Microneedling (also referred to as skin needling) is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. When done properly, patients can see improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scarring, pore size, and stretch marks.
A device with very fine needles is used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. This controlled skin injury helps rejuvenate the skin in two ways. First, the actual penetration of the needle creates a channel that triggers the body to fill the wound with new elastin and collagen. Second, serums and vitamins can be applied to the skin before and immediately after to increase efficacy of the product.
While you may have seen at-home devices claiming to do the same thing, the microneedling done at a doctor’s office is completely different than the kits marketed for at home use in that those used at a physician’s office can penetrate deeper into the skin and give better results.
During your visit, topical anesthetic cream is applied before the procedure begins. Immediately after the procedure, skin will be very red and raw and sun protection and gentle skin care is a priority. Healing takes place in an average of five days.