Microneedling, originally known as collagen induction therapy or percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is now a well-documented treatment option in atrophic acne scars and for skin rejuvenation. … Microneedling, as the term indicates, means the use of needles or ‘microneedles’ to achieve a therapeutic effect
What is a micro needling facial?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, has a lot of people talking. … “Microneedling, also known as skin needling, is a procedure using a device covered with tiny, shallow needles to essentially poke holes in the skinsurface,”
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, has a lot of people talking. Dermatologists have used it for decades to treat facial scars, but recently microneedling has seen a surge in popularity due to the availability of at-home dermarollers, or microneedling devices.
“Microneedling, also known as skin needling, is a procedure using a device covered with tiny, shallow needles to essentially poke holes in the skin surface,” she says. “Those holes are actually therapeutic, since they cause a ‘micro injury’ that prompts skin to stimulate collagen production, filling in fine lines, plumping the skin and contributing to a younger look.”
If you’re afraid of needles, this treatment may be too much for you. However, if you don’t mind a bit of prickly therapy to help combat acne scars, wrinkles or stretch marks, this treatment might be for you, says Au.
“Microneedling works great for sunken areas on the skin caused by acne or chickenpox, as well as for fine lines, discoloration and general skin rejuvenation,” Au explains. “This safe procedure isn’t just for the face, though. It can also be used on many areas of the body, including the arms, neck, legs, abdomen, back and hands. We can customize microneedling to the desires of each patient.”
What to expect during microneedling
First, an anesthetic cream is applied to the patient’s skin to keep them comfortable during the procedure. The dermatologist may apply a light layer of water, too, to lubricate your skin and make the dermaroller glide more smoothly. A dermatologist then rolls the microneedling device over the patient’s skin, creating tiny holes in the surface.
The process typically takes less than 30 minutes, and afterward, your skin can be somewhat red, similar to a sunburn.
“It takes only a couple of days for skin to look fairly normal, but results gradually become apparent. Natural collagen growth happens over weeks and months, so it isn’t an instant fix, but your skin will be much improved over the long term,” Au says.
One thing to know, though: You’ll need more than one treatment. This isn’t a one-time event. Depending on the skin areas treated and what you’re trying to achieve, somewhere between three and six microneedling treatments are typically required for optimal results, Au says.
“Those looking to treat deep wrinkles, stretch marks, severe sun damage or scarring may need six or more microneedling treatments,” Au adds. “And to ensure the safety of your skin, treatments are usually spaced out three weeks to a month apart.”