. Microneedling can be with roller (gentler epidermal leveling) or by stamping method to reach a set depth in the skin while minimizing excess damage to the epidermis.*

*Individual results will vary in each patient.

Medical Micro-Needling is a treatment that constitutes a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) and is referred to as a non-ablative skin treatment. This means that the deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer of skin. Various skin conditions that can be treated are: fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, softening existing scars, and sun damage, and to improve overall skin color and texture and 200% increase in collagen from needle penetration alone.

The thought behind microneedling is to create a controlled trauma underneath the skin's surface, thereby forcing the body to respond form new tissue layers of elastin- and collagen fibers as well as new capillaries for an improved blood supply in the treated area. The skin plumps with collagen and thickens in response to this stimulation causing reduction in appearance of scars, and fine lines and other skin texture irregularities.*

Q. How far apart are treatments done?

A. 4-6 weeks.*

Q. Is microneedling safe for darker skin types?

A. YES. Since no melanin-absorbing laser and no heat are involved, the Dermapen is relatively safer than lasers, such as IPL, for most darker skin types.*

Q. Who performs the treatments?

A. One of our medical practitioners or medical aesthetician will perform your treatment.

Q. Is microneedling painful?

A. Uses very fine needles and is relatively comfortable. A topical numbing cream is all that is needed.*

Q. How long is each treatment?

A. For a face, each treatment is 30 to 60 minutes.*

Q. How is microneedling different from a needle roller?

A. Needle rollers are often used for large areas. It is based on hand pressure, so the depth of penetration varies depending on the amount of pressure exerted and the softness of the skin, while the microneedling pen has depth of penetration is set precisely with an electronic dial. The needles on a roller pull out of the skin as the wheel turns. This does not happen with the pen, which relies only on vertical needle action.*

Q. Can you receive a Dermapen treatment if pregnant?

A. Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women due to a number of minor reasons.

Q. How does the miconeedling work?

A. It creates micro punctures in your skin temporarily. This “trauma to the skin” stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. Your skin reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process. The auto-stamp micro-needling treatments tricks the skin is into repairing itself.*

*Results for each patient will vary. Please remember that the information provided will not guarantee your eligibility for treatment. Consultation and medical examination must be completed before approval.

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  • “Thank you, in appreciation to your supreme dedication to duty. The surgery went well! Thank you very much.”
    – MF

    - MF*

  • “Everyday I see more change and improvement. The clock is turned back and it’s like I get a 2nd chance. Rather like a mini-magical miracle so…thank you. Thank you for your excellent work. I send you a little dance of gratitude.” - D

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  • “I would like to say THANK YOU to Dr. Javaheri for my surgery. I received excellent service. He explained everything he was doing step by step which help ease my mind.”- P

    - P*

  • “I was sorry to cause you to make an unneeded trip to Alta Bates yesterday. Thank you for the excellent care you are providing to Deborah.”- AE

    - AE*

  • “Thank you so much for your consideration and helpfulness in my face dilemma. I sincerely appreciate what you have done for me. THANK YOU!”- MR

    - MR*

  • “I came to you with a very uncomfortable feeling about a part of my stomach area. I have always wanted to have this procedure take care of but did not. After making that one phone call to your office and visiting you and your staff, everyone made me feel completely satisfied that I had found the right person to make this change in my life. I can go on and on but basically you have personally made a great change for me. You were completely gentle and very honest with me. I am very happy I had this procedure done by you. Thank you! Even in the hospital you made it all better knowing I was scared and nervous. You’re great! Thank you again.” - DB

    - DB*

  • “There are no words I can express to you how thankful I am for the wonderful job you did on my surgery. I feel 10 pounds lighter. I am and always will be eternally grateful.”*

    - F

  • “You did a wonderful job on my breast! I have never looked and felt better. My breasts were very big and I feel a hundred times better in my appearance now. Dr. Javaheri is very kind and does great work. I will never forget what he has done for me!” - LB

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  • “I wanted to say thank you so much for the best tummy tuck. My husband and I are so very pleased. We look at my tummy often and cannot believe it’s mine. Dr. Javaheri, you are a man with high excellence and much gentleness. Rosh, you are a woman of much grace and joy. Thank you both so very much for everything, especially my new tummy.”*

    - Most Grateful Oct ’04

  • “Hi all, I wanted to send a thank you for all you guys did for me. I’m so thrilled. Everyone was so kind and knowledgeable and just plain fun. That really helped me get over being nervous and shy about the whole thing. Your experience really shines. I attached a picture of my new chest with a shirt I’m wearing that made me think of y’all!”

    “I have had 3 procedures so far with Dr. Javaheri, they are: tummy tuck with lower body lift, arms & breast reduction , and legs & gluteus maximus lift. My upcoming surgery is a face lift procedure. All these procedures are following weight loss surgery procedure called Gastric Bypass whereby I lost nearly 300 lbs. Dr. Javaheri performed all of my plastic & reconstructive surgeries to a great success. I am very pleased by the results. He even came to the office on a Sunday to deal with a small complication I had following one of my surgeries. It is so unusual to find a surgeon who cares so much about his patients; and an office staff that are so capable.”*

    - PB

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