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Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy or dermarolling, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves using a device with fine, sterilized needles to create tiny, controlled punctures (micro-injuries) on the skin’s surface.  The most common devices for microneedling include dermarollers and motorized pens. 

The idea behind microneedling is to stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing processes, leading to increased collagen and elastin production.  Collagen and elastin are proteins that contribute to the skin’s structure and elasticity.  By promoting the production of these proteins, microneedling aims to improve the texture and firmness of the skin.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), the skin’s healing process after microneedling can help reduce the appearance of acne, scars, wrinkles, large pores, and dark spots and improve skin elasticity.  Also, though more research is needed, a 2021 review suggests microneedling may promote hair growth in some people with alopecia.

Here are some key points from scientific studies that support the use of microneedling:

  1. Collagen Induction:
    • A study published in the “Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery” in 2014 found that microneedling leads to an increase in collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, contributing to improvements in skin texture and elasticity.
  2. Acne Scarring:
    • Research in the “Dermatologic Surgery” journal (2009) demonstrated that microneedling is a promising treatment for atrophic acne scars.  The study reported significant improvement in the appearance of scars after multiple sessions of microneedling.
  3. Fine Lines and Wrinkles:
    • In a study published in the “International Journal of Dermatology” (2015), researchers found that microneedling led to improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, attributing the results to increased collagen production and remodeling.
  4. Stretch Marks:
    • A study published in the “Journal of Drugs in Dermatology” (2009) reported that microneedling could be an effective treatment for improving the appearance of stretch marks, with participants experiencing noticeable improvement in skin texture.
  5. Safety and Efficacy:
    • A review published in the “Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology” (2018) concluded that microneedling is a safe and effective procedure for various dermatologic conditions, including scars and wrinkles, with minimal risk of adverse effects.
    • Microneedling is minimally invasive, requiring little to no downtime.
    • It’s considered safe for most people who are in overall good health.
    • The procedure may not be safe for people who use certain acne medications, those with active acne, or those with moderate to severe psoriasis or eczema.
    • You can experience minor redness and irritation for a few days after the procedure.
    • It’s effective in treating minor scars related to acne, stretch marks, and maturing skin.  You may notice brighter, firmer skin, too.
    • Ideal results are achieved after multiple sessions but may require a long-term maintenance plan.
    • Microneedling is far more effective than at-home rollers.
  6. Convenience
    • Each session may last only about 30 minutes. 
    • It’s important to note that while scientific evidence supports the effectiveness of microneedling for certain skin concerns, individual responses can vary.  Additionally, the skill of the practitioner, the specific device used, and adherence to post-procedure care can influence outcomes.  Before undergoing microneedling or any cosmetic procedure, it is advisable to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or dermatologist to determine its suitability for your skin type and specific concerns.
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Risks and Side Effects to Microneedling

Like all cosmetic procedures, microneedling carries some risks.  A common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure.  You may also see redness for a few days.

Some people may have severe side effects that need medical treatment, such as:

  • bleeding
  • bruising
  • infection
  • peeling

You may not be an ideal candidate for microneedling if you:

Pregnant people may need to be cleared by an obstetrician or gynecologist before treatment.

It’s not recommended to undergo a microneedling procedure while taking isotretinoin (Accutane) as it may increase the likelihood of scarring from the procedure.  You should wait at least 6 months after stopping the medication before starting your microneedling treatment.

    What to Expect and Aftercare

    Preparing for Microneedling

    Before the procedure, you may need to stop taking certain medications, such as ibuprofen and those for acne treatment (like Accutane).  Dermatologists may also recommend avoiding using agents that may increase your skin’s sensitivity before your microneedling appointment.  This may include topical retinoids and exfoliants.

    Procedure for microneedling

    • Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour before the procedure, the practitioner typically applies a topical anesthetic to the treatment area.  This will numb the skin during the microneedling process, which takes approximately 30 minutes.
    • During the procedure, the practitioner makes small pricks under the skin using a pen-like tool with tiny, sterilized needles.  The pinpricks are so small that you likely won’t notice them after the procedure.
    • The practitioner typically moves the tool evenly across your skin so that the newly rejuvenated skin will be even.
    • They may finish your session by applying a growth serum or calming treatment. In total, the average microneedling session lasts approximately 2 hours.

    What to expect after microneedling

    • Microneedling isn’t as invasive as plastic surgery, with minimal recovery time.  Most people require minimal downtime, if any at all.
    • You may notice skin irritation and redness within the first few days of the procedure.  This is a natural response to the minor “injuries” made by the needles in your skin.
    • If you’re comfortable, you can return to work or school after the procedure.  It’s best to let your skin heal before applying makeup.
    • Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to apply sunscreen.  Still, dermatologists typically recommend waiting one week before exposing your skin to sunlight or harsh chemicals.
    • After microneedling, your skin works quickly to rejuvenate new tissue.  You may see results within a couple of weeks.
    • You’ll likely need multiple sessions or complementary treatments to maintain the results.  The practitioner will work with you to develop a plan of action based on your individual goals. 

    What is the optimal care for skin after microneedling?

    Since your skin channels are open and sensitive after your procedure, it’s best to avoid the following during your first week of recovery:

    You can help your skin heal after microneedling by:

    • staying hydrated
    • using an antioxidant serum
    • using a cooling mask
    • using collagen-stimulating peptides

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