Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is an incredibly effective method for addressing a variety of concerns while stimulating collagen production deep in the skin’s layers.
Dozens of tiny needles create controlled injuries underneath the skin’s surface that trigger the body’s natural healing process. During that process, fibroblast cells increase collagen and elastin production to rebuild damaged skin from the treatment. Revamped collagen strengthens your skin’s framework to help reverse signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and more.
Microneedling may work better for people with darker skin tones because it doesn’t involve heat the way laser treatments do, which can affect your skin’s pigmentation or color.
The procedure usually takes 10-20 minutes, depending on how big the area is. Most people need 4-6 treatments to see a difference.
Microneedling may help with issues like:
Microneedling Healing and Risk
Downtime: It may take days or weeks to heal, depending on how deep the needles pierce your skin.
Side effects: Patients may experience some minor pain and redness on the treated area after the procedure.
Peeling: Your skin may feel tight and flake a bit while it heals.
Infection: Microneedling creates tiny holes in the skin, which could let bacteria enter, especially if the equipment isn’t cleaned well. But the risk of infection is very low.
Microneedling Safety and Costs
Home microneedling kits, or home rollers, are becoming more and more popular. They’re widely available and inexpensive.
Rollers used at home use shorter, duller needles than professional microneedling devices. They temporarily stimulate blood vessels to brighten the skin. But home rollers usually won’t give you the same results as microneedling done at a dermatologist’s office or medical spa.