Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is becoming a popular treatment to help combat a variety of skin issues including acne scars, wrinkles, stretch marks and even encourage hair growth.
According Dr. Abigail Donnelly, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology in Carmel, Indiana, “Microneedling involves the insertion of very fine, short needles into the skin for the purposes of rejuvenation. While the needles may sound scary, they are actually more like carefully controlled pin pricks that enter only skin deep. It works well to improve sunken areas on the skin such as atrophic acne or traumatic scars, fine lines, discoloration and general skin rejuvenation.”
This 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.
How it Works
“First, an anesthetic cream is applied to your skin to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Once the skin is numbed, it is thoroughly cleansed, and a serum or other product is applied to lubricate your skin to allow the device to glide more smoothly,” added Dr. Donnelly. “As the device is moving across your skin it creates tiny holes in the surface. Microneedling is commonly used in combination with other treatments like topical anti-aging serums or platelet rich plasma therapy for rejuvenation or hair regrowth. The process typically takes less than 30 minutes, and afterward, your skin can be somewhat pink or red, similar to a sunburn.”
On a short-term basis, microneedling plumps the skin and gives it a radiant glow for weeks to months post treatment. Long-term, it is best to receive multiple sessions over the course of a few months to improve problems like scarring or wrinkles, and to increase overall skin health. A 2008 study showed that it can increase your collagen and elastin tissue by 400% six months after completion of the last treatment. This increase helps reduce the appearance of scars, fill in wrinkles and stretch marks and makes aging skin appear more youthful.
Don’t Try this At Home
While home devices for microneedling are available, we strongly advise only having this treatment done under the supervision of a board-certified dermatologist. When performing at home you increase the risk of infection and scarring.
At Forefront Dermatology, we know that life is all about the moments when you don’t need us. That’s why we’re here for all the moments when you do. We offer comprehensive and compassionate care for all skin conditions and create customized treatment plans for all ages – even the tiniest of patients! Find a location near you today.