What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy.  The process uses fine needles to puncture the top layer of your skin.  Microneedling, whether done in office or with a product like the derma roller at home, is virtually painless and effective.  The tiny needles puncture the skin and stimulates your body’s wound healing process which increases collagen and elastic production.  This helps to prevent and reverse the signs of aging.  The process works similarly to lasers, except with microneedling, you are intentionally injuring your skin instead of exposing it to heat or light.  Microneedling is becoming very popular among skincare fanatics and Vogue calls it the next big thing in anti-aging.


Microneedling minimized deep lines and wrinkles 

Microneedling’s primary appeal is that it stimulates the growth of collagen and elastin, making your skin look more youthful.  Many doctors would insist that microneedling as a procedure is the most effective way to prevent aging and reverse signs of aging.  It triggers the generation of new skin cells, and after a few times using it, you’ll notice the reduction in wrinkles, lines, and crows feet. It simply utilizes your body’s natural healing process.  There is minimal downtime and it is recommended as part of a healthy skin care routine.  It is recommended that if treating wrinkles to use needles no longer than 1.5mm in length.


Microneedling heals scars 

In a 2009 study on the effects of microneedling, almost 100% of participants with acne scars reported they noticed an improvement in the visibility of their acne scars.  They used a 1.5-mm handheld roller used for microneedling, which is long enough to improve the appearance of acne scars.  You may need longer needles for more severe and deeper acne scars.  When comparing microneedling to laser in terms of healing scar-acne ridden skin in a 2016 study from the journal Dermatologic Surgery, it was determined that while both treatments helped with appearance of acne scars, microneedling was better tolerated, had less side-effects, and required less downtime. 


Microneedling helps minimize the appearance of sun damage and pigmentation

Collagen is debatably one of the most important factors in improving the look of your skin, beyond reducing wrinkles.  The stimulation growth of collagen brought on by microneedling can also reverse sun damage and discoloration such as the hyperpigmentation from melasma.  In a 2015 study it was shown that microneedling could also be used for blotchy, brownish facial pigmentation that also comes with melasma.  If you are trying to improve this type of extra pigmentation, that it is suggested to use dermaroller needles between 1.0 mm and 1.5 mm in length. 


Microneedling helps treat the signs of aging 

As well as smoothing and correcting damaged skin, microneedling can also tighten loose skin, which can appeal to both older men and women.  As you get older, you produce less collagen. Microneedling achieves skin rejuvenation, lightening, and scar remodeling.  It is a simple and effective treatment for aged skin with less side effects and downtime


Microneedling minimizes pores 

Microneedling decreases the size of your pores, making them appear smaller.  This again is because it is creating collagen around your pores, plumping your skin and making pores look smaller.


Microneedling makes your other skin care products more effective

Only a very small percent of the serum penetrates your skin.  Microneedling helps skin products penetrate your skin and absorbs it better.  This allows your skin to benefit more from skin products. That is because microneedling is creating little holes in your face to absorb products.  Clogged pores can’t absorb product.


Microneedling can used on the entire body

Microneedling can be done all over your body.  Use it on any areas needing repairing like areas with stretch marks, and acne scars (usually on the legs, chest, back and butt).  Using microneedling between four to six sessions can make a difference in these problem zones.


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