What is microneedling?

What is microneedling?

It's hard not to be scared when you hear the word "microneedling", especially when it involves the use of needles on your face. However, microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that uses needles to pierce the skin to trigger the skin's repair process and collagen production, and is actually nothing new. Microneedling dates back to 1995 and has been used by dermatologists for years as a treatment for facial scars.

How it works is very simple: simply put, microneedling is the insertion of very fine needles into the skin, and small wounds cause the body to produce more collagen and elastin, thus healing the skin and looking younger, and can be used on the entire body, including the face and scalp

In a 2008 study, four microneedling sessions a month increased the skin by up to 400 percent in collagen and elastin after six months of completing the treatment.

In a recent study, 100 test subjects were divided into two groups. One set was treated with minoxidil lotion and the other received minoxidil lotion plus microneedling. After 3 months, 82% of patients in the microneedling group reported a 50% improvement, compared to 4.5% in the minoxidil lotion-only group.

To help you determine if this treatment is right for you, we've compiled some expert opinions. Before you try the microneedling operation, you can learn more about it.

1. Microneedling technology can address a variety of skin problems, including acne scars and wrinkled skin.
"Microneedling is a safe, chemical-free and laser-free method that triggers new collagen production, regenerates skin cells and can also be used to help bring back skin." says Natalie Aguilar, a nurse and esthetician.

While most commonly used to retexturize the skin, it can help improve a variety of skin issues, including discoloration, enlarged pores, acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines and skin folds. Aguilar says this treatment can also make the skin hydrated and youthful.

2. Microneedling can be customized to meet your skin needs.
Usually different skin conditions and different body parts will require the use of different needles and depth of application of microneedles.

3. Microneedling does not hurt, but...
"Overall, microneedling is not painful, but some people who are pain sensitive or have severe skin problems are better off using a numbing cream so that they are more relaxed and comfortable throughout the process." Aguilar advises.

Before starting, we recommend making sure the microneedling equipment is sterile.

4. The cost of treatment varies depending on your usage and skin condition.

Going to a salon or having microneedling done by a dermatologist is effective, but the downside is that you have to schedule the treatment and it can be more expensive," Gohara says.
Now that at-home microneedling kits are becoming more popular, you can not only do it as often as you want but also inexpensively.